Invasion of the Body Snatcher (1978) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Invasion of the Body Snatcher (1978)

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  • Release Date:  1978
  • Genre:  Aliens
  • Director:  Philip Kaufman
  • Screenwriter:  Jack Finney, W.D. Richter
  • Cast & Crew: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright, Leonard Nimoy, Art Hindle, Lelia Goldoni, Kevin McCarthy, Don Siegel, Tom Luddy, Stan Ritchie, David Fisher, Tom Dahlgren, Garry Goodrow, and Jerry Walter.

Invasion of the Body Snatcher (1978) Rating:

  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Raoul = 8.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 7.4/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 8.1/10.

Invasion of the Body Snatcher (1978) Synopsis:

A group of people worried by the increasingly incoherent behavior of San Francisco inhabitants unravels a terrible plot by the creature from outer-space.

Invasion of the Body Snatcher (1978) Review:

The movie is the second adaptation from the 1954’s novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney, following the hugely popular first adaptation from 1956’s. This second version (if it can be seen as a remake) is probably amongst the best remakes in horror history.

For one thing, the cast is brilliant, featuring three notorious horror actors: Donald Sutherland (Don’t Look Now, An American Haunting), Brooke Adams (Dead Zone, Shock Waves) and Jeff Goldblum (The Fly, Jurassic Park). The story is, of course, great since it is quite faithful to the novel.

The movie is also really well directed and puts paranoia on the screen as no other movie does. One thing I especially enjoyed is how credible the scenario is. It never takes the viewer for stupid and lets you know right from the start that something is wrong. Watching it, the audience can’t help but accept that the characters actually do the best they can to survive – and I wouldn’t have done it any better.

Overall the film is a gem, maybe not as good or as powerful as the original, but still really suspenseful. Only the ending could be seen as better in the 1956’s movie. Nevertheless, this 1978’s adaptation of Finney’s novel is a must-watch for every cinema lovers, whether you have seen the original or not.

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