Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) - Horror, Sci-Fi

Hohum Score

20

Watchable

When seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade a small town, replicating the residents one body at a time.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams
Length: 115 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 35 out of 194 found boring (18.04%)

One-line Reviews (136)

What a waste of time!

An effective opening, a classic closer, and a terrific nod to The Mephisto Waltz justify this enjoyable though over extended remake.

Only a handful of exceptions avoid the bin containing wasted efforts; those horrors that are too often comprised of tired clichés and cheap, ineffective scare tactics, denying them any chance of lingering in the memory and opening the doorway for a slew of pointless sequels of varying crassness.

It's just the fact that the movie is really boring for the longest time.

The interplay between Sutherland and Adams has a quirky-funny chemistry that brings an unexpected comic element to the film.

Stop motion animation can be effective for practical effects involving quick and fast movements, but here we deal with vegetal livings and plants, their movements are smooth and slow and when a plant deflowered, the image was so disturbingly sexual I wasn't surprised by what came from it.

There are some really exciting chance scenes at the end of the film I also thought Donald Sutherland kicked a lot of Ass in this Film and he was Fun to watch.

Literally, Kaufman and Richter have taken the Siegel classic and given it a new lease on life with their elaborate, often thrilling, art-house version that plumbs the subject matter for far more.

One of the strengths of the original was the confusion and horror the characters felt as they slowly watched the people around them, the people they had grown up with and known so well, become strangers.

And boy I really enjoyed it.

This remake is also great, with an update of the original story with stunning special effects for a 1978 movie.

In fact, I can fairly say this is the most claustrophobic, suspenseful, paranoid, conspiracy-style movie I've had the enjoyment of watching; no other film exactly matches the rising hysteria and the sense that your neighbours are out to kill you.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers also has a strong score that just adds to the tension and suspense, a compelling story especially the ending, in fact for me I marginally preferred the ending here, the dialogue is intelligent and well-delivered and the direction is very fine.

In fact it was on one of my local stations last night and I kept falling asleep missing the last half hour of the movie!

The scene of the pods giving birth to the doubles is both organic and entertaining.

I stayed with that astounding frame 'till now,DREADFUL, THRILLING,TO REFLECTION!!

Don't waste your time - both other versions are much better .

There is an excellent, slow tracking shot down a hallway, where we only see our main character by way of her feet and a slight reflection in a window.

And maybe I would have found the whole thing more enjoyable if I hadn't accidentally seen the twist ending before the rest of the film.

What makes this version particularly compelling is the palpable idea that you can live in a city amid thousands of indifferent strangers and see how easily an increasing army of pod people can infiltrate it without much resistance.

How does she know that that falling asleep would cause the husk to take over his life?

Creepy, suspenseful, sci-fi/horror film.

Able to adapt the spore invasion takes the form of alien clones, taking over the memory and body of the host, leaving but an empty shell.

Well the first thing I will say is that it is slow in parts.

I liked how our main characters had to work together to fight all the pod people I found that entertaining stuff and the last 20 minutes of the film were intense and exciting.

" Kaufman slowly but surely raises the tension and paranoia with a steady hand, effortlessly engaging the viewer from beginning to end with characters that look and feel real, caught up in a surreal experience that looks and feels like a waking nightmare.

A doom and gloom-feel movie for a dreary time.

The two disc set also has an fascinating collector's booklet.

This intriguing story, which is based on a novel by Jack Finney.

These people fall asleep and replaced by pod lookalikes thanks to a flower that Driscoll discovers.

Eerie, creepy and dreary horror sci-fi.

Anyway, there are so many movies today that are worth watching and probably better than this, but I'd still recommend it for a boring Sunday afternoon.

A thrilling double-bill of this classic tall-tale of alien body-snatchers, based on Jack Finney's novel, for latter-day audience, perhaps we can still recall the latest remake THE INVASION (2007, 5/10), as a star vehicle for Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, which was dead on arrival as a major flop and presages their next colossal box-office fiasco THE GOLDEN COMPASS (2007, 4/10).

This remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers starts off really slow and compared to the original is inferior.

Those movies are surely good and entertaining enough and its not the cast or crews fault that those recent movies fail to impress the general audience, it's just that those movies were made in the wrong decade and it misses the '70's touch that makes the movies so gritty, raw and realistic to watch.

The scenery, the dialogues and especially the music turn this movie into a rather enjoyable thriller with a good portion of suspense.

Oscar nominated writer/director Phillip Kaufman (The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Right Stuff, Quills) was honored for this film by Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

If he could turn a solid but rather formulaic story about an alcoholic writer going batsh#t crazy in a deserted hotel into a fullblown masterpiece of sensory horror then imagine what he could have done with the endless political allegories at play here.

Eerie, Suspenseful & 'Classy' Horror/Sci-Fi Effort .

As the end credits rolled and the house lights came up, I heard some other people in the theater talking about what a stupid movie it was, man, was that a waste of money, I'm glad it was only three-fifty, and it was a really surreal moment; I've just had one of the most horrifying moments of my waking life, and they're talking about how silly it was (although, truthfully, they may have been a little shaken up themselves and just covering for it, I dunno).

The main reason is the stunning performance by Donald Sutherland.

I don't know particularly why, but if I'm ever feeling a bit down or I'm bored in work, thinking of his face brightens up my day!.

Worth watching, at least once!

The same subject has been filmed in 1956, under the same title (it's OK, but the remake is better) and in 1994 under the title Body Snatchers ( almost every good idea is wasted in this one, tough it's entertaining if you haven 't seen the others).

is still a highly entertaining horror, that takes its time in the early stages to establish a foundation of impending dread, and to develop the main characters.

The (still very fine) 50s original was the epitome of red menace propaganda.

Gripping, compelling, and yes, very frightening.

Overall, I find this film more entertaining than the original.

Philip Kaufman's 1978 remake abandons this intriguing premise in favour of something more straight-laced and old-fashioned.

Kaufman's film is shot like a chiller, taking tremendous care to throw the audience into confusion.

However, overall a very entertaining film.

A must camp-view for the connoisseur of this genre, this movie lulls the viewer into suspending disbelief and then turns unexpected corners.

It was scary, suspenseful and damn right chilly.

Fighting against a system/alien rooted in his own decayed society, Donald Sutherland gives a thrilling performance as Bennell,thanks to Sutherland capturing the anxiety of Bennell being a burnt-out Noir loner who sees all his friends being invaded.

And it's all thanks to plantlike aliens that migrate to Earth on solar winds (explained here in a visually stunning opening sequence).

I haven't seen Philip Kaufman's ("The Right Stuff") supremely chilling 1978 movie in thirty years, so the 2007 DVD is a great excuse to revisit one of the most atmospheric and thematically intriguing sci-fi thrillers I have ever seen.

It is also suspenseful, and at times, gory and eerie, so it seriously freaked me out.

This has some slow spots.

Sutherland plays a health inspector, who very slowly finds out that these aliens have infected San Francisco through flowering plants that grow pods to replace humans when they fall asleep.

One of my favorite parts of this film was the slight monotone voices of some of the background characters.

There's a subdued eerie and dreary air with paranoia morphing into conspiratorial and then ghastly reality.

I thought that it would suck if you fell asleep only if Fred Krueger haunted you, now there is a whole new reason to drink plenty of coffee.

Interestingly though, the camera-work shifts from calm and slow-moving, to hand-held and loose just as things get frantic, a similar approach directors Nicolas Roeg and Roman Polanski would take in their masterpieces Don't Look Now (1973) and Chinatown (1974), respectively.

In it, Leatherface was chasing me, and if I fell asleep, not only could he get me, if I alluded him then the Body Snatcher people would get me.

,the feelings don't value anything for the invaders,Liz fell asleep and that thrilling scene dying into the Matthew's arms made me shiver!!

I highly recommend it and the original 'Body Snatchers', they are two of the scariest movies ever made!

It's still enjoyable.

Jeff goldbloom Donald Sotherland Lenord Nemoy (who was already famous back then b/c of Star Trek) The reason y it was so suspenseful was b/c u didn't know who to trust and who got changed or if the aliens are going to catch them or not.

Often it seemed to be longer, and more drawn out, than need be, whereas the original got my attention from the beginning, and maintained it throughout.

Overall, subtle in places, it's intense in others with chases and effective hard hitting scenes featuring ghastly half formed pod people, including a part man part dog alien.

Brooke Adams Looks stunning in this film and her character was likable.

"Invasion" is creepy, intense, and deeply paranoid.

Yeah, there are some scenes that dragged the movie (it was a bit too long, I thought) but there are some really suspenseful and tense scenes.

The slow revelatory build up during the first two acts were extremely well paced.

The basic plot (based on Jack Finney's novel) is ultra fascinating and very believable, even though it contains far fetched extraterrestrial aspects.

Suffice it to say that it's one of the bravest and mind blowing endings ever.

As suspenseful and as paranoid as its predecessor, the 1978 remake of "Invasion of the B.

And this movie has many really intriguing moments.

" The build-up in the 1978 offering is a little slower and more deliberate.

Just as the characters become afraid to fall asleep, some viewers may feel reluctant to doze off after viewing this one (especially if there's a house plant nearby!

Better than the bored bluff of the '56 .

Like many other elements in this weird boring movie the plants themselves are ridiculous.

The special effects on display are bold and lavish, and therefore exciting to watch.

But bad in a pretty entertaining way.

It was this aspect that brought the film down a peg or two for me, as it seemed to almost sell-out on its atmospheric openings, and resort to more action-orientated tactics, with repetitive scenes of fleeing and hiding.

The result is a creepy, ominous and occasionally freaky film (the dog with the human head has haunted me for years) that is hugely enjoyable, even for those who are very familiar with the original.

But I don't really look for it to scare me, but to catch my interest, it doesn't have to be scary, just intriguing.

Kaufman's 1978 version is slower, more ponderous.

It is several times better than the original, which was treated with an unbearable lightness, virtually as if it were a romantic comedy.

Though Siegel's masterpiece of science fiction is more taut and engrossing than its remake, Kaufman's adaptation is a good, very scary film in its own right.

,(Perhaps Had that dull movie of the '56 something so painful?

Because of the writing, there were a lot of disturbing undertones and scenes that the original movie could not accomplish, because of it's time, and those scenes are the "larval" stages of the clones, the slow build up of how the clones eventually take over everybody and just the way that the pods take over people.

The direction by Philip Kaufman, who later directed movies like the right stuff and unbearable lightness of being is excellent.

The whole scene gives us a peek at how enjoyable life is for the characters and makes us aware of what they have to lose.

This makes the film a very intense watch and quite exhausting at times.

Ones that come to mind are The Thing, The Omen, The Wicker Man, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, plus others, for their ability to be equally shocking, subversive and entertaining.

Clumsy, outdated, overrated, slow and dumb .

Kaufman lays this theme on thick with his allegorical plot, in which the "truthseers" and "outsiders" eventually "fall asleep" and "become just like everyone else", vegetative, passive, thoughtless and, as one character says, without "substance or detail".

Some memorable scenes and dialogue delivers suspenseful moments (the laundromat husband concerned about the changes in his wife's demeanour is pretty chilling) and overall it's a terrific sci-fi thriller.

Oh, and the evocative sound effects that range from screams to synthesised sci-fi noises were deliciously haunting.

The fact is, however, that for the telling of a single narrative about 90 minutes is plenty and nearly two hours is too long.

With a mixture of good acting, very dark suspence and a plot that has you on the edge of your seat, you know you've got a great film in your hands.

The 1978 film features too many scenes of people being chased by shrieking crowds and an over reliance on special effects without any real payoff, and after the first hour, the story slows down, becomes repetitive and coasts to that aforementioned closer.

But, like I said earlier, the film is undoubtedly entertaining, and has plenty of homages to the original (stars Robert Duvall and Kevin McCarthy put in cameo appearances - the latter shouting "they're here!

All the ideas were already in Siegel's version,which renders the new one predictable,really that crowns it for a movie which focuses on suspense.

I felt it to be very dry, very dull and slow moving.

The dialog is predictable and corny.

i ain't seen the 2007 version of this movie, but if that dog were in a film now, it'd be 100% CGI and it'd just look boring and lame.

It is rather interesting how this movie still manages to be entertaining today, so many years (40) after it was released.

On top of being an engrossing conspiracy thriller in step with the gritty urban tales of the time, the Invasion of the Body Snatchers is also a genuinely creepy film which slyly suggests there is something sinister beneath the surface.

McCarthy exerts sizable effort to maintain the intriguing momentum meanwhile manages to squeeze time to ignite the moment of romance with Wynter, although appearing on screen for most of the screen-time, whose role is inclusively subsidiary, merely as a gorgeous love interest and a shorthand of a secretary.

The only negative parts of this film were, that it can be a little slow and repetitive.

)Directed by Philip Kaufman I thought Invasion of the Body Snatchers was a highly entertaining horror film that's well worth watching.

Fortunately these two earlier versions are considerably better than the ill-fated mega-star paycheck product, the original 1954 film is directed by Don Siegel (DIRTY HARRY 1971, 7/10), within a condensed 80 minutes, it delineates the absurd story with a gripping pace and impressive monochromatic cinematography.

But it is full or intriguing ideas, some beautiful cinematography, and quite a few quirky charms.

It's suspenseful, has moments of humor, quality acting and production values, fun cameos (Robert Duvall, Kevin McCarthy, etc.), a great ambient score, effects that still look pretty damn good, and a great shocker ending.

The weird camera angles, the use of mirrors and drab settings, (was it me or where everyday overcast or raining) help add to the feeling of alienation.

Also, the fact that it is a little more drawn out and conceptualized, it makes for a better night of movie making than the original.

Clumsy, outdated, overrated, slow and dumb.

A bad script combined with terrible camera work (annoying close ups), horrible soundtrack and effects make this version outright unwatchable.

Here, in a creepy and nearly oppressive (but entertaining) re-envisioning of the first film, the concept of alien pod people taking over human life on earth is beautifully blended in with the style of paranoia films that were so popular in the 70's.

Accompanied by their mud-bath-owning friends Jack and Nancy Bellicec, they are determined to find a way to escape the city before they fall asleep and become transformed into pod-derived automatons.

Despite this, and a fairly strong first half, the film just dies in the second half and left me rather bored.

Sutherland crafts a slow-burning exigency of being a reluctant hero under a rampant panic, the utile assault he is wreaking on the primitive clones and a final howl guarantees his leading status in this overhaul of a telling fiction.

They are made for entertainment and most of them surely also work well as entertainment, especially in my opinion "Independence Day" which I, unlike many others, find to be a very entertaining and good movie to watch.

Due to the curb of special effects development and budget, the supposedly bone-chilling scenes with human replicas are visibly mannequins covered with foam, and the extraterrestrial seedpods are equally below the groundbreaking line albeit the eerie and intense atmosphere is rendered in full throttle.

While not scary the way HALLOWEEN is, it is intense and creepy.

Some of the plot elements are arguably contrived – a complete stranger telling Donald Sutherland "That not my wife" in the middle of a launderette, for one – though the unclaimed attraction between the two leads keeps the momentum going until the events of the film are allowed to take over.

Ultimately pointless and disappointing, Phil Kaufmann's film is an update and homage to Don Seigel's low budget classic of justifiable paranoia that transposes the setting to San Francisco.

All in all this film is watchable and I enjoyed it for what it was- cheeky fun and nostalgic nuance.

Something that might actually give you nightmares, and all the more startling because it was so unexpected.

It stays very thrilling and exciting throughout the whole movie.

The casting is also strange but enjoyable.

However, given how slow and inefficient the cloning process is, it is hard to believe that the entire population of a city is cloned within a couple of days.

It's worth watching for the classic, unsettling ending alone.

The cast was cleverly chosen, and the production itself bore a slick style, an atmospheric execution, and a compelling story.