Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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This remake of the 1956 horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers moves the action from small-town USA to 1970s San Francisco and replaces at least part of the original's psychological horror with special effects. Spores rain forth, unseen, from outer space, and soon strange flowers begin popping up all over the city. After bringing one of these hybrid specimens home with her one night, biologist Elizabeth Driscoll (Brooke Adams) notices that her live-in boyfriend, Geoffrey (Art Hindle), doesn't seem like himself; he's cold and distant and somehow just not quite there. When she… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"Gives remakes a good name."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Set at the intersection of post-Vietnam paranoia and the myopic introspection that became hippiedom's most lasting cultural contribution, the Philip Kaufman-directed Invasion alternates social commentary with impeccably crafted scares."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Thematically, the film's allegory regarding viral-groupthink has plenty of wiggle-room for interpretation because it is so profoundly vague yet universal."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"This terrific remake never lets the audience forget that it should be frightened."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"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."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"This film wants to have it both ways: to have a more urbane, more "important" scope than the original, and yet retain some of its inexpensive intimacy as well."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Ideas that Siegel knocked off in a few shots are expanded to fill entire sequences -- but they're good ideas, and can stand a little stretching."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"one of the best remakes ever"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Very entertaining, and despite the by now over familiar-plot, pleasantly suspenseful."
‑ , Film4
"[Philip] Kaufman's version persuasively asserts its right to life as an imaginative reflection of our time..."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"Invasion of the Body Snatchers validates the entire concept of remakes."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Kaufman here turns in his most Movie Brattish film, but soft-pedals on both his special effects and knowing in-jokiness in a way that puts De Palma to shame."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It was always going to be hard to better Don Siegel's 1956 classic, and if director Philip Kaufman doesn't quite succeed, he does manage to summon up an equally chilling air of paranoia."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"one of the great sci-fi horrorshows, a movie that gooses you with its premise, makes you laugh and jump, and ultimately leaves you with something you can't quite shake"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Siegel gave the frissons classical sharpness while Kaufman goes for baroque erudition"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
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