Body Snatchers

“Where you gonna go, where you gonna run, where you gonna hide? Nowhere… ’cause there’s no one like you left.”

Watch the Trailer

Body Snatchers is the fourth version of this story I’ve seen. I doubt I will ever watch a fifth.  Of all of  them, the only one that even comes close to Phillip Kaufmans 1976 version is the 1956 original.  What none of these other versions seem to get is that the only thing worth expanding upon in the original is the central metaphor of paranoia and dehumanization via–well, that’s the beauty of it, isn’t it?  It could be just about anything. McCarthyism, communism, fascism, consumerism,  Facebookism.  Okay, so I made that one up, but, hey that would make a good basis for a modern day remake, eh?  Real connections between people are replaced by a fast spreading, far reaching but ultimately hollow simulacrum?  Hummm, maybe I’d watch a fifth remake after all.  Nah.  They don’t make them like that anymore.  (With apologies to Duncan Jones’ Moon, which is an awesome authentic science fiction movie rather than simply an action or horror movie in sci-fi disguise.)  

The film’s one high point is Meg Tilly, who is great in it.  It’s her spot in the trailer that led me to take a chance on the film in the first place.  Well, that and that awesome “in a world” trailer guy voice over.  Too bad that was all there was to it.

P.S.- Would R. Lee Ermey really allow a bunch of plants to take over his base?  I don’t think so. 


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