It feels like the only movies released nowadays are either sequels, reboots or remakes. And for every good remake, there are at least 20 awful ones.
A few examples of movies better than the originals are “The Thing” (1982), “The Fly” (1986), and “Airplane!” (1980).
But the difference between those movies and the science fiction thriller “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” is its predecessor wasn’t bad.
Directed by Philip Kaufman (“The Right Stuff”), this film is the 1978 remake of the 1956 original version.
The story is about a small group of people who discover humans are being replaced by aliens appearing to be perfect copies of the persons replicated.
Lacking any human emotions, the aliens attempt to take over the planet and install a tightly organized conformist society.
The film’s all-star cast includes Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy.
The level of paranoia in this movie is genuinely scary.
The subtle messages are executed well too.
Sutherland’s broken windshield and numerous distorted mirrors indicate the characters are unable to see a clear image of themselves and the people they surround.
The fear of losing their self-fulfillment lifestyle also goes along with the 1970s culture.
This is a movie I wouldn’t mind being remade every 30 years or so. Unfortunately, the 2007 movie “The Invasion” didn’t hold up well, so we have to wait another 20 years.
But at the rate remakes of reboots of sequels are being made these days, a new version of “Body Snatchers” could be released next year for all I know.
“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” is a bleak film with one of the most impressive endings I’ve seen in a while.
In regard to its ending, the chilling sound Sutherland makes is nothing short of pure horror awesomeness.