One of my fears has always been that an alien life form will come down to Earth and replace me with a less likable and more boring version of myself. I guess I should be more concerned with the fact that I would be dead instead of the fact that a subpar version of me would be walking around, but that seems to be where my priorities lie apparently. Why am I talking about this? Because I just finally saw Abel Ferrara’s 1993 “re-imaging” of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers suitably called, Body Snatchers.
I have actually never seen the original 1956 version of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, but I have seen the 1978 version numerous times and love it. Clearly iconic for it’s ending image of Donald Sutherland giving that lovely ‘body snatcher scream’, it’s a pretty creepy movie all around and even has Leonard Nemoy in it for added awesomeness. So in 1993, I remember seeing ads and commercials for an updated attempt called Body Snatchers, but I wasn’t really interested. Sad to say that it took me over 20 years (that makes me feel really old btw) to finally sit down on a boring Saturday and give it a watch. And I have to say that I was pretty impressed.
I’m not even going to get into the plot. All you really need to know is that people are having slimy alien pod tentacles go up their nose and all over their face, until naked replicas emerge while the original bodies disintegrate. Oh, and these new versions scream really loud and like to point, which is kind of rude if you think about it. I liken Body Snatchers to the 1988 remake of The Blob. It’s definitely not a PG-13 remake and it has a lot of creepy-ass moments and nice practical gore effects. If you’re sensitive to a little kid getting thrown out of helicopter, I’d steer clear though. In closing, the highlight for me without of doubt was Meg Tilly’s performance and more specifically, the scene below where she brilliantly asks “Where ya gonna go? Where ya gonna run? Where ya gonna hide?“.