Invasion of the Body Snatchers Reviews
(Full review TBD)
When our gang, with Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams in front is fighting this evil, most likely from space. They got a young Jeff Goldblum and a not so old Leonard Nimoy on their team, but who are friends and who are foes?
Pretty creepy but I find it hard to buy the story. Some weird turns and it's like a slow hunt with some shockers here and there. Some gore and brutality wrapped up in some very creepy sound effects. The effects are generally fine but I never felt this film.
The original is probably better, but I've hear that this one is pretty close to it while the two newer remakes seem pretty bad.
5 out of 10 pods.
There were moments were I couldnt help but think of John Carpenters The Thing, mainly because the grotesque effects have a similar aesthetic, but also because I missed the tension and the horror that that film provided, all because the characters and situations in Invasion of the Body Snatchers arent nearly as interesting or emotional as the obvious paranoia subtext believes them to be.
What an amazing soundtrack. The use of strings contrasted with eerie and ominous synth sounds, makes for a very interesting collage of sounds. That one pulsating sound is one of the most unnerving and uneasy sounds I've heard come from a synth.
Right from the get go, I knew this was going to be one creepy movie. The scene with the priest swinging on a swing set was already something that made me question everything that was about to unfold in the movie. The San Francisco setting makes it lovely to watch. I wish to one day, visit this amazing city.
Donald Sutherland is always fun to watch. He has this very nonchalant and cool way of doing things while acting that makes for a very interesting and entertaining watch. His charm is also very contagious. Brooke Adams is so cute and lovely. Seeing a lightning quick cameo of Martin Scorsese was awesome. Could barely make out who it was but with a beard like that, impossible to not recognize. I think there was even a 2001: Space Odyssey reference when Sutherland's character says, "David, your killing me".
What a terrifying feeling it must be to be to know that people are changing and their not their usual selves. I think it's pretty clever how the garbage men are the ones who take away the bodies. The pod scene in the backyard was one of the most terrifying, uneasy, and uncomfortable scenes to watch. Who knew birth could be so fucking twisted. The part with the dog that has the face of a man, pretty fucked up stuff. Left me scarred.
The camera work and cinematography is wonderful. It compliments what is being shown and makes a scene or shot that much more interesting to watch. The use of lighting is brilliant in this movie. Reminds me a lot of The Exorcist. The special effects were great.
What a great twist at the end. While your watching it, you're not really sure of the situation but when you hear the shriek at the end, everything comes to a terrifyingly twisty conclusion.
Overall, brilliant film. Wonderfully written and acted with a terrifying story that reminds us that what makes us human, are our emotions and our care ad love for one another. Once that is gone, we're pretty much alien to this world.