Hello and Hallo-welcome to another edition of Monster Monday, where we watch films that feature creatures! You join your reviewer, Andy, as he tries desperately to remain emotional.
Today’s film offering: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
There are a very small number of remakes which can be said to utterly surpass the original. The Thing is almost certainly better than The Thing From Another World, but then again they are very different adaptations of a novella. There is one, however, which so effortlessly bypasses the 1956 original that it almost, almost, validates the entire idea of remakes.
Let me tell you about Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
The plot is relatively simple and sort of similar to something called the Capgras Delusion. Slowly, it seems like everyone around you is being replaced with a doppelganger, but one with no emotion, and they seem to want you to join them…
It stars an absolutely cracking cast, from Jeff Goldblum to Leonard Nimoy, to Veronica Cartwright, of all people, but the most valuable player here is definitely Donald Sutherland. Sporting the same curly hair moustache combo he rocked in Don’t Look Now, his unrequited love story mixed with heroic attempts to survive mean he is the emotional heart of the film. He is also responsible for one of the most iconic, horrifying and awesome movie endings ever put to film.
I watch a lot of horror, as you can imagine, and as far as a recommendation goes, this is mine – This is one of a tiny handful of movies to give me honest-to-god nightmares. The original is good, don’t get me wrong, but it is mired in McCarthy-era red scare paranoia and therefore is something of a product of its time. This one goes so much deeper, connecting at a base level to what fundamentally makes us human and what losing that might mean. It’s terrifying.
I will stop there, at the risk of gushing, but this is absolutely essential viewing to any horror fan. If anybody asked me what horror movies from the seventies they should watch, this would be the one I suggested immediately after Alien. And if you know me, that is high praise indeed.