What if I told you there’s a movie starring Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum, and Leonard Nimoy? Would you call me a lying scumbag? Well, guess what: these three badasses all come together to make one of the finest remakes of all-time, and one with some serious 1970s swag.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers holds an interesting place in my heart. Back in that awesome decade known as the 80s, I was a wee lad that liked to watch the same movies over and over and over again. One of these happened to be something taped off of television. I can’t remember what it was; maybe it was Ghostbusters or Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, regardless, this VHS started off with the last few moments of this version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Network television used to be awesome, if you couldn’t figure that out. (Note: another VHS started off with a promo for a WPIX airing of the original Star Wars, before I even knew that was a thing.)
Anyway, this movie is all kinds of awesome. If you enjoyed The World’s End, you’ll probably dig this movie. It’s essentially the same premise, but with 70s Donald Sutherland afro and Goldblum in pitch-perfect Goldblum form. What more do you need to know?
There isn’t any gore to speak of, but there is plenty of mucusy plant substance.
Gore Rating: 0 out of 5
The idea of everyone being swapped out for carbon copies of themselves is an interesting idea, but it’s a bit too far-fetched to be scary. That is, of course, unless you believe in assorted conspiracy theories; you may shit your pants in that case. Though, there is a really creepy moment involving a dog with the face of a man, but it just comes completely out of left field to be all that scary.
Scare Rating: 1.5 out of 5
We get a late-game pair of boobs from a replicant, so that’s like the equivalent of a comeback victory in football, though if I’m being honest (and wholly superficial), it’s a bit of a disappointment.
Sex/Nudity Rating: 2.5 out of 5
This movie is great in a completely 1970s way of being great. It boasts an amazing cast and has an interesting, albeit out there, premise and delivers with a fantastic conclusion.
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5