Body Snatchers (1993)
Directed by Abel Ferrara

Starring Billy Wirth Christine Elise Gabrielle Anwar Meg Tilly Terry Kinney

Meg Tilly also stars in this second remake of the 1956 classic. It's a good movie, but doesn't come close to the 1950s original or the great 1978 remake starring Donald Sutherland. In the context as a sequel to the '78 film it works somewhat. Ferrara actually borrows some of the ideas that were introduced in that film, including the body snatchers who point fingers and scream whenever they see an ordinary human in their midst.

This time the setting is a southern military base. A family moves in, with Anwar playing the teenage stepdaughter of her Dad's new squeeze (Tilly). The tension between them is palpable. Eventually Anwar befriends a local bad girl whose mother has a serious alcohol problem. Suddenly, the drinking problem goes away.

Some of the best scenes in this movie involve Anwar's little brother, who suspects something is wrong when every child in his class draws freakish paintings that all look the same. The very best scene, however, has Tilly telling her husband that there's no hope, nowhere to run and he needs to accept that he's going to be taken over by the pods.

With better special effects than previous "Body Snatchers" films, this nonetheless doesn't carry nearly as much punch as the '70s version. It's a decent horror film and well worth renting. But if you're looking for some real "body snatcher" fun in a modern movie, check out the very similar "Puppet Masters," released the same year.

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-- Review by Lucius Gore

USER COMMENTS

Posted by Bludgeoner on January 10, 2008
this movie sucks balls


Posted by horrorfan on March 23, 2009
It's better than 'The Invasion'


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