Body Snatchers (1993)

Body Snatchers (1993) movie poster

director Abel Ferrara
viewed: 05/08/2016

Abel Ferrara’s 1993 Body Snatchers, the third cinematic version of Jack Finney’s 1955 sci-fi novel, is a tight and effective film, if not quite achieving the greatness of either Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) or Philip Kaufman’s 1978 re-make.

Ferrara trims the title down and moves the invasion to a military base in the South and frames the story through the eyes of a young woman, Marti (Gabrielle Anwar).  Body Snatchers is effectively shot and produced, with particularly nice cinematography.  The best scene is when Anwar is in the bathtub and tendrils creep down from the ceiling, entering her nose and mouth, attempting to infiltrate and consume her.

This was one of only a couple of films Ferrara would make with a major studio, one apparently that the studio (Warner Bros.) buried upon release.  Notably, Larry Cohen and Stuart Gordon have story and screenwriting credits here too.

For all its earnestness, and even though it’s actually pretty good, it’s also not overly memorable.

The poster image is pretty cool though.

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