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Body Snatchers
     

Body Snatchers

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Director: Abel Ferrara, Gabrielle Anwar, Terry Kinney, Billy Wirth

Cast: Abel Ferrara, Gabrielle Anwar, Terry Kinney, Billy Wirth

 

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Abel Ferrara's Body Snatchers is the third screen version of Jack Finney's cold war science fiction novel Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Marty Malone (Gabrielle Anwar) is moving with her father, stepmother, and stepbrother to a military base where her father will investigate possible environmental and ecological problems. Before they get to town, Marty

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Abel Ferrara's Body Snatchers is the third screen version of Jack Finney's cold war science fiction novel Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Marty Malone (Gabrielle Anwar) is moving with her father, stepmother, and stepbrother to a military base where her father will investigate possible environmental and ecological problems. Before they get to town, Marty is warned in a gas station restroom by a crazed looking military man that, "They get you when you sleep!" Marty adjusts to life on the base by flirting with a young officer and making friends with the rebellious daughter of the base commander. These friends help her when a plot by aliens to turn all humans into unemotional, unfeeling "pod people" shifts into high gear. As her family and friends are attacked, Marty doesn't know who to trust. Previous versions of his story were directed by Don Siegel (1956) and Phillip Kaufman (1978).

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Each generation has put their own cinematic spin on Jack Finney's Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The subtext of Don Siegel's '50s version was the red scare. Phillip Kaufman's late-'70s adaptation satirized "me decade" narcissism and psychiatry. Abel Ferrara's '90s version, simply titled Body Snatchers, is a commentary on the dissolution of the American family. The key to the film is the family dynamics of the Malone house. The opening narration explains that Marty, a teenage girl, does not get along with her stepmother. Short and effective domestic scenes demonstrate that her relationship with her father is suffering because of the unstated tension. It is in this context that Ferrara introduces the concept of not knowing who the people around you are. Marty is already unsure of who she can trust before the issue of aliens ever enters the picture. Added to this emotional landscape is the physical setting of a military base. In a place where everybody by nature follows orders, figuring out who the emotionless pod people are becomes quite a bit more difficult. These two elements, firmly established in the opening 15 minutes of the film, allow Ferrara to fashion a science-fiction horror film rich in thematic resonance. In addition to being smart, the film is quite scary. The alien pods grow long tentacles that attack by sliding into a sleeping person's nose and mouth. These scenes work on a sheer visceral level. The corruptibility of the human body in these scenes is practically Cronenberg-esque. In addition to the shocking visuals, Ferrara does a masterful job of building the tension throughout the last forty-five minutes of the film. A most effective horror film with sly commentary on what divorce does to families, Body Snatchers is a welcome variation on this seemingly timeless story.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2016
UPC:
0888574446178
Original Release:
1993
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
1,703

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gabrielle Anwar Marty Malone
Terry Kinney Steve Malone
Billy Wirth Tim Young
Meg Tilly Carol Malone
Forest Whitaker Major Collins
Christine Elise Genn Platt
R. Lee Ermey General Platt
Reilly Murphy Andy Malone
Kathleen Doyle Mrs. Platt
Ferne Cassel Actor
Tonea Stewart Teacher
Keith Smith Soldier Gas Station
Phil Neilson MP Gate Captain
Michael Cohen MP #5
Jennifer Tilly Body Double Meg

Technical Credits
Abel Ferrara Director
Bojan Bazelli Cinematographer
Thomas R. Burman Makeup
Ferne Cassel Casting
Larry Cohen Screenwriter
Joe Delia Score Composer
Bari Dreiband-Burman Makeup
Stuart Gordon Screenwriter
John Huke Art Director
Michael Jaffe Co-producer
Peter Jamison Production Designer
Margaret M. Mohr Costumes/Costume Designer
George Mooradian Camera Operator
Phil Neilson Stunts
Dennis Paoli Screenwriter
Anthony Redman Editor
Robert Solo Producer
Linda Spheeris Set Decoration/Design
Nicholas St. John Screenwriter

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