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  • Actors: Gabrielle Anwar, Meg Tilly, Terry Kinney, Reilly Murphy, Billy Wirth
  • Directors: Abel Ferrara
  • Writers: Dennis Paoli, Jack Finney, Larry Cohen, Nicholas St. John, Raymond Cistheri
  • Producers: Kimberly Brent
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: August 22, 1995
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303101259
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The pod people are back! Aliens take over human bodies and souls in this hard-hitting remake of the classic tale starring Meg Tilly, Gabrielle Anwar and Forest Whitaker. Year: 1993 Director: Abel Ferrara Starring: Gabrielle Anwar, Meg Tilly, Forest Whitaker

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A great watch for any horror fan.
m-lee
The acting (with some exceptions) and other production values are very good.
Eric Sanberg
Abel Ferrera...I don't really know what to think of his movies.
John Noodles

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Rux on May 6, 2002
Format: DVD
The third screen version of Finney's novel is the least necessary, the former two versions succeeding brilliantly, each in different ways, in conveying the horror of undercover invasion and increasing paranoia. But that doesn't mean it isn't good. Quite good, in fact.
As in the previous versions, the characters are real and credible, making the incredible situations more dramatic for the viewer. The special effects are as gruesome as in the '78 remake, but less horrific than in that version due to mere repetition.
This time, the alien seed pods strike where the iron is hottest, in the military bases of the U.S. They have more direction, more purpose, and more feeling than before, though they are still plainly alien to our psychology. The pods are never on the defensive here, having already established dominion and merely defending their footholds. Meg Tilly has the best scene and line in the show, when she confronts fleeing family members with the stark reality, "Where ya gonna run? Where ya gonna hide? Nowhere. Because there's no one...like you...left."
Last on the list of "body snatchers" movies, but still on the list.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on September 28, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
In a life filled with uncertainty, one thing is for sure...once Hollywood latches onto a good thing, it won't let it go...a prime example of this is Jack Finney's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" story, popularized by the 1956 Don Siegel sci-fi film classic featuring Kevin McCarthy. Since then, there have been any number of remakes or films based on the story, most popular probably being the 1978 version featuring Donald Sutherland, which I enjoyed, but not quite as much as the original...a few years later a group of writers, including Larry Cohen (It's Alive, The Stuff) and Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond) came up with the film Body Snatchers (1983), directed by Abel Ferrara (The Driller Killer, King of New York), and featuring Terry Kinney (Fly Away Home), Meg Tilly (Psycho II, The Big Chill), Gabrielle Anwar (Scent of a Woman), Billy Wirth (The Lost Boys), Forest Whitaker (Platoon), Christine Elise (Child's Play 2), and R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket)...by the way, before I forget, there's a film scheduled to be released in 2006 titled The Visiting, featuring Nicole Kidman...here's the synopsis from The Internet Movie Database...'As a Washington psychiatrist (Kidman) unearths the origin of an alien epidemic, she also discovers her son might be the only way it can be stopped.' Sound familiar? It should, if you've seen any of the previous `Snatcher' movies I've mentioned, proving that in Hollywood every thing old is new again...and again...and again...

As the story begins, we meet the Malone family...there's Steve (Kinney), who's the father, Carol (Tilly), his wife, Steve's daughter Marti (Anwar), and her younger brother Andy...seems Steve's 1st wife, who was also Marti's mother, passed away a while back...
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Landru on March 16, 2000
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'm the first to get bugged when they remake the classics -- and this is the second reworking of an original which stands as a masterpiece of both science fiction and horror. To be sure, this is a retread of a scenario so familiar that the reference 'pod people' has entered the language as a recognizable expression. That said, this is simply a sharp horror film. Miles above the thing done in the '70s, this film is tight, building tension in each scene and never letting loose. I live for the experience of recommending a class act most folks have probably not heard of. This is one of those pictures.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Carlin on December 12, 1999
Format: DVD
While this is not the best of the three versions of Jack Finney's story it is still an enjoyable adaptation. I get the impression that it is meant to be a sequel of sorts to the 1978 Kaufman film, shifting the location from San Francisco to an army base.
Lacking the suspense and paranoia of its two predecessors the film manages to lift itself above potential mediocrity. Its a fun way to pass the time and does not drag on for too long, but don't expect anything thought provoking or scary.
The DVD transfer is quite good, apart from very slight artefacting during the opening titles. The major letdown is the lack of features - no trailer, no commentary (surely Robert H Solo could have said something, explaining why he produced 2 different versions of the story?).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 4, 2006
Format: DVD
Did we need a third version of Jack Finney's classic novel about an alien takeover via creepy pods? Probably not, but Abel Ferrara's treatment on the familiar theme has some faithful relics from the first two (the sleep influence, the horrifying screams to identify non-conversions), and stands on its own as a creepy little thriller.

This time the movie is set on an Army base where the pods are being managed by the soldiers and staff. An EPA Chemical investigator arrives with his family (a daughter, son and new wife) and soon they all become involved.

Meg Tilly has a smallish role but is frighteningly chilling as the mother who has plans for hubby and kin. Gabrielle Anwar has one of her first roles as teenage daughter Marty who finds herself falling for hunky chopper pilot Billy Wirth. Dad Terry Kinney tries to save his family; R. Lee Ermey is the camp general; Christine Elise his wild daughter and Forest Whitaker is the camp medic who takes drastic measures to prevent his takeover.

All in all, a respectable interpretation of a classic scifi story.
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