Body Snatchers (1993)

R | 1h 27min | Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller 28 January 1994 (USA)

“They get you when you sleep!” These foreboding words are spoken to Marti (Gabrielle Anwar) by a crazed young solider, in the ladies room of a gas station, just outside of the military base she and her family were relocating to – not creepy or off putting at all.

… Marti’s dad, Steve Malone (Terry Kinney) is an Environmental Protection Agency Inspector who was hired to check for toxic materials throughout the base. The toxic sludge is the least of his worries!

Shortly after the family arrives, Marti wonders off and finds herself walking into a restricted area on the base. Seems easy enough to do, because who wouldn’t make that mistake, right? Armed military men surround her and tell her to leave – Woosh! A car pulls up with a cute rebel chic rockin’ a pixie cut, Jean Platt (Christine Elise) and tells Marti to get in the car! They become instant friends. Jean is the base commander’s daughter and knows the “ins” and “outs” of the base and takes Marti under her wing.

Meanwhile Marti’s younger brother, Andy (Reilly Murphy) is at his first day of school and strange things are happening. The teacher asks all the kids to paint pictures. After a little bit of time the teacher asks all the students to hold up their pictures. Every picture is exactly the same… except poor Andy’s. Que doom music here and the running! Go Andy Go! Andy is little and doesn’t make it far until a solider, Tim Young (Billy Wirth), catches him and takes him home. Luckily Marti had just gotten home from her strange encounter with the soldiers in the restricted area and got to lay eyes on the young stud. Love is in the air.

Later that week Andy walks into his parents’ room and witnesses his mom… dissolving, empty corpse collapse… I’m not sure what you would call it but, Carol’s been snatched! (We all agreed, Andy is going to need hours upon hours of therapy.)

Things hit the fan as Marti and Steve start to piece together that the base is being overrun with aliens poised on taking over the human race!

“Where you gonna go, where you gonna run, where you gonna hide? NOWHERE… ‘cause there’s no one like you left.” – Carol

This Body Snatcher’s is the 3rd screen version of Jack Finney’s cold war science fiction novel Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The original was made in the 50’s and the first remake was filmed in the 70’s. This 90’s version was an interesting take on the military’s point of view.


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    By: Emily Klinefelter

    Born in the North and raised in the South, Emily’s fiery passion for film and writing was ignited by her west coast cousin/mentor, a book editor/film director/photographer who took Emily under her wing at the age of 14. Later on she assisted the book publisher whose book became the film ED WOOD, and production assisted on a feature documentary, which further grounded her love of film and the arts. She is a rabid movie watcher. “I love films of all genres. To me they’re all wonderful and empowering. I mean other than books, what else can take you so many different places and help you escape when you’re stuck at home?” – Emily Klinefelter

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