BODY SNATCHERS REVIEWED
“Body Snatchers” is a film that deserved so much better. Hell, I remember trying to sneak into Showcase Cinemas to see this when I was 12. By the time I was able to pull it off, the movie had been pulled from theaters. What came next was a long-line of home video releases that were botched outside of the laserdisc release. Larry Cohen and Stuart Gordon lead up the horror superstars working on the script for indie legend Abel Ferrara to direct. While other versions of the film had a sociological bent to them, Ferrara couldn’t care less. Ferrara was making his big studio horror movie.
The pods in this movie have tentacles and act like carnivorous plants. Loosing the stagnant nature of the villains produces something that actually plays scary. The collective mind of the Pods share details and information they retrieve from the humans they replicate. It’s harder to hide among them, as they recognize their own and want your human stink purged. The film doesn’t waste a moment, as it blasts through its tight 87 mins. Brevity in horror is essential, especially when not a moment is wasted on creating a military world overcome by killer plant aliens.
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track