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1,418 Ratings

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Directed by Philip Kaufman
United States, 1978
Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller


In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers Directed by Philip Kaufman

Awards & Festivals

San Francisco International Film Festival

2013 | Winner: Founder's Directing Award

Writers Guild of America

1979 | Nominee: Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1979 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

Hugo Awards

1979 | Nominee: Best Dramatic Presentation

In my opinion, the scariest American movie of the 1970s (a decade that offers plenty of competition) and one that inverts the idea of the scream from an involuntary expression of terror to its cold, calculating source.
October 02, 2018
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It wasn’t just verbally knowing: Its wit extended into the compositional elements, symmetries of plot and production design, even the delectably macabre sound track. It’s a nightmare of hip gnosis bridging the pulp allegory of Don Siegel’s 1956 original with the icy domestic touch of Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman (1975)—that’s what gives its estrangement such a specific satiric jolt, but also enhances the utterly mundane, methodical, step-by-step terror of the Pod takeover.
September 09, 2016
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Throughout this version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, one of the subtlest and most extraordinarily fluid of American horror films, Kaufman crafts textured scenes, rich in emotional and object-centric tactility, that cause our heads to casually spin with expectation and dread.
August 16, 2016
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