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Body Snatchers (1993)



Critic Consensus: Body Snatchers may not topple previous adaptions, but it boasts an effective sense of dread and strong characterizations.

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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). ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Gabrielle Anwar
as Marty Malone
Terry Kinney
as Steve Malone
Meg Tilly
as Carol Malone
Christine Elise
as Genn Platt
R. Lee Ermey
as General Platt
Reilly Murphy
as Andy Malone
Kathleen Doyle
as Mrs. Platt
Stanley Small
as Platt's Aide
Keith Smith
as Soldier Gas Station
Winston E. Grant
as Gas Attendant
Phil Neilson
as MP Gate Captain
Jennifer Tilly
as Body Double Meg
Sylvia Small
as 1st Soldier
Marty Lyons
as Man in Infirmary
Kimberly L. Cole
as Pod Soldier
Darien Taylor
as Alien Woman
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Critic Reviews for Body Snatchers

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (6)

Offers a few stunning moments of paranoia-laced terror.

May 8, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

As sheer moviemaking, it is skilled and knowing, and deserves the highest praise you can give a horror film: It works.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

...a fine adaptation of an iconic novel.

January 6, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though the look is upgraded and the tone more sinister than in previous iterations, there aren't enough new twists to warrant yet another interpretation.

September 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

An entertaining and dread filled horror science fiction film...

October 17, 2012 | Full Review…

A teen horror film with grown-up violence.

September 12, 2007 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Body Snatchers


Once more into the breech, and this time it's not so bad at all as the alien fungus returns to take over the planet by assuming our identities once again. Who's a real human? Who's an alien replacement? Really good is how the work portrays a little kid alone in the knowledge that everyone he knows is not anybody he knows. Plus some light but effective special effects that manage the gross out portion. How did I miss this first time around? It's better than you thought it would be.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


The most indelible aspects of the manifold adaptations of 'Body Snatchers' have been the sociopolitical subtexts behind them. The ephemeral, quite arch 1993 rendition focuses on the emotional repression of the military establishment and EPA-regulated environmental safeguards. The concept of Meg Tilly being the stepmother is another example of a surrogate for an authority figure. There are a few deliciously sinister scenes liberally sprinkled throughout the film including a disquieting sequence where an entire classroom draws the same amorphous painting except for the solitary non-pod person and the Vulcan logic that "it's the race that's important, not the individual". Abel Ferrara vainly enhances the claustrophobic atmosphere with Dutch angles but this is the umpteenth iteration of this tale and his style-over-substance sensibility is no consolation. On a sidenote, the bellowing shrieks of the pod people might've been terrifying decades ago, but they are incredibly dated and cartoonish nowadays (especially the horrendously superimposed CGI of a screamer plummeting from a helicopter).

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer


It's been a while since i saw this one, Ferrara's direction is great, the sense of tension was very well build. My problem was the very anti-climatic ending. Might need a rewatch.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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