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A haunting classic,
By A Customer
This review is from: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers [DVD]  (DVD)
Philip Kaufman's remake of the 1956 drive-in movie chiller has the distinction of containing one of the five most shocking endings of any movie I've seen. But the film leading up to that ending is a ripper as well. Without computer-driven special effects or elaborate set-pieces, Kaufman shows what a worthy film-maker he is. He deftly builds tension and ... well, creepiness ... and sustains it with ease. He has cleverly refocussed the alarm and creeping dread of the story, from the anti-communist paranoia of the original Cold War version and onto the disquiet and dispiritedness spawned by engulfing corporations and bland globalisation. And while he's done that, he's also drawn splendid performances from a strong cast, including Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams and an amusingly-gawky Jeff Goldblum. Not forgetting, of course, the snivel-queen of the 70s, Veronica Cartwright, who cries and screams more effectively than any other actress I can think of. Phil Kaufman's version of "Body Snatchers" is the one to go for: taut, chilly and affecting. I heartily recommend this disc.