In tribute to Leonard Nimoy who died on Friday 27 February we're showing the great science fiction film he starred in that didn't require a pair of pointy ears.
Philip Kaufman's Invasion of the Body Snatchers is that rarest of two-headed beasts: a remake that actually holds its own – and for many surpasses – the original. And a horror film that is genuinely terrifying.
Whereas the Body Snatchers of 1950s small-town America can be viewed as a (quite brilliant) ‘reds-under-the-bed’ cold war allegory, the 1978 Body Snatchers take over a San Francisco already gripped by self-obsessed fads for new age alternative therapy, psychoanalysis and the like.
Co-starring alongside Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy’s unsettling screen-presence and off-kilter charm contribute greatly to the movie’s almost unbearable atmosphere of paranoia and creeping dread.