Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1993. Dorset Productions, Robert H. Solo Productions, Warner Bros.. Screen story by Raymond Cistheri, Larry Cohen, Screenplay by Nicholas St. John, Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon, based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney. Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli. Produced by Robert H. Solo. Music by Joe Delia. Production Design by Peter Jamison. Costume Design by Margaret Mohr. Film Editing by Anthony Redman. Cannes Film Festival 1993.
Third version of the classic science-fiction thriller is the least impressive. The testosterone has been upped but all the subliminal political significance is gone, as is the fun. This time, the evil alien invaders take over an army base right as a wholesome family led by Terry Kinney and Meg Tilly move there for the summer. Gabrielle Anwar is the helpless daughter who manages to avoid her parents’ fate, while Billy Wirth is the beefed-up hero whose personality was apparently stolen way before any of the extra-terrestrials arrived on the planet. This was to be Abel Ferrara’s break into the mainstream, but it appears it didn’t go so well.