Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

This remake of the Cold War-era metaphor for the threat of Communism (in spite of director Don Siegel's insistence that it has no political leanings) is considered by many to be the definitive adaptation of the material, of which there are many. Philip Kaufman's darker, less politically-charged take on the material fleshes out the concept into new and interesting areas, filling in some of the original's plot holes (what does happen to the original bodies once they're duplicated?) while simultaneously exploring some of its less detailed notions (what are the life forms, really?). If that weren't enough to cement the film's place in the pantheon of remakes, the final shot of the film—which subverts the original's mildly optimistic ending into one far more sinister and depressing—is one of the most iconic in the genre.

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  1. Ross Murray • August 18, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

    – Nice look at SOME of the best remakes (adaptations?), though by no means complete. Here are a few others:
    – Ben Hur (1959), the great Oscar-Winner, as per the original silent in the 20’s (also very good).
    – Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Original: Boudu Saved From Drowning).
    – Cape Fear (1993, I think). Well directed, less innocent take by Martin Scorsese on the early 60’s original.
    Always fun when the remakes work; they often don’

  2. Pyretta • August 17, 2012 @ 10:26 AM

    For ‘Casino Royale’, it is not fair to make a comparison because they were two completely diferent films. The first on with David Niven and Peter Sellers is a classic comedy, while the one with Daniel Craig is a more serious take on the James Bond movies. I loved both!!!

  3. Pyretta • August 17, 2012 @ 10:20 AM

    I never saw the original ‘Departed’, so I have nothing to compare it to, however I loved the remake!!!

  4. Pyretta • August 17, 2012 @ 10:17 AM

    What can I say? I love vampire movies, but this one was a little long in the tooth for me. I saw the orginal which was also slow but still it was much, much better than the remake! You know you’re in trouble when you keep looking at the time to see how much longer the film will be!!!!

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