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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
The Pod People are taking over San Francisco tonight in “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers.” This is actually the remake they did in 1978, that a lot of people hated. I don’t think it’s terrible. I still like the original 50’s version better, but it’s a halfway decent Philip Kaufman flick, came out around 1978. Donald Sutherland is the Health Department restaurant inspector who finds out people are being copied and turned into outer space vegetable zombies.
You know, I’ve seen both movies many times and I’m still not exactly sure how that works, how they do that. But Brooke Adams is a good friend and employee who watches her boyfriend the dentist turn veggie on her before her very eyes. Its also got some good performances by Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright, Leonard Nimoy in a non-Spock role…
Next week we have him again on MonsterVision as Spock in Star Trek:The Motion Picture, we won’t dwell on that. But anyhow, we’ll talk about this picture as we go along. Those drive-in totals are:
8 dead bodies
1 dead rat
1 dead vegetable fetus
3 mob scenes
Exploding outer space greenhouse
Hundreds of outer space emotionless weird-beards
Gratuitous rat feces
3 stars. Check it out.
And then we’ll have another one later tonight, the immortal “Horror At 37,000 Feet.”
Ancient Druids are discovered in the cargo hold of a 747 by William Shatner, I kid you not.
“Invasion Of The Body Snatchers” is available on video and on DVD (both versions).
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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)
(From Joe Bob's Ultimate B Movie Guide
The alien "pod people" classic starring Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter as the last two people in a California town who haven't had their minds taken over by outer space fascists. (Or are they communists?) Director Don Siegel insisted that he wasn't making an anti-Communist film, and that in fact his vegetable-pod invaders were based on bland studio executives who had been drained of all personality.
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Host segment transcript of 9-29-96 broadcast
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