Monday, March 24, 2008

Making The Switch

I recently watched the 1978 remake of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. It was better than I remembered. (It wasn't really a hit in its day, and aside from Pauline Kael, who raved, the critics didn't think that much of it.)

But I still have a question. The mechanism by which bodies are snatched is very unclear. There are all these plants and spores from outer space that latch on to you while you sleep. They apparently take your brain, or essence, and create a new alien body that still has your memories, while your old body is destroyed. This is already tricky enough. But what I don't get is how close do the plants have to be to get to you? It sometimes seems, such as when Brooke Adams gets replaced near the end, that anywhere in general where the aliens are is enough. But then we see Veronica Cartwright living among the aliens and not changing--she can't stay awake forever, how does she manage?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There has to be a certain proximity, since the aliens are transporting the spores. I guess if you can sleep some place completely cut off, you're not effected.

1:38 AM, March 24, 2008  
Blogger New England Guy said...

Paranoia is big part of this film (and justified paranoia at that). Part of the appeal of the horror is that you just don't know when and how someone might be taken. Nothing is safe and all of your assumptions and protections could evaporate in an instant.

9:58 AM, March 24, 2008  
Blogger LAGuy said...

I've always wanted to see someone make this film in a more evenhanded way.

Whenever the people are taken over by their puppet masters (to use Heinlein's term) they all say how great it is, but we never feel it. But is it so bad, really? They sure seem to get along.

12:44 PM, March 24, 2008  

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