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'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' (1978)
This 1978 remake of Don Siegel's sci-fi/horror touchstone (both based on the 1954 Jack Finney novel "The Body Snatchers") is a terrific example of how to update a classic story for contemporary audiences. Set in "Me Generation"-era San Francisco, the Philip Kaufman-directed film swaps out the Cold War paranoia of the original for a satire targeting the psychobabble-y self-help revolution of the late 1970s, complete with a suspiciously unruffled pop psychologist played by Leonard Nimoy. Kaufman's stylish direction is complemented nicely by a host of gooey, top-notch effects work, and the able cast led by Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams give it their all, right up to the film's legendary feel-bad climax.
- Chris Eggertsen