Tuesday, May 21, 2013


As I've mentioned before, the scariest sci-fi film I saw as a 70s Star Kid was Phillip Kaufman's 1978 remake of Invasion Of the Body Snatchers, starring Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum and Brooke Adams. I'm still not quite sure how I ended up in the theater without adult supervision for that afternoon matinee screening of Body Snatchers, but I do remember being utterly certain that I was somehow going to get in trouble for watching Brooke Adams walk around naked.

I really need to pick up the Blu-ray of this movie soon.

Anyway, today I've got a selection of lobby cards from this classic of pod-paranoia for you. Remember: they're here already!


  1. This movie did not impress me when it first came out, but over the decades it has won me over a bit. Seen now as something of a period piece, it has a most distressing tone.

    When I was a tyke, I somehow got into a movie about a madman who had a ventriloquist dummy and committed many a murder. I well remember his dying at the end of the movie by being crushed under a slowly descending anchor chain. I don't know the name of the movie to this day nor if I'm actually blending more that one, but it scared me spitless.

    Rip Off

  2. There really should have been a card dedicated to Veronica Cartwright's superb legs!

  3. That Man/Dog scene freaked out this 11 year-old back in 1978. I liked the movie so much back then that I even bought the Photonovel.

  4. @Rip Jagger, regarding the ventriloquist dummy movie:
    I think you may be talking about 'Magic' from 1978 with Anthony Hopkins. I remember my little brother running from the room every time the tv spot came on.

  5. Wow, what a great movie and cast. I was 16 and could drive myself to that movie and yes it was very scary. I bought it on Laser Disc and that has been good enough for me, plus it gives it sort of a nostalgic touch watching it that way. Great pics Chris.

  6. This is still my favorite version. The effects still hold up and the cast keeps the viewers paranoid and scared throughout the film. It doesn't get much better than this.

  7. I didn't care for this one compared to the 50's? original, though as one poster commented on it, I like it better now than when I saw it at the theater. The original I caught on TV if memory serves, and it scared the pants off me then.

  8. This movie taught me that ratings are there for a reason: we sneaked in the theater as 11 year old gang of kids to watch a 13+ (Spain ratings of the time) feature. We were scared out of our wits, some of the kids wanted to walk out when the banjo dog showed up. I slept with no plants in my room for years after that.
    But, the movie is now one of my top 4 favs, and I keep finding new interpretations about alienation, depresssion, and marriage: like when you wake one day after 15 years and suddenly you realize the person you fell in love with is now a complete stranger.
    "She not my wife. She different!"