Body Snatchers

Synopsis: Family moves to military base for the summer, but the soldiers are behaving even more strangely than usual. Is it a toxic spill as suggested or is it something more sinister?
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Abel Ferrara
Production: Warner Home Video
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

Where do I begin?

I guess with the idea that sometimes

things happen that we don't understand.

Maybe we shouldn't try to.

My dad had been assigned to inspect

the military southern sector of the EPA.

My stepmother, my half-brother and I

spent two months on the road with him.

It's hard being in a car with a 6-year-old

and the woman who replaced your mom.

But nobody asked me what I wanted

to do that summer.

I guess things do happen for a reason...

...even if you don't like what that reason is.

Come on.

Fill it up.

- You got a rest room?

- It ain't great, but we've got one.

- Not the "big old fat" part.

- Which part?

- Can I have a soda?

- No.

- I see you're from Washington, D.C.

- That's right.

Long way from home.

You're bad. You're bad.

You're scared.


They're out there.

They're everywhere!

They get you when you sleep.

They get you when you sleep, you hear?

Get out, or you'll be next!

Dad! Dad!

There's a psycho in there!

- In the bathroom?

- He's got a knife!


Maybe you should let him go in first.

He's got a gun.

Maybe you'd better come back here, honey.

There's nothing here.

There's no one in there.

You okay?

No one's there?

Marti, are you okay?

Are you all right? What did he want?

Maybe we should file a police report.

"They get you when you sleep."

I remember thinking he was crazy...

...but I also remember thinking

we spend half our lives asleep.

'Morning, sir.

I'm Steve Malone. I'm with the EPA.

General Platt's expecting us.

One moment.

Follow the signs to Sector C.

I got it.

Fifty-nine. There are three doors,

so it should be...

Let's see. It's this...

How'd you know that?

He's so smart. This kid of ours is so smart.

How'd you know it was that door?

Tie your shoelaces.

I'll do it.

Are you sure this is the right door?

This is it?


Andy, come on. Help me unload the car.

Come on, I'm going to get there

before you do.

Andy, honey, slow down.

There are only two bedrooms.

You've got to share with your brother then.

Steve, can you give me a hand up here?

Don't work too hard.

If we'd known what was waiting for us,

we would've run.

But, in the end, it had to happen.

And so it began.

- This is a restricted area, miss.

- What?

You shouldn't be here

without security clearance.

What's up?

Get in the car.

I'm Jenn.


Thanks for picking me up.

No problem. They're d*cks.

What was that all about?

God knows. They always have

a bug up their ass. Ignore them.

So what heinous misfortune

brings you here?

A month in hell with my dad and his wife.

He's with the EPA.

EPA, cool! Hippies saving the planet.

Look at those goons.

They actually volunteered for this crap.

Can you believe it?

What are you doing here?

Not much.

My dad runs the place.

He does?

Mom? There's somebody here.

Look at this sh*t.

This is why my dad's an insomniac.

He's afraid she'll burn the house down

in her sleep.

Mom, this is Marti. Marti, my mom.

Vodka. Want some?

Mom's an alcoholic.

The experts say that means I'll be one too.

Let's go. Come on.

Nice to meet you, Mrs. Platt.

And I don't know what's wrong

with the kids.

They treat me like I'm some stranger

rather than their father.

Why are you here?

What do you want?

You're young, but you're old.

Steve, you're going to get a mucho kiss.

Time for your mucho.

Carol doesn't like mucho kisses.

- Hi, honey.

- Did we wake you?

- Sorry.

- What's wrong?

I had a nightmare.

Come here. I'll give you a kiss

and a big hug.

A bad dream can't hurt you.

Everybody has bad dreams, honey.

It's okay.

It's okay. Come on,

I'll take you back to bed.

What the hell was that?

Have you ever been in the military?

No, General.

Then you know absolutely nothing about

biological and chemical warfare, do you?

It seems to me...

...that it'd be a lot more dangerous

to move this stuff around...

...than to leave it where it is.

If these chemicals are safely stored,

you have nothing to worry about.

I have nothing to worry about?

Explain that.

Come in here, Captain.

Yes, sir.

Escort Dr. Malone around the base.

Show him what he needs to see.

Let him take samples and run tests.

Then do whatever you have to

to expedite his departure.

Mr. Malone?

Good afternoon, sir.

- Can I help you?

- Yeah.

Can you give us some space?

I want to talk to him.

I'm Major Collins,

head of the base medical corps.

Hold on.

I wanted to meet you...

...and extend my cooperation

to you personally.

Thank you.

I'm very interested in the effects exposure

to these chemicals can have on people.


You got a lot of chemicals on this base.

They're all pretty toxic.

Effects? Physically,

they could be devastating.

Not physically. I'm referring

to psychological effects.

I'm not following you.

Can they affect brain patterns?

Can they interfere with

chemo-neurological processes?

Can they foster psychoses, paranoias...


I'm a chemist, not a psychiatrist.

I don't know.


...can they alter one's view of reality?

Let me be frank.

I'm seeing people at the infirmary...

...who are exhibiting...

...extreme delusional fixations.


...afraid to sleep.

People afraid to... with family members.

Afraid of them.


...paranoia about others...

...about other people's identities.

People afraid of themselves.

Suddenly, I got a camp full

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Stuart Gordon

Stuart Gordon (born August 11, 1947) is an American filmmaker, theatre director, screenwriter, and playwright. Initially recognized for his provocative and frequently controversial work in experimental theatre, Gordon is perhaps more widely known for work in film. Most of Gordon's cinematic work is in the horror genre, though he has also ventured into science fiction and film noir. Like his friend and fellow filmmaker Brian Yuzna, Gordon is a fan of H. P. Lovecraft and has adapted several of the author's stories for the screen, including Re-Animator, From Beyond, and Dagon, as well as the Masters of Horror episode Dreams in the Witch-House. He has turned to the work of Edgar Allan Poe on two occasions, directing The Pit and the Pendulum in 1991 and The Black Cat for Masters of Horror Showtime series in 2007. His science fiction films: Robot Jox (1990), and Fortress (1992) have both become cult classics. With Brian Yuzna and writer Ed Naha he co-created Honey, I Shrunk the Kids for Disney Studios and executive produced the sequel Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. He also co-wrote Body Snatchers for Warner Brothers in 1993 and The Dentist for Trimark in 1998. He produced, co-wrote and directed the science fiction comedy Space Truckers starring Dennis Hopper in 1996. He also produced and directed The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit written by Ray Bradbury in 1998. In 2003 he turned to film noir and produced and directed King of the Ants based on the novel by Charlie Higson. This was followed by a film adaptation of David Mamet's dark play Edmond starring William H. Macy in 2006. And in 2007 he produced, co-wrote and directed Stuck starring Stephen Rea and Mena Suvari. more…

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