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Invasion of the Body Snatchers ’78

Released 1978
Distributor United Artists

Generally considered at least the equal or maybe (!) the better of Don Siegel’s influential 1956 classic, Phil Kaufman’s 1978 update transposes Jack Finney’s paranoid original to a new age San Francisco setting. Some have pointed out that a story based on people becoming suspicious of their neighbors’ unusual behavior might be better set somewhere other than San Francisco, but it’s pretty widely accepted that this is the best of the remakes (1992, 1997).

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.