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Still Watching the Skies: Episode 13 – Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 by | 9 comments

Robert, Nat, and Cody are pleased to welcome special guest Jim Laczkowski to the show as we discuss one of science fiction’s most seminal and mutable franchises, Jack Finney’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers.


But before we get into that, we dive into our mailbag and discuss what classics we regard as too hashed over for us to add anything of substance to the discussion and we create a virtual pantheon of films for our podcast. If you want to know if your favorite is so enshrined, you’ll have to listen to hear the list and our reasoning for it.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978

Or, if you want to get to the main course of the episode, go to the 47 minute mark. Cody disappears at this point, being replaced by Jim rather than a pod person, and we begin our discussion with 1956’s INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS where we talk about Don Siegel, Kevin McCarthy, Communism and McCarthyism allegories, and long flights of stairs. We then turn our attention to 1978’s remake of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS where we discuss Philip Kaufman, Donald Sutherland, Veronica Cartwright, and just what we think the film is trying to say about 1970s San Francisco.  Finally, we end our discussion at 1993’s BODY SNATCHERS where we chew over Abel Ferrara, Meg Tilly, Roger Ebert’s review of the film, and whether or not we should be focusing on social allegory with this version of the story.

body snatchers 1993

It’s our longest episode to date. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the discussion as much as we did having it.

If you haven’t been replaced by a pod person, or even if you have been (we welcome all visitors), give a listen to the episode. Give us a play or Download the episode. Also, feel free to let us know what you think below or Email Us at [email protected] as we appreciate feedback.

Next month we get all romantic as we plunge through time with H.G. Wells in pursuit of Jack the Ripper with Nicholas Meyer’s TIME AFTER TIME. We hope you’ll join us.

Robert Reineke
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  1. No fourth version? The quite compromised Oliver Hershbeigel “THE INVASION”?

    • We talk about it a bit, but it doesn’t get the “official” treatment.

    • I have tried to like THE INVASION more upon rewatches, but it never seems to happen. There’s a great movie in there, but clearly, the studios tinkered with it way too much. One of the most poorly edited films and the least successful of the four by far. I keep hoping a director’s cut of THE INVASION surfaces.

    • Three is also a good number if you don’t want to do Cinecast length episodes. If a director’s cut comes out that would justify a visit.

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