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Directed by Abel Ferrara • 1993 • United States
Starring Terry Kinney, Meg Tilly, Gabrielle Anwar
Abel Ferrara brings his subversive vision to the sci-fi/horror genre with this potent adaptation of the novel by Jack Finney (previously filmed twice as INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS). “They get you when you sleep!” Despite this warning from a seemingly insane man, the Malone family moves to take a job at a military base outside Selma, Alabama. Soon, they are plunged into a nightmare world where people’s lives are drained, only to be replaced by soulless, emotionless aliens that emerge from cocoon-like pods to take possession of their human hosts. In relocating the action to an Army base and centering the story around a teenage girl’s coming of age, Ferrara sets up a provocative critique of both the U.S. military and the nuclear family.