Film & Water Presents: Turn It Off with Tracy #4



Don’t fall asleep! In this fourth terrifying episode of TURN IT OFF WITH TRACY, Rob and Tracy see how far she can get into the 1978 remake of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, and Leonard Nimoy!

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10 responses to “Film & Water Presents: Turn It Off with Tracy #4

  1. I’m still foggy on this one, as to whether I’ve seen it or not. I think I must have seen part of it, because some things seem to ring a bell, but I don’t recall that ending, and I think that would be hard to forget.

    If you guys can make it through any of the ABC Familly/Freeform dramas, you have sterner constitutions than me!!! Just kidding!!!

    And yes, a proper Film & Water on Somewhere In Time would be great. That was my Mom’s favorite movie. I haven’t rewatched it since she passed, and I really should. It would be a good excuse to see it again.


  2. My congratulations to Tracy for making it as far as she did with this one. I’ve never watched Body Snatchers, but I have seen clips from it. In particular, I know I’ve seen the closing scene where Sutherland’s character has been replaced.

    The premise behind this film is the basis of my most common nightmares. Nothing bad actually happens to anyone in the dream. I simply posses this foreknowledge that everyone around me (usually family and friends) will eventually be turned into pod people, zombies, or whatever, and I’ll be the last human left alive. Just the anticipation of that occurring scares me silly. So, while I won’t be watching this one any time soon, I did enjoy Tracy’s reaction to it, as well your full coverage of the movies in that previous Film and Water episode.

    1. I was initially a little hesitant about covering a movie on TIOWT if I haven’t done so on the main show. But then I decided the rule is, just because we cover it here doesn’t mean I won’t give it a fuller examination later on.

      Thanks for listening!

  3. How about trying the original? You won’t be grossed out and can view it as a commentary on the Red Scare.

  4. Once I saw that title I actually had my prediction that it was going to be the scene where we see the replacement happening that would do her in. It is really funny getting the perspective of somebody who gets really put off by the more visceral stuff. Because in my mind this is largely psychological horror (since the ooey gooey stuff never sticks with me as hard) but yeah, there’s that other stuff in there to. This show has made me think back and realize many of my favorite horror films, which are more on the atmospheric side (The Woman in Black, The Others, The Devil’s Backbone, The Descent) still have their fair share of gory moments or jump scares that I forget about.

  5. As you know, one of my favorite 70s sf films (we talked about this before), but yeah, scarier than hundreds of straight up horror films. That final moment haunted my nightmares for decades (I must have been no more than 12 the first time I saw it on French-language afternoon TV).

  6. I’ve actually never seen this version, but absolutely love the original version from the 1950s–in fact, I used to show that version of the film to my 11th grade students when we would read Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.”

    I read on IMDb that the ending scene was shot with Veronica Cartwright not knowing what Donald Sutherland was going to do and her reaction is genuine. I don’t know how true this is, but this would be the first of two movies in a row–the next one being Alien–where she was not given fair warning about what was going to happen in a scene.

    I don’t know how many suggestions you’ve gotten, but I watched Rosemary’s Baby the other night and listening to this episode this morning, I wonder if Tracy would make it past the scene where Rosemary gets impregnated … and if she does, if she would like the film or be bored (my wife finds it incredibly boring).

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