Prime Video Movie of the Day: Invasion of the Body Snatchers is still scary in our increasingly divided times

Some of the best science fiction films aren’t really about the future: they’re about the here and now. And there are few better examples of that Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The original 1956 film may be dated in its visuals, but it’s still utterly chilling in its depiction of a world where everyone looks normal but has lost their humanity. And the 1978 remake, which you can stream on Prime Video, does a fantastic job of updating the look without losing the chills.

The remake stars Donald Sutherland and takes the story from small-town America in the 1950s to San Francisco in the late 1970s, a setting that still feels relevant today. And it shares its claustrophobic, paranoid atmosphere with much of American cinema of the time, where filmmakers used films as a sickening mirror of real-life social decay. It’s not as scary now as it was back then, but in an age of radicalization on social media it’s surprisingly relevant. You can go online and find pod people almost instantly.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a well done remake