RiverRun Retro presents “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 19, 2019

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Special guest screen legend Veronica Cartwright

WINSTON-SALEM — RiverRun Retro welcomes screen legend Veronica Cartwright for two screenings of the 1978 classic film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” which stars Cartwright in the role of Nancy Bellicec. The RiverRun Retro screenings will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, at the Hanesbrands Theatre at 209 North Spruce Street in Winston-Salem and at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, at RED Cinemas in Greensboro.

Both screenings will include an on-stage conversation with Cartwright about the film and its production. RiverRun will present Cartwright with its Masters of Cinema award at the Winston-Salem screening event.

“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” is an American science fiction horror film directed by Philip Kaufman and features Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy along with Cartwright. Released on Dec. 22, 1978, it is a remake of the original 1956 “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and is based on the novel “The Body Snatchers,” by Jack Finney. The plot involves a San Francisco health inspector and his colleague who discover that humans are being replaced by alien duplicates, each being a perfect copy of the person replaced but devoid of human emotion.

“The New Yorker’s” Pauline Kael was a particular fan of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” writing that it “may be the best film of its kind ever made.” Similarly, “Variety” wrote at the time that the film “validates the entire concept of remakes. This new version of Don Siegel’s 1956 cult classic not only matches the original in horrific tone and effect but exceeds it in both conception and execution.”

Tickets for the Winston-Salem program and Greensboro screenings are $12 plus applicable tax and fees and ticketing links for both shows are available at riverrunfilm.com. RiverRun Retro is sponsored by Nelson Mullins. Additional support for this Retro program is provided by American Airlines.