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WATCH: Everything you didn't know about 1978's Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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Dec 20, 2018, 6:00 PM EST

Forty years ago at Christmastime, one of the finest horror remakes ever filmed was unleashed on an unsuspecting public steeped in holiday cheer and spiked eggnog.

Phillip Kaufman's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, showcasing a stellar cast of Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright, and Jeff Goldblum, hit the silver screen on December 22, 1978 and had all of America checking their garden sheds for strange sticky pods and somber, emotionless loved ones.

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United Artists' intense remake of director Don Siegel's original 1956 sci-fi horror classic of the same name, adapted from Jack Finney's terrifying 1955 novel, The Body Snatchers, was far ahead of its time in terms of technique, style, and tone. It also featured some superb camerawork by the legendary Michael Chapman (Raging Bull, The Lost Boys) and captured the alienating influence of modern urban society, here transplanted to San Francisco in the Swingin' Seventies.

In honor of Invasion of the Body Snatcher's big 40th birthday, SYFY WIRE has cultivated a fertile collection of tantalizing trivia and little-known facts behind the production of Kaufman's nightmarish alien cautionary tale. Dig into the disturbing details in our video above.