Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers was released into theaters on December 22nd, 1978. Filming locations include San Francisco, Ca. It was directed by Philip Kaufman. Kaufman makes a cameo as the man tapping on the phone booth window. It's a remake of the 1956 movie of the same name. The lead of Matthew Bennell was played by Donald Sutherland. Other notable genre films starring Sutherland include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Don't Look Now and The Puppet Masters. Former Grateful Dead front man, Jerry Garcia, made an appearance as the man sitting next to the Boxer on the sidewalk playing the banjo. The score was composed by Denny Zeitlin, in what was his only feature film score. The films first DVD release was on March 31st, 1998.

Driscoll house - 720 Steiner St. San Francisco, Ca. 94117

The 2,875 square foot house was built in 1900. The house is included within a section of seven homes known as the San Francisco "Painted Ladies". They are also sometimes referred to as "Postcard Row" and the "Seven Sisters". The brief scene of Robert Duvall as a priest on a swing was filmed directly across the street at the playground in Alamo Square. The houses can also be seen during the opening credits of the television show Full House, while the family is having a picnic across the street in Alamo Square.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2022.

Full House opening credits

Matthew leaves the inspection with a busted windshield - Houston St. San Francisco, Ca. 94133

The spot he leaves from is located behind Bimbo's 365 Club.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2022.

Department of Public Health - 101 Grove St. San Francisco, Ca. 94102

The building was constructed in 1932. This location is just across the street from where the ending of the film was shot, in Civic Center Park.


Dry cleaners - 1515 Waller St. San Francisco, Ca. 94117

Formerly Russ Cleaners, the location was permanently closed at the time of my visit.


Ecstatic man runs across the street - Leavenworth St. and Eddy St. San Francisco, Ca. 94102

They drive north along Leavenworth St. and turn right onto Eddy Street, where they then see the man who tried to warn them has been hit and killed by an automobile. Kevin McCarthy, who played the ecstatic man, was also in the original 1956 version.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2022.

Matthew Bennell's house - 1221 Montgomery St. San Francisco, Ca. 94111

The house is located in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood, which is one of San Francisco's original "Seven Hills".

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Matthew meets Ted Jessup - Stockton St. and Post St. San Francisco, Ca. 94108
(Union Square)

They meet and talk at the northeast corner of the square.


Pier 33 - 1398 The Embarcadero San Francisco, Ca. 94111

Also known as Alcatraz Landing. It's the departure point for the Alcatraz ferry, the only one that actually stops at the island.


Ending - 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl. San Francisco, Ca. 94102
(Civic Center Park)

This took place directly in front of San Francisco City Hall, which is visible in the first screenshot. The city hall was constructed in 1916. Other notable movies filmed at the location include A View to Kill, The Towering Inferno and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2022.


  1. Love your site. I should point out that the town of Sierra Madre, with its town square, is the location for the 1956 version, the scene where the pods are loaded into trucks for distribution to other towns. I visited there some years ago and the square still looks the same. You should also mention that Kevin McCarthy, who played Dr. Bennel, was the hysterical man in the street scene as a cameo in the 1978 version.

  2. You should consider an entry for the 1956 original version. There's a scene where McCarthy's character is watching, from his office, seed pods being loaded into trucks in the town square. If I'm not mistaken, that same area was used in Halloween 2, where Michael Myers bumps into the boom box guy and sees the sign for the hospital, and Halloween 3, where Dr. Challis calls his wife and gets into the car to go to Santa Mira.