… there was nothing to hold onto—except each other.
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.
Kevin McCarthy Dana Wynter Larry Gates King Donovan Carolyn Jones Jean Willes Ralph Dumke Virginia Christine Tom Fadden Kenneth Patterson Guy Way Bobby Clark Beatrice Maude Whit Bissell Richard Deacon Robert Osterloh Guy Rennie Eileen Stevens Jean Andren Everett Glass Sam Peckinpah Dabbs Greer Marie Selland Harry J. Vejar J. Pat O'Malley
La invasión de los usurpadores de cuerpos, Ruumiinryöstäjät, Sleep No More, The Body Snatchers, They Came from Another World, Walter Wagner's Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Critics have always screamed 1956’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers as an allegory against McCarthyism blindness at the time, but I only see that if I really bend over backwards to make the connection; unlike 1986’s “The Fly” as an allegory for AIDS devastation, the connection there was easy to see. Heck, 1978’s “Invasion” was a clear-cut allegory on New Age conformity and how the so-called maximization of human potential was to band together in groups. Themes aside, the most shocking thing about this classic original is that it takes place at a time when Kevin McCarthy’s caring doctor will actually see and evaluate patients pro bono without first asking for a PPO insurance card. It becomes terrific ham-and-cheese overacting…
Something is a little bit odd about the residents of Small Town USA in Don Siegel's tale of paranoia at its most paranoid. The Good Doctor. Forrest Gump-esque run. X-ray. Insurance salesmen are shady, if you don't believe me watch the Fargo TV series. Pretend Uncle? Ultra sexy Becky Driscoll. Pretend Mommy? The Lawnmower Man. Danny the Shrink. Jukebox dancing. Jack doesn't look like Jeff Goldblum. Cuckoo clock. The ultimate John Doe. Morticia Addams? It's alive? I've heard that line before. Badass doctors smoke cigarettes. I'm sacred of creepy basements. Body double? Nick the Cop. If you don't want fingerprints, find some acid. The way Becky Driscoll looks in her jeans. Cellar dweller. Speedy recovery. Bootleg photosynthesis. I wish my…
The mind is a strange and wonderful thing. I'm not sure it will ever be able to figure itself out. Everything else maybe, from the atom to the universe. Everything except itself.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a classic and iconic piece of sci-fi horror. This looked like a really fun horror film and I hadn’t seen a Halloween film from the 50s yet. This was basically every thing I expected it to be, it’s a surprisingly thought provoking film though. The plot is great it’s a classic and entertaining story. The idea of friends and family being taken over by aliens but looking the exact same is terrifying. It’s sort of a metaphor when you dig deep…
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a personal favourite of mine, but it’s earlier version had curiously evaded me for years, until now. While I can't deny my love for its remake, this 1956 original surprisingly (for me, at least) manages to be just as brilliant on its own merits, if not better in some ways, if not better. A widely intense sci-fi shocker that holds up better than most.
Santa Mira, California is an ordinary American town undergoing a very unordinary phenomenon, in which people are convinced that their friends and family aren't who they appear to be (or the 'Capgras delusion'). Dr. Miles Bennell is…
This 1956 science fiction thriller has a cool concept and is even more interesting taking into account all of the societal pressures responsible for its conception. It is also one of the somewhat rare examples of a film that has a remake that was far superior to the original, typical of sci-fi as seen with The Fly and The Thing. Its analogies to the Cold War paranoia of Communism are easy to see. It is about creatures from outer space that can assume exact likenesses to those around you, making it very difficult to distinguish your friends from your enemies. Just like that Red Commie Menace. Old Mrs. Everett next door could very easily just be…
Adapted by Daniel Mainwaring from Jack Finney's 1954 sci-fi novel The Body Snatchers, this film ingeniously positions sleep as a liability and an adversary. Falling asleep is natural relaxation and a prerequisite, but here it's the mechanism of termination, with arguably it’s sweeping themes simultaneously incorporating commentary on McCarthyism and of the threats of social consonance. It's director Don Siegel, one of the outstanding Hollywood genre directors, took merely nineteen days to shoot the movie and it involved no second-unit work. Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a harrowing cinematic nightmare which possesses one of the most extraordinary conclusions ever filmed.
Don Siegel's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is a horror film with very little onscreen horror. Instead, the horror is that of idea and of suggestion. It is the creeping horror of paranoia, of the fear that you or your loves ones are not what they seem. This horrific idea flows through Siegel's film, effortlessly gripping any audience susceptible to these fears.
"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" follows Kevin McCarthy's Santa Mira, California doctor as he is faced with patients complaining of loved ones acting differently or not being themselves at all. When the doctor pokes around the phenomenon, he finds that his town is under siege by forces turning the townsfolk into emotionless, soulless shells of their former selves.…
Doctor ‘smooth-as-fuck’ Miles is summoned back from the medical conference he was attending because of the stream of patients that wanted to speak to him in his general practitioner office. When he returns, every appointment is cancelled, people don’t seem to go to restaurants anymore and, strangest of all, a handful of people begin to withhold their loved ones for complete strangers - something which the town’s psychiatrist explains to be caused by some kind of mass hysteria epidemic. But Miles and his sexy love interest Becky aren’t so sure about that explanation and with some friends they attempt to solve the mystery themselves, stumbling upon a much more shocking truth: an invasion of body-snatchers! The plot summary almost sounds…
Pese al limitado presupuesto que tuvo Don Siegel para realizar este film, el resultado no decepciona. En principio es una más de las películas propagandistas anticomunistas de los cincuenta, haciendo alusión a los "rojos" con extraterrestres que podían estar en cualquier sitio, incluso en los familiares más cercanos; pero, a diferencia de todas estas, Don Siegel construye una trama más convincente, argumentada de inicio a fin e incluso, se atreve a hacer mofa del anticomunismo.
It'd been years since I last saw this, and although (of course) I remembered the story's loose outline, many of the smaller details startled me. A few thoughts on that:
• It looks and sounds exactly like top-shelf film noir! The sequences where Miles and Becky flee from "the police" are especially reminiscent of movies like Detour or Dark Passage, and even James Wong Howe could hardly have improved on all the headlights and flashlights slicing through the night. The film's photography progressively hems in its remaining human characters, penning them first in Miles' office, then beneath the slats of a mineshaft floor. Invasion is among the leanest, most suffocating nightmares in all of cinema.
• What if you didn't…
Day nine of horror for October first time watch
Honestly so far 50s horror is my favourite decade for horror films in my marathon (then again 50s are one of my favourite decades for film in general)
This film is so cleverly written the fact it still holds up to this day amazingly is fantastic.
The acting in this outstanding the performances grab your attention instantly.
The detail to 50s horror movies honestly are some of my favourites details in film in general.
(Got 4 more review to catch up on 2 from today and 2 from yesterday)
Classic sci-fi thriller about the fears and paranoia prevalent in the 50's! (McCarthyism, Red Menace, General fear of those whom are different or of the unknown)!
Paranoia gone unchecked led to this and many other great Sci-Fi films back in the 50's and 60's!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Does a great job of merging a more psychologically terrifying premise (everyone you know is being replaced by identical copies of themselves) with b-horror drive in charm (those copies are made in giant seed pods from outer space). Opens itself to many different interpretations (is it against communism? McCarthyism? Overprescribed drugs?) which makes it more timeless than if it had been more didactic.
When are we going to get the remake where someone's facebook friends all get replaced with pornbots and Russian disinformation agents?
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I always thought "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" was a poor title. Take this 1956 version for example. It's quite noir-ish, with a mystery element to it, but by nature of it's title, we already know what has happened.
It's a bit of a shame actually because the movie is great in the early stages where things are beginning to seem strange and yet its unexplained. Is it all nonsense? Is it delusion? Or is there a strange medical phenomenon occurring?
I love the beginning of this film, where Dr Bennell is going about his days in Santa Mira, but just the smallest things seem slightly off, and how that begins to escalate as…
On a purely superficial level invasion of the Body Snatchers has an interesting premise. The idea of friends and loved ones becoming something else entirely is disturbing. But I can't say the political subtext holds up under a modern viewing. FYI this film is impossible to review without getting political so be warned.
I had forgotten that this film was produced during the McCarthy era, and it makes total sense upon reflection. The fear of friends turning on friends was incredibly timely but I feel that it will come across differently to a modern audience. Dr. Bennell (who ironically is played by an actor named McCarthy) finds himself in new world where he no longer belongs, surrounded by people he…
its good i really liked the music and if it was the 50’s and i was seeing this me and the girls would probably really dig it. jk we would be in the local asylum for hysterical woman activities
A solid horror film and cultural artifact representative of studio horror’s golden days. Suspenseful but not too self-serious, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is loads of fun and widely amusing.
anti-commie messaging didnt age well but i liked the horny sleepy lady
Invasion of the Body Snatchers is, like The Stepford Wives, a movie that has transcended its movie status to become a cultural touchstone. It’s also just as subversive and just as worthy of its status as more than a movie. I think this ranks with the best of subversive 50s film like Bigger Than Life and Ace in the Hole. It also feels a lot less like its sci fi brethren of the time and more like the films noir around it, though the evil lurking within small town life maybe resembles Shadow of a Doubt more than Kiss Me Deadly. The parable here isn’t as blatant as that of The Stepford Wives - it could be read any number of ways, really. But this makes it even more timeless, and through things as subtle as character tics and set design I think the film tips its hand as to where its affections lie. Taut, thrilling, and unrelenting.
miles really had no business pulling becky's arm that hard
This but FOX News, right?
Feels exactly like what my grandpa would have had on TV late at night, maybe even was. I always hated the "crazy-shouty END IS NIGH" hero type, but this made up for it with some genuine mounting tension and a crisp run time.
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