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Invasion of the Body Snatchers
- Michael Whitty
This effective sci-fi black-and-white classic of people being replaced by plant pods which duplicates them as they sleep concerns Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter as they eventually see their friends not quite themselves and wonder if their time will come. In the process they have to run for their lives to find help as they see truck loads of these pods taking control of their city from replacement people. This film was re-done in 1978 with Donald Sutherland but it was told better here as we stick with the Kevin McCarthy character until he can find an answer.
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)
- RICHARD ALLOCCA
ON OF THE ABSOLUTE BEST 1950'S SIFI CLASSIC, DON'T MISS....
No More Tears
- disinterested spectator
When I first saw this movie as a child, I immediately saw the connection between the aliens who took over the bodies of humans and communists (as portrayed on television and in movies in those days): they had no emotions and they were motivated by the goal of world domination. Unfortunately, as good as this movie is, it has a big plot hole. At first, we see that the pods duplicate humans and replace them while they sleep, although we never find out what happens to the human bodies. But as the movie proceeds, the human bodies themselves seem to change once they sleep, even if there are no pods around.
Invasion of the Body Snachers
Overall- 2 1/2 out of 5Lead Performers- 2 1/2 out of 5Supporting Cast-2/5Director-4/5Score-3/5Screenplay-2/5Cinematography-2/5Importance-3/5Recommendation for fans of genre-2/5
Justifiably a classic
- Michael Passe
The 1950's might be seen today as a golden age of science fiction. But sci-fi projects were usually relegated to studio B-movie back lot productions, with minimal budgets to match, until a few films came along that gave the genre much-needed moxie: "The Incredible Shrinking Man," the surprise hit "The Fly," and most notably this oft-remade classic tale that gets it right on nearly every level. The acting and directing are top-notch, even if Dana Wynter's Becky Driscoll seems impossibly high-class for a small Aggie town in California. Director Siegel injects elements of film noir - lots of shadows, voice-over narration,terrific camera angles like those used in the classic scene of Jack's double coming to life on his pool table before his terror-struck wife's eyes - to create an almost unbearable sense of tension that still holds up after countless viewings. Then there is the story itself, which writer Jack Finney long denied was a Cold War parable, but no matter- it's a compelling story that strikes a chord with people and poses some genuinely profound questions. The residents of Santa Mira are not simply fighting for their lives, they are fighting for their humanity, the ability to love and feel and experience life beyond the mere act of existence (to believe that Communists do not experience love or have feelings is a tremendously ethnocentric conceit by the way). And the flick is entertaining from start to finish, even the maligned tacked-on ending which, to me, works quite well. So many classic moments ... Dr Bennell discovering Becky's double in the basement; the arrival of truckloads of the ominous seed pods in the town square; and still one of the best scenes in sci-fi history, the aforementioned pool table scene. It is telling that all of the remakes of this film fall so flat, even though some of them, especially the Donald Sutherland version, weren't half bad. A very important film in sci-fi history.
Subtly Scary SciFi
- Bruce Reber
Invasion of The Body Snatchers is truly one of the greatest SciFi films from the 50's. Instead of having monsters (either from another world or created on Earth by atomic radiation) that often looked cheap, it has giant seed pods taking over the minds and bodies of the people of a small town. It's horror is very subtle, unlike most other SciFi films of the 50's that featured menacing monsters and mutants killing people and destroying everything in their path. Invasion of The Body Snatchers to me seems to be a metaphor for the conformity and the conservative social values of 1950's America, and also the paranoia of being conquered by alien beings. A excellent entry level SciFi film for anyone not that familiar with the genre, or for anyone who wants to have the (expletive) scared out of them.
I love this movie.
I could watch this film over and over and not get tired of seeing it. It seems like such a nice small town, the kind that would be so wonderful to live in. And it was, until they started taking over. It was frightening but oh so real. I think it represents a lot more than just a sci fi film. A whole lot more. Watch it carefully.
50's Sci-Fi at it's Best
I feel this is the best Sci-Fi of the '50's. It's not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill film. It's very frightening for it's time that depicts alien take over with the humans in a small town and eventually worldwide. There's no other '50's film that shocks you as much as this one. It's a powerful tale and it is among the top 5 Sci-Fi's of all time.