Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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And such is the power of this film. There are no major special effects, and for the most part everything looks the way it should in small town America of the 1950s. But the idea it presents and the paranoia it creates is a remarkable, tangible thing.
Loosely based on the novella by Jack Finney and directed by Don Siegel, THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS was just a little black and white horror film--but it exploded within America's 1950s subconscious with all the force of an atomic bomb, tapping into fears of everything from Cold War-era communism to a decreasing sense of community to the notorious House Unamerican Activities Committee. And in the process it became one of the most influential horror films ever made, a motion picture that would exert a strong pull on every one from novelist Stephen King to filmmakers like Wolf Rilla.
The story has been told in no fewer than three film versions, but while the Donald Sutherland and the Meg Tilley versions are each quite fine in their own ways, the original remains the most powerful. Dr. Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) returns to the small California town of Santa Mira from a medical convention--only to discover that several members of the community have developed a strange form of hysteria: they have become convinced that certain friends and relatives are being impersonated by exact duplicates.Read more ›
Small town doctor Miles (Kevin McCarthy who is marvelous)returns to his hometown after a medical meeting to find that a little boy claims his mother isn't his mother. This isn't an isolated case as his former girlfriend Becky (the stunning Dana Wynter)returns to town to visit her father and tells Miles that her cousin is claiming the same thing about her father. It's almost like a mass delusion is gripping the town (although not identified there is a condition called folie à plusieurs i.e.,"madness of many" a shared delusion that takes root and is passed on). Miles goes along with that explanation until his writer friend (King Donovan)and his wife (Carolyn Jones) FIND a body without finger prints and, while not dead, he isn't alive either. Miles begins to suspect something darker is going on when he begins to notice the change in behavior of his friends.
Olive Films which has adopted lesser known and older Paramount titles for release has done an exceptionally good tranfer for the film. Presented in black & white on a 25g disc in the original Superscope widescreen presentation (which the producer was against...Read more ›
This is the plot: Dr. Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) returns to his small home town ready to attend patients. Different consultants tell him of a paranoid syndrome: their relatives seem somehow changed. A couple of days after that, they return to his office and tell him "Everything is OK".
Dr. Bennell and her old times girl friend Becky Driscoll (Dana Wynter) soon realize the town is being subject to an alien invasion plot. Huge seed are "planted" in basements or garages and evolved in a duplicate of a person (a clone will be called today). As soon as the victim fells asleep is "transformed". The tension grows up as time pass and the characters need to sleep.
Some comments issued around the film pointed out that it may be taken as a parable of the Cold War raging at the time it was released (1956). I think that there are more films of that period, alluding the frightful issue of "They are like us but they are NOT us and they are dangerous", as in "The Thing from another World" (1951) or "I Married a Monster from Outer Space" (1958).
The actress Carolyn Jones (later best known by her impersonation of Morticia at the "Addams Family" TV serial) play a short, but very well enacted, role
A very enjoyable film to be seen.
Duration: 80 minutes.
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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This is one of the best so called "horror" movie of all time. You don't need gore and chain saws of multi-bladed gloves. Read morePublished 3 days ago by J. D. Aumann
I purchased the Blu-ray in time to screen it Feb. 5, 2016, the 60th anniversary of its theatrical release (to extent imdb can be trusted for accuracy). Read morePublished 6 days ago by Gregory Laxer
I have seen this movie many times,both at the theatre and television.
Since Blu-Ray has become the technical standard of present day 2016 it should include
the colorized... Read more
No subtitles and no closed caption! That is discrimination against hearing impaired. The liberal film industries hated the hearing disabilities, and they forced our hearing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
There are not enough fabulous sci fi movies like this in the world. Actually really well done, and credible enough to have launched me on a life long quest to avoid body snatchers.Published 1 month ago by Kiddo
A classic film on a DVD that was a great bargain
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Just a great sci fi from the 50's. No one really gets zapped (no violence), but the plot is pretty cool. Watched it numerous times; even have it DVD somewhere.Published 2 months ago by David
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Why would anyone in their right mind want the colorized version?
Jul 31, 2010 by Eric Perlin | See all 4 posts
There are several posts on that topic in another thread called "Shorter version". One person claims the original shorter version was released on VHS at some point, but unfortunately did not specify which edition or even what country/region it was released in.
I think it was very... Read More
Jan 27, 2012 by Eric Perlin | See all 4 posts
|this title is going to be released on bluray in a box set ,does anyone...||
Will someone PLEASE colorize The Day The Earth Stood Still and other great 50's SiFi hits. I have the colorized version of "Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers" and it literally jumps off the screen! Fantastic effort of a great technology. The world is presented to us in COLOR, not... Read More
Sep 20, 2012 by BenC | See all 2 posts
I saw an alternate version of this film with a different ending back in the late 1970's I think at a now defunct cinema in Chelsea, New York City. In that version, Kevin McCarthy's character is left running madly on the freeway with the final shot a freeze frame of his terrified face as his voice... Read More
Mar 18, 2009 by Mike in Elmhurst | See all 15 posts
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