Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Blu-ray]
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Something evil has taken possession of the small town of Santa Mira, California. Hysterical people accuse their loved ones of being emotionless imposters; of not being them selves. At first, Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) tries to convince them they're wrong ...but they're not. Plant-like extraterrestrials have invaded Earth, replicating the villagers in giant seed "pods" and taking pose ssion of their souls while they sleep. Soon the entire town is overwhelmed by the inhuman horror, but it won't stop there. In a te rrifying race for his life, Dr. Bennell escapes to warn the world of the deadly invasion of the pod people! Remade in both 1978 and 1997, this chillign combination of extraterrestrial terror and anti-conformity paranoia is considered one of the great cult classic s of hte genre!
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Here's the scoop. Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) returns to to his practice in Santa Mira after being away at a conference. Something is afoot. People are saying that close friends and family they've known forever are not their friends and family. A backlog of patient appointments dries up and he's left scratching his head. He runs into an old flame (Dana Wynter) and, as the two try to rekindle their relationships, other odd things begin to happen that get them to realize something very serious is going on.
This film sports a very efficient script by Daniel Mainwaring as well as direction from veteran Don Siegel. The questions are laid out very early on and the clues build to a startling conclusion which then segues into the pair trying to figure out how to both escape the problem as well as raise the warning. This all builds to a frightening and feverish pitch. What starts out slow and easy on soft sunny days speeds up and turns dark with sharp, ugly shadows.
Some say this was made as a warning against Communism. Some say it's a warning to any society to not become to homogeneous. I suppose arguments can be made either way. But, social commentary aside, this is a wild ride. It is also said that the end was shot after the fact to calm people and let them know that our government has our best interests in mind. I don't know if that's true but, given the opening scene, I'm not buying it. It works too well.
This is right up there with the best science fiction films of that era. If you're a fan, have at it.
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