October 8, 2022

Invasion of

the Body

Snatchers


1956 / Don Siegel / Paramount+ / Kevin McCarthy

 

Quick Thoughts

  • Little Jimmy is onto something, lets's prescribe him some medication.

  • Oh, you know, the worries of the world causing mass hysteria are no biggie.

  • Why'd he jump out the passenger's door?

  • So many chances to pass the Bechdel test.

  • Narration is a lost art.

When someone says “Let’s go to the Cinema!” They’re most likely from this day and age. I have watched many black/white horror films such as “Psycho”, “Nosferatu” and “Night of the Living” Dead’, but none of those films move with the speed and anxiety that “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” does. This film sets a breakneck pace, and the execution is that of some of the best “The Twilight Zone” episodes.



The premise is this: Alien pods are showing up, and clones of the townspeople are being birthed from the pods, and replacing their human counterparts. Kevin McCarthy plays a doctor who will do whatever it takes to save himself and his newfound lover. I got so much enjoyment from this film. The drinking and driving, the smoking, and the woman almost having conversations, witnessing this film is like traveling back in time.



There’s a nice little twist at the end, and actually, the writing is quite good. We begin the film in the present time and then travel to the past, and then we’re caught up by the end. I know we’ve seen that a million times today, but when this film came out that kind of story playing out on the big screen was new and fresh. This film is a must if you’re into “The Twilight Zone”.

“They’re here already! You’re next! You’re next! You’re next…!”


Aren't we all aliens?

  • Yeah, dude.

  • No, you.


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