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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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Kevin McCarthy Kevin McCarthy
Dr. Miles J. Bennell
Dana Wynter Dana Wynter
Becky Driscoll
Larry Gates Larry Gates
Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman
King Donovan King Donovan
Jack Belicec
Carolyn Jones Carolyn Jones
Theodora 'Teddy' Belicec
Jean Willes Jean Willes
Nurse Sally Withers
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke
Police Chief Nick Grivett
Virginia Christine Virginia Christine
Wilma Lentz


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Daniel Mainwaring Daniel Mainwaring
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10 years, 4 months ago at Apr 16 5:54
A great classic sci-fi horror that thrills by channeling it's chills thru the use of the fears that we tend to hold most as a general populace. The fear that we & our brethen are not we seem to be.
And rarely does the black & white look of the time capture this cultural sub-genre fear of the unknown & magnify it so that even today, Invasion makes the viewer feel the sparseness of trust tha... read more

A classic

2 years ago at Aug 4 6:56
Since this movie has a really solid reputation, I was really eager to check it out. First of all, it is too bad that I saw before two really weak remakes ('Body Snatchers' and 'The Invasion'), without mentionning the countless copycats such as 'The World's End', as they slightly ruined the story for me. I mean, right from the very start, I already knew how the whole thing was going to play out and... read more
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Description: Dr Miles Bennel returns his small town practice to find several of his patients suffering the paranoid delusion that their friends or relatives are impostors. He is initially skeptical, especially when the alleged dopplegangers are able to answer detailed questions about their victim's life, but he is eventually persuaded that something odd has happened, and determines to find out what. This film can be seen as a paranoid 1950s warning against those Damn Commies, or conversely as a metaphor for the tyranny of McCarthy-ism and has a pro- and epilogue forced upon Siegel by the studio to "lighten the tone". ... (more)
Release date: 5 February 1956
UPC: 017153201826
Tags: Sci-fi (20), Horror (16), Aliens (14), 1950s (13), Thriller (11), 1956 (9), B Movie (6), Alien Invasion (6), Invasion (6), Paranoia (6), Based On Novel (6), Doctor (6), Noir (5), Cult Director (5), Delusion (5), Psychiatry (5), Communism (4), Seedpod (4), Fingerprints (4), Highway (4)
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"This was the first film appearence of the "Body Snatchers" concept, and is still considered a sci-fi/horror classic. But I find myself having an incredibly hard time seperating it from the 1978 "remake", which is, in my ever so humble opinion, one of the greatest horror films ever made. Almost every aspect of this film is positively dated or mundane in comparison. The direction and cinematography are adept, but very similiar to any other film of it's day. It's not a unique take on the subject ma"


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