Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)HD Closed Captioning
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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 impostors; of not being themselves. 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 possession of their souls while they sleep. Soon the entire town is overwhelmed by the inhuman horror, but it won't stop there. In a terrifying 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 chilling combination of extraterrestrial terror and anti-conformity paranoia is considered one of the great cult classics of the genre.
The original Invasion of the Bodysnatcher
All due respect to the 1978 version and Donald Sutherland's heroic efforts, but this is one of the Golden Age Sci Fi movies. This is the real deal, in terms of the culture of the times. Before special effects became 90% of movies of this genre, there were things called "actors", and "scripts". Even storylines. This might be a bit different for Gen Y, but if you've ever wondered what the art of sci fi horror came from this is it. The cast includes the stunningly beautiful Dana Wynter and Carolyn Jones, from the original Addams Family. This is also an example of a comparatively big role for females beyond the "scream a lot" genre. The plot has twists and turns, slowly opened out, and as the Bodysnatchers are discovered, a scene from history becomes bizarre and silently hideous. Normal people as monsters isn't a totally unfamiliar sensation these days, since the economic meltdown, but done this way, it's like the Main Street 1956 meets Psycho. Then it gets weird. Enjoy!