Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 41
- Fresh: 40
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 8.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This tense, offbeat piece of science-fiction is occasionally difficult to follow due to the strangeness of its scientific premise. Action nevertheless is increasingly exciting.
Fresh: Few modern-day movies are more genuinely frightening.
Fresh: Don Siegel's superb little effort, with its matter-of-fact isolation of hero Kevin McCarthy (ironic, no?) from the smarmy complacency of a small town gone to hell -- and way beyond -- points the way to his gripping action films of the 60s and 70s.
Fresh: Wonderfully performed and imbued with a genuine sense of trepidation and unease.
This is a true classic; the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers! This has been redone and copied countless times but none can truely compare to the first one. Absolutely a must for Sci Fi fans.
I've seen both this film and its remakes and this is by far the best version and adaption of the book. Is on the AFIs greatest films list! Superb acting and directing too!
The original and best verision of the body snatcher movies. More gripping and scary than the one with Donald Sutherland. A must see if you haven't and worth seeing again if you have already.