Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

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Critic Consensus: One of the best political allegories of the 1950s, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is an efficient, chilling blend of sci-fi and horror.


Movie Info

In this classic (although low-budget) science-fiction thriller, emotionless aliens from outer space are using large seed pods to duplicate human bodies and take them over. While rekindling an old romance, a small-town physician discovers the pods, and soon he and his girlfriend realize that the aliens have targeted them for takeover.

Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Geoffrey Homes, Daniel Mainwaring
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 26, 1998
Runtime:
Republic Pictures Home Video

Cast


as Mile Binnell

as Becky Driscoll

as Dr. Kauffman

as Theodora

as Sally

as Wilma Lentz

as Uncle Ira

as Stanley Driscoll

as Sam Janzek

as Mrs. Grimaldi

as Aunt Eleda Lentz

as Man Carrying Baggage

as Proprietor

as Dr. Hall

as Jimmy Grimaldi

as Charlie Buckholtz

as Dr. Harvey Bassett

as With Man Carrying Ba...
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Critic Reviews for Invasion of the Body Snatchers

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (5)

This modest, sci-fi-inflected 1956 horror movie may come to be seen as the defining metaphorical work of the twentieth century.

Full Review… | October 27, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Few modern-day movies are more genuinely frightening.

Full Review… | October 23, 2010
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 26, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

"You fools! You're in danger! Can't you see? They're after you! They're after all of us!" It's one of the greatest lines in sci-fi movie history, from one of the greatest films, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Full Review… | December 4, 2014
Times [UK]

Watch it in the cinema and you'll find yourself gazing warily at everyone else in your row.

Full Review… | November 2, 2014
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Invasion of the Body Snatchers

This classic sci-fi gem is the original story of invading alien forces taking over the world population. A very subtle and deliberate metaphor for the creeping American fear of Communism, Body Snatchers was very popular on release and has had a long lasting effect on the genre, even spawning an amazing 1978 remake. This original isn't as nuanced or artsy as its later version, but what it lacks in beauty it makes up for in thrilling drama. Because of the time it was released there's an urgency that cannot be replicated, and it shows in the hammy performances from Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter. There is a reason this film is a classic, and it still holds up to this day, but I will say that the performances were very over the top and somewhat stilted. Otherwise, the paranoia and high production value really make this a horror/sci-fi must see.

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Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

A man discovers that his town has been replaced by aliens.
The description of this film on Flixster implies that one can read this film as a "cautionary fable about the blacklisting hysteria of the McCarthy era." If that is true, I would like to see that argument drawn out and supported because I've been thinking about that interpretation and I can't make it hold water. What I see is B-movie science fiction. Other positive reviews regale the film's "fear factor," but I've always been immune to this response, and so the film's cheap thrills and atmospheric suspense aren't compelling for me. I wasn't bored, but I wasn't moved or compelled either.
Overall, there may be more to this than a better version of an Ed Wood picture, but I don't see it.

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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

This sci-fi classic is still packs a punch, though in my opinion, the 1978 remake takes this basic story and turns it into a much more frightening experience.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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