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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.78 /10
Kevin McCarthy , Dana Wynter , Larry Gates
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Directed by: Don Siegel
Written by: Daniel Mainwaring , from Jack Finney’s novel The Body Snatchers

Released: 1956
Origin: US
Length: 80


Invaders from space take over the bodies of human beings.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Don Siegel’s masterly sci-fi horror film is one of the most frightening, paranoid movies ever made. Siegel keeps his characters moving, hiding, suspicious... and heightens it all with sharp editing and shadowy lighting. The acting, though it was never going to win any Oscars and McCarthy overacts towards the end, is above-average for Sci-fi of the period; and the script is intelligent. It was probably intended to be a timely allegory about America in the mid-50s, but it can be interpreted as either anti-McCarthyite (as it usually is) or anti-Communist. Whatever the film’s politics, its artistic qualities enable it to be just as powerful and gripping today. Philip Kaufman remade the film (reasonably well) in 1978.

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