Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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Don Siegel's classic exercise in psychological science fiction has often been interpreted as a cautionary fable about the blacklisting hysteria of the McCarthy era. It can be read as a political metaphor or enjoyed as a fine low-budget suspense movie, and it works well either way. Kevin McCarthy stars as Miles Bennel, a doctor in the small California community of Santa Mira, where several patients begin reporting that their loved ones don't seem to be themselves lately. They look the same but seem cold, emotionally distant, and somehow unfamiliar. The longer Miles looks into these… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"Few modern-day movies are more genuinely frightening."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"It's still a chilling picture, gaining over Phil Kaufman's smart remake by virtue of its intimate small town setting, and it has one of the greatest endings ever filmed."
‑ Tom Charity, Time Out
"Jack Finney's magazine story-turned novel "The Body Snatchers" has proven remarkably resilient through the years."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Arguably the greatest ever B-movie."
‑ , Film4
"what if the mask of your neighbor tilts for a second and you catch a glimpse of the riot going on behind his face?"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Although expertly remade twice - in 1978 and 1993 - and rather less successfully in 2007, the original is still the most striking, with a justly famous scalp-freezing ending."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Among the most thrilling cliffhangers in all of cinema."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"The film's portrait of human beings gradually assimilated by an alien invasion of emotionless duplicates creates a profoundly disturbing sense of paranoia."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"A 50s horror classic that remains a gem of allegorical paranoia."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"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."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Don Siegel's taut, bleak, noir-flavoured picture is arguably the science-fiction B-movie of the 1950s, an age when screens glowed with the atomic threat and undulated with scuttling, supersized bugs."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"Talky, tame original sci-fi study in paranoia."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"One of the very best sci-fi/horror pictures of one of that genre's best decades."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A superbly crafted film by innovative director Siegel, this low-budget science fiction tale became one of the great cult classics of the genre."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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