Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Director Don Siegel's thinly-veiled examination of McCarthy-era hysteria stars Kevin McCarthy (no relation) as Miles Bennell, a California doctor who arrives at a San Francisco hospital in near-hysterical condition, raving about an… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1956
DVD Release Date: June 26, 1998
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

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

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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.

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Sean Axmaker

The original version of the oft-filmed science fiction horror is still the most insidious alien invasion film ever made.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Few modern-day movies are more genuinely frightening.

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Tom Charity
Time Out

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.

Rob Vaux
Sci-Fi Movie Page

[This movie] scares the holy piss out of me.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

The original version of the oft-filmed science fiction horror is still the most insidious alien invasion film ever made.

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

"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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It is hard not to think that when it came out this creepy pre-Twilight Zone sci-fi did a great disservice to a country already stirred by the collective… More
Graham Jones
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.
Spencer S.
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… More
Chris Weber
Filled with tension, suspense, paranoia, and Cold War subtext, this film is one of the high water marks of the 1950s sci-fi horror/thrillers. The story's… More
Jim Hunter
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… More
Jim Careter
A classic horror, this movie still gives me the chills.