Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

How well do you know your neighbors?

BY: JENNIFER BARNETT

“The mind is a strange and wonderful thing. I’m not sure it will ever be able to figure itself out. Everything else maybe from the atom to the universe; everything except itself.”

Invasion of the Body Snatchers starts off somewhat slow, but ends up being so suspenseful. The story has been redone and revised several times in the years since the original: an unknown alien plant species has landed on earth, and replaces people as they sleep with perfect clones. Perfect, except they have no emotions of any kind.

The main characters are Dr. Miles J. Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) and Becky Driscoll (Dana Wynter) who slowly come to understand that something sinister is happening to their town and spend most of the movie trying to stay awake and find some way to escape their fate. This is an awesome movie full of suspense. You will be on the edge of your chair until the very end! It is creepy to see the town’s people change over night.

According to film experts, there are many ways to interpret this film. On IMDb, the internet movie database, I read this – This film can be seen as a paranoid 1950s warning against those Damn Commies or, conversely, as a metaphor for the tyranny of McCarthyism (or the totalitarian system of Your Choice) and has a pro- and epilogue that was forced upon Siegel by the studio to lighten the tone. You can be the judge. I thoroughly enjoy this movie because of the cinematography. It’s a black and white movie and so they rely on the use of shadows and angles to create the mood. It is genius!

You do not need to be a horror flick fan to like this movie. It is more of a suspenseful thriller. It is so much better than the many remakes. Be sure to see this one first before you fall for the color and flash of the others. You won’t be disappointed!

“I’ve been afraid a lot of times in my life. But I didn’t know the real meaning of fear until… until I had kissed Becky.”

 

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    By: Jennifer Barnett

    Jennifer Barnett Lives in Wilmington but dreams of the day she can walk down Moore St. to the Southport Magazine office from her charming home in downtown Southport. She has been a North Carolinian now for 18 years, though the Carolina coast was calling her name long before she escaped the Midwest. She is an amateur beachcomber and lover of all shells (even the broken ones). She enjoys spending time in her art studio painting and drawing. She is a devoted wife, mother, Christian and basketball fan.

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