Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

DVD - 2002
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Plant-like extraterrestrials have invaded Santa Mira, a small town in California, replicating the villagers in giant seed "pods" and taking possession of their souls while they sleep. In a race for his life, Dr. Bennell escapes to warn the world of the deadly invasion of the pod people.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Republic Entertainment, [2002]
Edition: Widescreen version full frame version
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780782009989
0782009980
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE INVAS
Characteristics: optical
1 videodisc (Not rated)(approximately 80 min.) : sound, black and white, double-sided ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features include: Interview with Kevin McCarthy ; original threatrical trailer
Complete digitally remastered version of the black and white film from the original film negative
Originally released as a motion picture in 1956
Based on the Collier's magazine serial by Jack Finney
Original widescreen version on side A, full frame version on side B

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this one is not a shock - fest. so keep your shorts on. its the implications of the seed concept that are scary, but not for the reason that the critics of the time, wrote. if a science fiction or a horror film needs to make you jump in your chair every five minutes, then you won't get this one. or, for that matter, the allegedly frightening films of mr. Hitchcock. yes, I am mentioning this film in the same breath as Psycho, and Birds. For this one, as they, has deeper levels of meaning which resonate in the minds of intelligent viewers. Also appreciated by myself, was the hewing close to the novel which was the inspiration, by Jack Finney. Both are excellent, and will reward the encounter with, if you bring enough of your wisdom, to the table.

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chriscoleman
Apr 08, 2017

This the original 50s film with Kevin McCarthy as Dr. Hill. It sticks to the novel pretty closely, but the special effects were pretty boring, especially the "pod people" who look like regular people. We couldn't watch more than 20 minutes of it.

Marinetti Apr 16, 2015

A documentary about the lives and interests of people living in Vancouver. I can't recommend this film enough for it's attention to detail and verisimilitude.

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jazeebelle
Jun 09, 2014

This in indeed dated. It's not particularly scary and very little effects... All that being said, it is one of the best scifi horror mix classics! There have been many films since then using the same premise and for the most part, they too were done fairly well. But this film you must watch for the simple organic factor. It was storytelling at it's finest and if you allow yourself not to be put off by lack of over the top special effects, you may just see that this movie is brilliant.

laustcawz Jul 23, 2012

A terrific idea, but only fully realized a couple of decades later, in the 1978 remake.

Actually, one of many derivative films of this idea, "The Faculty" includes characters discussing how the writer of the original "...Body Snatchers" story actually took the idea from another story, Robert Heinlein's "The Puppet Masters". I think there's a movie version of that, but I haven't seen it (& probably should), nor have I read the story (& probably should).

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AtomicFez
Aug 08, 2011

Ho. Ly. Crap. Apparently it's "scary". I'll only agree that it's a bit scary that anyone got PAID for this.

Sam Pekinpaw plays the Gas Man in the protagonist's basement and claimed he did a re-write of the script. The actual screen writer said he only did a couple of lines worth of polishing, and lodged a complaint with the Writers' Guild, after which Pekinpaw stopped saying anything about the gig. Were I either of them, I wouldn't have taken any credit at all.

Ho. Ly. Crap.

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