Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) directed by Don Siegel
Kevin McCarthy as Dr. Miles J. Bennell

Miles: Look, you fools! You’re in danger! Can’t you see? They’re after you! They’re after all of us! Our wives, our children, everyone! They’re here already! You’re next! You’re next! You’re next! You’re next!…

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7 Responses to “Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)”

  1. There isn’t a science-fiction/horror film that I love more than this one. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve seen this in my life. In the years of television progrmming of the 60’s and 70’s this was eagerly anticipated. Back in those days the communist angle wasn’t understood, and the seed pods were genuinely horrifying. The line you figure is of course a memorable one, and a great choice to honor the film in this series.

    I always got a big kick out of the final order barked out by the psychiatrist in the tacked on ending that Allied Artists forced on Siegel to relieve people from the fear that seed pods would take over the world. After hearing Miles Bennell’s full story and then having its ending corroborated by a report that a truck crashed on the outskirts of Santa Mira (that contained the dreaded seed pods) the shrink told police officers to alert all law enforcements agencies in the state. As a child it made me feel safe, but of course years later it generated unintentional laughs.

    I like the later version with Leonard Nimoy too, but this one is the classic and stands alone.

  2. I agree about the later version, Sam. It was very effective.

    But this one is classic.

  3. The remake is another excellent example of a remake done right.

    I love this one though. I has an added punch somehow that it’s happening in a small town rather than San Francisco. It’s like Leave it to Beaver gone terribly wrong.

    Do you know Sam if Miles’ voice over was studio mandated like the bookends? He basically just explains the obvious and I think it would’ve been a stronger, scarier film without it.

    Still even with the studio meddling, this is probably my favorite 50s sci-fi flick.

  4. It’s like Leave it to Beaver gone terribly wrong.

    I think that was a recurring theme in a lot of sci-fi/horror flicks of the 1950s. And TV shows (thinking of the Twilight Zone, which even though it started in 1959 and went into the early 60’s it still had a 50’s feel).

  5. That’s why they’re so great. America seemed so “perfect” in the 50s but a change was blowin’ in the wind.

    Genre filmmakers were among the first to key into the idea that not everything was so great in paradise.

  6. Craig, the voiceover was not studio-mandated. It was there as planned. But I agree with you that though it worked fine enough, it stated the obvious.

    Indeed, Alison, on both points.

  7. I really enjoyed both the Kaufman and Ferrara versions. But the iconic moments from Siegel’s original are encoded in my movie-loving DNA.

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