Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

The original classic (based on Jack Finney’s serialized novella) is strong enough to have inspired many generations of filmmakers to try their hand at its basic but frightening concept: People systemically being replaced by emotionless aliens bred out of pods that overtake their victims while they sleep. There’s a lot of potential for socio-political commentary in such a concept, which here, director Don Siegel applies here to McCarthy-era Communist witch hunts of the 1950s, which still carries weight to this day. It’s an entertaining, chilling little movie with a knockout ending that’s worth the price of admission on its own.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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