Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Release Date: 1956

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 20 min

Plot Summary

In Santa Mira, California, Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) is baffled when all his patients come to him with the same complaint: their loved ones seem to have been replaced by emotionless impostors. Despite others' dismissive denials, Dr. Bennell, his former girlfriend Becky (Dana Wynter) and his friend Jack (King Donovan) soon discover that the patients' suspicions are true: an alien species of human duplicates, grown from plant-like pods, is taking over the small town.

Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates, King Donovan, Jean Willes, Ralph Dumke, Virginia Christine

Director: Don Siegel

Genres: Science fiction , Horror

Production Co: Walter Wanger Productions, Inc.

Keywords: Suspenseful, Gripping, Small town, Pursuit, Doctor, 1950s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Jaime N. ChristleySlant Magazine

    This is the most disturbing spin on the invasion premise, because it still permits the simple, classical predator/parasite interpretation, but, at the same time, makes the infiltration total, because the snatchers don’t just take your body, your memories, your brains—they take you. All of you. show more

  • 70
    IGN

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is an excellent movie about paranoia, conformity, and the need to "stay awake," or else become jaded, emotionally dead. show more

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune

    Incredibly chilling, this Don Siegel movie still delivers a powerful punch. [04 Sept 1987, p.54C]

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