4 1/2 out of 5 stars. After finally sitting through its staggering 80 minute running time in one shot I finally see Invasion of the Body Snatchers for its greatness & in all its pulpy noir glory. Kevin McCarthy was great & I couldn't take my eyes off Dana Wynter. Part of me feels I should've watched this paranoia masterpiece much sooner but at the same time I don't feel like I could've fully appreciated it until now.
Siegel's film begins like an idealistic portrait of an American small town and is then turned on its head in a grinding shift in intensity. Stepehn King pointed out if he HAD to pick a favorite horror film this would be it, and its easy to see why even you don't buy into the cold war subtext, its unquestionably a film about what fear does to people illustrated with the simplest cinematic techniques. A must see.
The commie aliens invade the land of freedom.
Don Sigel/Jack Finney's classic paranoic cult B-movie, hugely influenced by pulp and film noir.
Exceptional Kevin McCarthy and Daniel Mainwaring's screenplay.
It's a ridiculously good movie, even more when I first thought it was going to be a cheesy B-Movie flick. The script is very good and justifies the absence of special effects and the low budget. The cinematography is gritty and brilliant, and the actors are great. An incredible good surprise. I think it's going to be a classic for me, now.
Its idea is one of the creepiest ever conceived, but this original is too high-concept, throwing its characters too quickly into the fray, and focusing too greatly on plot and less strongly on its dramatic and paranoia-inducing elements that would've made it more suspenseful and less emotionally cold. Also, did the annoyingly-obtrusive film score really need to be that overpowering in nearly every single scene?
This is the 2nd time I watched a movie from director Don Siegel (the first time was Dirty Harry). It's haunting, thrilling, and exciting. If I had lived in 1950's, maybe this movie would leave a greater impact to me. Because it's allegory for the "red scare". It was the political situation at the time. So this movie had a paranoid feel. Not only sci-fi, this movie also had a noir theme and made it more suspenseful...
Don Siegel´s classic sci-fi deserves its reputation: the subtext is rich (witch-hunt ? critic of capitalism ? you choose), the tension works throughout the film. A few strange shots for the atmosphere, a strong scenario for the rest. Even badly cut by the studios, it is still a reference today (3 remakes followed). Good movies age well.