Un clásico del género y de la temporada de paranoias masivas, a propósito de la Guerra Fría, tiempo de incertidumbre. El filme de Siegel provoca esa ansiedad, el pánico ante lo que es y lo que no. Aquí empezó también a ser el referente sobre humanos haciendo de huéspedes (el cuerpo como arma). Una interpretación de lo deshumanizado, el humano enemigo del humano. Gran final abierto que extiende una lectura del fracaso
It holds up okay if it's taken literally as a story about creatures that gradually replace their human counterparts in increasingly greater numbers. But the cold war element comes on so strong that it's hard to ignore; specifically the way the communist analogue is positioned as inhuman, and incapable of feeling love. That being said, it's well-acted, and visually it holds up really well. It's a complicated film.
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.
Darker than I remembered both in its noir visuals (very low key) and in its thematics. It really gets very claustrophobic by the end as everyone in the town becomes one of 'them'. Terrific use of locations - that long, narrow outdoor stairway they are chased up; and sets that have a convincing quality too. Great camerawork - nice, tight close-ups, particularly in the mud as the girl becomes possessed. Top stuff!