Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Director: Don Siegel
Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan
Country of Origin: USA 1956 80 mins.
Released by PARK CIRCUS
'A classic of American cinema.'
Don Siegel's genre classic 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' (1956) is back on the big screen from 31 October.
In the sleepy Californian town of Santa Mira strange things are happening. Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) finds residents experiencing an epidemic of mass hysteria, imagining their relatives replaced by detached, emotionless copies. As Bennell gets closer to the horrifying truth - that the substitutions are part of an extraterrestrial invasion scheme and the copies are emerging from giant seed pods - the 'pod people' begin to close in. On its release in 1956, the film was was thought of as another 'B' movie sci-fi horror thriller common in the 1950s. Yet the film addresses numerous issues brewing in post-war US society - the Cold War, McCarthyism and the changing dynamics of gender relations assumed cult status and is acknowledged as a classic of American cinema.
Adapted from Jack Finney's sci-fi story, 'Invasion of the Body Snatcher' will be screened as part of the BFI's 'Days of Fear and Wonder' sci-fi season and at selected UK cinemas.