Invasion of the Body Snatcher (1956) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1956
  • Genre:  Aliens, Sci-Fi Horror
  • Cast & Crew: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Jean Willes, Ralph Dumke, Virginia Christine, Guy Way, Beatrice Maude, Bobby Clark.
  • Director:  Don Siegel
  • Screenwriter:  Daniel Mainwaring, Jack Finney, Richard Collins

Invasion of the Body Snatcher (1956) Rating:

  • Dylan = 10 / 10;
  • Raoul = 9 / 10;
  • Ronan = 9 / 10;
  • Simina = 9 / 10
  • IMDb = 7.8/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 9.8/10;

Invasion of the Body Snatcher (1956) Synopsis:

A doctor is starting to observe a pattern of strange behaviors from the town inhabitants, which will soon unravel a terrible plot for the invasion of our planet by creatures from outer-space.

Invasion of the Body Snatcher (1956) Review:

Invasion of the Body Snatcher is an unforgettable classic of sci-fi-horror. The original concept of the seeds that drift through space and start to take root and grow into the earth, then hatch out and produce copies of people that start replacing the population one by one, is fascinating,…and must have been such a tremendous story to discover back in the ’50s.

Of course, nowadays the story sounds quite familiar to us for we know many movies that have taken inspiration from this, “The Thing” and “The Faculty” being two examples of really similar movies. There is also a really popular remake that was made in 1978 which tend to have people forgetting that this 1956’s gem is where it all started.

The first half-hour builds really well the intrigue, putting the audience in a very unsettling position. As one of the town inhabitant, we get to see everyone in the town starting to behave in a completely odd way, for no particular reason. Then quickly the mystery starts to make sense and the crazy truth about the invaders from outer-space is revealed. By that time, you already find yourself wondering who is what an who you can trust, and the feeling of paranoia is superbly exploited here!


The last part of the movie, despite the old age of the movie, manage to be extremely tense and even scary. Of course, there is no gore, it is all about psychological horror and playing with your fear of conspiracy theory. The ending is tragic, and that is partly what makes it a wonderful movie! If you are not too much into an old movie yet, I suggest starting right here with this one.

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