Invasion of the Body Snatchers Response

22 Nov

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) is a science fiction film starring Kevin McCarthy as Miles Bennell and Dana Wynter as Becky Driscoll. It starts out with a psychiatrist, Dr. Hill, finding a frantically screaming man being kept in the emergency room at the hospital, begging Hill to listen to what he insists is happening. Dr. Hill agrees, and Bennell takes us back to the beginning of the invasion, where his troubles all began. Returning from a trip, Bennell is surprised to find that a number of his patients have desperately been requesting his assistance; but when he gets back to them, they change their mind about telling him what’s wrong. When he finally gets the truth out of them, they say that something very strange is happening; that certain people are not themselves, and they can’t explain how or why. At first Bennell is at a loss as to what to think or do, but later on he sees for himself what is going on; physical replicas of the people in Santa Mira are coming to their town in pods, and replacing them; the originals cease to exist. When the “pod people” finally catch up with Bennell and his girlfriend Becky Driscoll, they both flee and manage to hide in an abandoned mine. Bennell leaves Driscoll there to go find help, but when he returns, a pod person has replaced her. Bennell runs for his life to the nearest neighboring town, and screams at cars to stop; the flashback ends and we return to the emergency room, Bennell having finished his story. Suddenly, an accident victim is rushed in, and the accompanying doctor tells Dr. Hill that he was found under a pile of giant pods. Hill realizes Bennell’s story is true, and rushes to call the authorities.

 

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a good example of the science fiction genre; it is a story that is far-fetched and theoretically impossible to happen in real life, but most importantly, it forces the viewer to reckon with ideas and scenarios beyond human intelligence and comprehension. However, the film is also part of the horror genre, because it introduces a story of destruction, mayhem, infiltration, and despair. The story unfolds in a way that is both gross and disturbing, such as carbon copies of the people coming out of slimy pods.

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One Response to “Invasion of the Body Snatchers Response”

  1. lordbyrne December 10, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    10/10. JB.

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