Something's wrong in the town of Santa Mira, California. At first, Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) is unconcerned when the townsfolk accuse their loved ones of acting like emotionless imposters. But soon the evidence is overwhelming--Santa Mira has been invaded by alien "pods" that are capable of replicating humans and taking possession of their identities. It's up to McCarthy to spread the word of warning, battling the alien invasion at the risk of his own life. Considered one of the best science fiction films of the 1950s and '60s, this classic paranoid thriller was widely interpreted as a criticism of the McCarthy era (that's Senator Joseph, not actor Kevin), which was characterized by anticommunist witch-hunts and fear of the dreaded blacklist. Some hailed it as an attack on the oppressive power of government as Big Brother. However viewers interpret it, this original 1956 version of Invaders of the Body Snatchers
(based on Jack Finney's serialized novel The Body Snatchers
) remains a milestone movie in its genre, directed by Don Siegel with an inventive intensity that continues to pack an entertaining wallop. Look closely and you'll find future director Sam Peckinpah (an uncredited cowriter of this film) making a cameo appearance as a meter reader! The DVD release includes an interview with Kevin McCarthy, and for the first time on home video the film is presented in its original 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio. --Jeff Shannon
Der Arzt Miles Bennell stellt bei seinen Patienten in der kleinen amerikanischen Hinterwaldgemeinde Santa Mira seltsame Veränderungen fest: Fröhliche und engagierte Bürger verwandeln sich quasi über Nacht in seelenlose und apathische Kreaturen. Und jeden Tag werden es mehr. Bei seinen Nachforschungen stößt er auf außerirdische Sporen, die von den Menschen Besitz ergreifen, um so die Macht auf der Erde übernehmen zu können.
Ein Klassiker des Paranoiakinos von Actionpionier Don Siegel ("Dirty Harry").