Tuesday, January 03, 2006

100 films: The Invasion of the Body Snatchers

There was a time where Pod People did not mean "owners of iPods." Invasion of the Body Snatchers [1] is about that time. One one level, it is a movie that helped make the sci-fi/horror picture the noble film genre that it is today. I don't watch sci-fi /horror pictures generally, but I am assuming Invansion is a better movie than most in that line which are released today. It also had the advantage of being short. On another level (like many sci-fi movies, especially old ones), seeks to give deep and important lessons about life: individuality is important; conformity is bad; some time the craziest person in the room is also the sanest; don't go to sleep or the aliens will get you; and so on. The movie more or less succeeds. Should you see it? I guess, if you're into that sort of thing, or, if you feel like watching 100 films, but there are dozens of better movies you should watch first. At any rate, remember: don't go to sleep or the aliens will get you.

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[1] More from IMDB and Lucas...

1 Comments:

At 12:17 AM, Blogger Princess GoLightly said...

The Thing From Another World [1951] predates Invasion of the Body Snatchers by 4 years, [remade by John Carpenter to "The Thing], and explores many of the same themes; Stop the monster before it reproduces and populates the earth with it's alien spores.

Invasion may be a finer film, and more terrifying, but it certainly owes it's inspiration to this classic.

 

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