Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Die Dämonischen
When Dr Miles Bennell returns to Santa Mira, California from a lecture tour, he finds some of his patients acting strangely. They do not recognise their own families, maintaining that the relatives are actually complete strangers. A little later, Bennell and his boyhood friend Becky Driscoll find lifeless human bodies at several spots in the small town. When they then discover that those bodies are growing individual features in giant pods from outer space, they understand that the population is being replaced by soulless doppelgangers. Too late, they realise that the pod people already outnumber the real humans. Their only chance for survival is to flee ... Was the film a metaphor for the “communist threat” or a warning about a creeping conformist mentality in the USA? Since it was released during the Cold War, much ink was spent debating that point. This suspenseful B movie became a timeless classic not least of all due to the way it influenced the science-fiction and paranoia thriller genres with its emphasis on the seeming normality of the extraterrestrials – “At first glance everything looked the same. It wasn’t.”
by Don Siegel
with Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Jean Willes, Ralph Dumke, Sam Peckinpah
USA 1956 English 80’ Black/White Rating R16

With

  • Kevin McCarthy
  • Dana Wynter
  • Larry Gates
  • King Donovan
  • Carolyn Jones
  • Jean Willes
  • Ralph Dumke
  • Sam Peckinpah

Crew

Director Don Siegel
Screenplay Daniel Mainwaring based on the magazine serial “The Body Snatchers” (1954) by Jack Finney
Cinematography Ellsworth Fredericks
Editing Robert S. Eisen
Music Carmen Dragon
Sound Ralph Butler
Production Design Edward Haworth
Special Effects Milt Rice
Make-Up Emile LaVigne
Producer Walter Wanger

Produced by

Walter Wanger Pictures, Inc.

Additional information

Copy: Théâtre du Temple, Paris

Don Siegel

Filmography

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017