55 Years of Body Snatching

The original version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers was released 55 years ago today in 1956. It’s a B-quality movie that’s creepy and fun. Fall asleep and your body is cloned in a big slimy alien pod outside your bedroom window or down in the basement. Then you’re dead and replaced by a clone with no emotion. “Come on and join us.” No, run!

I saw “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers” about 20 years ago on VHS and thought it was boring, but my childish adult sensibilities have allowed me to appreciate it now as a story about non-conformity. (Originally it was supposed to scare Americans into not becoming Communists, but The Tea Party is taking care of that these days.)
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