While it pales in comparison to its 1978 remake, the original “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” still proves to be a relevant, almost film noir-like, science fiction flick. Like most other 1950s sci-fi, it feeds off the fears and nightmares of its time, in this case the rise of communism or conformity in the American household and what that does to the American way of life and how that turns into rampant paranoia and suspicison. The thought that anyone and everyone around you could be a cold, uncaring alien that could try to convert you too when you least expect it, speaks not only to McCarthy era, but still rings true even to this day as our personal identities become so important. It adds a certain level of horror to the film, on top of it’s noir style of unraveling its other worldly mystery. One of the classic 1950s sci-fi movies, as well as one of the simplest yet most effective.
Final Grade: B+