So for SciFi Month I decided to do a livewatch of a classic- the 1956 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I've seen snippets of this film before but never watched the whole thing- and I feel like it does a fabulous job of evoking the dread and despair that the concept deserves. I also haven't done a livewatch in ages. I'm going to share my thoughts in real time as I go. So... let's get going!
The music by the way is tremendous in this film. Talk about setting a tone. So we begin with Kevin McCarthy as a doctor returning home to Santa Mira, a California town, and being informed that there are a number of patients waiting to see him. And ooh who is Becky Driscoll? Love interest!
Such a cozy little small town.
This kid thinks his mom's not his mom. Oooooh.
Oh, there'll be spoilers here naturally.
Doc doesn't even listen to the kid, just medicates him. Sorry kid you're toast.
No emotions. There's a first clue.
Mass hysteria, says psychologist Dr. Kauffman. Right... or anxiety about what's going on in the world. If they only knew!
A kiss! And some dinner. Or not- the doc gets called away to his friend Jack's house where something odd is happening. A body! Except... it's not entirely formed. And Jack's wife Teddy thinks it looks like him...
I'd be drinking too.
Later, at Jack's house, the thing wakes up... and has a mark on its hand like Jack has. Fuck that noise.
Don't call Kauffman! He's probably already turned. And yeah I'd have a smoke too.
Ooh Miles sneaks into Becky's house- he knows something's up- Becky doesn't wake up so he's gotta get her out of that house stat.
Bodies are disappeared. Mm hmm.
Aren't they having a cozy barbecue? Wait... PODS.
They're putting a pod in a baby's playpen to take her over... that's seriously messed up.
They have to stay awake.
Lots of pods to spread around.
Jack is back... went to get help, but now he's a pod person.
A world without love. No emotions. What would people do today if we were offered that?
They decide to run. Kinda freaky having the whole town after you.
They need a decent hiding spot. A mine doesn't seem like somewhere I would go in yeesh.
And woah- he kissed Becky and she's... changed.
So they assume he's nuts, until... a truck from the town carrying... pods. So... this one has a happy end. Of sorts.