Dr. Miles Bennell returns to his small town practice to find several of his patients suffering the paranoid delusion that their friends or relatives are impostors. He is initially skeptical, especially when the alleged doppelgangers are able to answer detailed questions about their victim's lives, but he is eventually persuaded that something odd has happened and determines to find out what is causing this phenomenon.Written by
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When Miles and Becky quote Shakespeare in unison - "I know a bank where the wild thyme grows" - it's technically a misquote. The passage, from Act 2, scene 1, of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," is actually "I know a bank where the wild thyme blows...." However, there is a potential thematic connection. The speaker is Oberon, king of the fairies, and he's sending his messenger, Puck, to pour the juice from a magic flower into the eyes of his sleeping, estranged wife, Titania, so that she will fall in love with the first creature she sees when she wakes up. So the notion of being transformed - of no longer being yourself - after sleeping connects to the plot of this movie. See more »
When Becky and Miles are escaping in his car, over the AP bulletin, their car is described as a black and white sedan. When Becky pulls into the used car lot, the car is one color. See more »
THE END comes up on the final shot of the film of Miles looking relieved that Dr Hill has believed his story, and is calling the FBI about the alien invasion of Santa Mira. See more »
Five cuts were made by the British censors on its initial release, mainly references to Burke and Hare, the original bodysnatchers. This cut print has been the only one available in the UK until 1998, when a complete widescreen version appeared on the budget video label 4-Front. See more »
A doctor comes to a hospital on a late night call to hear a man whom everybody else deems insane. The doctor persuades the man to be patient and tell his story. The man then tells the doctor about how a small California town has been invaded by some sort of alien seeds that grow into human clones...
Coming straight from the McCarthy era and general Cold War paranoia this is one scary movie. There is not a gun fired, not a drop of gore shed but the final effect of the film will stay with you for a good while. More contemporary film viewers might recognize the concept from John Carpenter's "The Thing" which itself was an update of the 1951 film. However, the themes of paranoia and tension are just as nail-biting and intense here.
There is a lack of visual punch that so many people are used to today, but just think of the historical context and the implications, basically use your mind! Then you'll see why the film scared studio executives so much that they forced Don Siegel to add an intro and outro to help soften the overall effect. It wasn't the best play in the book, but the film remains a great classic chiller. --- 9/10
Not Rated. It would most likely receive a PG from the MPAA, there are several tense moments, though no violence.
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