This film closes on Thursday, November 6th.
EXCLUSIVELY AT IFI
One of the most evergreen of science-fiction films, Invasion of the Body Snatchers has been remade by Philip Kaufman (1978), Abel Ferrara (1993), and Oliver Hirschbiegel (2007). While there are merits to the adaptations of Jack Finney’s novel produced by Kaufman and Ferrara, and Hirschbiegel’s take is best forgotten, it is Don Siegel’s masterful allegory for Cold War paranoia and the rise of McCarthyism in the U.S. that has proved the most enduring.
In the town of Santa Mira, Doctor Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) is confronted with patients claiming that family members have been replaced by imposters. Initially dismissing these concerns as mass hysteria, Bennell comes to believe something more sinister is happening than the townsfolk had ever imagined – ‘pod people’ from outer space have begun their invasion of the Earth. Still an effectively scary film, this is a welcome reissue for Hallowe’en. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)
Join us for a special Hallowe’en screening of this film on Friday, October 31st at 21.00 and try an Alien Cocktail (€6) in the IFI Café Bar!
“Six decades on, Don Seigel’s classic still spooks” ★★★★ The Irish Times “High-octane pulp thrills” ★★★★★ The Guardian
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