USA | 1956 | 80 min | PG
Made at the height of Cold War paranoia and the golden age of the American optimism, Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) marries complacency with fatalism.
Based on Jack Finney’s novel this iconic 1950s B-movie begins with mysterious pods appearing in a small California town and climaxes in a nightmarish reckoning of epic proportions. Siegel made a shlocky yet electrifying parable for the American ideology of the era, your neighbors might not really be your neighbors, your family may not really be your family, and you may not really be you.
Siegel’s film has remained a powerful political allegory in the decades since its release and the multiple remakes it has yielded speak to the enduring nature of the story. While this version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers may cause some unintentional laughs, it decimates the American Dream with eerie precision. – ALEXANDRA WEST
Director: Don Siegel
Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates
The screening will be introduced by Faculty of Horror Alexandra West, discussing Red Scare cinema and the film’s subsequent remakes.
ABOUT IT’S ALIVE! AT THE THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
Famous guitarist Kirk Hammett, of the heavy metal band Metallica, has created one of the world’s most extraordinary collections of classic horror and sci-fi movie posters. This exhibition explores Hammett’s significant collection and examines the connection between artistry, emotion, and popular culture through a selection of works from 20th century cinema. “It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection” is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. It is on view at the Royal Ontario Museum until January 5, 2020.
This screening is presented by The Revue Cinema and The Faculty of Horror, in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum, with community sponsorship from Damzels.
General Admission: $15
Bronze Members, Students & Seniors: $12
Silver Members: $11
Gold Members: FREE