Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Film Analysis

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Society and culture have a large impact on film. This can be seen most clearly in Science Fiction and Horror Films. Films are often based on real-life events, or in some cases, fears. Two examples of this are Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The Cold War and fear of the spread of Communism led to the creation of films such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Psycho and Texas Chainsaw Massacre were both based on the crimes of Ed Gein. Some common themes in these films are paranoia, apocalyptic thinking, and family values. Films from 1950-1980 can now be seen through a historical lens that shows what 20th century Americans were truly scared of.
The main difference between horror and other genres, such as fantasy
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(Aquila, pg. 132). Cold War America held a common belief that the United States must always be alert to defend against the spread of Communism. This belief is reinforced when the pod people in Invasion of the Body Snatchers are able to “infiltrate the town while innocent victims sleep” (Aquila, pg. 134). Many plot elements in Invasion of the Body Snatchers are metaphors for the fear of the spread of communism. The aliens in this film are “emotionless, soulless creatures who are intent on destroying the American way of life” and advocate a group mentality, similar to the way Communists were portrayed (Aquila, pg. 134). Because of the fear of Communist spies, “the idea that Americans could be victimized by agents acting in secret was widely feared at the time and appeared as a subtext in many movies from the era” (Aquila, pg. …show more content…
109). Examples of this are shown in Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist. “The notion of the family as a space of security, first broken down in Psycho, was now fully dismantled and whatever illusions of safety had been fostered for the young were fully dispelled. Young people were both fully dangerous and eminently endangered” (Phillips, pg. 121). It is possible that this fear came from “the rebellious nature of the children of the sixties and an underlying concern that the next generation might wreak even more cultural destruction” (Phillips, pg. 110). Phillips states that the characters in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are “remnants of the fragmented flower children” (Phillips, pg.

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