Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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  • Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Analysis

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a film that can be critiqued with many different views and opinions. It is obvious to many that this film is an allegory for the Cold War; but it is tough to say whether or not is a critique of American conformity or a warning of the communist threat in the United States. While both arguments can be made, warning of the communist threat in the United States is the most represented throughout the film. Invasion of the Body Snatchers depiction of the warning of the communist threat in the United States can be represented by the mystery of the alien pods, the behavior and suspicious acts of their species, and the way no one wants to believe that these incidents are happening. Firstly, during parts of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers, you can see the mysterious alien pods showing up all over the fictional town of Mill Valley, California. During the beginning of the movie, you never saw these pods but only saw the alien species that you later learn come out of them. Dr. Miles Benner is the first to notice this epidemic of imposters impersonating people throughout the town. Obviously, this species of imposters do not want the humans to know that they are among them. Later on, Miles and some others get suspicious of this behavior and create a panic. This can hugely relate to how Americans felt during the Cold…

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  • Science Fiction And Horror Film Analysis

    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…

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  • Communism In The Movie Crash

    impostor. “He looks, acts, sounds, and remembers just like Uncle Ira.” This particular line is important because during the Second Red Scare, people began suspecting each other and family members of being spies or secret supporters of communism. There was also the American stereotype that everyone in a communist society acted the same and that this was due to the lack of individualism in a communistic society. This kind of fear and anxiety is still prevalent today and is focused on Muslims and…

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  • Historical Fact Film Analysis

    The film depicts an alien invasion within an american town and follows the lead character, a doctor, as he investigates the strange changes of the towns people, eventually realising they have been taken over by the aliens or ‘pod people.’ This film is a work of fiction, however, it displays historical veracity due to the portrayal of the context of the period in which it was created in, through the plot and film techniques. The 1950s was a time characterised by ‘the Red-Scare, a campaign of fear…

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  • The Femina Mystique: Movie Analysis

    the credits, listed simply as UN Secretary. By focusing on her, it raises the question on what other interesting characters we miss while they are running away from the white male action hero trying to solve problems with the alien by blowing everything up. Humanity craves companionship, its greatest fear isolation, but if it treated half of its population as it deserves to be treated, they would discover females are not a mysterious alien race, but people. Often aliens are just metaphors for…

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  • Cold War And The Red Scare Analysis

    increased news coverage. In the news, people are constantly told not to fear, reflecting paranoia during this era. However, despite being told not to fear, the news also exaggerates the danger of alien invasion. At one point a newspaper illustration depicts Klaatu and his ship as a much larger danger than they…

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  • Reality In Paranoid Fiction

    Paranoid fiction shows the manipulative nature of reality and how it can be altered by powerful forces. These forces can be a governing body, such as a dictatorship or communist government, or they can be an internal situation, such as a character's mental instability or refusal to accept the harshness of the world he or she is in. Unlike speculative fiction, paranoid fiction is written in a way so as to imply that the story may only be a delusion of the characters, instead of treating it as an…

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  • Paranoia In Dr Strangelove

    Strangelove. Throughout the film nothing is mentioned about what the device actually is, which turns the doomsday device into an abstract concept. Within the context of the Cold War this abstract concept can most notably allude to communism, but also the threat of paranoia itself. In the classic sci-fy thriller, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), directed by Don Siegel, the pod people have invaded a small town in California and begun taking over the small town. The pod-people have become a…

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  • The Pint People: A Short Story

    a little voice inside me said, "Patty, this is just another opportunity to practice speaking your truth. Here's another chance for you to deal with a situation right as it's happening. Don't negate it. Don't brush it off to the side. Be in the moment and deal with it." Boy, did I! I proceeded to let loose such a vitriol of verbal vomit (Oooh, what an awesome alliteration!); they didn't know what hit them. I was not going to accept their excuses any longer. But most of all, I was not…

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  • Horror Films Research Paper

    Daughter. After the gothic style of horror movies died down a bunch of new movies arose that were self-parody, movies like The Invisible Man Returns, The Mummy Hands, and Frankenstein Meets Wolf man. Rko studio began producing low budget horror films with a budget of 150,000 per movie. Val Lewton was in charge in producing the films and RKO named them. This helped the studio enormously. During the 1950’s Hollywood had a rough period because of Supreme Court rulings. So studios did not put too…

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