Invasion of the Body Snatchers
1956
****
Director: Don Siegel
Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates

Don Siegel’s influential science fiction film is set in a small Californian town where a number of people report that the people they know have been replaced with replicas. This snappy horror story works as an allegory on McCarthyism; it even stars Kevin McCarthy. The story is based on Jack Finney’s novel The Body Snatchers, which has been remade as Invasion of the Body Snatchers in 1978, as Body Snatchers in 1993, and as The Invasion in 2007.