I loved this film, sure it’s a little cheesy, but it is also downright creepy. The idea of pod people is endlessly disturbing, and raises many interesting questions about conformity, among other things. I was planning on writing an entire essay on this, but I unfortunately lack the time because of school. So briefly, a few points and questions. Not all are directly linked to Snatchers, but horror films and the political landscape today.
– According to the director, the film is unintentionally an allegory for McCarthyism. Is this a case of people looking too analytically into the film, or is the story born out of situation, however unconsciously, it is linked to the communist scare?
– Horror is a genre in which allegory has thrived, even in literature it has raised interesting issues and questions that would not otherwised be asked outright for fear of persecution, among other things. Is this because horror is neglected as a less valuable genre, or do the convention of horror film lend themselves better to allegory than comedy, drama, crime films, etc.
– Not having seen the new (and apparently abysmal) remake, what in today’s political climate relates to the fears presented in the film, or the original. Why does Invasion of the Body Snatchers continue to fascinate and captivate audiences, when on the surface it seems to be such a product of it’s time?
I’ll see what I can do about answering these as well, I’d love opinions and answers 🙂