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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Released 1956
Distributor Allied Artists

The filmmakers were hoping for a classier title (Sleep No More), but under any moniker it’s proved to be one of the most influential of all science fiction movies. Remade in 1978, 1993 and 2007, not counting the various ripoffs throughout the years. Each has its points, but Don Siegel’s spare, psychological original remains a haunting, noirish expression of modern paranoia which has defied categorical interpretation to this day.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.