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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, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming Nightmare Cinema.