A near-palpable sense of uncanny dread looms over the story of Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy), a young doctor who gradually discovers that the inhabitants of his sleepy California town are being replaced with mysteriously inhuman replicates. Adapted from a serialized novel, Don Siegel’s film would spawn several Hollywood remakes over the decades — a testament to its enduring legacy as an influential landmark. Sixty-plus years after it was made, this sci-fi classic retains its power to thrill and chill young and older audiences alike.
“Few modern-day movies are more genuinely frightening.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
“One of the greatest endings ever filmed.” – Tom Charity, Time Out
U.S., 1956, 80 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Don Siegel, Not Rated, Paramount Pictures