"Look, you fools. You’re in danger. Can’t you see? They’re after you. They’re after all of us. Our wives, our children, everyone...You’re next!"
Description: Kevin McCarthy as Miles J. Bennell delivers a warning of an alien invasion in the classic sci-fi motion picture Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).
Miles J. Bennell is a doctor in the small town of Santa Mira, California. Called back from a medical convention, because many in town are acting delusional, the doctor discovers that the once open and friendly town folks are turning into emotionless zombies.
Soon children in town are afraid of their parents, and the kids no longer want to go to school because the students and teachers are acting strange. At one point, Miles almost runs over a child with his car as she flees from her family, when she senses something is wrong with them.
"This is the oddest thing I've ever heard of. Let's hope we don't catch it. I'd hate to wake up some morning and find out that you weren't you." - Dr. Miles J. Bennell
The trouble in town is caused by alien seed pods that are appearing all over the community. Placed in the proximity of a person, like a basement, the seed pod begins to grow into the exact form of the person they are near. As the person sleeps, the pods telepathically link to its victim's mind, downloading all of their memories. When they wake, a fully formed replica takes the place of the original.
"They come from another world, formed in the light years of space, unleashed to take over the bodies and souls of the people of our planet." - Movie Trailer
If the epidemic of cloned humans is not stopped, humanity will cease to exist. Luckily, there is a tell-tale weakness in the replication process. It can not simulate what makes us human, it lacks the ability for emotions. As Wilma Lentz (Virginia Christine), a local resident tells Dr. Bennell, "There's no emotion. None. Just the pretense of it. The words, the gesture, the tone of voice, everything else is the same, but not the feeling."
|Dr. Dan Kauffman:||While you are a sleep, they will absorb your mind, your memory. Love, desire, ambition, faith - without them, life's so simple, believe me.|
|Dr. Miles J. Bennell:||I don't want any part of it.|
|Dr. Dan Kauffman:||You're forgetting something, Miles.|
|Dr. Miles J. Bennell:||What's that?|
|Dr. Dan Kauffman:||You have no choice.|
Soon Dr. Bennell and his girlfriend, Becky Driscoll (Dana Wynter) discover even their close friends Jack Belecec (King Donovan) and his wife, Theodora "Teddy" (Carolyn Jones) have been absorbed. Fearing for their own existence, Miles and Becky escape town and take refuge in a cave.
As they run for their lives, Becky says, "I don't want to live in a world without love or grief or beauty, I'd rather die." She gets her wish, sort of, when exhausted from her mad rush out of town, she falls asleep and becomes the latest victim of the alien plot. Later, when Doctor Bennell kisses Becky, she shows no emotion. She has become one the many clones they have been fleeing.
Frantic, Doctor Bennell runs, and runs and runs until he is picked up by the Highway Patrol for acting delusional. He had been shouting to motorists, "You're next!, Your next!"
Arrested, Miles is interviewed by Dr. Hill (Witt Bissell), a psychiatrist who suspects Dr. Bennell has gone completely mad, that is, until a police report of trucks filled with large seed pods comes to their attention. Suddenly, the threat that seemed so fantastic is now real.
With no time to lose, Dr. Hill announces, "Get on your radios and sound an all points alarm....Block all highways, stop all traffic, and call every law enforcement agency in the state." Dialing the telephone, he shouts, "Operator, get me the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Yes, it's an emergency!"
Finally, relieved that someone believes him, Dr. Bennell breaths a sign of relief as the authorities rush to save the world from the enemy invasion of dopplegangers.
Note: The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) was remade in 1978. This time set in San Francisco and starring Donald Sutherland as Matthew Bennell who discovers his friends are being replaced with clones devoid of emotion.
Kevin McCarthy makes a cameo in the film as Dr. Miles J. Bennell who approaches Matthew's car and screams and pounds at the windows, warning, "They're coming! Something terrible! You're in danger!" before being struck dead by another vehicle.