Movie: Invasion of the BodySnatchers
What’s scary about these aliens?
● very human
● can’t tell them apart, good be anyone
Town = stereotypical american small town
● Movie Poster: red sort of moving toward them/bleeding towards them.
● Suggestion that aliens are communist, calls communists aliens that are trying to taking over US
● dangerous because you can’t tell who they are.
● also suggests communists are emotionless (in cold war, demonization of communism,
valorization of US)
● What was so scary about Communism?
○ associated with Political dictatorship, state control if the economy, collectivism, seen as
violent, repressive, even evil.
○ US was convinced that Russians were aiming for global domination (like the pods)
○ Domino theory: idea that communism would spread if not contained, also kind of like a
● The Red Scare
○ the idea that communism would infiltrate states. Fear that communists might be living in
○ McCarthyism: 1950, claims to have a list of