Welcome to a special 'colorized' Monster Monday Halloween Countdown post with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. Did you know that Republic Pictures colorized this movie way back in 1988?! And, they also colorized ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE, you get to see Leonard Nimoy with green skin!! The budget for this classic sci-fi thriller was a hefty $417,000!!
This is pretty much a non sequitur, but, BODY SNATCHERS director Don Siegel once said in an interview that Leo Gordon was the scariest man he had ever met, after he worked with him on the set of RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11...
The music is by Carmen Dragon, who had a total of 20 composing credits. The only thing he did after this was an episode of DR. KILDARE. It's doubtful he had anything to do with that music playing on the jukebox in the soundclip...
Letz now bring in our lli' Monster Monday button pusher, the one, the only, Ralphie The Tarantula! Okay then, push the big red 'GO' button located directly behind the soda machine, now, Ralphie! Here's our soundclip for... INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS In Color!
It's always cool when the movie starts at the end! Dr. Miles Bennell has been taken to see the psychiatrist after he was found trying to stop traffic on the freeway. Kevin McCarthy plays Dr. Bennell perfectly, and, that's Richard (The Dick Van Dyke Show) Deacon and Whit (I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN) Bissell as the doctors.
Dr. Bennell starts his story by telling about his coming back from a medical convention and about his fiance, Becky Driscoll, played by the beautiful Dana Wynter. This part at the resturant is in the soundclip...
He goes on to tell them about other disturbing things he started to discover. Like, this mysterious clammy clone of Jack that has no fingerprints!! Jack's played by King Donovan, who was also in SPOOKPROOF, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, THE MAGNETIC MONSTER, THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, RIDERS TO THE STARS and PRIVATE HELL 36.
Carolyn Jones plays Jack's wife, Teddy. Here, she watches as Jack's clone opens it's eyes! Carolyn is Morticia Addams.
The source of the cloned bodies is finally discovered!.. PODS!!
They all watch in horror as...
This half baked body plops out of a pod! You can see it's little caterpillar arms in the bottom photo!!
Miles takes a pitchfork to the clones of Becky and himself!
Then, he torches two more pods he finds that somebloody planted in his car's trunk!
As Miles watches Becky's dad hand out pods to the neighbors, an unfriendly hand is laid on his shoulder.
The clone cops get the call and have to cut their tasty meal short.
Miles ditches his Ford in this used car lot. Wow, good buy on that Mercury!
After that, they spend all their time hiding from the unhuman monsters.
They watch from a 2-story window as the pods are distributed to the locals, spreading the plague throughout the countryside!
Miles and Becky make a break for it only to have half the town join in chasing them down!
They hide under the floor planks in a mine to evade the rabid townspeople.
They hear music playing, so, Miles leaves for a few minutes to see where it's coming from. He finds out that people collecting pods are listening to the radio and so returns to Becky...
Here's the part of the story that blows your mind, after all they had been through, Becky falls asleep!!
Miles makes it to the freeway where the possessed citizens finally break off their chase, hey, no one's going to believe his story anyway.
He hops on the back of a truck and discovers that it's filled with pods!!
They are coming to get you!!!
This is a Mexican lobby card hanging on my wall, here at The Dungeon!