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The people of Santa Mira aren’t quite themselves lately – find out why, with the Ultimate Guide to Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Our beautiful magazine guide is your perfect companion as you return to the fifties sci-fi classic, with a wealth of information and beautifully restored stills that take you deep into the story of Dr Miles Bennell and his encounter with a sinister extraterrestrial force. Inspired by the movie’s unique and haunting atmosphere, this Invasion of the Body Snatchers guide is an essential for any fan of science fiction, paying vibrant tribute to one of cinema’s all-time classics.
Serialised in Collier’s magazine, Jack Finney’s 1954 novel ‘The Body Snatchers’ told of a threat falling from space, with seed pods growing replacements for the human population of a California town. By the time Allied Artists brought the story to the screen in 1956, the tale had evolved into a nerve-wracking motion picture experience that left audiences unsure of who to trust. As you explore the Ultimate Guide to Invasion of the Body Snatchers you’ll discover the movie’s path from the written word to the terrifying cinematic results.
In line with the other magazines in the Classic Monsters range, the Invasion of the Body Snatchers Ultimate Guide is produced to the highest standard, with the glossy cover’s vibrant artwork your first stop in a luxurious journey into a movie that has never lost its power to get under your skin. Presented in A4 format (210mm x 297mm), it has a crisp and timeless design that allows every element of content to look its best while you absorb the plethora of facts and information that each page offers up.
Key to the beauty of this Invasion of the Body Snatchers guide magazine is the stills, which lead you into the movie’s uniquely unsettling world. Every image is carefully restored to look its absolute best, offering a tribute to the movie like nothing you’ve seen before. Our use of full-colour print processes means that while the colour artwork bursts from the page, even black and white stills have a depth and richness that traditional monochrome printing doesn’t offer. This is a movie magazine that’s sure to take pride of place among your fifties sci-fi collection.
As you’d expect from a magazine guide to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, this Ultimate Guide explores the movie’s themes and their stark presentation in a world of paranoia and deception. Many theories have been put forward about what the invasion itself represents. Did author Jack Finney intend to make a statement about the oppressive nature of McCarthyism, or was screenwriter Daniel Mainwaring discussing the effects of communism? The Ultimate Guide to Invasion of the Body Snatchers looks at the messages the movie seems to put forward. But who can you believe? Perhaps it depends on how much that pod in your greenhouse has grown.
In addition to a huge amount of information about the making of the movie, you’ll also learn about the people whose efforts made it a reality, with informative biographies telling the diverse stories of cast and crew alike. Stars Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter are the centrepieces of the movie, their performances awash with fear and tension in a disintegrating world, but they’re not alone in shaping the movie’s singularly frightening mood. That’s why this Invasion of the Body Snatchers magazine guide includes profiles of co-stars including Carolyn Jones, King Donovan and Larry Gates. You might know some of their work, but you’re sure to discover some surprises along the way.
It’s not all about what happened in front of the camera either: the Ultimate Guide to Invasion of the Body Snatchers also introduces the people whose off-screen toils created a piece of eerie movie magic. You’ll learn about director Don Siegel, whose list of credits reveals a keen understanding of how to build tension, and the scandal-hit producer Walter Wanger, among many others.
That man in the emergency room seems a little upset, but it’s difficult to hear what he’s saying because of all those trucks rumbling by laden with… groceries? They’re carrying some kind of plants, at any rate, and the local farms have certainly been busy. It probably isn’t any of our business, so better to just stay awake – definitely stay awake – and enjoy the Ultimate Guide to Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Order your copy now, before they get to it first…
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- 36 pages
- Full colour throughout
- Luxury gloss laminated cover