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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Vintage sci-fi time with one of the best versions of probably one of the most oft-returned to stories of the genre: Invasion of the Body Snatchers. This is the 1956 version directed by the great Don Siegel and starring the also great Kevin McCarthy. Unfortunately there’s no pods in today’s pic, but it’s a great example of period filmmaking and I just love the way Black & White photographed back then. There’s something about the grays that you can’t seem to recapture today. Anyway, here’s the pic (click for the bigger version)! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. You, you're okay. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic. Real fuckin' ugly!!! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled

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  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Before my time

    by TheKiller7

    What can I say...

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Hey! I just noticed that the 99 cent stores....

    by TheKiller7

    ...were called 25 cent stores back in those days.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:31 a.m. CST

    What takes so long?

    by guitar_dudester91

    To upload the pic? I sit here waiting all night man!!

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:48 a.m. CST

    People shore dressed funny

    by NippleEffect

    way back whens

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:58 a.m. CST

    NippleEffect - People still dress like that...

    by TheKiller7

    ... just hang out at any Tea Party meeting and you'll get an eyeful of some fugitives from the 40's & 50's.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Speaking of classic Sci-Fi where's a pic of DISTRICT 9?

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Quint, bring it or quit it.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    "Shore" Dressed Funny? You're Fucking Kidding Right?

    by Crow3711

    And you're making judgements on wardrobe? I'm sorry, I'm not grammar nazi, but if that's not intentional, then you're a fucking moron.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Wow a 25 cent store?!!

    by RPLocke

    The economy has sure changed.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST

    They Live tomorrow?

    by Jim Bolo


  • Sept. 12, 2010, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Shurely Filmed in Color?

    by Tassium

    But people were B&W in those days and color paint was just too expensive so stores used white paint with some black added. Around 1963 chemical food additives made "white" people pink and the French invented color paint, a revolution was born! The truth is out there...

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 5:32 a.m. CST

    sweet. They Live is tomorrow's bts pic.

    by KilliK

    Hey Quint could you post at some point,a bts pic from one of Croneberg's early movies,preferably the Fly? that would be neat.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 5:41 a.m. CST

    WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T GO TO SLEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by french707

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST

    I'm guessing if you google They Live bts

    by UGG

    you'll find tomorrows pic

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST

    The '78 version trounces this

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    While the Sigel version is iconic and still highly effective, it's also marred by the studio-mandated redundant narration and "it's all okay now" wraparound segments. The Kaufman version remains chillingly bleak the whole way through, and to this day boats one of THE great sucker-punch endings in horror movie history.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    trivia from imdb

    by PhilipMarlowe

    McCarthy is 17 years older than Wynter. He lost his parents during the swine flu epidemic of 1918.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST

    The best photo of the bunch so far...

    by blackmantis an artistic standpoint (composition, lighting, etc.)

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    the economy

    by jameskpolk

    You guys realize that there used to be "five and dime" stores, right?

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Off topic

    by Bass Ackwards

    But is there something going on with this site? Lately I'm finding that it can takes ages to load (if it loads at all).

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Such a classic

    by Arcangel2020

    Nice behind the scenes pic from the original "Invasion of The Body Snatchers"...a true classic for sure. I also have to agree with what Nasty says about the 1978 version/remake of this film...having grown up in the SF Bay Area as a kid I loved seeing how the movie was updated and took place in The City itself. It also had a great cast too..Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum, Donald Sutherland. Also I think the reason the 78 version resonated better with me was because it was set in a modern time, one that I was in as oppsed to the classic 1950ies version...and yeah, the ending to the '78 a version was pretty classic too

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Dressing "funny"

    by The McPoyle Clan

    I like T-shirt and jeans as much as anybody, but what's sad is that far too many people today think that those are the only two types of garments available, so they were that ensemble anywhere and everywhere. No fucking sense of style, pride in dressing for an occasion, or just plain looking the part. Makes most people look like slobs, and the stupid hipster celebs who are supposedly grown adults who wear that kind of garb at public events set a bad example for everyone. Would it kill you to put on a decent shirt and pants, or not look like a hooker?

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST


    by The McPoyle Clan

    where's the damned edit button?!

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Beautiful Pic

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    I also like the way the camera crew is blocking the "Whites Only" sign in front of the local Woolworth.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    1080p Twilight zones are friggin surreal. Buy now

    by UltraTron

    and thank me later

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    The daniel craig version is still the best

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    The others are boring

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    I stand corrected...

    by Denty420

    Time was on this site that there was no news whatsoever on a Saturday and Sunday, but I've been proven wrong in a mighty way. Thank you AICN for having passion and commitment once more.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Kaufmans version is the best simply because of the amazing endin

    by Lovecraftfan

    The original is iconic and great but marred by that stupid wraparound ending. The 78 version is every bit as good and resonant as the original with a better ending.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    The only advantage the original has over Kaufman's

    by TiVo1138

    is its suburban setting. Being from San Francisco, I geek out when I watch the 78 version. But there's something lost from Jack Finney's original novel when you take it out of the suburbs and into the big city. I still love how fucking dark the remake is though.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    They Live???

    by th3480

    Is that tomorrow's pic??

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    I've only recently realized

    by Adelai Niska

    how awesome Kevin Mccarthy is. And he's still around!

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    99 Cent stores...

    by Hipshot

    Were called "Five and Dime" back in the day. And I like the Abel Ferrer version. "Where you gonna go? Whatcha gonna do? Who's gonna help you, when there's nobody like you...left?"

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    You, you're OK. You, real fucking ugly!

    by Sailor Rip

    That shot in They Live when the alien at the newstand turns and looks at Nada and the music cue....that shit gives me chills. <p> OT, I like both Invasion of the Body Snatchers(I'm not counting the 90's one)and each one is a great representation of paranoia and the fear of the loss of identity.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    *Sutherland at the end of the 78 version*

    by Sailor Rip

    "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh." <p> And then the chick who would soon be in Alien freaks out.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    BTW, the book is great.

    by Sailor Rip

    When I see people discuss great sci-fi or suspence novels Finney's book never comes up.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    RIP Kevin McCarthy!

    by blackmantis

    Weird coincidence, or what?

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    RIP Kevin McCarthy!!

    by dingleberryjerry

    Died today at age 96. Too creepy that this pic was posted today...

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Holy shit, he DID die! Sad and creepy.

    by Ronald Raygun

    I'm betting he died the very second Adelai Niska typed "...and he's still around."

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    What the....How the...Whaaaaa!!!

    by HansBubi


  • Sept. 12, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    I guess Kevin McCarthy WAS next.

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    and thus begins

    by PhilipMarlowe

    the Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day Curse!

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    and thus begins

    by PhilipMarlowe

    the Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day Curse! Rest in peace Kevin you helped make a great movie.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Please don't put up a pic of Kirk Douglas next.

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Was there a pic of Claude Chabrol?

    by REDD

    Claude Chabrol, the celebrated French film director and a founding father of the Nouvelle Vague movement, has died aged 80.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    QUICK!! QUICK, Quint!!!

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    BTS something by Paul W.S. Anderson!!! <p> DO IT NOWWW!! <p> Ooooo! And Uwe Boll! Quickly, Quint! While you still have the power!

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    McCarthy was truly great

    by McSatan

    Nothing in any subsequent version tops the sucker punch when he kisses Dana Wynter and then knows that she is gone. That was truly bleak for its time. I alwsys have thought his performance there is outstanding. It is a sad day for lovers of truly classic Sci-fi films.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    you can't have pod people

    by frank cotton

    without fuckin' PODS! sorry, but that ruined 'invasion' for me. it's like trying to make THE BLOB without the blob

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST


    by disfigurehead

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 4:52 a.m. CST

    I remember Kevin McCarthy...

    by Master Bruce

    hosted a special version of the original movie for the Sci-Fi Channel a few years back. It was director Don Siegel's original cut w/o the wraparounds, so the film took place in the character's present & not as a flashback. The ending is even more chilling & effective w/McCarthy standing in the middle of the highway screaming right into camera "YOU'RE NEXT...YOU'RE NEXT!!!"

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    It was Gremlins that got me interested

    by sweeneydave

    in this version. Billy was watching it the night his mogwais entered the pupa stage.