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Books Into Movies - Classic SF, part 3

Guest Author - Laura Lehman

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers
An alien race comes to Earth where they duplicate human victims who then die. They are indistinguishable from human except they show no emotions. The classic 1956 movie is famous for its allusion of paranoid McCarthyism. Both the 1956 version and a 1978 one are based on the novel Body Snatchers by Jack Finney.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers DVD (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)



Planet of the Apes (translated)
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Planet of the Apes
A couple on a spaceship pleasure cruise find a bottled message floating in space. The writer was an outer space explorer. He, along with a friend, traveled to a planet that seemed only a few years away, but actually took several centuries to reach. They find that apes rule this world and humans are the primitive ones. The numerous movies (and cartoon TV show) are all based on the novel Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle.

Planet of the Apes DVD(1968)

Planet of the Apes DVD(2001)



The Fly
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The Fly
When a scientist attempts to use his teleportation machine a fly gets in. The result is a man with a fly’s head. Both movie version on based on The Fly, a short story by George Langelaan that first appeared in the June 1957 Playboy. The story is now available in the anthology They Came From Outer Space ed Jim Wynorski
The Fly/ Return of the Fly DVD (1959)

The Fly/ Fly 2 DVD(1986)



The Day the Earth Stood Still
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The Day the Earth Stood Still
In this SF classic, a spaceman lands in Washington DC and warns the Earth to cease all violent behavior. After a panicked solider shoots him, his robot protector destroys the capitol. The spaceman escapes the hospital he is sent to and moves into a boarding house to better observe humans. The 1951 movie is based on the short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates and can be found in the anthology They Came From Outer Space ed Jim Wynorski

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