Spill Film

Various Artists

Sat 23 Apr 2011

SPILL’s theme of infection is epxlored further through this late night double bill of cult 1950′s science fiction cinema. Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Blob each explore a paranoid obsession with ideas of invasion. The screening will be introduced by SPILL’s curator Robert Pacitti.


A small town Doctor returns to find a rash of patients suffering the paranoid delusion that some of the townsfolk have benn replaced by imposters. Initially diagnosing ‘epidemic’ mass hysteria’ he soon begins to think that they might be right.

A classic in the genre of films that play out cultural anxieties around the idea of becoming first tainted and then subsumed by an unseen force, in this case communism. The studio imposed a ligther ending on director Don Siegel but it still features a dog with a man’s head -brilliant stuff!


Another manifestation of cultural anxiety played out as body panic, with that body being both individual and collective here. In this film the treat is an external amorphous mass, a giant amoeba-like alien that terrorizes the small community of Phoenixville, Pennsylavania.

Made outside the Hollywood system, The Blob launched the careers of Steve McQueen and Composer Burt Bacharach with the tongue-in-cheek theme song Beware the Blob

Screenings: 9.00pm and 11.00pmm, Barbican Cinema

Invasion of the Body Snatchers:

80mins / US 1956 / Directed by Don Siegel / Photo credit: Still from the film

The Blob:

86 mins / US 1958 / Directed by Irvin Yeaworth