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Rest In Peace, Kevin McCarthy 1914-2010

‘They’re here already! You’re next! You’re next, You’re next…!’

It would no doubt surprise anybody that I write this with a heavy heart, for one of my favourite actors and star of one of my most cherished movies, Kevin McCarthy has passed away.

Don Siegel’s ‘Invasion Of The Body Snatchers’ is to this day a timeless classic Science Fiction movie, stocked with paranoia suited to it’s time and an (unintended) allegory on McCarthyism and the perceived ‘red threat’ that swept the United States during the 1950’s.

McCarthy had a steady career, one which delivered an Academy Award nomination in 1951 for his performance in ‘Death Of A Salesman’. Along with the inimitable Dick Miller, he was also a firm favourite of Joe Dante, who cast him in ‘The Howling’, ‘Piranha’ and ‘Twilight Zone: The Movie’ (which saw the tragic death of Vic Morrow) and ‘InnerSpace’. A brief cameo in the (dreadful) ’78 remake of ‘Invasion Of The Body Snatchers’ kept him in the public consciousness, but always as the desperate and paranoid character of Dr. Miles Bennell which he will forever be associated.

I’m watching ‘Body Snatchers’ as I type this, savouring every frame of a movie which I hold in such high regard. I may not see it in the same light if not for Kevin McCarthy.

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September 12, 2010 - Posted by | Film, Sci-Fi

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