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Since Invasion of the Body Snatchers has been released there have also been many other films with social issues brought up within their very cores in the science fiction and thriller genres. For instance, in Dawn of the Dead (1978) audiences appear to be watching a regular zombie film. With so many social issues going on during the film was made it is hard to write that particular various off completely as merely a zombie flick. With consumerism growing as well as The Vietnam War not too far removed from our society and partly to also stop the spread of communism. This goes back to the “if my neighbor tells me something and I start buying into it theory” as aforementioned. This film could also stand for the fact we were overtaken by consumerism to the point we are like mindless walking zombies when we hear or see the word sale. Whereas in American Psycho (2000) a film merely a dramatic thriller to most, the ending of the film has been known to have a much larger societal statement being presented to the masses. Some have speculated that none of the previous scenes the audience has witnessed are real at all but merely figments of Batemen’s imagination. Others, however, have said that every single murder we see on scene was in fact real but because society is so self-obsessed with themselves Bateman is commonly mistaken with other members of his “group”. Regardless of the true meaning, if there even is one, the fact the film can cause so much speculation on serious mental disorders possibly as multiple personality disorder as well as Bateman possibly being schizophrenic. These are not the only films that could have been spoken of and they will not be the last in their genre to strike up intrigue into what the real meaning of the film possibly could be.
While film meant something entirely different back then, a person watching the film today could gather many aspects about our current societal state as well. Conformity is everywhere in our society. The new “it” person is always around and once they have been picked everyone wants to act like he or she. We live in a society where we had the Jennifer Aniston haircut for how long? Fashion magazines dictate to us ways to look like the stars we admire from afar. Shows tell us that we all need to be dangerously skinny as opposed to what a true nutritionist would tell us if we went for advice. Granted the “pod people” weren’t looking for the new “it” person but they were still yearning to have complete and utter control over everyone’s life, but truth be known we have pills for such a thing now. Regardless of what time period a film is made in, it is easier to put a sub context spin on them rather than just chalk it up to being merely a film. Invasion of the Body Snatchers could even be taken at a political stance today and say that the “pod people” are al Qaeda and that it is strictly about what terrorism could eventually do to our country if we were ever taken over. Political views and societal views have always played a part in films in today’s current society whether we look at them or not and deep down we are all also played on the fears of this could really happen to us.
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