(L. Invasion of the body snatchers)
Our Predicament as a Fifties Horror Film
Imagine a small town out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Imagine
the Mayor, police chief, school principal, newspaper editor, pastor, and doctor -- all avuncular and commanding trust. By day, that is. By night they engage in satanic rituals, including child ritual sacrifice. Imagine that one day they raise an alarm. A deadly disease is rampant, despite having no symptoms. They stoke fear and panic. They say you must give up your property, get a vaccination and health passport, and promote "progressive" (i.e. satanic policies) designed to destroy you. Almost everyone in town is duped and regards you as a troublemaker. They chase you out of town.