Then … That evening Elizabeth, Jack and Nancy return to Matthew’s house at 1227 Montgomery Street, described earlier here and here. By now they fear the worst, knowing the situation is deadly serious with people all around them having been, and others continuing to be, replaced by look-alike aliens.
… and Now, here’s that same room today. The door ahead accesses the patio overlooking Montgomery Street; the door on the left wall leads into a bedroom that was also used in the movie (as we shall see next).
Then … Even though they suspect that the bodysnatching happens while the victim sleeps, one by one they drift off.
… and Now, the same bedroom today. The bookshelves in the movie shot, above, were against the picture wall below. Its window too looks out to Montgomery Street.
Matthew falls asleep in the garden, unaware of an enormous organic pod near his chair.
Before our startled eyes we watch the pod open up at one end, disgorging a slimy fetus-like creature that rapidly grows into a facsimile of Matthew; the clone is about to replace him.
Then … But that’s not all; other pods are ‘birthing’ around him and we realize that Elizabeth and the Bellicecs too are very close to becoming pod people.
… and Now, in the garden today you won’t find any trace of the pods.
Then … But, phhew … just in time Nancy wakes up and screams at the others to do the same. From the bedroom window (the one in the fifth photo above) they see a mob of pod people descending on them, intent on finishing off the foiled conversion.
… and Now, in this recent peek from the bedroom we see that one of the houses across Montgomery has since been rebuilt.
In classic gothic horror-movie style the pod people, emitting other-worldly mutant shrieks, pursue them as they flee the house.