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|Helena Carter||Dr. Patricia Blake|
|Arthur Franz||Dr. Stuart Kelston|
|Jimmy Hunt||David Maclean|
|Leif Erickson||George MacLean|
|Hillary Brooke||Mary MacLean|
|Morris Ankrum||Col. Fielding|
|Max Wagner||Sgt. Rinaldi|
|Janine Perreau||Kathy Wilson|
|John Eldredge||Mr. Turner|
|Luce Potter||Martian Leader|
|Walter Sande||Sgt. Finley|
|Robert Shayne||Dr. Wilson|
|Milburn Stone||Capt. Roth|
|Bert Freed||Chief Barrows|
|William Cameron Menzies||Director, Production Designer, Screenwriter|
|Edward L. Alperson Jr.||Producer|
|John Tucker Battle||Screenwriter|
|Irving A. Block||Special Effects|
|Jack Cosgrove||Special Effects|
|Raoul Kraushaar||Score Composer|
|Boris Leven||Art Director|
|Howard Lydecker||Special Effects|
|Jack R. Rabin||Special Effects|
|John F. Seitz||Cinematographer|
Posted October 1, 2010
'Invaders from Mars' (1953) is spooky fun. The 'men from Mars' concept has been done many times. This movie is interesting in that it is seen from the young boy's viewpoint. We feel his fear as he sees his parents possessed by the aliens. We share his frustration as he tries to convince other people of what is going on. Though the special effects aren't up to today's eye-popping standards they are sufficient to carry the story. The wierd choral music that plays every time some unsuspecting person gets sucked under the sandpit is particularly creepy. If you like entertaining science fiction that is suitable for the whole family (except possibly children under 6 years old) this one is worth a watch. Don't waste your time on the 1986 remake!
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Posted October 1, 2010
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William Cameron Menzies' "Invaders From Mars" (not to be confused with an offensive 80's Tobe Hooper retread) is a little gem of a film. The kind of movie that unfolds and is remembered as a troubling twilight half-dream that sticks in the back of your head and sends involuntary shivers down your back. A simple tale of alien invasion seen through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy (Jimmy Hunt) who one night is awakened by what he thinks is a lightning flash but, he soon realizes, is actually a descending flying saucer which buries itself in a mysterious sandpit just over a slight hillside next to his house. Naturally, being a child, no one believes him, and he begins to doubt himself until... The film resembles a prescient version of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" through a child's eyes, and in the escalating events in which the invaders begin their takeover, the film becomes a fascinating study of childhood angst in fears of abandonment from parents and a creeping distrust of authority. Menzies, a legendary Hollywood designer, brings forth his considerable skills in making the most of an obviously tiny budget. Emotional unease is depicted through the very minimalist design of the film, making the most mundane settings laced with a dreamy, nightmarish quality. (The police station design is particularly effective in bringing across an otherworldly feel to what should be an oasis of comfort to the boy.)Special effects are generally effective and again, disturbingly minimal, especially tiny probes in the back of the Martian's victim's necks being the only physical sign of impending takeover, or a series of increasingly creepy sandpit disappearances made all the more formidable by the accompanying haunting celestial choral compositions of Raoul Kraushaar. The anniversary edition DVD contains a few extras, the most significant being an alternate "British" version of the film, which is essentially the same film with a different final scene slapped on. Visual reproduction is a bit grainy but nothing that can't be altered with slight control adjustments.
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Posted September 20, 2013
You should read the excellent article on dvdtalk dot com slash dvdsavant slash s96InvadersA dot html, which argues why this movie is worth showing in the Louvre. All the negatives given here by other so-called reviewers actually are not valid. The only mistake in the DVDtalk article is to credit DESTINATION MOON as the first serious American Sci Fi film; the more-serious ROCKETSHIP X-M made it to theaters earlier than DM. I agree that the remake sucks. Kids I show this one to all seem to love it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.