USA Today - 12/06/2002
"...Packed with eerie backyard scenes that anticipate the early parts of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND..."
Uncut - 01/01/2004
Ultimate DVD - 07/01/2006 3 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith an effective underlying fear of loss of personality, and of the unknown."
Description by OLDIES.com:
This is it! The original 20th century landmark science fiction thriller that played on the paranoia and communist threat invading Atomic Age America in the 1950s. A young boy is awakened during a storm to witness a flying saucer land in the field behind his home. No one will believe his story as, one by one, the townspeople are captured and put under control of sinister forces from the planet Mars. Brilliantly created by visionary set designer and director William Cameron Menzies (designer of Gone with the Wind and H.G. Wells' Things to Come) with a haunting musical score by Raoul Kraushaar. Surreal imagery brought to terrifying life in a Cinecolor world just beyond our nightmares! (Wade Williams)
A science-fiction paranoiac classic in which a boy witnesses the arrival of beings from Mars and, later, their control of increasing numbers of the town's denizens.
Description by Image Entertainment:
A young boy is awakened during a storm to witness a flying saucer land in the field behind his home. No one will believe his story as, one by one, the townspeople are captured and put under the control of sinister forces from the planet Mars! Brilliantly created by visionary set designer and director William Cameron Menzies (designer of "Gone with the Wind" and H.G. Wells' "Things to Come") with a haunting musical score by Raoul Kraushaar, this golden age sci-fi classic has lost none of its chilling power. Surreal imagery brought to terrifying life in a Cinecolor world just beyond our nightmares!
All-American boy, David MacLean awakens one night and spots an alien space ship outside his window. His parents decide to investigate, but when they return their personalities have changed -- almost as if they've become different people. Frightened, the boy tells the local police what has happened, but he gets little response until a doctor and an astronomer take him seriously. The two scientists fear the Earth has been and that they'd better act fast if humanity is going to be saved.
Image laserdisc #7639 includes a restored print of the film, the original trailer, an alternate versions of the ending and the observatory scene, production photos, press materials, promotional materials, and a jacket essay.
A 3-d version of this film was also made.
Color Eastman Color. Prints by Cinecolor.
Copyright 1953 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
A Capella Alien Sand Pit Menace
Movie Lover: FilmFlops Critic from
Trumbull, CT US -- May, 17, 2006
The first movie I saw on my Uncle's brand new color television (yes, about a hundred years ago). Presented (and mostly seen) from a young boy's perspective, "Invaders From Mars" scared the hell out of me. The creepy a capella choir music made my skin crawl. The exaggerated 'bigness' of most of the sets contributes to this unease/unreality. This DVD includes both the U.S. and U.K. versions of the film. Compare the differences in the observatory scenes and (especially) the endings. One drawback is the much too long stock footage scenes of tanks being loaded onto railroad flatcars and troop train debarkations; although, in retrospect, it was reassuring to see all that military involvement when I was watching the film at the age of 10. Don't look for the zippers in the mutants' costumes, bouncing balloons, David's unexplained wardrobe changes, reused scene segments, etc. Just marvel at the sincerity of Arthur Franz as he alternately clenches that pipe between his teeth and divulges military secrets to a 12 year old boy! A truly marvelous movie!
Scared the Bejabbers Out of Me!
Movie Lover: Paul Wax from
Teaneck, NJ US -- January, 5, 2006
Hey folks - wanna see a movie that was both simplistic in design and yet complex in emotions? Well, this is it - I still get the willies when I see this flick, and I'm 58 years old, for cryin' out loud! The settings were really minimalist, but the political point was pretty complex, yet obvious - they are out there - they will get you - they will control you - one mind - one body of many - be a drone, be a drone, all the world loves a drone......
What a livin' nightmare this movie was - some kid lookin' out his bedroom window sees a strange object land and go underground. Pretty soon, his parents are acting strange, his neighbors are too, and so are the police - no one believes him - except, of course, an astronomer and his girlfriend. And then there's the guy who looks like Sabu the Elephant Boy sitting inside a bauble with tentacles being held up by these martians who, if you look carefully, are wearing zippered flannel outfits. If your not careful, they'll suck you underground (with some really spooky background music to boot!)
Hey! What are you doing? What's that needle you are trying to stick into the back of my neck??! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmpht! Arrrrrrrrrgh! Uuuugggh!
NOW LISTEN CLOSELY - BUY THIS MOVIE - BUY THIS MOVIE - BUY THIS MOVIE - BUY THIS MOVIE.
Hey, wait! It's all a dream! Hah! Thought it was real! What a jerk! Hey - What's that noise outside - hey, lookit that! It went right underground! BUY THIS MOVIE! BUY THIS MOVIE!!!
Fearless Leader WILL creep you out...
Movie Lover: Hanley Harding from
Sunny Isles Beach -- November, 5, 2005
Invaders is every kid's nightmare... something has landed with a great flash of light, just beyond vision. Within a few days, people are acting kinda weird. Our young hero tries to convince them stupid grown-ups, but nobody will listen. Your standard, run-of-the-mill Martian is kinda hokey in a green suit and bug-eyes, but the Martian Leader is really creepy, and watching how they "convert" humans to their control is more repulsive than being forced to listen to a dentist's drill. This is an enjoyable popcorn-nibbler for the whole family (but leave the kids' night-lights on for a few days afterward).
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