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Invaders from Mars (1953)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 22 April 1953 (USA)
A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.



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Complete credited cast:
Helena Carter ...
Dr. Pat Blake
Dr. Stuart Kelston / Narrator
Mr. George MacLean
Mrs. Mary MacLean
Col. Fielding
Sgt. Baker (as Bill Phipps)
Capt. Roth
Janine Perreau ...
Kathy Wilson


One night, young David McLean sees a spaceship crash into a nearby sandpit. His father goes to investigate, but comes back changed. Where once he was cheerful and affectionate, he's now sullen and snarlingly rude. Others fall into the sandpit and begin acting like him: cold, ill-tempered and conspiratorial. David knows that aliens are taking over the bodies of humans, but he'll soon discover there have been far more of these terrible thefts than he could have imagined. The young doom-monger finds some serious help in a lady doctor and a brilliant astronomer. Soon they meet the aliens: green creatures with insect-like eyes. These beings prove to be slaves to their leader: a large, silent head with ceaselessly shifting eyes and two tentacles on either side, each of which branches off into three smaller tentacles. It's up to the redoubtable earth trio to stop its evil plans. Written by J. Spurlin

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Murderous Martian creatures from out of space! See more »




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Release Date:

22 April 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Invasores de Marte  »

Box Office


$290,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)


(Supercinecolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The stock footage showing tanks being loaded onto train flatcars and driven before the camera were actually WW2 M10 tank destroyers and by the time of this movie were superseded during and after the war by newer models. You can tell them from actual tanks by the huge bolts on the hull (body) and turrets. Battle tanks are welded together with smooth bodies as also seen in the movie. See more »


As characters run through the ship, the bubbles on the walls move noticeably. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: The heavens. Once an object of superstition, awe, and fear. Now a vast region for growing knowledge. The distance of Venus, the atmosphere of Mars, the size of Jupiter, and the speed of Mercury. All this and more we know. But their greatest mystery the heavens have kept a secret. What sort of life, if any, inhabits these other planets? Human life, like ours? Or life extremely lower in the scale? Or dangerously higher? Seeking the answer to this timeless question, forever seeking, ...
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nostalgia trip
19 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

I was seven years old when I was taken to see this movie by my sixty-year old Lithuanian grandmother (to whom it must have made no sense at all). The images in the movie - the big green guys, the melting rock that looked like an explosion in a bubble gum factory, the people falling into the sand pit, the dreaded implant approaching the pretty neck of Dr. Blake, the little silver octopus-like guy in the fishbowl - all replayed themselves in my mind over many nights. I saw it again recently on AMC and can see many of the things that are dated, but can also understand why the movie made such an impact at the time. The concept, especially, of one's parents being taken under the control of evil forces is particularly disturbing to a young child. The music and sound effects, too, are particularly eerie. The almost abstract quality of the set in the police station scene lends it a foreboding quality. I'm ambivalent on how to rate it. It very much shows its age (and they could have shortened the stock army footage of tanks rolling) but has much that gives it a weird sort of drawing power even today. A curiously compelling movie.

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