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Invaders from Mars (1953)

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

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Cast

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

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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

22 April 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Invaders  »

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Budget:

$290,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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(Supercinecolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Sgt. Rinaldi is being pulled into the sand, he points the muzzle of his carbine downward and three shots are heard, but the carbine bolt does not reciprocate and no casings are expelled from the ejection port.

I had read your post before watching this film. Watching the scene on frame by frame, the bolt does reciprocate, and at least one empty case is ejected, being quite noticeable against the black fence. See more »

Quotes

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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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The Stuff Nightmares Are Made From
23 December 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An eerie horror/sci-fi that works even better today: great set design (by the director William Cameron Menzies), script, haunting music, and unforgettable images: the hill-top "sinking sand" set, weird marks on victims' necks, the catacombed alien lair, the tall, green, bug-eyed Martians, the gold-like, tentacled, expressive "head"-intelligence in the globe, the LONG hypodermic needle, much more. Costumes work well too, note the change of the mother (Hillary Brooke) from loose-haired blonde sweetness, to a possessed rigid-hairstyled villainess in black. The doctor-heroine (Helena Carter) is a picture-book beauty of auburn-coiffured refinement and soft-spoken sympathy, clad in a cream-colored dress, with a bright red handkerchief to set it off and two-toned stilettos. Jimmy Hunt is all-American red-headed freckleness, unusual in that the story is told from his point-of-view, a fine performance. Good support from Morris Ankrum, Arthur Franz, and Leif Erickson. The dreamlike nature of the picture is only enhanced by the repeating footage, lots of stock military scenes, the wobbly aliens, etc. Basic plot was re-used for "It Came From Outer Space" (1953), "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956), "It Conquered the World" (1956), many more. Skip the abysmal 1986 remake.


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