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Invisible Invaders (1959)

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Aliens, contacting scientist Adam Penner, inform him that they have been on the moon for twenty thousand years, undetected due to their invisibility, and have now decided to annihilate ... See full summary »



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Aliens, contacting scientist Adam Penner, inform him that they have been on the moon for twenty thousand years, undetected due to their invisibility, and have now decided to annihilate humanity unless all the nations of earth surrender immediately. Sequestered in an impregnable laboratory trying to find the aliens' weakness, Penner, his daughter, a no-nonsense army major and a squeamish scientist are attacked from outside by the aliens, who have occupied the bodies of the recently deceased. Written by Doug Sederberg <>

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An unearthly enemy defying modern science in a war to the death! See more »


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The decision to make the aliens invisible was more than a simple plot point. Producer Robert E. Kent insisted that the alien invaders remain unseen in a cost-saving measure. Without costly special effects, extras, and additional sets, the producer's decision helped to balance the film's otherwise severe lack of funds. See more »


When the corpse in the chamber falls, the chair is right by his head, but when the alien moves the chair to the microphone, the chair is almost across the room. See more »


Phyllis Penner: I thought you weren't going to make it.
Maj. Bruce Jay: We almost did.
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Crazy Credits

In the film, John Carradine's character is named Dr. Karol Noymann. In the ending cast list, his character is listed as "Carl Noymann." See more »


References It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) See more »

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Agar and Carradine in Action
31 October 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Invisible Invaders (1959)

** (out of 4)

Incredibly silly film about an invisible alien who comes to Earth to once again try to wipe us all out. Thankfully for us humans Maj. Bruce Jay (John Agar) is on hand to try and save us. INVISIBLE INVADERS has the reputation of being one of the worst films ever made but I think that's a tad bit too harsh for a number of reasons. The biggest for me is that it's hard for a 66-minute movie to be the worst ever made because the filmmakers are at least smart enough to not keep giving us stuff to make the movie run longer than it should. The 66-minutes actually go by rather fast for the most part and this is always a good thing. Another thing this film has going for it is that we're given some familiar names that cult and "B" movie fans are going to know. Agar certainly looks a bit tired here but maybe he just wasn't feeling good during the production. He's at least entertaining and has no problem carrying the film. John Carradine appears briefly at the start of the picture and while he's certainly not reaching the levels he did in THE GRAPES OF WRATH, it's still fun seeing him. Jean Byron plays the female/love interest and does a nice job as well. Robert Rutton is also in the cast and adds some charm. The special effects are pretty bland as usually we just gets piles of dirt "moving" to show us the invisible creature or we get branches moving. These certainly aren't groundbreaking but at the same time they could have been a lot worse. There's some stock footage used throughout with the funniest bit happening when a plane crashes, due to the aliens, but the stock footage is from a test run and you can see the "X" mark to where it's supposed to hit.

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