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Invisible Invaders -- Spine-tingling excitement builds with each narrow escape in this sci-fi thriller about a nightmarish attack on Earth that begins when aliens inhabit human corpses.  John Agar stars.


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Release Date:
15 May 1959 (USA) See more »
A sci-fi shocker that'll keep you awake at night! See more »
Aliens, contacting scientist Adam Penner, inform him that they have been on the moon for twenty thousand years... See more » | Full synopsis »
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The movie that inspired both George Romero and Edward D. Wood, now THAT'S scary. See more (43 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Agar ... Maj. Bruce Jay

Jean Byron ... Phyllis Penner
Philip Tonge ... Dr. Adam Penner

Robert Hutton ... Dr. John Lamont

John Carradine ... Dr. Karol Noymann
Hal Torey ... The Farmer

Paul Langton ... Lt. Gen. Stone
Eden Hartford ... WAAF Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Bruggeman ... Technician (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Zombie (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Game Spectator (uncredited)
Don Kennedy ... Pilot (uncredited)
Jack Kenney ... Car Crash Victim (uncredited)
Chuck Niles ... Hockey Game Announcer (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... Zombie (uncredited)
John Roy ... Game Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward L. Cahn 
Writing credits
Samuel Newman (written by)

Produced by
Robert E. Kent .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
Cinematography by
Maury Gertsman (director of photography)
Art Direction by
William Glasgow 
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman 
Makeup Department
Phillip Scheer .... makeup artist (as Philip Scheer)
Kaye Shea .... hairdresser
Production Management
Ben Hersh .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert S. Greene .... assistant director
Art Department
Max Frankel .... property master
Sound Department
Henry Adams .... sound effects editor
Al Overton .... sound
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Einar Bourman .... wardrobe man
Sabine Manela .... wardrobe woman (as Sabine Manella)
Editorial Department
Grant Whytock .... supervising editor
Other crew
Buzz Gibson .... chief technician
Dell Ross .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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67 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 | USA:Approved (PCA #19241)

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The name of the character "Dr. Karol Noyman" (played by John Carradine) was recycled by screenwriter Samuel Newman from an entirely different character in his film The Giant Claw (1957) (played there by Edgar Barrier).See more »
Revealing mistakes: The same shot of the same dead men walking over a hillside near the bunker is used over and over.See more »
Phyllis Penner:You killed a man in cold blood this morning, I keep seeing his face.
Maj. Bruce Jay:So do I, I fought all the way through Korea, probably killed a lot of men... but I never saw their faces. Dropping a bomb from a plane isn't quite so personal.
Phyllis Penner:Can I make you some coffee?
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Movie Connections:
Edited into The Angry Red Planet (1959)See more »


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38 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
The movie that inspired both George Romero and Edward D. Wood, now THAT'S scary., 24 March 2001
Author: reptilicus from Vancouver, Canada

Invisible invaders arrive in invisible spaceships and warn Earth they can and will take over the planet in three days. To do this they take over the bodies of the recently dead. Sound familiar? Well hold on because this 1959 thriller got here before PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE (1959), LAST MAN ON EARTH (1962), and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968). John Carradine picked up a quick paycheque playing Dr. Karol Noymann, a scientist killed in a lab explosion who becomes the first one resurrected by the aliens. (Interesting enough "Karol Noymann" was also the name of a scientist in the 1957 sci/fi'er THE GIANT CLAW directed by Fred F. Sears. Coincidence?) Air Force officer John Agar and spineless scientist Robert Hutton spend way too much of the 66 minute movie fighting over who gets to fall in love with femme physicist Jean Byron. The briefly seen alien invaders look suspiciously like the title monster in IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE; and since Edward L. Cahn directed both pictures it is highly likely that he did not want to waste a chance to re-use the costume. Many movies ask us to suspend our disbelief but this one demands we leave all logic outside before we enter the cinema. The aliens, via Mr. Carradine, inform us that they invaded the moon 20,000 years ago and destroyed the civilisation living there. They have also managed to make everything on their planet invisible, which probably means they spend a lot of time bumping into things. The destruction of Earth is accomplished by stock footage from action serials and newsreel footage of real life disasters. B-movie fans will note that Hal Torey, playing a farmer killed by Agar in self defence and then returned to life as an invader, proved such a memorable figure that MTV exploited his image in commercials and on t-shirts for much of the late 1980's. Also showing up briefly is Chuck Niles who played the mad hunchback in Jerry Warren's memorable TEENAGE ZOMBIES. John Agar had fought monsters before in TARANTULA, THE MOLE PEOPLE and many others. He finally became a monster himself in the rarely seen 1962 thriller HAND OF DEATH. Robert Hutton would soon meet up with THE MAN WITHOUT A BODY (1959) and THE SLIME PEOPLE (1963). For all it's low budget short-comings this is a fun film; just the sort to make a Saturday afternoon enjoyable.

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