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Invasion (1966)

| Sci-Fi | 1966 (UK)
An alien spaceship crashes near a rural hospital. When the aliens are taken to the hospital, a mysterious force field suddenly appears around it.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Judd ...
Dr. Mike Vernon
Yôko Tani ...
Leader of the Lystrians
Valerie Gearon ...
Dr. Claire Harland
Lyndon Brook ...
Brian Carter
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The Lystrian (as Eric Young)
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Nurse Lim
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Major Muncaster
Anthony Sharp ...
Lawrence Blackburn
Glyn Houston ...
Police Sergeant Draycott
Ann Castle ...
Sister Evans
John Tate ...
Dundy
Jean Lodge ...
Barbara Gough
Ann Martin ...
Sister Kelly
Tony Wall ...
Ted
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Harry
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An alien spaceship crashes near a rural hospital. When the aliens are taken to the hospital, a mysterious force field suddenly appears around it.

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Writer Robert Holmes later reused elements of this story in the first Jon Pertwee Doctor Who (1963) story, Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space: Episode 1 (1970). Like this film, it was initially set in a remote English cottage hospital complete with a mysterious and unconscious alien stranger, puzzled doctors, an army patrol, and lurking alien forces in the nearby woods. See more »

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When Mr. Carter is thrown through the windshield of his car, nobody bothers to check if he might still be alive. See more »

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Featured in Son of Svengoolie: Invasion (1965) (1980) See more »

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Very atmospheric British sci-fi that creates mood without special effects
28 January 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One night in Britain, electronic devices stop working briefly and a strange fog. A man returning from a party hits a strangely dressed man on the road. When he is taken to hospital they find he may not be totally human. With two more aliens on the loose the hospital finds itself under siege inside a force field. The captured alien tells stories of prisoners and a cruel society - however which of the aliens are really the threat?

This is a very simple sci-fi film. To set it in context I watched it with Species 2. Now Species 2 had a huge budget and plenty of special effects, whereas this didn't have any - it's aliens are basically Asian actors and actresses rather than big rubbery effects. The story is very effective and it manages it by never fully playing all it's cards. We're told several stories from the different aliens and it's not right until the end that the truth is revealed. It's not fantastic, but it's a quite good story that gets more dramatic when the hospital is encased in a force field.

The main reason the film succeeds is it's production and direction. The direction draws menace from shadows and innocent everyday items and adds a great tone to the film that special effects wouldn't have done. The production adds to this - the use of music is excellent - for example near the start a military unit is watching a radar screen with dramatic music, when the radar cuts off so does the music - the silence being eerily effective.

The weaknesses are mainly around the aliens - they're not great actors and it shows when they have to do any length of talking. Other than that it's perhaps a little too slow and simplistic for modern audiences.

Overall it's a very atmospheric thriller that makes up in mood what it lacks in special effects.


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