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In this remake of the classic 50s SF tale, a boy tries to stop an invasion of his town by aliens who take over the the minds of his parents, his least-liked schoolteacher and other townspeople. With the aid of the school nurse the boy enlists the aid of the U.S. Marines. Written by
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The Martian drones were performed by two people back-to-back in one suit. A little person was carried in a sort of backpack on the back of a normal-sized performer. The little person would operate the drone's mouth and smaller arms (as seen when the drones load their weapons) while the full-sized performer made the creature walk and used ski poles to move the longer arms (as seen when the drones "salute" Mrs. McKeltch). The full-sized performer faced the rear of the suit and had to walk backwards so that the creature's knee joints would bend in a "not-human" fashion when it walked. Several actors performed the drones, working in shifts, which meant each performer who did the "walking" for a Martian needed his own custom-made footwear. See more »
During the firefight with the Martian Leader, two Marines who get electrocuted start convulsing before the electricity even appears. See more »
Should have been better considering the talent involved
In the 1950s, Science Fiction movies were all the rage. Some were about aliens, others giant mutant bugs. When you watch a lot of them today, they're pretty cheesy. However, there are a few standouts that are still pretty effective. The 1980s saw a small resurgence of these kind of films. Sometimes homages work out rather well, sometimes not. By the mid-80s, Tobe Hooper had really made a name for himself. This remake of the 1953 film, was a collaboration between him and other great talents including 'The Return of the Living Dead' creator Dan O'Bannon. Unfortunately, what should have been a slam dunk is instead nothing special.
Pros: Above average performances. Pretty good score. Some quite good special effects. Never dull. Excellent cinematography. A few creepy moments.
Cons: Little we haven't seen in other films. Lacking suspense and tension. Uneven pacing. Inconsistent tone. Somewhat underwhelming final act. An ending that's been done before and is more a cop-out.
Final thoughts: 'Invaders from Mars '86' was a favorite of mine as a kid. I remember it freaking me out back then. Some childhood favorites hold up years after their release. Well, I'm sorry to say that this isn't one of them. Has enough going for it to be OK, but you get the feeling not much effort was put into this.
My rating: 2.5/5
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