The Invaders: Season 1, Episode 6

Nightmare (21 Feb. 1967)

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David Vincent visits a small Kansas town, resentful of strangers, and uncovers an alien plot to control locusts and other insects.

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Kathleen Widdoes ...
Ellen Woods
Robert Emhardt ...
Oliver Ames
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Miss Havergill
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Ed Gidney (as James Callahan)
William Bramley ...
Constable Ned Gabbard
Irene Tedrow ...
Clare Lapham
Nellie Burt ...
Lena Lapham
Logan Field ...
Carl Gidney
John Harmon ...
Cook
Wayne Heffley ...
Deputy Jim Walton
William Challee ...
Ira Danielson
James Halferty ...
Fred Danielson (as Jim Halferty)
Carey Loftin ...
Deputy Henry 'Hank' Braden
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A schoolteacher with a nervous disposition visits one of her students in his barn and sees something she shouldn't: a metallic box that seems to be controlling locusts. No one takes her story seriously, and even she believes she imagined the whole thing. But her story hits the newspapers, which brings David Vincent to her small Kansas town to investigate. The trouble is, the townsfolk resent strangers - none more so than the ones who are aliens in disguise. Written by J. Spurlin

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When David gets roughed up and rendered unconscious in the diner, he gets his suit all dirty from laying on the floor. In the next shot when he is in the jail, his suit is clean. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Thirty miles from the geographical center of America, at its very heart, is the town of Grady, population 5,312. Principal industry: farming. Grady, Kansas - the American Gothic: rigid, proud of its tradition, protective of its own, resentful of any threat from the world outside.
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Full of holes but sufficiently creepy
7 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The idea of flesh eating bugs is creepy enough, I suppose. The spoiler is that nobody actually gets eaten. It's the threat of it hanging out there that gets you. But not even a nibble occurs. That's unnecessarily squeamish. Makes me think the script probably called for some bite marks or maybe some guy named Bob being consumed, but the producers didn't have the stomach for going through with it.

Anyway, David Vincent is as serious as ever and remarkably forgiving after the boyfriend, Ed, of the woman he's trying to enlist in the resistance beats him unconscious. Later on, Vincent goes to Ed's house to try to enlist him. Does he want another beating? The hero is pretty desperate by this point. He is fairly desperate throughout.

My nomination for moment of inevitable futility is when he realizes that the chief of police is an alien so he calls the state police, but he doesn't give the statie any reason not to call the local police and alert them to the fact that Vincent is calling in the outside world; so the statie does just that and puts the phony police chief onto Vincent. That was predictable. Before that, Vincent sends poor Ellen, the victimized woman he is trying to help, back to the home of Mr. Ames who clearly does not have her best interest at heart. It's another predictably disastrous decision that precipitates the climactic crisis that could have been avoided by more thinking. I mean, I know there would not have been a story without a climactic crisis, but do stupid mistakes have to be the cause of the climactic crisis?

Once again, the aliens seem like Wiley Coyote with a perfectly good scheme of the week for destroying humanity, and when David "Road Runner" Vincent foils it this time, they never retry the same scheme on a different day in another country. No, they altogether abandon the approach that almost worked, check out the Acme Catalog, and order a new gizmo guaranteed to further their evil plan. When that one almost but doesn't succeed they'll abandon that one, too.

Also, very strange conceit about a whole town of unfriendly, suspicious people. If they are so suspicous, how did they let numerous aliens from outer space into their community? Weren't they the least bit suspicious when these newcomers started buying up the land of neighbors who had been scared off?

And bag those bad special effects: when the insect lab blows up, it just looks like red marks appear on the film that obviously are not in the real world. No budget for a real explosion, I guess.


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