Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 15

The Invaders (27 Jan. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" The Invaders (original title)

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When a woman investigates a clamor on the roof of her rural house, she discovers a small UFO and little aliens emerging from it. Or so it seems.

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An old woman who lives alone in a ramshackle farm house comes face to face with alien invaders. She hears something on her roof and then finds a flying saucer, perhaps six or seven feet across from which emerges two small robots. She fights them as best she can and eventually succeeds in destroying their ship. The nature of the invaders however is not immediately obvious however. Written by garykmcd

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The casting of Agnes Moorehead in this "silent" episode was an ironic flourish by director Douglas Heyes. At the time, Moorehead was famous for her powerful performance in the Suspense radio play "Sorry, Wrong Number," an absolute classic of the medium, where Moorehead was able terrorize audiences using only her voice. In "The Invaders" she was forced to use anything but. See more »

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Narrator: This is one of the out-of-the-way places, the unvisited places, bleak, wasted, dying. This is a farmhouse, handmade, crude, a house without electricity or gas, a house untouched by progress. This is the woman who lives in the house, a woman who's been alone for many years, a strong, simple woman whose only problem up until this moment has been that of acquiring enough food to eat, a woman about to face terror, which is even now coming at her from - The Twilight Zone.
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Proof positive that Moorehead was one of the movie's best character actresses
11 June 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

Agnes Moorehead, known to millions of television viewers as "Endora" on "Bewitched," gives a tour de force performance as a woman that finds herself at the mercy of "alien" invaders in her remote farmhouse. Giving a dialog-less performance, Moorehead uses grunts, sighs, screams, and wonderful facial expressions to reveal the tension and fear experienced by the frightened woman. Looking haggard and dim-witted, Moorehead pulls out all the tools of the acting trade to portray this character.

Interesting camera angles and lighting, combined with Jerry Goldsmith's piercing score, add to the enjoyment of "The Invaders." It is no wonder why this particular installment usually rates highly with fans of "The Twilight Zone." More creativity is shown in this thirty-minute teleplay than many big-budgeted theatrical features of the recent past.


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