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Invaders from Mars (1986)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 6 June 1986 (USA)
A boy tries to stop aliens who have taken over his town and are attempting to brainwash its inhabitants.

Director:

Tobe Hooper

Writers:

Richard Blake (based on a screenplay by), Dan O'Bannon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Black ... Linda Magnusson
Hunter Carson ... David Gardner
Timothy Bottoms ... George Gardner
Laraine Newman ... Ellen Gardner
James Karen ... Gen. Climet Wilson
Bud Cort ... Mark Weinstein
Louise Fletcher ... Mrs. McKeltch
Eric Pierpoint ... Sgt. Maj. Rinaldi
Christopher Allport ... Captain Curtis
Donald Hotton ... Old NASA Scientist
Kenneth Kimmins ... Officer Kenney
Charlie Dell ... Mr. Cross
Jimmy Hunt ... Police Chief
William Bassett ... NASA Scientist
Virginya Keehne ... Heather (as Virginia Keehne)
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Storyline

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 Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Their conquest has already begun... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Near the beginning of the film the parents are getting David Gardner ready for bed, and start shuffling things around his bedroom. The father picks up a magazine and starts to read it. The magazine was a late 70's slick fanzine called Fantascene. That issue had a very fine article on the making of the original Invaders from Mars (1953). See more »

Goofs

When the son and father leave for the school bus the shadow of the cameraman is on them. See more »

Quotes

Linda Magnusson: You're not just a crazy child, are you?
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Alternate Versions

West German theatrical version was cut by ca. 3,5 minutes (the entire end sequence). This version was released on all subsequent VHS and DVD versions. Only in 2014 the uncut version was released on DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Matinee (2016) See more »

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Great update of a classic film which both looks good and pays tribute to it's predecessor.
12 April 2013 | by BrickNashSee all my reviews

I'm not a fan of remakes, not at all. I don't see why films that were good in the first place need to be 'updated'. Perhaps a bad film with a nice idea would be worthy but most remakes, especially these days are just cashing in on the success of the original and usually doing a bad job to boot.

Invaders From Mars is one of the most famous of the Classic 50's sci-fi films along with Forbidden Planet and War Of The Worlds. It's certainly the most disturbing of the era with paranoia and fear seen from a child's perspective along with some memorable imagery!

The big surprise about this remake is that it's actually good. Really good in fact! Of course it's not perfect but it set out to do a task and in my eyes succeeded!

I think one of the best things about the film is how it looks. The locations and sets are fantastic, the set of the alien space ship interior and tunnels are superb as are the locations such as the sand pit. This is all the more baffling when you consider that it's made by Canon, a company famous for uber cheap budgets and cutting corners but it certainly doesn't have that feel here.

Being made in the 80's the film has that certain warmth to its feel that seemed to be present in films of that era.

There is a remarkably strong Spielberg vibe to the whole film mixed in with a good does of John Carpenter from around the same era. Tobe Hooper does a great job with plenty of nice sweeping wide angles crossed with claustrophobic horror type shots and situations and some nice recreation of the iconic scenes of the 50's original such as the fence going over the hill. There are also plenty of snippets of trivia from the original film hidden here and there throughout the film which is a great tribute and obviously shows the film was made with love.

Of course it's not perfect, the acting is hammy in parts which sort of ups the cheese value a little but on the whole it's pretty average and doesn't stray much into 'cringe' territory.

A special mention and combined criticism must go to the Martian creatures themselves. Stan Winston's workshop created these beasts and although superbly made and animated they seems to not know whether to be scary or goofy, looking formidable with their huge teeth and grunts one might be scared stiff if they didn't look like a giant testicle from the side on.

These are minor flaws though in a film that has so obviously been made with a passion for the subject.

I love both versions of this film and I honestly think that more people should give it the credit that it is due!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,046,576, 8 June 1986

Gross USA:

$4,884,663

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,884,663
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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