Invaders from Mars (1953)




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Once seen in childhood, Invaders from Mars is never forgotten. Cleverly directed (and designed) by William Cameron Menzies, the film is told from the point of view of its preteen protagonist David MacLean (Jimmy Hunt)--and as such, the perspective tends to be eerily larger than life at times. Awakened from his slumbers, David looks out his bedroom window and witnesses the landing of a Martian spaceship. In the days that follow, the boy notices a radical change in the behavior of his parents … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Blake, John Tucker Battle, William Cameron Menzies
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On DVD: Jan 7, 1999
20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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Critic Reviews for Invaders from Mars

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 28, 2009
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Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
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Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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It isn't great, but it is great fun.

Full Review… | October 22, 2011

Invaders from Mars really is laughably camp and an often goony 79 minutes, but if that was its totality it would be utterly dismissed like so many of its kin today.

Full Review… | April 13, 2006

Audience Reviews for Invaders from Mars


The movie starts out rather well, but after the first act it stagnates into a low budget "War of the Worlds". By the end I was left with the feeling that this film could have been so much more than it was. The film does a pretty good job in pulling the viewer into the shoes of the film's child protagonist as he slowly witnesses people slowly falling to the martians control. Seeing the boy's caring parents turn into heartless puppets controlled by the martians is unnerving, and provides an interesting set-up. However, the moment the military gets involved in the plot, the movie dissolves into a typical 50's "martians vs. the Earth" affair and the boy becomes a secondary character until the very end. It is almost funny how the military keeps allowing the boy to hang around them while they try to defeat the aliens. Way too much stock footage is used that pans out the film's run time and the reveal of the martians is a total letdown. The martians look like grown-men wearing brown onesies (you can actually see the zippers on their backs) and the alien leader is a really fake-looking tentacled head. The spaceship set is cheesy to the point that it almost gives off a trippy surreal vibe. Despite a decent but drawn-out climax, the gets bogged down a whole level because of it's terrible ending. If the movie had stuck with the child's point of view and been consistent with it's psychological themes, then this movie could have been a nice little gem.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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The quintessential science-fiction film of the 1950s. Ripe with cold-war innuendo, Invaders from Mars has, in a sense, become a parody of itself. It's as if someone merged John Carpenter's The Thing with an old episode of Leave it to Beaver.

Randy Tippy

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Another great sci-fi movie from the fifties, a young kid must prove that aliens are taking over, sort of like the Blob meets Invasion of the body Snatchers, but with a kid. I really liked it.

Aj V

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