Invaders From Mars

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Curious adolescent boy David MacLean (Jimmy Hunt) confronts aliens who have set up base in his backyard. The extraterrestrials intend to use mind control on the local townsfolk. Determined to stop the invaders, who have already co-opted his father (Leif Erickson), he attempts to warn others. But when local law officers also succumb, David teams up with astronomer Stuart Kelston (Arthur Franz) and Dr. Pat Blake (Helena Carter), and the trio must fight together to repel the insidious intruders.

Cast & Crew

Helena Carter
Dr. Pat Blake
Arthur Franz
Dr. Stuart Kelston, Narrator
Jimmy Hunt
David MacLean
Morris Ankrum
Col. Fielding
Leif Erickson
Mr. George MacLean
Hillary Brooke
Mrs. Mary MacLean
Max Wagner
Sgt. Rinaldi
Walter Sande
Police Desk Sgt. Finlay (uncredited)
Janine Perreau
Kathy Wilson
Richard Blake
Screenwriter
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  • Oct 13, 2015
    Seen through the eyes of a little boy, seen from his very back window, the insidious Martians come to conquer, even controlling Mom and Dad! Its a fun adventure with some few thrills seen through that perspective, the point of view of a bored kid looking through his back window, suddenly the only one knowing about the plans to conquer the planet. The only one to stand against the plan that might well succeed. Me likey. But it is a kid's movie.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2012
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2009
    "Invaders from Mars" is a mostly typical and stereotypical U.S. science fiction film from the 1950s with a smaller budget than most but a curious eye for occasional beauty amidst the perfunctory genre staples and its own budgetary constraints. Predating "Invasion of the Bodysnatchers" and "This Island Earth" (and influencing both) and hot on the heels of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (which influenced it), this film may not be in their class but belongs in their universe. While awkwardly written and underfunded, it finds beauty in such things as a particularly well framed and designed recurring shot of a hill with a fence, a swirling sandpit and the (then) newish image of the glass-encased martian leader with an oversized head. Not exactly a classic, but certainly a wonderful, innocent, smugness-free nostalgia trip even for those of us who would not be born for several decades after it was released.
    Eduardo C Super Reviewer

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