Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Reviews

  • Mar 16, 2019

    This is a good movie, good acting, good story and, for the time, excellent special effects. You will be entertained throughout the film and the ending is truly impressive to watch.

    This is a good movie, good acting, good story and, for the time, excellent special effects. You will be entertained throughout the film and the ending is truly impressive to watch.

  • Dec 09, 2017

    I have to remind myself that filmmaking is a new art form, and that it's come a long way in such a short time. There are classic films from the same period as this film but this is not one of them. film buffs may enjoy this film for it's naivety and innocence and primitives effects.

    I have to remind myself that filmmaking is a new art form, and that it's come a long way in such a short time. There are classic films from the same period as this film but this is not one of them. film buffs may enjoy this film for it's naivety and innocence and primitives effects.

  • May 12, 2016

    Earth VS. The Flying Saucers (1956) ??? Earth is visited by UFO alien encounters, who want a peaceful landing - or else. Entertaining Sci-fi can't escape its B movie origins (its story is familiar) but provides good fun and convincing special effects. For the very best of these types of movies, see 1954's THEM!

    Earth VS. The Flying Saucers (1956) ??? Earth is visited by UFO alien encounters, who want a peaceful landing - or else. Entertaining Sci-fi can't escape its B movie origins (its story is familiar) but provides good fun and convincing special effects. For the very best of these types of movies, see 1954's THEM!

  • May 07, 2016

    A film that perfectly encapsulates the UFO Epidemic in the 1950's in the USA, it's also the butt of all jokes in the 1997 spoof Mars Attacks!. The story focuses on one scientist who has a direct encounter with a UFO & predicts their plans to dominate the earth. The film is undeniably cheesy but quite interesting since that nation at the time was engulfed by this hysteria. It's fun, dated & has some great dodgy visual effects & stock footage of supposedly real UFO Sightings.

    A film that perfectly encapsulates the UFO Epidemic in the 1950's in the USA, it's also the butt of all jokes in the 1997 spoof Mars Attacks!. The story focuses on one scientist who has a direct encounter with a UFO & predicts their plans to dominate the earth. The film is undeniably cheesy but quite interesting since that nation at the time was engulfed by this hysteria. It's fun, dated & has some great dodgy visual effects & stock footage of supposedly real UFO Sightings.

  • Jan 22, 2016

    This is your typical 50-60's science-fiction movie. It has good actors and decent special effects.

    This is your typical 50-60's science-fiction movie. It has good actors and decent special effects.

  • Nov 26, 2015

    Fun 'b' movie with the traditional (and noise) flying saucers theme done very well - and you get to see plenty of them. It was certainly worth the Producers investing well in the special effects.

    Fun 'b' movie with the traditional (and noise) flying saucers theme done very well - and you get to see plenty of them. It was certainly worth the Producers investing well in the special effects.

  • Nov 21, 2015

    so silly its quite good

    so silly its quite good

  • Nov 19, 2015

    WOW.......WOW......WOW......WOW......WOW......JUST SEEN THIS MOVIE 4 THE 1ST TIME N THINK THAT THIS IS SUCH A GREAT MOVIE 2 WATCH.......its got a good cast of actors/actresses throughout this movie.....I think that hugh Marlowe (.R.I.P.), joan taylor (.R.I.P.), Morris Ankrum (.R.I.P.), John Zaremba (.R.I.P.), play good roles/parts throughout this movie......I think that the director of this sci-fi/fantasy/classics movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie.......WARNING THIS MOVIE CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROUGHOUT SOME SCENES THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE...... Visual effects Special effects expert Ray Harryhausen animated the film's flying saucers using stop-motion animation. Harryhausen also animated the falling masonry when saucers crash into various government buildings and monuments in order to make the action appear realistic. Some figure animation was used to show the aliens emerging from the saucers. A considerable amount of stock footage was also used, notably scenes during the invasion that showed batteries of U. S. 90 mm M3 guns and an early missile launch. Stock footage of the destruction of the warship HMS Barham during World War II was used for the U. S. Navy destroyer that is sunk by a flying saucer. Satellite launch depictions made use of stock film images from a Viking rocket launch and a failure of a German V-2 rocket. The voice of the aliens was produced from a recording made by Paul Frees (uncredited) reading their lines and then hand-jiggling the speed control of an analog reel-to-reel tape recorder, so that it continually wavered from a slow bass voice to one that is high and fast. During a question-and-answer period at a tribute to Ray Harryhausen and a screening of Jason and the Argonauts held in Sydney, Australia, Harryhausen said he sought advice from noted 1950s UFO "contactee" George Adamski on the depiction of the flying saucers used in the film. He also noted that Adamski appeared to have grown increasingly paranoid by that time. The film's iconic flying saucer design (a static central cabin with an outer rotating ring with slotted vanes) matches descriptions given to Maj. Donald Keyhoe of flying disc sightings in his best-selling flying saucer book Earth vs. the Flying Saucers was well received by audiences and critics alike, with Variety noting that the special effects were the real stars of the film. "This exploitation programmer does a satisfactory job of entertaining in the science-fiction class. The technical effects created by Ray Harryhausen come off excellently in the Charles H. Schneer production, adding the required out-of-this-world visual touch to the screenplay, taken from a screen story by Curt Siodmak, suggested by Major Donald E. Keyhoe's Flying Saucers from Outer Space." Earth vs. the Flying Saucers has reached an iconic status in that many films in the "flying saucer" subgenre that followed, imitated and incorporated many of the elements established by Ray Harryhausen. In an article for The New York Times film reviewer Hal Erickson noted that, "Anyone who's seen the 1996 science-fiction lampoon Mars Attacks may have trouble watching Earth vs. the Flying Saucers with a straight face." The later campy film could be seen as an homage to the era, especially to the contributions made by Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. man I think that this is such an enjoyable sci-fi movie 2 watch, its got such a great cast throughout this movie......I think that this is such a highly entertaining movie 2 watch, it is such an enjoyable movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie........

    WOW.......WOW......WOW......WOW......WOW......JUST SEEN THIS MOVIE 4 THE 1ST TIME N THINK THAT THIS IS SUCH A GREAT MOVIE 2 WATCH.......its got a good cast of actors/actresses throughout this movie.....I think that hugh Marlowe (.R.I.P.), joan taylor (.R.I.P.), Morris Ankrum (.R.I.P.), John Zaremba (.R.I.P.), play good roles/parts throughout this movie......I think that the director of this sci-fi/fantasy/classics movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie.......WARNING THIS MOVIE CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROUGHOUT SOME SCENES THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE...... Visual effects Special effects expert Ray Harryhausen animated the film's flying saucers using stop-motion animation. Harryhausen also animated the falling masonry when saucers crash into various government buildings and monuments in order to make the action appear realistic. Some figure animation was used to show the aliens emerging from the saucers. A considerable amount of stock footage was also used, notably scenes during the invasion that showed batteries of U. S. 90 mm M3 guns and an early missile launch. Stock footage of the destruction of the warship HMS Barham during World War II was used for the U. S. Navy destroyer that is sunk by a flying saucer. Satellite launch depictions made use of stock film images from a Viking rocket launch and a failure of a German V-2 rocket. The voice of the aliens was produced from a recording made by Paul Frees (uncredited) reading their lines and then hand-jiggling the speed control of an analog reel-to-reel tape recorder, so that it continually wavered from a slow bass voice to one that is high and fast. During a question-and-answer period at a tribute to Ray Harryhausen and a screening of Jason and the Argonauts held in Sydney, Australia, Harryhausen said he sought advice from noted 1950s UFO "contactee" George Adamski on the depiction of the flying saucers used in the film. He also noted that Adamski appeared to have grown increasingly paranoid by that time. The film's iconic flying saucer design (a static central cabin with an outer rotating ring with slotted vanes) matches descriptions given to Maj. Donald Keyhoe of flying disc sightings in his best-selling flying saucer book Earth vs. the Flying Saucers was well received by audiences and critics alike, with Variety noting that the special effects were the real stars of the film. "This exploitation programmer does a satisfactory job of entertaining in the science-fiction class. The technical effects created by Ray Harryhausen come off excellently in the Charles H. Schneer production, adding the required out-of-this-world visual touch to the screenplay, taken from a screen story by Curt Siodmak, suggested by Major Donald E. Keyhoe's Flying Saucers from Outer Space." Earth vs. the Flying Saucers has reached an iconic status in that many films in the "flying saucer" subgenre that followed, imitated and incorporated many of the elements established by Ray Harryhausen. In an article for The New York Times film reviewer Hal Erickson noted that, "Anyone who's seen the 1996 science-fiction lampoon Mars Attacks may have trouble watching Earth vs. the Flying Saucers with a straight face." The later campy film could be seen as an homage to the era, especially to the contributions made by Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. man I think that this is such an enjoyable sci-fi movie 2 watch, its got such a great cast throughout this movie......I think that this is such a highly entertaining movie 2 watch, it is such an enjoyable movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie........

  • Jul 18, 2015

    Ray Harryhausen sci-fi classic about earth being invaded by flying saucers. This alien invasion story is not as smart as "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and not as bombastic as modern invasion films like "Independence Day," but it does have a quaint charm of 1950s paranoid science fiction films, which Tim Burton nicely captured in "Mars Attacks!" Burton's film actually paid homage to this film in his sci-fi love letter to 50s alien invasion films. Although this film isn't as intellectual and lacks the smart social commentary of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" it's better than most of it's youth targeted contemporaries and is a campy good time.

    Ray Harryhausen sci-fi classic about earth being invaded by flying saucers. This alien invasion story is not as smart as "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and not as bombastic as modern invasion films like "Independence Day," but it does have a quaint charm of 1950s paranoid science fiction films, which Tim Burton nicely captured in "Mars Attacks!" Burton's film actually paid homage to this film in his sci-fi love letter to 50s alien invasion films. Although this film isn't as intellectual and lacks the smart social commentary of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" it's better than most of it's youth targeted contemporaries and is a campy good time.

  • Jul 11, 2015

    Pretty awesome as far as early science fiction goes. The story is not unique in any way, but the film brought an aesthetic that many sci-fi productions still copy today.

    Pretty awesome as far as early science fiction goes. The story is not unique in any way, but the film brought an aesthetic that many sci-fi productions still copy today.