Strange Invaders (1983)



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In this subtly humorous, alien-invasion film by Michael Laughlin, who co-wrote the screenplay with William Condon, the aliens infiltrate a small Midwestern town in 1958 and beam the "spirits" of several of the townspeople up to their spacecraft in little blue bubbles, while they settle into the bodies of their new farm personae. But Margaret (Diana Scarwid), one of their number, leaves for life and marriage in New York and has a daughter Elizabeth by her earthling husband Charles Bigelow (Paul LeMat), a professor. After two decades or so go by, the aliens opt for returning to their home planet, but they have to first go to the city dressed as farmers and round up Margaret and her daughter. Soon Charles figures out what is going on with the help of the tough, optimistic Betty Walker (Nancy Allen), a reporter for a tabloid paper, and the two head to the town where it all started.The light contrast between the bucolic '50s and the street-wise '80s gives way to a few shocking scenes of repugnant aliens in transformation with formidable special effects.

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Paul Le Mat
as Charles Bigelow
Nancy Allen
as Betty Walker
Diana Scarwid
as Margaret
Michael Lerner
as Willie Collins
Louise Fletcher
as Mrs. Benjamin
Fiona Lewis
as Waitress/Avon lady
Kenneth Tobey
as Arthur Newman
June Lockhart
as Mrs. Bigelow
Charles Lane
as Prof. Hollister
Lulu Sylbert
as Elizabeth
Dan Shor
as Teen Boy
Dey Young
as Teen Girl
Jack Kehler
as Gas Station Attendant
Mark Goddard
as Detective
Thomas Kopache
as State Trooper
Bobby Pickett
as Editor Connie Kellers
Jonathan Ulmer
as Room Service Waiter
Ron Gillham
as First Alien
Al Roberts
as Man in Dark Glasses
Patti Medwid
as Room Service Waitress
Nancy Johnson
as Stewardess
Betsy Pickering
as Stewardess
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Critic Reviews for Strange Invaders

All Critics (8)

The zippy script by Michael Laughlin and future Oscar winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) is better than Laughlin's often lethargic direction.

Nov 4, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Amusingly off-the-wall sci-fi spoof

Mar 18, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Fun but predictable sci-fi comedy

May 20, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Any sci-fi movie that features cameos by Kenneth Tobey and June Lockhart (both from television's Lost in Space) obviously has its heart in the right place.

Jan 8, 2002 | Rating: 65/100

Audience Reviews for Strange Invaders


Interesting and a bit creepy. Wasn't the best movie I ever saw, but not bad for something on TV.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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For some reason, this movie used to scare the crap out of me as a child.

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

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This simple alien abduction tale seems to lean a lot on nostalgia, and getting a 50s sci-fi horror feel, even though the story isn't that good. The 50s ideology and atmosphere is there for the most part, but not all the way through, and I didn't like LeMat as the main character, he was boring. Overall, it's not bad, but it's not good, and I was bored by it.

Aj V
Aj V

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