Invaders from Mars (1953)

8.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Acting: 7/10
Visuals: 8/10

Great sci-fi with a bit of horror

Has low-budget feel

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Invaders from Mars

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Genre(s):  Sci-Fi/Fantasy/B-Movie

Release Date(s):  April 22, 1953

MPAA Rating:  Not Rated


Get me out of this fishbowl!

David MacLean (Jimmy Hunt) sees a UFO land in the sand pit behind his house during a storm and notices his father (Leif Erickson) is acting strange after investigating the source.  As more and more people seem to be acting different, David looks for help and anyone else who will believe him.  Finding help from Dr. Pat Blake (Helena Carter) and Dr. Stuart Kelston (Arthur Franz), David helps the military find the UFO and try to stop the Martians attempts to overtake the world.

Invaders from Mars was directed by William Cameron Menzies and used the popular UFO sci-fi trend that was popular in the 1950s.  The movie’s ending was re-edited for British markets, taking away the “all a dream”aspect of the movie and adding scenes.  The movie was also remade in 1986 for a big budget release.


Let’s kick some Martian ass, kid!

Invaders from Mars is a fun little sci-fi flick.  It could easily be watched by kids who will enjoy the idea of a kid as the hero even more.  The amusing thing about the film is that the adults come to accept David’s “I saw a UFO” quite quickly.  The first couple of people that David encounters of course reject his ideas, but most are already being controlled.  It would be easy to have the story have an adults are evil theme, but one of the first people taken over by the aliens is one of David’s child classmates.

The reason David is believed so easily could be that it is a poorly written movie, but it could be for a really smart reason.  The whole story is supposed to be a dream in David’s mind.  In a dream, David would be the main focus, scientists and the military would believe David, and he would be allowed to be around during the attack on the Martian ship.  It doesn’t make real sense in the big picture, but if you are having a dream, are you usually sidelined?  No.  You are the main focus of the dream so of course David is part of the military forces.


Jealous? I got me a nice lookin’ woman!

The special effects of Invaders from Mars are actually quite good at points.  The sand trap pits aren’t that impressive (with actors falling off screen when they are “captured”) but some of the aliens and the technology stuff looks good.  The sets of the film are pretty weak with a generic UFO insides but some of the movie’s minimalistic sets are fun.

Invaders from Mars is one of those good classic ’50s sci-fi films that still holds up today.  It is a bit more of an Outer Limits or Twilight Zone feeling film, and probably could have been shorter.  The movie’s 1986 remake isn’t as good as the original because it lost some of its charm, but it tells a virtually identical story with more glitz and special effects.

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