Sunday, April 15, 2012

Invaders from Mars (1953)

Little David sees a flying saucer and his indulgent father goes to take a look. He returns angry and with a peculiar X scar on the back of his head. Two cops investigate and they too return hostile and scarred. Soon, Mom follows suit. Who will save the day? Why, hunky Doctor Astronomer and his hotty Doctor Girlfriend, that's who.

The second "Everyone's been taken over, why won't anyone believe me" movies and oddly sandwiching This Side of Paradise episode of Star Trek, which had a similar theme. Here astronomer and girlfriend DO believe little David, and make wild speculations where the saucers are from or what they want. Apparently, they are from Mars and want to take over Earth because they screwed up their planet. Yea, lets go with that.

What a strange little film! Terms like surreal and dream-like come to mind. In fact, the entire story in the British release was supposed to be the boy's dream. And of course the early color process makes everything look alien. It might have originally been planned as a 3D movie, or not. Either way, it was a strange movie. The HEAD Martian has giant green trolls (see above) under his control in addition to various surgically altered parents.

How does McCarthyism and the Red Scare play into this movie's theme and appeal? What do I look like, a film historian? I'll give it my glad-I-saw-it rating and leave it at that.
"Please God, let them find Mom and Dad before something bad happens. I don't want them to die too."

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