Invaders From Mars (1953)

WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1953.  Edward L. Alperson Productions.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by .

A young boy is woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of thunder but, looking out his window, sees a flying saucer land in the field near his house and bury itself underground. His incredulous father goes out to investigate the tall tale his son has told him and disappears, coming back the next day a gruff and cruel man with a monotone voice and a strange mark on the back of his neck. The boy decides to take his story to the police but is out of luck when the police officers at the station bear the same marks as does the little girl next door. A kindly psychiatrist steps in and becomes the boy’s only trustworthy companion, the two of them teaming up with a scientist (who has no problem believing the story) before they all end up in the spaceship of alien invaders who have come to Earth with nefarious plans. The kitschy nostalgic nature of 50s sci-fi is in abundance here, played earnestly by a terrific cast and blessed by impressive production design that is likely the result of having William Cameron Menzies in the directorial chair.

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