Sunday, January 23, 2011
INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN (1957)
Classic little green aliens invasion flick from the golden age of American International Pictures. The weird thing about this one is that the tone of the movie is part comedy/part scary monster invasion. It's almost like they couldn't make up their mind what they wanted to convey. Of course it's hard to make a serious movie when your aliens are ridiculous looking, bulbous headed, bug-eyed little buggers. You get a spaceship that looks pretty snazzy and sleek with blinking lights and all that, a beer drinking, alcoholic bull, a car named Elvis and aliens played by midgets who inject alcohol into their victims with needles that pop out of their hands. There's a sorta gory scene for the 50's where our heroic drunken bull fights an alien and pokes right in it's giant eye with his horn. Frank Gorshin, who went on to play The Riddler on the 60's Batman show, plays a drifter who gets poked to death. Like most of these movies the teenagers are way smarter than the adults(which makes sense since they were the target audience of stuff like this back in the drive-in days). This originally played on a double-bill with I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF. Like a lot of these early AIP pictures Larry Buchanan remade this one as THE EYE CREATURES in '65 for TV. That version is not quite as entertaining. Tim Burton used a pretty similar big-head alien design for his creatures in MARS ATTACKS!. All in all a pretty fun sci-fi comedy to check out on a boring Sunday morning.