June 6, 1986: Invaders From Mars

“There’s no place on Earth to hide.”

Invaders_From_Mars-1986.jpgInvaders from Mars is a science fiction horror film, directed by Tobe Hooper from a screenplay by Dan O’Bannon and Don Jakoby. It is a remake of the 1953 science fiction film Invaders from Mars, and is a reworking of that film’s screenplay by Richard Blake from an original story by John Tucker Battle. Its production was instigated by Wade Williams, millionaire exhibitor, science fiction film fan and sometime writer-producer-director, who had reissued the original film in 1978 after purchasing the copyright to the property. Elaborate creature and visual effects for this remake were supplied by Stan Winston and John Dykstra.

On the night of a meteor shower, young David Gardner sees an alien spacecraft land in a sand quarry behind his house. This is the beginning of an alien invasion that sees David’s parents, his teachers and the townspeople slowly assimilated by the alien life forms, returning with less emotions. The only one who believes David is the school nurse, Linda Magnuson. Together, David and Linda enlist the aid of the U.S. Marines to help save the world.

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At the end, David awakes in his bed and tells his parents about the events, all being a nightmare. After he and his parents return to sleep, he is suddenly reawakened by the alien spacecraft beginning to land. Running to his parent’s bedroom, the film ends with him screaming as an alien noise can be heard, leaving David’s fate unknown. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Shout! Factory YouTube Channel.

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