Can a bunch of bubble headed extraterrestrials in wacko suits made from solidified electricity really take on the might of the Earth? They truly have a good go as they whizz around in their pesky flying machines causing all kinds of deranged carnage.
Tagline – Warning! Take Cover! Flying Saucers Invade Our Planet! Washington, London, Paris, Moscow Fight Back!
The title does a grand job of setting this 50’s alien invasion film up in classic B-movie style. One of my all time cherished science fiction movies, Earth Vs The Flying Saucers never fails to excite me and given that I’d only ever seen it in black and white, it was wonderful to see it again but this time in colour. Hadn’t known it was colourised in 2007 and a little worried it would look just painted on. Pleased to report I was very impressed, still think the original B&W feels right but I’m happy with any reason to rewatch this fun film again.
What’s it all about? Well two recently married scientists Dr. Russell A. Marvin (Hugh Marlowe) & Carol Marvin (Joan Taylor) spend their honeymoon firing off satellites into space from an American army base called Project Skyhook. This action must cheese off a bunch of naughty aliens flying around with anger problems because they start shooting the rockets and satellites out of the sky.
Tagline – Before You Scoff at Flying Saucers – See the Greatest SHOCK Film of All Time !
Deciding to land their saucer ship at the camp and have a wander around they find the army aren’t best pleased and a gun fight breaks out. These bad boys are not happy about that. Powering up their sonic arm weapons and unleashing fire and brimstone, the war of our World begins!
Helping our two heroes, Mr and Mrs Marvin, in a fight for survival are Maj. Huglin (Donald Curtis) and Brig. Gen. John Hanley (Morris Ankrum). Plus a small band of army big wigs and scientists.
This film is really brilliantly brutal for the time. You have a shocking interrogation scene with a rose shaped probe, spy drones, space flight, a formidable body count as soldiers, citizens, tanks, jeeps and jet planes are vapourised all over the place. Then all the major iconic buildings of Washington get a right mashing when the aliens bring down the pain in their UFO’s.
My favorite line “When an armed and threatening power lands uninvited in our Capital we don’t meet them with tea and cookies!”
At one hour and 20 minutes this film rattles along at a fast pace and brings so much fun which inspired films like Tim Burton’s classic sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks! Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already.
The movie features a ton of the animation guru Ray Harryhausen’s most amazing stop motion effects. Really this is what makes this film pop. Him and his team must of had a right blast making and then smashing all those famous monuments and buildings. If you haven’t seen the documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan I can thoroughly recommend it.
Oh and by the way, the film is directed by Fred F Sears who incidentally made a film called The Werewolf in 1956. Now I need to see that for obvious reasons. Take it easy…. Wolfie
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