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Invaders from Mars (1986)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 6 June 1986 (USA)
A boy tries to stop aliens who have taken over his town and are attempting to brainwash its inhabitants.

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In this remake of the classic 50s SF tale, a boy tries to stop an invasion of his town by aliens who take over the the minds of his parents, his least-liked schoolteacher and other townspeople. With the aid of the school nurse the boy enlists the aid of the U.S. Marines. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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6 June 1986 (USA)  »

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Invasores de Marte  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,046,576 (USA) (8 June 1986)

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$4,884,663 (USA)
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Hunter Carson (David Gardner) is the real life son of Karen Black (Linda Magnusson). See more »

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During the firefight with the Martian Leader, two Marines who get electrocuted start convulsing before the electricity even appears. See more »

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Linda Magnusson: You're not just a crazy child, are you?
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With Faye Greener, Nurse Ratched, an "SNL" cast member and the guy from "Harold and Maude", how can you go wrong?
30 July 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Tobe Hooper took an interesting approach in his "Invaders from Mars" remake, with everything told from young David Gardner's (Hunter Carson) point of view. There's an air of "Poltergeist" here, what with the portrayal of a world overrun by commercialism suddenly getting upset. As David's authoritarian teacher, Louise Fletcher seems to be channeling Nurse Ratched (I mean that positively). And Karen Black, as the only person who believes David, gets what is probably her neatest role since "The Day of the Locust".

So, this movie's nothing special, but really cool. It sort of makes sense to cast Laraine Newman in this movie, given that she played Connie Conehead on "Saturday Night Live", but who would have ever imagined Timothy Bottoms starring here, as he earlier starred in "The Last Picture Show" and "The Paper Chase"? The only other cast members whom I recognized were James Karen (the developer from "Poltergeist") and Bud Cort (yes, the guy from "Harold and Maude").

Oh, and there's a scene that gives new meaning to the expression "a frog in one's throat"!


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