It Came From Outer Space in 3D & Invaders From Mars
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Friday, June 18, 2010
IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE in 3-D
(US, NR, 81 min, 1953)
Terror In 3-D... Reaching From The Screen To Seize You In Its Grasp! This is director Jack Arnold's first science-fiction effort and one of the earliest to use a desert setting. An astronomer and his fiancé witness a meteor crash-landing that turns out to be a spacecraft. No one believes them until townspeople start disappearing.
INVADERS FROM MARS
(US, PG, 99 min, 1986)
There’s no place on Earth to hide! Face it: a movie in which Louise Fletcher eats a bullfrog can't be all that bad. Tobe Hooper's remake of the 1953 classic is a total hoot, remaining loyal to the original while serving up a kaleidoscopic orgy of fang-toothed beasties, dazzling pyrotechnics, and enough wretched dialogue to choke its enthusiastic cast.
Did you know…
Universal Studios’ make-up department submitted two designs for the aliens in It Came from Outer Space to studio executives. The rejected design was later used as the Mutant in Universal's This Island Earth (1955). The special effects created for the spacecraft consisted of a wire-mounted tennis ball, coated with incendiary chemicals. The screenplay was by Harry Essex, with input by Jack Arnold, and was derived from an original screen treatment by Ray Bradbury. Unusual among sci-fi films of the day, the alien invaders were portrayed as creatures without malicious intent. "I wanted to treat the invaders as beings who were not dangerous, and that was very unusual", Bradbury said. He offered two outlines to the studio, one with malicious aliens, the other with benign aliens. "The studio picked the right concept, and I stayed on." Although credited to Harry Essex, most of the script, including dialogue, is copied almost verbatim from Ray Bradbury's initial film treatment. Barbara Rush won the Golden Globe award in 1954 as most promising female newcomer for her role.