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Invaders from Mars

Karen Black  Actor Hunter Carson  Actor Timothy Bottoms  Actor Laraine Newman  Actor James Karen  Actor


MPAA Rating: PG
Contains:Violence,Questionable for Children,Adult Language

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Invaders from Mars

Theatrical Release Date: 1986 06 06 (USA)

UPC: 013131032895

Studio: Anchor Bay

MPAA Rating: PG   Contains:[Violence, Questionable for Children, Adult Language]

Summary: Invaders from Mars, horror-film director Tobe Hooper's remake of the classic 1950's science fiction film, directed by William Cameron Menzies, centers on a young boy named David (Hunter Carson) who tries to stop an invasion of his town as aliens take over the minds of his parents George (Timothy Bottoms) and Ellen (Laraine Newman), his teachers and the townspeople. With the help of the school nurse (Karen Black), the boy enlists the aid of the U.S. Army to help save the world. With makeup effects supplied by Stan Winston and visual effects by John Dykstra, Invaders From Mars is a wild sci-fi feast that hearkens back to the 1950's invasion films, made popular by the original film and others like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

Category: Thriller

Invaders from Mars

Format: DVD

Release Date: 01/20/1998

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Cinemascope

Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, 2 PCM stereo

Runtime: 102 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Chapters: Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Is it a UFO? [7:47]
2. Something is wrong with Dad [14:14]
3. Linda covers for David [12:45]
4. David discovers the mother ship [6:07]
5. David and Linda on the run [11:40]
6. General Wilson [12:33]
7. The General orders an attack [11:13]
8. David meets the Martian leader [10:25]
9. 5 minutes to get out [12:14]

Jeremy Wheeler

With two months before his wild follow-up to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1986 proved to be a strange time for Tobe Hooper, as evidenced with this peculiar remake of the 1953 sci-fi classic Invaders From Mars. From start to finish, the movie is grounded in a kind of firm PG territory that works as a fun remake of the original, but is ultimately hampered with an in-your-face '80s aesthetic where Stan Winston's creature effects take precedent over the story's deep-rooted fear of paranoia. Filmed stunningly well by expert cameraman Daniel Pearl, Invaders certainly is packed with its share of iconic shots that show off the production's skill with optical effects. The trouble comes with the casting of the main little brat Hunter Carson, who might have dazzled some with his role in Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas, though his wild overacting chops aren't fooling anyone in this one. Karen Black and the rest of the cast do an acceptable job in their roles, though Louise Fletcher ends up cheesing it all up with her frog-eating performance and one note delivery -- "I'll get you, David Gardner!" Invaders is certainly a tale that the kiddies are safe to watch, but it might be a little too goofy for those that don't have a love for the sci-fi of yesteryear. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Christopher Young  Composer (Music Score) 
Yoram Globus  Producer 
Menahem Golan  Producer 
Tobe Hooper  Director 
Don Jakoby  Screenwriter 
Sylvester Levay  Composer (Music Score) 
Dan O'Bannon  Screenwriter 
David Storrs  Composer (Music Score) 
Karen Black  Actor 
Hunter Carson  Actor 
Timothy Bottoms  Actor 
Laraine Newman  Actor 
James Karen  Actor 
Louise Fletcher  Actor 
Jimmy Hunt  Actor 
Bud Cort  Actor 
Eric Pierpoint  Actor 
Christopher Allport  Actor 
Donald Hotton  Actor 
Ken Kimmins  Actor 
Charlie Dell  Actor 
William H. Bassett  Actor 
William Frankfather  Actor 
Joseph Brutsman  Actor 
Eric Norris  Actor 
Debra Berger  Actor 
Eddy Donno  Actor 
Shawn Campbell  Actor 
Brett Johnson  Actor 
Scott Leva  Actor 
Michael McGrady  Actor 
Steve Lambert  Actor 
Debbie Lee Carrington  Actor 
Joe Anthony Cox  Actor 
Margarita Fernandez  Actor 
Dale Dye  Actor 

Country: USA