Monday, October 28, 2013

31 Days of Halloween - Day 28 - Movie 2

After a flying saucer lands near lovers lane, a couple of teens have a deadly encounter with one of the space creatures but can't get any adults to believe them, leaving it up to them and their friends to confront the menace from space on their own.

Great aliens. Not so great film. I hadn't seen Invasion of the Saucer-Men (1957) in a long time, and didn't remember it being as dull as it was this viewing. Not very much happens in this movie. There's an entire secondary plot involving the air force dealing with the landed saucer that doesn't really contribute to the story except contribute padding of soldiers raking dirt around several times. The movie also inconsistently skirts back and forth on whether it wants to have a humorous tone (which doesn't really work) or not. Again, the Saucer-Men are great creations of Paul Blaisdell, and were also given a otherworldly speech which was really effective, but they aren't on screen too much, and when they are they are mostly sneaking around and hiding in the bushes and not doing anything terribly menacing. It makes you wonder if this really was an invasion, or simply space creatures picking the wrong planet to land on.

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