"Don't worry, Son! We Marines have no qualms about killing Martians!"
General Climet Wilson
Invaders from Mars
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Title: Invaders from Mars
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Written by: Richard Blake
Don Jakoby
Dan O'Bannon
Produced by: Yoram Globus
Menahem Golan
Music by: Christopher Young
Cinematography: Daniel Pearl
Edited by: Alain Jakubowicz
Distributed by: Canon Pictures
Released: June 6th, 1986
Rating: PG
Running time: 100 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $12,000,000
Gross: $4,884,663 (US)

Invaders from Mars is an American science fiction/horror film directed by Tobe Hooper. It is a remake of the 1953 film Invaders from Mars, directed by William Cameron Menzies. It was produced by Canon Pictures and released theatrically in the United States on June 6th, 1986. The movie stars Hunter Carson as David Gardner, a young boy who learns that aliens from the planet Mars have come to Earth and are taking control of the minds of the town's parents.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The tagline for this film is "It's open season... on Earthlings!"
  • Invaders from Mars grossed $2,046,576 over it's opening weekend.
  • The German version of the film has an alternate ending from that of the US release. In order to avoid the twist ending of the original, the movie cuts from the moment that the space ship explodes (where in the original US version the film cuts to David awaking, starting the twist ending) immediately to the credits.
  • UK prints of the film excised one minute of footage where the invaders are show drilling screws into the necks of their brainwashed victims.
  • Jimmy Hunt, who plays the police chief in this film played young David Gardner in the original Invaders from Mars.
  • Actual United States Marines from the 4th FAAD Battery were used in this film.
  • In the scene where actress Laraine Newman's and actor Timothy Bottoms's necks explode, the sparks caught the actress' hair on fire and singed a large part of it. She did not realize this until afterwards. [1]
  • Wade Williams had acquired the rights to Invaders from Mars (1953). For the remake rights, Williams received over 50 times the amount he had paid. Williams had already made a very handsome profit from the original film from television, cable and video releases. [2]
  • Near the beginning of the film the parents are getting David Gardner ready for bad and start shuffling things around his bedroom. The father picks up a magazine and starts to read it. The magazine was a late 70's slick fanzine called Fantascene. That issue had a very fine article on the making of the original Invaders from Mars. [3]
  • Louise Fletcher was nominated for a Razzie Award in 1987 for the category of Worst Supporting Actress. John Dykstra and Stan Winston were also nominated in the categories of Worst Visual Effects (special effects and creature design).

Home Video[edit | edit source]

  • Invaders from Mars was released on laserdisc in early 1996.
  • Invaders from Mars was also packaged with the 1983 film Strange Invaders as a "Midnight Movies" DVD double-feature on February 15th, 2005. The collection was produced by MGM Home Video.

Recommendations[edit | edit source]

Alien possession films

Alien invasion films

Tobe Hooper films

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References[edit | edit source]

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