Invaders from Mars (1986)

Year: 1986

Production: Cannon Prods

Director: Tobe Hooper

Starring: Hunter Carson, Karen Black, Timothy Bottoms, Louise Fletcher

Screenwriter: Dan O'Bannon, Don Jakoby

99 minutes; Color

Disappointing (although astonishingly faithful) remake by a director more at home with exploitation horror movies. The more sophisticated special effects (Martians created by Stan Winston) and the updating of the setting serve only to throw the original's flaws into high relief. What carried eerie conviction on the small screen becomes merely silly on the big one, especially as Hooper's direction sinks into near-incoherence in the pacing of the finale. The best bits, unsurprisingly, are straight from the horror genre: possessed parents chewing horribly burnt bacon, a malicious school teacher eating a living frog, etc.

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