In­vaders From Mars

Hooper loopy

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated -

Re­lease Date: 13 July

1986 | PG | Blu- ray Di­rec­tor: Tobe Hooper Cast: Karen Black, Hunter Car­son, Ti­mothy Bot­toms, Laraine New­man, James Karen, Bud Cort, Louise Fletcher

Re­makes of ’ 50s

favourites were all the rage in the ’ 80s. Of them all, Texas Chain Saw Mas­sacre di­rec­tor Tobe Hooper’s In­vaders From Mars ( pro­duced by schlockbuster spe­cial­ists Cannon) is one of the least well- re­garded. Which seems a lit­tle harsh.

It fol­lows the orig­i­nal closely, with a boy spot­ting a UFO land­ing, notic­ing his par­ents are act­ing oddly, re­al­is­ing they’re un­der alien con­trol, and lead­ing the Marines in an at­tack on a buried space­ship.

The 1953 film is ba­si­cally In­va­sion Of The Body Snatchers for kids; told very much from a child’s per­spec­tive, it plays on the fear that par­ents or teach­ers might sud­denly turn against you. The re­make seems more aimed at ironic adults, with added swear­ing, OTT per­for­mances and goofy gags – here, young David rum­bles that his teacher’s been taken over when he finds her gob­bling down a frog!

It’ll prob­a­bly ap­peal to mod­ern kids far more than the ’ 50s ver­sion, though, thanks to Stan Win­ston’s weird crea­ture de­signs. Great am­bu­la­tory bol­locks with dag­gers for teeth, they’re a mem­o­rable up­grade on the orig­i­nal’s men- in­green- velour. So while In­vaders From Mars can’t match The Thing or The Fly it’s cer­tainly up there with 1988’ s The Blob for sheer fun. Ex­tras: In­ter­views with the con­cept artist, the pro­duc­tion de­signer, an ef­fects guy and a “Cannon as­so­ciate”, plus a look at some con­cept art. Ian Ber­ri­man Ac­tor Jimmy Hunt, who played the kid in the orig­i­nal film, plays the po­lice chief in the re­make.

The latest DFS sale was the most as­tound­ing yet.

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