Invaders from Mars (1986 film)


Invaders from Mars (1986 film)

Infobox Film | name = Invaders from Mars


caption = Theatrical release poster
director = Tobe Hooper
producer = Yoram Globus
Menahem Golan
writer = Story:
John Tucker Battle
Screenplay:
Dan O'Bannon
Don Jakoby
starring =Karen Black
Hunter Carson
Timothy Bottoms
Laraine Newman
Louise Fletcher
cinematography = Daniel Pearl
music = Sylvester Levay
Christopher Young
David Storrs
editing =
distributor = Cannon Films
released = June 6, 1986
runtime = 100 min.
country = USA
language = English
budget = $12,000,000 (estimated)
amg_id = 1:25265
imdb_id = 0091276

"Invaders from Mars" is a 1986 science fiction film directed by Tobe Hooper from a screenplay by Dan O'Bannon and Don Jakoby. It is a remake of the 1953 science fiction classic Invaders from Mars, and is a reworking of that film's screenplay by Richard Blake from an original story by John Tucker Battle. Its production was instigated by [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0931897/bio Wade Williams] , millionaire exhibitor, science fiction film fan and sometime writer-producer-director, who had reissued the original film in 1978 after purchasing the copyright to the property. Elaborate creature effects were supplied by Stan Winston and ornate visual effects by John Dykstra for the remake.

Plot

On the night of a comet storm, young David Gardner (Hunter Carson) sees an alien spacecraft land in a sand quarry behind his house. This is the beginning of an alien invasion that sees David's parents George (Timothy Bottoms) and Ellen (Laraine Newman), his teachers and the townspeople slowly assimilated by the alien lifeforms. The only one who believes David is the school nurse (Karen Black). Together, the two enlist the aid of the U.S. Marines to help save the world.

Box office

The remade "Invaders from Mars" was released on June 6, 1986 to disappointing box office, opening in seventh place. In total, it earned a paltry $4,884,663 [ [http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=invadersfrommars.htm Invaders From Mars (1986) - Weekend Box Office Results ] ] at the US box office.

Trivia

* Karen Black stars alongside her real-life minor son Hunter Carson.
* The alien queen prop from the original film can be seen in the school's basement.
* The school is named after William Cameron Menzies, the director of the 1953 version.
* David watches a few moments of "Lifeforce", Tobe Hooper's film from the previous year, on television.

* Jimmy Hunt, the young star of the original, appears in the remake as a police officer who initially investigates the landing. While heading up the hill, he says, "I haven't been here since I was a kid."

* The Supreme Martian Intelligence prop from the 1953 film (a head and tentacles inside a transparent sphere)appears in a barrel of Christmas ornaments in the basement of Cameron Menzies High School.
* The mind-control, neck "caterpillars" used by the Martians, make a cameo appearance as specimens in a file cabinet of the classified U.S. Government vault on "The X-Files".
* The hand-held S.E.T.I. scanning equipment were re-uses of the tricorder props from "".
* The hand-held NASA/military scanning equipment were re-uses of the PKE meter props from "Ghostbusters".

References

External links

*imdb title|0091276


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