Strange Invaders

1983

Action / Horror / Mystery / Sci-Fi

4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 63%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 34%
IMDb Rating 5.5 10 2224

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Louise Fletcher as Mrs. Benjamin
Nancy Allen as Betty Walker
June Lockhart as Mrs. Bigelow
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by eichler2 2 / 10

More horror than sci-fi, and really bad either way

I like sci-fi movies, sometimes even bad ones, so when I saw this was coming on the MGM channel, I set up the DVR to record it. Took several days to watch it because I had to keep turning it off - I just couldn't believe how bad it was.

Several other reviews call this a "homage" to '50s sci-fi movies. To me it seemed a lot more like a low-budget attempt to cash in on the popularity of E.T. and other sci-fi movies that had been packing theaters over the previous half-decade. This badly-made tale of invading space aliens was more of a gross-out horror flick than a sci-fi movie though. Way too many shots of people ripping their faces off to reveal slimy alien brains and whatnot underneath.

There were a lot of recognizable actors in the movie, but their performances are pretty uniformly awful and flat, which makes me think the director had no idea what he was doing. The writing is cringe-inducingly bad and the film was apparently edited by a 10 year old with attention deficit disorder. And the soundtrack music - don't get me started. Most of it sounded like it was lifted from E.T. and it almost never matched what was actually going on in the movie. Wrap it all up with a happy ending that felt forced and tacked on, and which made very little sense after the evil way the aliens had been behaving the whole rest of the movie.

The only thing saving this from a 1 star review is that some of the special effects aren't bad. I liked the glowing balls that the aliens turned people into. And if you go for gross, gory stuff, the aforementioned transformations from human to alien will be right up your alley. On the other hand, some of the effects (like the geyser of green blood from an alien that had been shot) are just as bad as the dialog, direction, acting, music and editing.

My only question is how the Mystery Science Theater guys never got their hands on this movie.

Reviewed by moonspinner55 4 / 10

An homage to the '50s sci-fi B-movie...but are audiences today likely to get the joke?

Entomology professor from New York travels to rural town in Illinois to find his missing wife, unaware that aliens disguised as humans took over the community back in 1958--in a deal with the U.S. Government. Director Michael Laughlin, who also co-wrote the screenplay with William Condon, from a treatment by Laughlin, Condon and Walter Halsey Davis, apparently wanted to make an imitation 1950s monster movie--a valentine to the low-budget, sometimes-campy drive-in entries about alien invaders and their unsuspecting human targets--but his film doesn't transcend the formula. It's an interesting concept, however once we realize that the picture isn't going to stretch beyond its own cartoonish border, interest begins to fade. Clueless leading man Paul LeMat (looking like an overgrown adolescent) doesn't appear to be in on the joke, anyway, a bewilderment most modern audiences will likely share. ** from ****

Reviewed by J-bot6 7 / 10

Hidden gem

This is one of those movies that seems to be hard to find and as a result, one that few people seem to have actually seen. I saw this one as a kid and the scene where the aliens turned the humans into balls of light was terrifying.

Having re-watched it, I was still pretty blown away by the effects. The creature work was amazing, and even the comps are really good. This movie has a bit of a different vibe than its contemporaries. Apparently the director was trying to capture some of the character of the classic 50s sci-fi films. It certainly shows. However, as one might expect, it became sort of a hybrid between the 50s and the 80s. As for production design -- it's really cool. The only choice that I thought was a bit odd was the steam powered equipment in the space ship. I'm not sure I buy that. Of course, we only see a bit of the ship's interior, so maybe there's some super high-tech in there powering things.

Watching this, it's refreshing to see a slightly different take on the 'alien invasion' concept. I like what they did with this and I can't think of any other film quite like it. Despite a few of the early scenes having somewhat odd line delivery, this is definitely a film to see. That and it's shot in full wide screen. If you can, try to get it in its original aspect ratio.

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