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Every weekend we're watching movies together...whether you're in Pennsylvania USA, or Sydney Australia. It's a throwback! Back to the days when you had the anticipation for waiting till the weekend to see the classic horror or science fiction film that was listed in the TV Guide. The plan is to watch a movie at 7:30PM on Saturday night in your own time zone. Or, if you can't Saturday night...anytime during the weekend. Then, we'll all get together and e-mail our thoughts on the film...a few paragraphs...or simply a sentence if you'd like. They after-viewing reviews appear on our Creepy Classics/Monster Bash News Page. See the latest thoughts posted by viewers ther now.
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Weekend Attack On Our TVs!
This past weekend many people on this blog that follow Creepy Classics and Monster Bash all watched EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS! It was a suggestion by Ken Blose who thought it would be a good one to get us in the mood for this year's 1950s Sci-Fi Bash!
Here at Creepy Classics central, our friend Bob Pellegrino came over and my daughter Paisley and I watched it. This is really a fun one. And pretty gruesome too with the "brain scanning" scenes and what happens to many victims. Pretty brutal for its time. I was really impressed by the naturally the saucer effects, but also the lead and secondary actors were all great and not over-layed. Hugh Marlowe is very believable without being over the top. This might be the first movie (back in 1956) to use the now accepted look of what real alien reports look like. The big head, frail body, big eyes, small slit mouth. Interesting. Of course, those rotating sections on the saucer (thanbks to the great Ray Harryausen) really gave the saucers themselves a personality. An all out aliens are here for take-over rumble. Gotta go back to the garage now and finish up my sound-gun...just in case. -Ron in Ligonier, PA
I sure love the sci fi films of this era. All those buttons and knobs and
Watching this film these days I notice the social aspects of the film
I've always enjoyed this film, I think it's a great example of a
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I watched this weeks movie differently. Instead of being holed-up in
My 7 year old daughter was a testament of the movie effectivness even
-Ken in Mexico
This is a film that never fails to entertain. Hugh Marlowe is a great hero who fights an invasion from an alien race. The Ray Harryhausen effects are top notch and this takes me back to a time when movies were strictly for entertainment and fun.
Watching this film again, I'm reminded just how remarkable Ray Harryhausen's job was. He gave life and personality to a flying saucer. The saucers just don't spin around. They dip, hover, twirl, and speed up. Sometimes it occurs all at once. Another remarkable aspect of Ray Harryhausen's animation comes into play when the saucers start crashing into famous Washington landmarks. My favorite scene is the crash into the Washington Monument. When the saucer crashes into the monument all the debris that falls as result of the crash is animated separately. This is a remarkable achievement for Ray Harryhausen because it not only happens once, but several times.
One of the reasons I enjoy this film is the cast that includes Hugh Marlowe(who I always get confused with Richard Carlson), Joan Taylor, and Donald Curtis (It Came From Beneath The Sea). I would be remiss if I failed to mention the ubiquitous military team of Morris Ankrum and Thomas Browne Henry. Between the two of them, they starred in just about every sci-fi movie in the fifties. I would like to re-mention Joan Taylor. I feel she really grounds this film with her beauty, acting, and down-to-earth quality. Theses are traits she bought to another film called 20 Million Miles To Earth. Honorable mention must go to Paul Frees, the voice of the alien, simply because I think he's cool and he's got a great voice.
I joined in (Saturday 03/06/2010) for EARTH -vs.- the FLYING SAUCERS (1956) Clover Productions & Columbia Pictures, Fred F. Sears (D) Two**Stars. Our copy is the old B&W one which is how we first saw it on T.V. in the mid 60's. Love it then and now. Only Ray Harryhausen could bring so much character too machines like those FLYING SAUCERS.
Hello Ron, Greg here, Earth vs Flying Saucers always a great movie, I watch it at least 3 times a year..The special effects are top notch and the saucer being called an interstellar conveyance is the coolest term ever.....Thanks
Ken From Mexico (Great viewing choice this week!) , Ron, and everyone else out there in the far reaches of our film galaxy, I too watched "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers" (1956) this Saturday evening!! This wonderful alien invasion flick has always been one of my favorites. I remember seeing this film on Superhost`s "MAD THEATRE" as well ! (just like last week`s feature- "Creature From The Black Lagoon") In fact, it probably was aired alongside "Creature" at some point during his show`s run on the old channel 43 here in Strongsville, Ohio where I live!!!
All I Can Say Is Wow!!!--- Great Job Everyone with the (above) reviews and points of interest!!! When I was a young kid and I watched this movie- The main points of interest for me were the great Harryhausen SPFX (The spectacular flying saucers and destruction/battle scenes in the city) AND the gruesome subject matter concerning the mind-control aspect of the alien`s use of the Indexed Memory Bank)-When Morris Ankrum`s character becomes, essentially a "mindless" zombie and shows himself to his daughter and son-in-law (both played wonderfully by Joan Taylor and Hugh Marlowe, respectivally) and Joan`s character shrieks and cries in anguish at the horrifying situation that her father (and they-along with the rest of the world) are in- I was scared as well!!!
Looking at this film now- you can see the impact it has had on future films and film(makers)!! Ray Harryhausen`s flying saucers were the best ever done up to that point and in my opinion, influenced the look of the ships (at least) somewhat in 1997`s summer blockbuster "Independance Day" The look of the aliens (both their suits and the creatures themselves) is really cool, too!! I really enjoy the scene where they walk over the unconscious general (Ankrum) and decide to kidnap him and take him to their ship! The way this scene is directed and photographed is really quite powerful and eerie! One of the best parts of the film, in my opinion! As far as the creatures themselves, we only get one quick good glimpse of their appearance- but it is quite unsettling- and reminds me of the look of the alien creatures in "Strange Invaders" (1983)- a querky homage to classic 1950`s sci-fi outer space invasion films set in a farm town in Kansas. This film was directed by Michael Laughlin and starred genre veterans Paul Lemat, Nancy Allen, Diana Scarwid, Louise Fletcher, Fiona Lewis, June Lockhart and the great Kenneth Tobey (in a great supporting role for him!)
Also, I love those disintegration effects when the people/trucks get "ZAPPED" by the evil aliens! (The sound effects are great too!) This film was admirably directed by Fred F.Sears who also did "The Werewolf" (1956) and that great turkey "The Giant Claw" (1957)! The Screen story was by none other than Curt Siodmak- who penned "Donovan`s Brain" (1953) and 'The Wolf Man" (1941) among many other classics of the genre!! Lastly and Sadly, producer Charles H. Schneer, who is famous for working with Mr. Harryhausen and doing many classics together, passed away on January 21st, 2009. He was 88 years old. And that`s a wrap from the outer reaches of the Milky Way galaxy everybody, hope everybody enjoyed the "sci-fi" memories! Dan Brenneis- Monster Bash Staff Member and Lifetime Film Fan Extroadinarre.