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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Invisible Invaders (1959)

Zombies from space?  Well...sort of.  Invisible Invaders isn't quite sure what kind of movie it wants to be.  It starts out as a tale about humanity being on the brink of destruction due to nuclear weapons.  Then it morphs into an alien invasion story with creatures who repossess dead human bodies to conquer the world.  [Yes, it's as ridiculous as it sounds!] This also makes it a zombie tale with everyone referring to the alien zombies as the "living dead."  Finally, we end with a morality tale about how we all learned to get along after we defeated the zombies.  ARGH!  Needless to say, the script is a red hot mess.

I got lured into this picture with the promise of John Carradine who is killed off in the first minute of the film, only to return in one scene as a space zombie.  The rest of the cast tries their best but the pseudo science and techno-babble they are forced to utter is a hard sell indeed.  Even the best of actors would have a hard time making this crap seem convincing.

For the love of science fiction and zombies skip this one altogether.  Everyone tries their best to make this film work, including director Edward L. Cahn [Zombies of Mora Tau], but all their efforts fall short of the mark.  Invisible Invaders may have worked in 1959, but it's utterly ridiculous in 2013.


For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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