Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956)

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Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956)

Post  BoG on Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:21 pm



Combining the public's fascination with UFOs with a War of the Worlds threat, this earlier version of Independence Day (1996) is a treat for sci-fi fans and Ray Harryhausen fans alike. The only aspect I wasn't too thrilled about were the alien suits - not the clunky construction or look of them, but that bullets were able to penetrate them and down the alien wearers. It was established in another scene that the suits are composed of something like 'solidified electricity' and were nearly impervious to just about anything. So, I don't understand this strange contradiction.

Otherwise, what a blast. Harryhausen manipulating these saucers, whether against some stock footage backdrop or models, was flawless. The last act, when the alien invaders seem to just decide 'OK, the hell with it, we're gonna blast Earth and all its denizens to free-floating particles and be done with it' is science fiction war, no-holds barred, free-for-all spectacular destruction as should be done. I'm sure this inspired Ed Wood partly for his magnum opus Plan 9 From Outer Space. Now, if only Ed knew how to paint the wires holding up the saucers correctly.
BoG's Score: 7 out of 10

Flying Saucers Trivia:
........FX by... RAY HARRYHAUSEN  Exclamation   WHAT MORE NEED BE SAID?
(HOWEVER, THIS IS APPARENTLY HARRYHAUSEN'S LEAST FAVORITE OF HIS FILMS  Sad )

THERE IS FOOTAGE IN THIS FILM TAKEN FROM ROCKETSHIP X-M,
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL & WAR OF THE WORLDS;
------------------------------------------------------CAN YOU SPOT IT?


Chuck Norris watches this film on TV during a break from killing terrorists in Invasion USA (1985)
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