Monday, June 20, 2011
Invasion of the Saucermen
Anywhoo, Invasion of the Saucer Men (a.k.a. Invasion of the Hell Creatures, Hell Creatures, La invasión de los hombres del espacio (The Invasion of the Space Men) in Spain and Krypande handen (The Crawling Hand) in Sweden) really is the quintessential 50's alien invasion movie. Teenagers up at Lover's Lane run afoul of small cabbage headed aliens with detachable hands that shoot pure alcochol into it's victims. You just can't make that kinda stuff up!
Originally IotSM was being made as a serious sci-fi flick. As the picture progressed however, it morphed into a hybrid comedy. Frank Gorshin's roll as Joe Gruen helped the comedy along quite a bit. You may know Frank as The Riddler in the 60's TV version of Batman....or as Dr Fletcher in 12 Monkeys. The guy has 135 acting credits from 1956 - 2006.....well, I suppose technically 2005 when he passed away....but his final film, The Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park was not releaseed until 2006.
The Saucer Men were created by Howard Anderson, Alex Weldon and Paul Blaisdell. You may know Blaisdell from his work in such films as The Day The World Ended, The She-Creature and The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow. Some of the special effects in the film were terrific for it's time, including the detachable alien hand that gets trapped in a teen's car and a fantastic fight sequence between a Saucer Man and a Bull! Seriously! Check it out:
Told ya that was awesome!
I'd been searching for this movie for what seemed like forever and a day on ANY kind of home video format, however all the VHS were out of print and there have never been any official DVD let alone Blu Ray releases. I keep my fingers crossed though. My wife, being the incredible woman that she is managed to get her hands on a copy and gave it to me as a gift our first Christmas together. To this day it is the best Christmas present I have ever received.
If you can find it, do yourself a favor and get your mitts on a copy of this movie. It is an absolute MUST for fans of 50's sci fi/monster cinema.