Strange Invaders

STRANGE INVADERS. 1983

Director: Michael Laughlin

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl



This retro science fiction adventure conveys a knowledge & genuine fondness for its genre, & successfully treads that thin line between spoof & effectively spooky story.

Charlie (Paul Le Mat) visits his missing ex-wife's hometown trying to find out what became of her, & slowly comes to realize the town has been taken over by aliens from outer space.

Strange Invaders is set in 1958 & in loving homage to sci-fi films of that decade. It successfully recaptures both the sense of wonder & the triviality of B science fiction films of the 1950s.

It is more like Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) than anything totally brilliant like The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), but it is interesting how authentically 50s it all seems, right down the flat acting style which seems to be intentional. It is also safely suitable for children without being pitched primarily to children.

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