Directed by William Cameron Menzies
Starring Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt, Leif Erickson, Hillary Brooke, Morris Ankrum, Douglas Kennedy
Finally! Ignite Films has announced a new 4K restoration of William Cameron Menzies’ Invaders From Mars (1953), coming to Blu-ray and 4K this Fall.
This is one movie nuts have been wanting since the minute high-definition reached our homes. Young David MacLean (Jimmy Hunt) discovers an alien invasion of his hometown — and no one will believe him. After all, he’s just a kid — and the townspeople are increasingly coming under the aliens’ mind control. David finds a couple of scientists (Arthur Franz and Helena Carter) who will believe him, and it’s up to them to thwart the alien invasion.
This plays a bit like a kid’s version of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956), brilliantly designed and directed by William Cameron Menzies in SuperCinecolor. Menzies uses David’s point of view throughout, even keeping his camera at kid-level. Jimmy Hunt is excellent, which is a big part of the picture’s effectiveness.
Absolutely 100% completely totally essential.