Invaders From Mars

1986

Tobe Hooper
Director
Cannon
Studio

Clunky remake of a cheesy classic fails in nearly every department. Stan Winston's creature fx are almost the only plus.

-The Sloth

Well, the original, while dated, is hardly "cheesy." The remake is pretty clunky, though, being one of those remakes where the director has reverence for the original but still wants to mock it. This never works. Good photography, some good performances (not from the kid who is the focus of the film, unfortunately), but the Martians are hard to take seriously, as is the film as a whole. A good testament as to why filmmakers should make original films and not remakes.

P.S.: Charlie Dell is credited, but nowhere to be seen in the final film. And has anyone else noticed that the main theme and opening credits are very, very similar to the original Total Recall, made four years later?

-Dave W.


Invaders From Mars
6th June 1986
Cinema



100 mins
2.35:1

Invaders From Mars (1986/ Anchor Bay)
20th January 1998
DVD



102 mins
2.35:1

Invaders From Mars (1986/ MGM/UA)
28th August 2001
DVD



99 mins
2.35:1




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Karen Black
Linda Magnuson
Hunter Carson
David Gardner
Timothy Bottoms
George Gardner
Laraine Newman
Ellen Gardner
James Karen
Brigadier General G. Climet Wilson
Bud Cort
Dr. Mark Weinstein
Louise Fletcher
Mrs. McKeltch
Eric Pierpoint
Sgt. Major Rinaldi
Christopher Allport
Captain Curtis
Donald Hotton
Old NASA Scientist
(Dr. Stout)
Kenneth Kimmins
Officer Kenney
Charlie Dell
Mr. Cross
(scenes deleted)
Jimmy Hunt
Police Chief
William Bassett
NASA Scientist
Virginia Keehne
Heather
Chris Hebert
Kevin
Mason Nupuf
Doug
William Frankfather
Ed, Heather's Father
Joseph Brutsman
MP #1
Eric Norris
MP #2
Debra Berger
Corporal Walker
Eddy Donno
Hollis
Mark Giardino
Johnson
Daryl Bartley
Classmate
Roy Mansano
Classmate
Shonda Whipple
Classmate
Amy Fitzpatrick
Classmate
Shawn Campbell
Classmate
Brett Johnson
Classmate
Dale Dye
Squad Leader
Douglas Simpson
Lieutenant/Drone
Lonny Low
Communications Officer/Drone
Scott Leva
Marine Officer
Randall Wulff
Young Marine/Drone
(as Scott Wulff)
Frederick Menslage
Marine #1
Michael McGrady
Marine #2
Larry Poindexter
Marine #3
(as Lawrence Poindexter)
James Acheson
Marine #4
(as J. Acheson)
Matt Bennett
Marine #5/Drone
Aaron Scott Bernard
Marine #6
Steven Lambert
Demolition Man
(as Steve Lambert)
Debbie Lee Carrington
Drone
(as Debbie Carrington)
Margarita Fernandez
Drone
(as Margarite Fernandez)
Tony Cox
Drone
(as Joe Anthony Cox)
Sal Fondacaro
Drone
(as Salvatore Fondacaro)
Peter Firth
Caine
(archive footage from Lifeforce)
Phil Fondacaro
Drone (uncredited)
Brian Penikas
Supreme Martian Intelligence
(uncredited)

Dave Wright: Revised Screencaps & Notes