Invaders from Mars (1986 version) / Loft Staff Selects

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Invaders from Mars, horror film director Tobe Hooper’s (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) highly entertaining remake of the 1950’s sci-fi paranoia classic, centers on a small town boy named David (Hunter Carson) who uncovers a sinister plot beamed down from outer space – a plot hatched by vicious invading aliens hell-bent on possessing the minds of not only his parents, his teachers and the local townspeople, but eventually the entire world! The trouble is, none of the adults in town will believe him, so with the help of a sympathetic school nurse (Karen Black), the increasingly freaked-out youngster enlists the aid of the U.S. Army to help save his home planet from a complete alien takeover, leading to a kaleidoscopic onslaught of fang-toothed beasties, dazzling pyrotechnics and a generous dose of B-movie thrills. Filled with campy humor (much of it courtesy of an evil, frog-swallowing schoolteacher played by Louise Fletcher) and wild special effects supplied by make-up artist Stan Winston and Star Wars innovator John Dykstra, Invaders From Mars is a fun sci-fi feast that hearkens back to the ‘50s alien invasion films, while still retaining a distinctly ‘80s edge. (Dir. by Tobe Hooper, 1986, USA, 100 mins., Rated PG) Digital