Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here (1988)

Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here (1988)

Guess who’s coming to the 8 o’clock show.

Beetle-like aliens invade a small town where the teenagers have been watching a sci-fi marathon in the local cinema. Zapping the projectionist, the aliens splice together footage of old sci-fi films to try and keep the crowd entertained whilst they slowly take over their minds. A couple of teenagers realise what is going on and try to put an end to the invasion before it’s too late.

 

Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here is just basically an excuse to show a load of clips of some old cheap science fiction films and jazz it all up in a package. It’s hard to review in all honesty because most of the running time is taken up with clips of films like The Giant Claw, The Amazing Colossal Man, Reptilicus, The Blob, The Trollenberg Terror, The Thing from Another World, War of the Colossal Beast, Fiend Without a Face and so on – funnily enough most of those have been reviewed on this site! If you want a break down of those films, then scour the site for more in-depth analysis. For anyone who hasn’t seen the films from which the clips are taken, some of the highlights may actually make you want to go and check them out. Other clips may not! There are some real turkeys in there like The Giant Claw but there’s also some decent outings like Fiend Without a Face. The clips aren’t edited together very well though and it jumps from one film to another randomly so you’ll never quite know which film the current clip is from unless you’ve seen them. But the nostalgia for this bygone era of science fiction will shine through and there’s an obvious love for the 50s running right through.

As far as the framing device goes for the film, it’s probably the only decent story that would warrant the clips being shown. I really don’t get the need for the alien invasion angle though. If someone wanted to make a clip show, they should have just gone ahead and done it. The whole alien invasion plot isn’t done very well and it runs like a very timid Invasion of the Body Snatchers clone where they use pods to take over people whilst they’re watching the clips. It may be a nod to the aforementioned film and a throwback to the cheesy 50s science fiction stories but it’s just a silly plot device. The beetle-alien costumes look rubbish and their leader, a big brain with a single eye, is simply a dodgy-looking puppet. You wonder how much they actually spent on the costumes and special effects. Considering how much footage from the old films they use, I’d say the best part of the budget went on securing the rights to screen these clips. There’s also a daft sense of humour running through the film with some of the aliens assuming different roles in the cinema like becoming the popcorn vender, etc.

 

If you fancy watching basically a highlight reel of some old B-movies then check this out. If you can’t be bothered sitting through the individual films, then the best bits of them are shown. It’s the only reason to watch Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here.

 

 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 

 

 

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