Invasion of the Saucer Men

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Invasion of the Saucer Men
Invasion of the Saucer Men.jpg
Directed by Edward Cahn
Produced by Robert J. Gurney Jr.
James H. Nicholson
Written by
Robert J. Gurney Jr.
Al Martin
Based on short story "The Cosmic Frame" by Paul W. Fairman
Starring Steven Terrell
Gloria Castillo
Frank Gorshin
Raymond Hatton
Lyn Osborne
Music by Ronald Stein
Cinematography Frederick E. West
Edited by Charles Gross
Ronald Sinclair
Production
company
Malibu Productions[1]
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release dates
  • June 1957 (1957-06)
Running time 69 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Invasion of the Saucer Men (also known as Invasion of the Hell Creatures, working title - Spacemen Saturday Night) is a 1957 sci-fi comedy film starring Steven Terrell and Gloria Castillo and personally produced by James H. Nicholson for his American International Pictures (AIP). The screenplay by Robert J Gurney Jr and Al Martin was based on the 1955 short story "The Cosmic Frame" by Paul W. Fairman. The film was released as a double feature with I Was a Teenage Werewolf.

Plot[edit]

A spaceship lands in the woods. A teenage couple, Johnny Carter (Steven Terrell) and Joan Haydon (Gloria Castillo), driving down lover's lane without headlights, accidentally run down one of the aliens. Joe Gruen (Frank Gorshin) a drunken opportunist, comes across the alien's corpse. He plans to keep the body in his fridge, but after failing to convince his buddy Artie Burns (Lyn Osborn) to help him retrieve the dead alien's body, he returns alone. The aliens arrive and kill Joe by injecting alcohol into his veins via their hypodermic fingernails. Having reported their close encounter to the police, Johnny and Joan return with the Sheriff, only to find Joe's body in place of the alien. The police plan to charge them with manslaughter. Meanwhile the dead alien's hand detaches itself, grows an eye, and runs amok. The military, following a UFO report, are soon involved. They surround the alien's spaceship, but in the end it is the teenagers who defeat the aliens when they discover that they cannot stand the glare from their car headlights.

Production[edit]

Movie rights to the short story were purchased through the Ackerman Science Fiction Agency.[2]

Special effects technician Paul Blaisdell, who did the alien make-up, recalled that the film was originally intended as a serious feature but gradually fell into a comedy.[3] The entire film takes place in the period of one night with 98% shot on a studio soundstage.[4]

Legacy[edit]

In 1965 Larry Buchanan cheaply remade the film in color for AIP-TV as The Eye Creatures, a made-for-television movie.

The Lillingtons had a song entitled "Invasion of the Saucermen" on their Death by Television album.

On a cover for an album from De Wolfe Music that deals with Sci-Fi music. On the cover the saucer man with the woman in the poster is shown in the cover of the album.

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Footnotes
  1. ^ LANCASTER ASKED TO CO-STAR IN FILM: Actor May Play Principal in Wald's 'Peyton Place'-- Production Unit Formed By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 26 Mar 1957: 37
  2. ^ MOVIELAND EVENTS: Film Will Show New Route to Everest Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 29 Jan 1957: 20
  3. ^ Palmer 2009, p. 139.
  4. ^ Palmer 2009, p. 148.
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