Invasion of the Saucer Men

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Invasion of the Saucer Men
Invasion of the Saucer Men.jpg
Theatrical release poster
by Albert Kallis
Directed by Edward L. 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 Osborn
Music by Ronald Stein
Cinematography Frederick E. West
Edited by Charles Gross
Ronald Sinclair
Malibu Productions
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 (aka Invasion of the Hell Creatures, with the working title Spacemen Saturday Night), is a 1957 science fiction/horror comedy film, personally produced by James H. Nicholson for release by his American International Pictures. The film was directed by Edward L. Cahn and starred Steven Terrell and Gloria Castillo. The screenplay by Robert J. Gurney Jr. and Al Martin was based on the 1955 short story "The Cosmic Frame" by Paul W. Fairman.


A flying saucer lands in the woods. A teenage couple, Johnny Carter (Terrell) and Joan Haydon (Castillo), while driving to their local lover's lane without the headlights on, accidentally run down one of the saucer's large-headed occupants.

Joe Gruen (Frank Gorshin), a drunken opportunist, stumbles across the alien's corpse after the teenagers have left to report the incident. Imagining future riches and fame, he plans to keep the body, storing it for now in his refrigerator. After failing to convince his buddy Artie Burns (Lyn Osborn) to help him retrieve the alien body, Joe decides to head for home. Other aliens soon arrive, however, and quickly inject alcohol into his veins via their retractable hypodermic needle fingernails. Joe, already intoxicated, soon dies from alcohol poisoning.

Having reported the accident and the deceased alien to the police, Johnny and Joan return with the sheriff, only to find Joe's dead body instead of the alien. The police then decide to charge both teenagers with vehicular manslaughter.

Meanwhile, the dead alien's hand detaches itself from its host, grows an eye and then runs amok, causing trouble. The military, following up an earlier UFO report, soon get involved, eventually surrounding the alien's saucer. In the end, it is the teenagers, not the military, who defeat the aliens when they discover that the saucer's occupants cannot stand the glare from their car's bright headlights.


The film was made by Malibu Productions[1] Film rights to Fairman's short story were purchased through Forrest J Ackerman's Ackerman Science Fiction Agency.[2] Special effects technician Paul Blaisdell, who provided the alien make-up and flying saucer, recalled that Invasion of the Saucer Men was originally intended as a serious film but gradually developed into a comedy.[3] The entire film takes place during the period of one night, with 98% of it filmed on a studio sound stage.[4]

The flying saucer built by Blaisdell for the film was later reused in the opening scene of The Outer Limits episode "Controlled Experiment" (1964).[5]

Invasion of the Saucer Men was released by AIP as part of a double feature with I Was a Teenage Werewolf.[6]


In 1965, self-professed "schlockmeister" Larry Buchanan cheaply remade Invasion of the Saucer Men in color as The Eye Creatures, a made-for-television feature for AIP-TV.[7]

The Lillingtons featured a song called "Invasion of the Saucermen" on their 1999 album Death by Television.[8]


At the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has no score, though it has two negative and two positive reviews. Dennis Schwartz described it as "a film that can never go out of style because it is so bad that it never was in style". It currently has a 5.5 score on IMDB.

Cultural references[edit]

The film features in "Place of Dreams", a short story by writer John Roman Baker in his book Brighton Darkness.[9]



  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.
  5. ^ Internet Movie Database Trivia
  6. ^ Sanders, Don and Susan (1997). The American Drive-In Movie Theatre. Motorbooks International. p. 96. ISBN 0-7603-0425-4. 
  7. ^ Paul Blaisdell, Monster Maker: A Biography of the B Movie Makeup and Special Effects Artist by Randy Palmer, 1997
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  9. ^ Wilkinson House;


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