Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS (1956)
Article #42 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 4-27-2001
Posting date: 9-9-2001

Earth is threatened by flying saucers from outer space, but you could have guessed that from the title, couldn’t you?

This is another fifties Ray Harryhausen SF epic. The special effects and the invasion sequences in this movie are fabulous, as you might expect, but the surrounding story is even duller than usual. Still, one thing you can say about this movie; it was one of the very few fifties invasion from outer space flicks that actually delivers a full-blown invasion of the earth; I think the only other one is WAR OF THE WORLDS. The climax is definitely worth the price of admission; the full-blown saucer attack on Washington D.C. is a stunning sequence, and one of Harryhausen’s very best. Plus, the movie has Morris Ankrum, one of my favorite character actors from fifties SF films.

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