Invisible Invaders (1959)

Article #1708 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-17-2005
Posting Date: 4-16-2006
Directed by Edward L. Cahn
Featuring John Agar, Jean Byron, Philip Tonge

Invisible aliens from outer space invade the earth by taking over the bodies of the dead.

This movie’s main claim to fame anymore is the similarities it has with Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD; the scenes of the dead men (the aliens don’t possess the bodies of dead women, for some reason) in various states of decay wandering around does indeed recall those of the later movie. Still, this movie lacks many of the qualities that made the Romero movie a classic, but I suspect the budget of this one was even lower than the one of that one. After all, we’re talking about an alien invasion story with only about ten speaking parts, filled out with tons of stock footage, familiar locations (the bunker is hidden inside Bronson Caverns) and with budget-minded monsters. Still, I can’t be too hard on it; it does manage to work up a chill or two, and some scenes are memorable enough, even if the story drags (particularly in the second half). It does have one other noteworthy aspect; it’s the only cinematic union of horror and science fiction actors John Agar and John Carradine. And anybody who has seen “Police Squad” should have a little laugh when Carradine dies thirty seconds after his character is introduced before he’s had a chance to say a word.

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