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Surrender or Else...
Ray Harryhausen's special effects steal the show as somewhat impolite and/or Unfirendly Aliens seek to Conquer Earth. Directed by Fred F. Sears, Aliens from Outer Space seek to take over the Earth and use whatever means possible to do so. Dr. Russell martin(Hugh Marlowe) has been contacted by the Aliens, but not being able to decipher the message initially, the Aliens are attacked and then counter attack. Finally convincing the defense Dept. of the Aliens plans, he develops a method for destroying the Flying Saucers with the use of "Sound." Look for the "Hooded" Aliens with rays shooting from their arms, Great Stuff ! Also. look for the "Differential Analyzer" , an early form of a computer, probably from UCLA in the 1950's. It consisted of different metal rods inserted to solve various equations. Awesome. Sen when the writng was anaylized. Great Fun Fulm ! Only the storyline suffers when reduced to good gguys vs. bad. If they had benn just a little more creative, would have been an all-out blockbuster. But still prettyy good. 4.5 dtars out of 5. Mostly b & W , but some color prints are available. Love those "Hooded" Aliens !
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
- Jay Higgins
Good special effects for the time, and a better production than most films of this type. Good cast. It's a little slow moving in parts, but I love these old 1950's sci-fi movies.
My 2nd favorite Harryhausen release.
- Erik Snead
The best stop-motion animation of the 1950's. Awesome special effects substitute for non-existent plot.
A Vintage Review
- Bob Wright
I respectfully admit that I saw "Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers" first run at a local theater in Miami, Fla. in 1956. They didn't have CGI in those days, but they did have Ray Harryhausen's innovative stop-action special effects. It was in B&W, as was many sci-fi's of the day, incl. "The Day The Earth Stood Still", "It Came From Outer Space"(starring Richard Carlson & shown in 3D), "The Thing"(introducing James Arness), and "Them"(starring James Arness). I have on VHS an intro. & review by Wes Cravin("Nightmare On Elm Street", etc.) in the late 1990's showing respect for the effects & dialogue for the last 2 movies mentioned above. I respectfully submit that we had enough "nightmares" in those days without the blood & guts they think they must use today. The term was called an "I gotcha" movie, letting the suspense work with your imagination. It is interesting to note that a lot of the remakes(with CGI) currently out for vintage sci-fi "classics", such as "War Of The Worlds" or "The Day The Earth Stood Still", have less than captured the feelings and imagination of the originals. Thank you for your attention.
1956 tour of Washington Monuments
Hugh Marlow, who had played in some serious films prior to this low budget sci-fi film, plays the typical brain behind the destruction of the enimies of the future of the world. In the pre-computer generated world of sci-fi, the monsters were creations by Ray Harryhausen and a few others whose products filled in the spaces where good acting and dialog are usually found. Unlike the Day the Earth stood still, this film bogles the eyes with illogical action. Sci-Fi as a genre is fine, as long as it doesn't lapse into a cartoon. In 1956 when this film was produced, TV was begining to challange the viewing patterns of the US. Earth vs the Flying Saucers is a difinitive representation of this genre of cheap black and whites that were aimed primarily at the Drive Inn Movie market. Those of my generation who were teens, found the drive in movie a cheap and fertile place to explore the mysteries of the opposite sex. These films were only a backdrop to the real action going on in the back rows. The only film of this era that recieved any kind of critical aclaim was the Day the Earth Stood Still. This film had one flying saucer, one robot and a plot that was held together by some logical glue. To a lesser degree, an earlier film It Came From Outer Space, is worthy to note, if only to mention that James Arness plays the one monster. If you were a child seeing this film for the first time, a few nightmares may have followed. They are nostalgic reminders of a time that has passed.
Fantastic serious Sci Fi!
Special Effects master Ray Harryhausen's realistic work here helps bring home this terrifying tale of flying saucers who visit earth. Far from kind or contemplative, they're aggressive, scary and abduct humans to suck the knowledge out of their brains. This movie has a lot of hardware scenes and it's grounded in a real world grittiness which lends a very grim non-kiddy movie air to the whole production. I think this is one of the best of the early UFO movies and it holds up well. Hey, it was made in 1956--take it for when it came out and appreciate the grim fear of "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers."