Day Mars Invaded Earth, The

Tagged: Film

Film (1962). API/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Maury Dexter. Written by Harry Spalding. Cast includes Betty Beall, William Mims, Kent Taylor and Marie Windsor. 70 minutes. Black and white.

In this mediocre B-movie, Martians – who consist of pure energy – travel to Earth via radio beam. As in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), from which this clearly borrows, they duplicate human beings, killing off the originals, to the horror of a scientist who returns from vacation to find alien minds in the apparent bodies of friends and family and human-shaped ashes in the swimming pool. Unusually, the film ends with the Martians triumphant. [PN/JB]

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