Film (1989). Smart Egg Pictures. Directed by Patrick Read Johnson. Written by Johnson, Scott Alexander. Cast includes J J Anderson, Fred Applegate, Douglas Barr, Gregg Berger, Royal Dano and Ariana Richards. 100 minutes. Colour.
This spoof, obviously made for younger viewers, starts promisingly with the premise that the diminutive crew of a Martian Spaceship, in the middle of a battle, pick up the radio signal of Orson Welles's broadcast of War of the Worlds, and hasten to Earth to join the presumptive Martian Invasion, only to find a disinterested population (in small-town Illinois) more or less ignoring them, or mistaking them for trick-or-treating children. The ensuing gags seldom rise above poorly choreographed knockabout farce, with no great ingenuity but a perceptible flavour of bigotry. [PN]
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