There really wasn’t anything new in the science fiction-fantasy genre being released today on DVD so I thought I would share with you a review of a very strange alien invasion movie from the 80s. It is cheesy a bit but it was a fun movie.
Strange Invaders. 1983.
I was ready to dislike this movie. It seemed cheesy and too strange and it is, but it all works. The music helps because it gives the entire movie an eerie tone. Most of the special effects are low budget except for the car explosions and the alien make up. I think the alien make up by the great Stan Winston really helps sell this movie.
The story begins with an alien attack in the Midwestern town of Centerville Illinois. Flash forward to New York City 25 years later where we meet professor, Charles Bigelow, played by Paul Le Mat, whose former wife Margaret Newman played by Diana Scarwid, has disappeared while attending her mother’s funeral in Centerville. The professor leaves their daughter with his mother (June Lockhart) and travels back to Centerville to find her. That is when all hell breaks loose.
Upon visiting Centerville where he encounters strange and suspicious people who then follow him to NY is when the story really takes off. Much of the story is shrouded in mystery and although you do see a lot of what is coming the movie does have the ability to lure you in and keep you transfixed as the story unfolds. I won’t go into too much detail of this predictable yet fun movie. Watching it unfold, in spite of its predictability, is part of the fun.
Sure some of the acting is stiff and stilted despite the presence of well known actors. It is a B movie which hearkens back to the science fiction B movies of the 50s. In other words this movie is a cheesy guilty pleasure.
Posted on June 19, 2012, in Old Movie Review and tagged 1983 science-fiction film, Diana Scarwid, Louise Fletcher, Michael Laughlin, Michael Lerner, Nancy Allen, New York City, Paul Le Mat, Strange Invaders, Wallace Shawn. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.