Taglines: There’s no place on Earth to hide!
On the night of a meteor shower, young David Gardner sees an alien spacecraft land in a sand quarry behind his house. This is the beginning of an alien invasion that sees David’s parents (George and Ellen Gardner), his teachers and the townspeople slowly assimilated by the alien life forms, returning with less emotions. The only one who believes David is the school nurse, Linda Magnuson. Together, David and Linda enlist the aid of the U.S. Marines to help save the world.
At the end, David awakes in his bed and tells his parents about the events, all being a nightmare. After he and his parents return to sleep, he is suddenly reawakened by the alien spacecraft beginning to land. Running to his parent’s bedroom, the film ends with him screaming as an alien noise can be heard, leaving David’s fate unknown.
Invaders from Mars is a 1986 science fiction horror film, directed by Tobe Hooper from a screenplay by Dan O’Bannon and Don Jakoby. It is a remake of the 1953 science fiction film Invaders from Mars, and is a reworking of that film’s screenplay by Richard Blake from an original story by John Tucker Battle. Its production was instigated by Wade Williams, millionaire exhibitor, science fiction film fan and sometime writer-producer-director, who had reissued the original film in 1978 after purchasing the copyright to the property. Elaborate creature and visual effects for this remake were supplied by Stan Winston and John Dykstra.
The scenes shot on location at David’s school were filmed at Eagle Rock Elementary School in the Eagle Rock suburb in Los Angeles, California. The school bore a temporary fake nameplate in the film that read “Menzies Elementary School” as a tribute to the 1953 film’s director, William Cameron Menzies. The Gardners’ home in the film is the same house that was purpose-built for the 1948 Cary Grant/Myrna Loy film, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, and still stands as the administrative offices for park employees at Malibu Creek State Park. Other locations include Simi Valley, California.
Invaders from Mars (1986)
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms, Laraine Newman, James Karen, Louise Fletcher, Eric Pierpoint, Christopher Allport, Kenneth Kimmins
Screenplay by: Richard Blake, Dan O’Bannon
Production Design by: Leslie Dilley
Cinematography by: Daniel Pearl
Film Editing by: Alain Jakubowicz
Costume Design by: Carin Hooper
Set Decoration by: Cricket Rowland
Art Direction by: Craig Stearns
Music by: Christopher Young
Distributed by: Cannon Films
Release Date: June 6, 1986