Spaced Invaders Review

Spaced Invaders
On the 50th anniversary of Orson Welles' famous War Of The Worlds broadcast, an Illinois radio station puts the play out again, and the signal happens to be picked up by a passing spaceship crewed by a lost unit of the Martian Space Navy, who are fooled into thinking that their comrades are mounting a mass invasion of the Earth and thus promptly zap down to Big Bean, Illinois, in order to join in the fun.

by Jack Yeovil |
Published on
Release Date:

01 Jan 1990

Running Time:

100 minutes



Original Title:

Spaced Invaders

With the cheery catch-phrase, "Prepare to die, earth scum", a gang of 4ft aliens romp around on Halloween night, getting mixed up with trick or treaters, farm closures, crazy old coot Royal Dano, a gas pump attendant dressed as Zorro and some cutesy kids, ET-stylee.

Although this is basically just another film in which a bunch of midgets in green rubber masks run around shouting, it's still vaguely endearing, if about 15 minutes too long for the material. Of the Martians, only the Jack Nicholson-impersonating pilot makes much impression, but there are just enough dumb jokes and snappy ideas to keep the plot bubbling along nicely.

Unashamedly rubbery fun
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