How to address the one movie I watched last week? I could make it a “By Request”, even though that’s hardly accurate … I saw my brother writing about it on Facebook and thought, hey, maybe I’ll watch that, which isn’t really a request. Besides, it hardly deserves anything more than a brief write-up. So here goes.
Invisible Invaders (Edward L. Cahn, 1959). How can I describe this movie without actually talking about the movie? How about this: it was released as part of a double bill with The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake. The director, Edward L. Cahn, has 125 movies listed on the IMDB as directed by him. They include such classics as Captain Spanky’s Show Boat, Creature with the Atom Brain, Shake, Rattle & Rock, Riot in Juvenile Prison, and Frontier Uprising. (Believe it or not, I have a story about Frontier Uprising. It was a total cheapo “remake” of a 1940 film, Kit Carson, which wasn’t the greatest movie ever made, but it was at least a major picture with a decent budget. Frontier Uprising, the “remake”, used a ton of stock footage from Kit Carson to fill out its 68-minute running time. The footage didn’t match very well, since the earlier film looked better. We watched Frontier Uprising on afternoon on a tiny B&W TV. We were on acid, and we didn’t know about Kit Carson. What we did notice is that it seemed like we were watching two movies in one.)
Oh yeah, Invisible Invaders. It starred John Agar, Shirley Temple’s first husband and the man who supposedly said, “Who wants to shake the hand of the first man to put it to America's sweetheart?” It had John Carradine, who claimed to be in more movies than any other actor. It had Jean Byron, who went on to play the mom on The Patty Duke Show. It had a zombie inhabited by an alien from outer space who showed up at a hockey game to announce over the public address system that the Earth had less than 24 hours before it would be destroyed. It was filmed in Bronson Canyon, aka “Where Robot Monster took place”. My brother called it a “low-budget masterpiece”. 4/10.