Every day for the month of October I am watching and reviewing a horror movie that I haven’t seen before. Here’s today’s:
EARTH VS THE FLYING SAUCERS
Fred F. Sears, United States, 1956
You gotta love how paranoid everyone was in the fifties and how popular media reflected it. The Cold War was relatively new and the concept of doomsday at any moment permeated pop culture. This classic channeled that fear into an invasion of flying saucers.
This is obviously a rip-off of WAR OF THE WORLDS but Ray Harryhausen’s amazing stop-motion effects raise this to something special. Really, this is just a movie you watch for the classic effects. The story is extremely cliché and standard for the time period but watching a flying saucer crash into the Washington Monument makes it all worthwhile.