Invasion (1966 film)

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Invasion is a 1966 low-budget British science fiction film, directed by Alan Bridges for producer Jack Greenwood of Merton Park Studios.[1]

Invasion
"Invasion" (1966 film).jpg
Original British 1-sheet poster
Directed byAlan Bridges
Produced byJack Greenwood
Written byRoger Marshall
Based ona story by Robert Holmes
StarringEdward Judd
Yoko Tani
Music byBernard Ebbinghouse
CinematographyJames Wilson
Edited byDerek Holding
Production
company
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
1966
Running time
82 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom

PlotEdit

An alien "Lystrian" spacecraft crash-lands on Earth, near a secluded hospital not far from London. The aliens, who are humanoid and resemble East Asians, are taken to a rural hospital after a collision with a car where they cause a forcefield to be raised around the building.[2] The doctors are confused as the blood of the alien is not human.

An issue arises as the doctors are not able to determine if the alien is a law enforcement officer, or if the two other aliens are the law enforcement and the patient is their prisoner. Only the patient can speak English, further complicating matters.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction praises Alan Bridges' direction, saying that he "creates a powerfully strange atmosphere despite a very small budget."[4] Creature Feature also liked the movie, giving it 3 out of 5 stars. It stated the movie was atmospheric and that the director gave the movie a peculiar ambiance. [5] Moria found the idea to be good and liked the atmosphere, but that the movie was slow-moving. [6]

ProductionEdit

The film was written by Roger Marshall from a storyline by Robert Holmes. Holmes later re-used elements of his storyline in a 1970 Doctor Who serial entitled Spearhead from Space, which introduced Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor.[7] Made at Merton Park Studios, one of the last movies designed to be part of a double feature.

AvailabilityEdit

The film was theatrically released by Anglo-Amalgamated in the UK, and by American International Pictures in the United States.

A very brief video release by Warner Home Video was available in the UK in 1992.

A DVD version was re-released in November 2014 by Networkonair.[8]

CastEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Invasion (1966)". BFI. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012.
  2. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Invasion (1966)". screenonline.org.uk.
  3. ^ http://www.moriareviews.com/sciencefiction/invasion-1966.htm
  4. ^ "Invasion [film]". The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  5. ^ Stanley, J. (2000) Creature Feature: 3rd Edition
  6. ^ http://www.moriareviews.com/sciencefiction/invasion-1966.htm
  7. ^ The Television Companion: The Unofficial & Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who by David J Howe & Stephen James Walker
  8. ^ "Network ON AIR > Invasion". networkonair.com.

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