Aliens from the planet Kullmon from the Moffit galaxy have a plan for invasion. They will unleash a terrible plague upon mankind and wipe us all out. Only the superhero, Starman from the Emerald planet, can save the day. But time is running out.
After being bamboozled by the 5-star rating given this movie, I’ve come to the conclusion that that reviewer must have mistakenly given this travesty 5-stars by listing all of the films bad features (there are no good features) and totaling the results as follows:
Story Line – 1-star Special Effects – 1-star Acting – 1-star Scientific Plausibility – 1-star Entertainment Value – 1-star
If "Plan 9 from Outer Space" is considered the worse film in the history of cinema, then it is obvious the person making this claim hasn’t seen "Invaders from Space."
Note: Magellan (5-star review) gives an excellent overview of this movie, although I disagree with his evaluation. In my opinion, only a very young child could enjoy this movie.
INVADERS FROM SPACE (1965) is the gripping tale of a plague, unleashed upon the earth. Said plague is released by the dreaded salamander men from the planet Kulimon! Now, only Starman (Ken Utsui) can stop these dastardly devils from beyond the stars! Watch, as he flips, flies, and bounds his way into our hearts! Using a combination of Kung fu, ballet, and some sort of interpretive gymnastics, Starman must defeat an army of men in amphibian pajamas! While the disease spreads, scientists race to find a cure. This all has something to do w/ a strange, modern dance performance at a particular theater. Are the dancers involved? Are they... not of this Earth?? Meanwhile, butterfly-collecting children are no longer safe! Oh Starman! Where art thou?! No, kids! Don't go into the fog! Too late! The tribal fire-dance of the salamander men has begun! Will Starman uncover the true identity of the bizarre dancers, before they destroy us all? From their secret lair, at the bottom of some aquarium, the Kulimonians plot their next move. It all just gets weirder from here, as a witch-y salamander woman is introduced. World conquest grows ever closer! Wasn't Starman in this movie? Here he comes, just in time to ballet-fu the naughty alien horde! Watching this is like discovering that our brains are made of cotton candy! You will never be the same after witnessing this madness! You'll see salamander men everywhere you look! Even in the mirror! Have no fear my friends, Starman saves!... BONUS POINTS: For learning the salamander men roar- "GRRRR-RRAAAHH-YYAAAHHG!!!"...
This is truly delightful 1950s hokey sci-fi fare. From the original scene of the elders meeting on the Emerald Planet (check out the imaginative costumes) to the final battle scenes the fun basically never stops. IFS uses just about every 1950's sci-fi idea that was around back then, including an alien invasion, nuclear Armageddon, an alien virus plague, telepathic mind control, super high-tech inventions (there's a wristwatch that puts the famous Dick Tracy watch to shame), death rays, and a Superman knock-off known as Star Man who comes to save the earth from destruction. IFS is classic "the aliens are coming" paranoid 1950s sci-fi movie fare that no fan of the genre will want to miss.