Joe Dante on

Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers

Released 1956
Distributor Columbia

The second of Ray Harryhausen’s low budget Columbia series improves on It Came from Beneath the Sea thanks to a better screenplay by blacklisted Bernard Gordon and straightforward direction by the ever-employed Fred F. Sears. Unfortunately that tinny music is carried over, but it’s still a classic of 50s sci fi. For more  behind-the-scenes info, here’s Joe Dante interviewing the special effects master.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.