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, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming Nightmare Cinema.