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Invasion of the Saucer Men

Released 1957
Distributor American International Pictures

Edward L. Cahn directed and monster-maker Paul Blaisdell built the little aliens with the great big heads for this lighthearted sci-film film released in 1957. As usual in an AIP picture, it’s teenagers to the rescue when a flying saucer sets down in the middle of lover’s lane. Steven Terrell and Gloria Castillo play the love-struck high-schoolers while Lyn Osborn and future Riddler Frank Gorshin provide the comic relief.

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 anthology film Nightmare Cinema. Joe is also the frequent co-host of Trailers From Hell's official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!