Plot: The prospect of life on other planets has always intrigued mankind, but for Dr. Adam Penner (Philip Tonge), the mystery has been solved and he now knows there is indeed life elsewhere. He is contacted by an alien race that has been on the moon for tens of thousands of years, but never seen thanks to a unique quirk, as the aliens are all invisible. The visit is not one of peace however, as the aliens plan to overtake the earth and unless a quick, total surrender is rendered, the aliens will wipe out mankind to ensure a smooth takeover. Penner is desperate to find some kind of weakness in the aliens, meanwhile the invisible invaders begin to possess human bodies, making it tough to fend off the invasion.
Entertainment Value: A brisk b movie that runs just over an hour, Invisible Invaders is no genre classic, but has an interesting premise and some solid atmosphere, so there are some positives here. The concept is rather smart, as it allows for the presence of an alien menace and keeps the special effects budget in check, since invisible aliens don’t need much movie magic. The aliens then take over human bodies, which again, is a cost effective approach to sci/fi thrills. As expected, the movie has a cheap, rushed texture and that makes sense, as it was a low rent production made on a short schedule, but as I said, some good stuff can be found here. I love the music in this one, while there is a kind of weird vibe throughout that helps bolster the suspense, but the b movie cheese is the main draw here. The narrative is rather silly at times and the performers ham it up, so those who appreciate old school b movies will likely get the most out of Invisible Invaders, I think. The movie is worth a look through, with b movie thrills, some design touches, and a fun premise.
Always a welcome presence in these old school b movies, John Agar has a prominent role and gives it the old college try as our hero. His performance is passable, though Agar is only responsible to a point, since the script is thin, to say the least. But even if his effort in Invisible Invaders isn’t remarkable, I think Agar is a good addition to any genre movie and his presence adds some fun moments. John Carradine is also around and manages to tone down his usual ham handed performance style, though he is still over the top, just not as wildly so as normal. Again, not a memorable effort perhaps, but Carradine adds some star power and genre fans should appreciate his presence. The cast also includes Jean Byron, Philip Tonge, and Robert Hutton. Another element that fans of bad movies will get a kick out of is the frequent use of recycled scenes from other movies, as well as stock footage sequences. Not everyone loves that kind of cheap chicanery of course, but b movie fans often have some fun with that kind of trickery.