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Spaced Invaders (1990)

Spaced Invaders (1990)

Back of the box...

“They’re hip! They’re hilarious! Earth will never be the same! It’s a close encounter of the hilarious kind when five of the universe’s coolest aliens crash-landed on the Planet Earth! Piloted by an ultra-hip Martian, the cosmic crew ends up in a sleepy Midwestern town. Unfortunately, it’s Halloween night and the citizens mistake these spaced invaders for harmless trick-or-treaters. Instead of the global invasion they planned on, these misguided Martians bungle their way into a series of madcap misadventures! Get set for an outrageous blast of intergalactic fun and outlandish special effects in this whacked-out comedy-adventure!"

Director: Patrick Read Johnson
Starring: Douglas Barr, Royal Dano, Ariana Richards

Watch the Trailer

As kids we loved Spaced Invaders and as adults we were happy to find that it’s still very entertaining. We won’t echo the box and call the Martians “hip” and “hilarious,” but they are a lot of fun in a way that feels suspiciously similar to another little movie that a few people might have caught that year called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

After picking up a rural Illinois radio stations re-broadcast of Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds, the Spaced Invaders change course for Earth to get in on the action of a Martian invasion. Blaznee, the ship’s laid back John Wayne talkin’ pilot, crash lands into a barn (because where else would a UFO crash in a kids movie) after registering 3,000 mph on a local deputies radar gun. While he stays to fix the ship, the remaining martians venture into town in search of the Martian attack forces.

The Spaced Invaders are incompetent to an almost Invader Zim-like degree and to make things even more embarrassing, it’s Halloween and they’re treated like kids in costume. In an attempt to legitimize the movie it also features a down-on-his-luck farmer named Wrenchmuller, played by Royal Dano (Ghoulies II, House II, Killer Klowns from Outer Space) and a little girl named Kathy who you might recognize from Jurassic Park and Tremors.

Make sure to stick around for the end credits because there’s an amazing early 90’s theme song that we’re sure its writers are still beaming with pride from. Lucky for them a soundtrack was never released and aside from a singular YouTube video, it’s almost non-existent on the internet. We couldn’t even find the lyrics! So we had to figure them out for ourselves, and here they are:

Takin’ Over the World

(Written, Produced and Performed by David E. Russo, Kirk R. Thatcher, Michael McClure and David Friendly)

Last Halloween I
I had a fright
In all of my life, saw the strangest sight
I never did
Think I might
Ever live to tell what I saw that night

(chorus)

Martians
Takin’ over the world
Martians are takin’ over the world

Uh, they were
Green men with
Strange lips and
Bad skin and a
A weird ship I
I almost died when he grabbed my head
But the little green guy just smiled and said

Take me to your leader

Take me to your leader

Take me to your leader

NOW

(chorus)

The martians are coming
We got tight green buns
And big black guns

Ow
What a world
How it changed my life
I gotta green girl, made her my new wife
Gotta green house and I
I think maybe
Early next year get a shiny green baby

(chorus)

Trick or Treat (1986)

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