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Invisible Invaders/Journey to the Seventh Planet (1959)

Cast: John Agar, John Agar, Jean Byron, more...
Director: Edward L. Cahn, Edward L. Cahn
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: MGM
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction , Aliens, Zombies
Running Time: 144 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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The Earth is attacked by mysterious invaders from outer space, who plan on destroying humankind. The invaders are invisible in our atmosphere, but are able to inhabit and reanimate the bodies of the dead. The armies of rotting corpses march on the cities, and it seems as though there is no defense. Major Bruce Jay (John Agar) is put in charge of a small, secret research center with a group of scientists, who must find a way of combating the invaders. Personality conflicts develop as Jay's hard-nosed, by-the-book approach to his job -- which requires him to kill anyone who might jeopardize the mission -- put him in opposition to the scientists (played by Jean Byron, Philip Tonge, and Robert Hutton). They develop an ultra-sonic gun that has the combined effect of rendering the aliens visible and killing them, but first they must test it, by capturing an alien, an action that forces them to run the risk of being discovered. ~ Bruce Eder, All Movie Guide

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Your-ANN-us, as well as the invisible monsters by Signalstation February 11, 2006 - 11:41 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This DVD contains two films, actually. The description given above is for Invisible Invaders.

Flipping the DVD over, you can watch Journey to the Seventh Planet, set in the futuristic year of 2001. The world is united under a single government: the UN. Mankind has conquered every planet out to Saturn.

Journey to the Seventh Planet follows the international crew sent to conquer Uranus (always pronounced, strangely enough, as "your-ANN-us"). Waiting for them there is a psychic monster that talks to itself about how powerful it is in a voice-over on the film prior to using its mental powers to read the minds of the astronauts and build a forest and atmosphere from their memories so they have someplace nice to explore without breaking the budgetary bank.

The astronauts then spend the film alternating between wanting to explore the real, not-much-fun Uranus and dallying with girls that the monster creates from their memories. Duty vs. romance with spooky memory constructs from nowhere. It's a theme we've seen played out time and time again.

So yeah. There you go. Two enjoyable not-so-classics that the MST3K crowd never got around to. Between the invisible monsters and black-eye-make-upped zombies of Invisible Invaders and the Earth-like sets that are made spooky because music is playing and you're led to believe an alien made them in Journey to the Seventh Planet, it's a double-feature paeon to an era where creativity helped keep the budget in line.

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