Saturday, August 30, 2008

INVASION - Bernard Ebbinghouse - "The Lystrians" (1965)

Award winning director Alan Bridges was born September 28, 1927 in Liverpool, and is still chillin' today, as far as we know. Most of the body of his work is in British TV from the 60's to the 90's, and it appears "INVASION" was one of his rare outings into film! He was joined on this trip by composer Bernard Ebbinghouse, a man we haven't spoke of here before. They had worked together before on "The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre" 1960-62! It seems that Bernard also worked on an obscure 1969 Freddie Franics comedy killer/thriller called "Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly" or in the U.S. simply "Girly," that we're going to have to try an unearth a copy of ourselves! This piece of music by Masestro Ebbinghouse is unique, weird, timeless and we dig it a lot!

In a nutshell, they hit a space guy with their car, and bring him back to the lab to fix him, if they can! Really, they shouldn't feel that bad because the guy was walking straight at them in the middle of the road and the middle of the night! Comparisons to society today in general would be well beyond superfluous!!

The guy on the left is supposed to be watching the big dials on those gauges, but we're shown what he's really reading about in the right picture closeup!

I forgot why the Hell they used this upside down cat shot, but it's still funny!!

The Doctors have no clue what is going on! Nada, Nichts, Nothing!!!

The Aliens are all oriental and are like poison candy! They seem to be very sweet, but they kill!!!! "We did not mean to kill him" then they stab somebody else with a pair of scissors!

Most of the rocket footage looks like stock Air Force stuff, then, out of nowhere, they throw this at you!!

When it lands, it looks like this, but they get it all polished up before it takes off again!!

The music here ends with this paranoid sloshing through the sewers sequence! If that's what it takes to inspire cool music, so be it!!!

This is a curious UK film that is very well made, and fun to watch if you're ready to do some thinking, and as long as you're not looking for "Action City!"

1 comment:

Greg Goodsell said...

This looks intriguing -- and just a little bit racist --

Monster Music

Monster Music
AAARRGGHHH!!!! Ya'll Come On Back Now, Y'Hear??