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Invaders from Mars (1953) was a Horror - Science Fiction Film directed by William Cameron Menzies and produced by Edward L. Alperson.

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Double Take: Invaders from Mars

By Barry P. on Nov 13, 2016 From Cinematic Catharsis

Invaders from Mars (1953) Directed by: William Cameron Menzies; Written by Richard Blake; Starring: Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt, Leif Erickson and Hillary Brooke Available on DVD Rating: **** Invaders from Mars (1986) Directed by: Tobe Hooper; Written by Dan O&#... Read full article


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Little people were chosen to double the main characters when an action shot by one of the mutants was required. Six mutants ranging in size from 5'1" to 6'3" acted in these shots with the little people to keep the size ratio correct. This was necessary because the primary Mutants were 8'2" and 7'7" and rather ungainly in their movements due to costuming restrictions.
According to script supervisor Mary Yerke, director and production designer William Cameron Menzies filled 12 notebooks with charcoal sketches depicting every scene he planned to shoot. Just days before principal photography, all of these storyboard sketches disappeared from the production office.
The sandpit opening and closing was done by cutting a long slit in a piece of heavy canvas and inserting a large funnel. A hose from a powerful vacuum was attached to the funnel and the whole thing was then covered with sand. The vacuum was activated and the sand was sucked down for the shots of the sandpit opening. Moreover, the film was simply reversed for shots of the sandpit closing.
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