A 1990 comedy film in which the idiotic crew of a small Martian spaceship overhear a Halloween re-broadcast of Orson Welles' seminal The War of the Worlds radio-play, leading them to "invade" the small Midwestern town of Big Bean. All very cheesy.
Contains examples of:
A Girl and Her Robot: Kathy is very quick to wrest possession of the Help-in-a-Can droid from Brian. It decides to stick around for a while.
The Alleged Car: After crashing into Wrenchmuller's barn, the Martians' patrol craft seems to develop one problem after another, which Blaznee has to combat during the course of the movie. Its larger problem seems to be its sensitivity to gravity, which would eventually cause the Earth to explode, among other problems.
Alien Blood: Subverted. Blaznee is blasted by the enforcer drone, and seen lying in a green puddle. Later it turns out he merely landed on a can of green paint.
Bad Ass Normal: Plural for Kathy, Brian (the kid in the duck costume), and Old Man Wrenchmuller.
Butt Monkey: Russel Pillsbury, deputy sheriff. In a single night, he has had his patrol car torched, half of his face visibly reddened from the heat of the Martian craft, misses his sought-for opportunity to catch Big Bean's first speeder, fails in his attempt to impress his parents with a video of him in action, and takes a bale of hay straight to the face. By the time the movie is half-over, he is visibly timid, panicky, and a tad agitated, drawing his gun on Brian at one point believing him to be a Martian.
Call Back: Before he is turned into a robot slave by Captain Bipto, Vern makes reference to the "Farm-zoid" while brooding over Klembecker's visit to his gas station.
Cassandra Truth: At first, the whole town laughs at Wrenchmuller's assertion that Martians are invading Big Bean. His story, as well as Russel's chiming in about writing one of them a ticket, quickly loses merit when the captured Blaznee comes to and scurries off before anyone can see him.
Catch Phrase: Giggywig's "Prepare to die, Earth scum". Mocked by Pez later on.
Double Take: "Nobody gets away with going three thousand miles-per-hour in a fifty-five mile-an-hou... Damn..."
Drives Like Crazy: Blaznee gives us this when he crashes their ship into Wrenchmuller's barn.
"Kids, 3D and driving just don't mix."
Duck!: While riding with Sheriff Hoxly as he is following the mob of townspeople looking for the Martians, Pillsbury utters the word duck. He shouts it out next, prompting Hoxly to crouch against the steering wheel of his truck. Pillsbury is very quick to correct him with "No! DUCK!!" while pointing out the front window. Sheriff Hoxly brakes short of running over Brian, still in his duck costume. Given Pillsbury's lack of cohesion all night, the mistake may be a little understandable.
Never Trust a Trailer: One of the more blatant examples. The tone and plot were conveyed accurately enough in commercials, but the Martians were redubbed with different voices and entirely new dialog throughout.
Not Quite Dead: Somehow, Captain Bipto manages to survive being hit by Klembecker's truck. The rest of the crew, after regrouping back on their spacecraft, are understandably scared shit-less when he announces himself after casually taking his seat where they can't see him.
Notable, though, is the response he has upon discovering Kathy in the Martians' ship. For a moment, his sanity seems to slip as he delivers a question befitting a father catching his teenage daughter fooling around with a boy.
Sheriff Hoxly: I don't suppose you'd like to explain what you were doing wandering around in an alien spacecraft.
Blaznee is this for the martians. He suspects something is wrong from the very beginning, but nobody listens to him.
Pet the Dog: Captain Bipto freeing Verndroid at the end.
This Is Gonna Suck: As mentioned above, Russel is not having a very good evening. After he reads off a list of charges to Blaznee (including calculating just how far above the posted speed limit he was), Blaznee tells him to "step back and get the big picture". Russel then proceeds to step back. Onto the candy bar trap Wrenchmuller had placed earlier. The ensuing remarks before Russel's lights are put out are downright hilarious.
Russel: I've just made a serious mistake. (listens to the overhead noises) Haven't I.
For all the enforcer drones' menacing qualities, they're about as competent as a bag of bricks with the intelligence to match. One drone is defeated when Wrenchmuller poses as the ambassador of Earth and convinces the drone that it has won an award for being generally awesome and he presents it with a lit stick of dynamite.
Enforcer Drone: I don't know what to say!
Wrenchmuller: You can just say your prayers...
Once the Enforcer Drones are introduced to handle command of the Martian fleet, they prove as incompetent as their Martian masters and command the entire battle fleet to its doom.
Ziplock fires something which resembles a cannon. Four of them scream "Hit the dirt!" Captain Bipto is the only one to respond with a confused "What?"