Invasion of the Saucer Men is a 1957 science fiction horror B-Movie. Yes, there really is a 1950s science-fiction B-movie titled Invasion of the Saucer Men.
The movie concerns a town named Hicksburg, wherein a spaceship lands in the nearby woods. Drunk opportunist Joe Gruen (Frank Gorshin) ventures out to find it. Meanwhile a teenage couple - Johnny (Steve Terrell) who works in a garage, and Joan (Gloria Castillo) who is the daughter of the city attorney - are driving down lovers lane when they run over one of the epononymous bulbous-headed aliens from the spaceship. The two go off to tell of their encounter to the police, and while they're gone, Joe comes across the alien corpse. The aliens kill via injecting people with alcohol with their retractable fingernails, and do so to Joe. They substitute his corpse for the run-down alien's. The police come with Johnny and Joan back to the site and find Joe, thereby assuming that the two were drunk and ran him over, hallucinating that he was an alien. Without the police's help, the town's teens are forced to take on the aliens themselves...
The design of the character of Morbo from Futurama is based on that of the aliens from this film.
This film provides examples of:
- Adults Are Useless: None of the adults believe the teenage main characters except for Artie.
- Alien Invasion: Please refer to the title.
- Aliens Speaking English: Averted, but the government agents try it nonetheless.
- Aliens Steal Cattle: Averted brutally.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Retractable finger-needles that inject some sort of alcohol as a weapon. They can also detach themselves and run amok on their own if the aliens are killed.
- Cassandra Truth: Because they all smell like booze.
- Ditto Aliens: Low budgets will do that to you, but it could be so much worse
- Drunk Driver: Johnny is accused of being this, which leads to him getting arrested for running over a guy.
- Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: Courtesy of the alien's Weaksauce Weakness
- Flying Saucer: It's even in the title.
- Gorn: There is a shockingly gory scene for the time this was made at one point when one of the Saucer Men has their eye gouged out by an enraged bull.
- Little Green Men: Whether it's played straight or for laughs is somewhat unclear.
- Mistaken for Aliens: The police suspects that the drunk youths mistook the guy they run over for an alien.
- My Brain Is Big: The big, veiny varity.
- Police Are Useless:
- Touch of the Monster: A movie with this title simply would not be complete without a poster that bore this trope.
- Weakened by the Light: The aliens
- Weaksauce Weakness: The aliens die in bright light.