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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Atmospheric B-Picture 'The Day Mars Invaded Earth'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood December 17, 2012 at 12:12PM

Drive In Classics! week begins at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing "The Day Mars Invaded Earth," shot in gorgeous black-and-white Cinemascope.
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"The Day Mars Invaded Earth"
"The Day Mars Invaded Earth"

Drive In Classics! week begins at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing "The Day Mars Invaded Earth," shot in gorgeous black-and-white Cinemascope.

Moody, atmospheric B picture that recalls the Val Lewton formula of getting the most out of limited means. With one location and only six main characters, it manages to wring quite a bit of creepiness out of its familiar martian doppelganger premise.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.