PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi
A boy tries to stop aliens who have taken over his town and are attempting to brainwash its inhabitants.
Only two Martian drone suits were made for the production. This is most noticeable in scenes where the Marines encounter drones in the tunnels leading to the ship. Clever editing and the use of a fully sculpted and painted but non-mechanized lighting "stand-in" drone (it can be seen coming up right behind David when Mrs. McKeltch sees David and threatens him) created the illusion of multiple Martian drones on the ship.
Sgt. Maj. Rinaldi:
General Wilson! We have one of their weapons here. I know it sounds crazy...
Gen. Climet Wilson: That just might work if we can figure out how to make it work in time!
David Gardner: General Wilson? Fuel! It needs fuel. Copper! Copper is what they use. I saw them onload this.
Gen. Climet Wilson: Well, ...
When the son and father leave for the school bus the shadow of the cameraman is on them.
West German theatrical version was cut by ca. 3,5 minutes (the entire end sequence). This version was released on all subsequent VHS and DVD versions. Only in 2014 the uncut version was released on DVD.
$2,046,576 (USA) (8 June 1986)