It’s unfortunate that the best Tobe Hooper could give Karen Black (cast as a literal nurse!) during the last 20 minutes of this weak sci-fi remake was the main character’s name for her to repeatedly shriek in distress.
But then again — it’s Karen Black!
Also always nice to see the underrated Laraine Newman in a film. The great cast here (Black, Newman, Timothy Bottoms, Louise Fletcher, James Karen) can’t salvage this effort — which I think suffers more from lousy editing than poor direction. Interesting turn for Hooper.
With so many considerable elements at work (Hooper at the helm, a powerhouse cast, Stan Winston creature effects, Dan O’Bannon script, fun premise) it’s surprising “Invaders from Mars” never adds up to more than the sum of its parts.