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The Drive-In: Mars Attacks!

By Rob Schwarz on February 24, 2013 at 10:19 pm
The Invasion Begins

Mars Attacks. A movie that features literally everyone: Padme, The Joker, The Penguin, James Bond, Marty McFly, Cruella de Vil, Jiminy Glick…and Tom Jones. Sounds like a party, but this movie freaked me out when I first saw it, probably because mostly everyone dies.

But, as these things usually go, as I got older I learned to like the things that scared me.

Mars Attacks is one of those things.

Mars Attacks!

What’s even cooler (and I only discovered this recently) is that the movie is based on a Topps trading card series from 1962. It was ultimately cancelled after a public outcry regarding its gory and violent imagery…though it did return. Take a look:

The Invasion Begins

Destroying A Dog

Burning Flesh

Unspeakable Experiments

The cards essentially tell the story of a Martian invasion of Earth, and it isn’t pretty. Flying saucers descend from the skies, and large-brained aliens terrorize (and, well, vaporize) humanity.

Add in some giant robots and bugs and shrink rays and you’ve got some pretty good nightmare fuel going.

The Shrinking Ray

In 2012, the series celebrated its 50th anniversary, and it’s made something of a comeback with new action figures, comics, and a fancy hardback collection of the original cards (which I picked up…it’s awesome).

I still find it a little unsettling…the idea of an alien race coming to Earth and absolutely dominating us in a variety of fun and humiliating ways. Let’s hope it never comes to that…

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About Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a freelance writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Follow him on Twitter @Dimentoid or on Google+, and be sure to like Stranger Dimensions on Facebook!