Alien Madness

Alice is smashing, 3-D and all, but of course I’ll dig up a moldy oldy: Mars Attacks. Oh, I love the alien invasion, the abductions, the eschewing of hypocritical human peacemaking.

Art Land: If the Martians land, they’re gonna need a place to stay. Just like everybody else.

Martian Translator Device: … for dark is the suede that mows like a harvest.

Evil aliens; ugly little aliens; sensible aliens; bizarre, tall, big-haired gum-chewing aliens; thrillingly, chillingly impolite aliens …

Digging up Burton:

  • Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, 1995
  • Beetlejuice, 1988
  • Batman, 1989
  • Edward Scissorhands, 19990
  • Batman Returns, 1992
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993
  • Ed Wood, 1994
  • Mars Attacks, 1996
  • James and the Giant Peach, 1996
  • Sleepy Hollow, 1999
  • Planet of the Apes 2001
  • Big Fish, 2003
  • Corpse Bride, 2005
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 2005
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2007
  • Alice in Wonderland, 2010

Seen them all? Other bones buried?

—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/the Daily Slice

  • Debbie Goelz

    Erin—I’ve just Netflixed “Mars Attacks.” I’ll give you a full review once I’ve watched it. From reading the description though, I have a few reservations. You should know I’m well connected with the alien invasion community. All the aliens I know are good-looking humanoids who smell like cinnamon. They watch our earth movies about aliens and have a good laugh about how ridiculous it is that we think aliens are bulbous-headed, over-tenacled, bug-eyed monsters.Truly, any attractive person you run into in a Starbucks could be an alien. (They love coffee.) Anyway, I’ll keep you posted.

  • I totally know what you mean. Same thing happens with zombies, they’re always spineless, brain-eating creatures. Still I love films like “Zombieland” in which Woody Harrelson does some serious damage to the zombie horde. Call me unsentimental.