Cinema: Funny Faces

STRANGE INVADERS

Directed by Michael Laughlin Screenplay by William Condon and Michael Laughlin

Tired of directors who spoof old sci-fi and horror movies? Who isn't? A genre spoof is usually an act of artistic masturbation: it exercises the adolescent imagination over an object that may have been too trashy ever to get excited about.In the process, spoofery tends to diminish both its own value and whatever power or charm the original work might have had. It is nostalgia calcified into camp.

Two cheers, then, for Strange Invaders, a fond burlesque of alien-visitors movies of the 1950s. Indeed, its story begins in...

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