Film: Invaders from Mars (1953)
Location: Civilized Area
Height/Weight: The Martians are slightly taller than an average human, though the leader is no bigger than a microwave.
Summary: What better way to conquer Earth than to take control of the locals and not tell anybody? It's rather genius, so these odd-looking Martians had the right idea.
History: Things aren't really looking up for young David MacLean. An unidentified flying object landed not too far from his house, his family and friends are acting cold and uncharacteristic, and he feels like the only one not suspecting that something wicked is at fault. Thankfully, the military catches on, and soon, it's a race against time before an army of blind Martians, led by their silent central intelligence, can get their hands on our most destructive weapons.
Notable Kills: Nothing special.
Final Fate: The Martians are ultimately thwarted when their base is blown up, but hey, it was all David's dream! Or is it a foreshadowing of things to come? That glowing thing coming over the hill could attest to that...
Powers/Abilities: The Martians are controlled via hivemind by the central intelligence. Their technology includes standard ray guns and crystal-like microchips that they implant into humans to control them from afar. If something goes wrong, they can detonate the microchip, killing the host.
Weakness: Anything conventional.
Scariness Factor: 4-There's nothing scarier than the notion that a family member, a friend, or whatnot could actually be an unwilling alien spy. Now if only the Martian foot-soldiers didn't look so...ridiculously odd with those slit eyes. The central intelligence is an oddball, but it just keeps staring with a look of disappointment.
Trivia: -Ironically, this film was based on a story said to have been inspired by the author's own dreams.
-This film was also allegedly rushed into theatres to compete with a similar alien invasion movie, "War of the Worlds".