Stoner sci-fi comedy: MARS ATTACKS! (1996)
I remember when MARTS ATTACKS! came out in 1996. Us kids liked it and simulated the language of the blood thirsty, brainy Martians. Dack! Dak-dack! However, I was surprised of how funny this classic sci-fi comedy was to watch again as an adult. A stoned adult, I might add.
Well, it turns out that Mars Attacks! not only is a passionate imitation of the science fiction movies from the 1950s. It also stars a shitload of amazing actors. Like Pam Grier who plays a divorced working class mother of two. Pam Grier was the first female action movie star (Foxy Brown ), which was how she ended up in Tarantino’s Jacky Brown (1997).
It also stars Jack Nicholson (as the United States of America’s douchebag President), Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox (!) and Glenn Close among others. Incredible cast, but hey… Who would say no if Tim Burton called and said: “Hello good Sir. I am filming a science fiction motion picture, about an invasion from the planet Mars. Might there be a chance that you would care to partake?” Polite guy that Burton.
Anyway. Imagine a space invasion by hostile aliens who turn out to look exactly like an alien stereotype from the sci-fi of the 1950s. Flying saurcers, laser guns. And they are here for your life!
Meanwhile the US President is only worried about his own publicity and ends up sacrificing many lives of his citizens, as well as his own, eventually. A work of satire in it’s own right.
When first contact is established with the Martians in the Nevada desert, and quickly turn out hostile, local rednecks take up the fight. They have not taken their Second Ammendment rights lightly, but it turns out to be a weapon of unexpected nature, which proves most efficient against the aliens.
Ladies and gentlemen. Please meet Slim Whitman.
Does it make your head explode? Ha! You wish!
And thus Earth was saved from extermination and we had a few good laughs. Watch it. You deserve a li’l treat.