Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00pm | Regular admission prices
Part of our month-long Films of Tim Burton series – click here to view the schedule.
This subversive black comedy, about the planet-wide pandemonium that ensues when “Little Green Men from Mars” decide to gleefully terrorize Earth, is Tim Burton’s winking homage to the entire genre of Cold War-era alien invasion films of the ‘50s and ‘60s, in all their compellingly kitschy glory.
“A lyrically surreal spectacle … Burton’s giddily satiric epic may be the first sci-fi disaster movie that’s also an impish black-comedy prank.” – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
Based on the iconic ‘60s Topps bubblegum trading cards — drawn and painted by legendary pulp artists Wally Wood and Norman Saunders — Mars Attacks! deploys deliberately campy special effects, an over-the-top Theremin-fueled music score and a delightfully gruesome spirit of anything-goes anarchy as it follows the bulb-headed, bad-tempered aliens on their mission to ray gun blast a cast of big-name movie stars into piles of vaporized dust. Underappreciated and perhaps somewhat misunderstood upon its original release, the film has gained a cult following over the years among those able to tune in to its edgy, offbeat wavelength combining sci-fi, horror and comedy. The impressive cast of Earthlings (most of whom get zapped, fried or kidnapped for alien probing experiments) include Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close and a young Natalie Portman as the President and the First Family, with supporting turns from Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Martin Short, Michael J. Fox, Danny DeVito, Rod Steiger, Pam Grier, Jim Brown, Jack Black, Lukas Haas, Sylvia Sidney, Lisa Marie and yes, even “What’s New Pussycat?” singer Tom Jones! (Dir. by Tim Burton, 1996, USA, 106 mins., Rated PG-13)