spinvade In the list of Halloween-Themed Movies You Hardly Hear About Anymore, one of the names that hits my Top 5 would be the sci-fi comedy Spaced Invaders.

Taking place in the small rural town of Big Bean, Illinois on Halloween, a bunch of Martian soldiers mistake a broadcast of the Orson Welles radio play classic The War Of The Worlds as part of the fleet’s invasion of Earth, they touch down to join in…and wackiness ensues.

As to why Spaced Invaders isn’t recalled as much as other cult classics, well…I can think of two reasons off the top of my severed head: First, it was originally released to theaters in April of 1990. April. For a genre movie set during Halloween, releasing it in April was a worse idea than, I don’t know, showing The Passion Of The Christ in October. It couldn’t have hurt the studios to wait half a year to release the thing? Then again, they’ve released the last few entries in the Halloween movie franchise in both August and September, so that’s not too much of a surprise. The second reason lies in the television trailers; just going off of those, you got the impression that Spaced Invaders was about a bunch of intergalactic frat boys arriving on Earth to party hardy. Kind of an ET meets Animal House kinda thing. Fortunately, it wasn’t, but the fact remains that it was rather sparsely populated in the theater that opening night I went to see it back in the day, probably due to that.

Regardless, you need to find and watch Spaced Invaders. It’s one of those campy sci-fi comedies that only the late 1980s, early 1990s could produce. I would normally provide the theatrical or television preview to post on this, but I couldn’t find one on YouTube, and even if I did, it would have been an experience in false advertizing anyway. Instead, I found the entire movie on YouTube. Check it out some time, and enjoy yourself.