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The Invaders (1967 - 1968)
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More Invaders Trivia }

Larry Cohen,The Invaders creator, gave his lead character the last name of Vincent. This was in honor of actor Vincent Price. Shame they never had him appear as a guest star on the show.

The first thing Larry came up with for the show was the regeneration chamber.He did not want to make the aliens seem invincible to humankind, so he introduced this weakness that the aliens must return to such a device every 10 or 12 days in order to survive.

Cohen says that the idea of the aliens having a malformed finger came from Alfred Hitchcock's movie ''39 Steps.''
In that film,the leader of an espionage ring had a missing finger.

Cohen presented his concept for the show to the network as being done similar to the ''Batman'' television show.

The Invaders would be a bi-weekly series, 30~minutes in length with the first episode ending on a cliffhanger.

When uber TV producer Quinn Martin was brought on board for the show he wanted to do it as a hour long TV series.

At this point Larry Cohen had no creative input on the show anymore. He was paid very nicely for creating the show & also received a huge profit from the series.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a great show, I watched it in reruns back in the day and again when the DVDs came out.

The saucer got its shape from the George Adamski UFO from the '50s.

It was posted already, but there was no full size saucer built, the landing gear was built and the filming model was matted in. Ambitious for the day.

I've visited Vasquez rocks and Power plant 2 in the Antelope valley, locations used in the pilot and "The Saucer". I have photos, but they are on photobucket.

For its time it was a very high quality show. Very well written and acted.

It''s been probably 5 years since I last watched The Invaders, probably time for a re-watch.

Edit:
I found a few photos.

Power plant 2



Vazquez rocks
The saucer



My scratch built death disk


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Invaders was a great series that should have gone on just a little bit longer! The music in the series was terrific with it's spooky theme whenever David Vincent would discover a regeneration centre or the weird music whenever someone was being mentally controlled or succumbing to the tuning fork spinning crystal! Shame the newer version was rubbish too...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This the best example of how a "second look" at a series many years later can change a persons mind about it. I was not fond of this show in the 1960s, but after the late Bulldogtrekker and I watched the entire series "together" (chatting on Facebook, with synchronized DVDs), I ended up buying the box set!

And yes, JB, that music is awesome! Very Happy


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It sure is, Bud! Very Happy
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