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Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers
Fred Sears directed this quintessential 1950s flying saucer movie. Featuring the innovative stop-motion special effects of the legendary Ray Harryhausen (left), the 1956 release finds an alien spaceship visiting the location of a U.S. satellite project. When a misunderstanding leads to the aliens being fired upon, the otherworldy behing retaliate by sending flying saucers bent on destruction to all the major cities on the planet.
Alien Demeanor: Friend turn foe.