Jimmy Hunt Interview: Invaders From Mars 4K Restoration

Nearly 70 years after it first got here to theaters, Invaders From Mars is lastly getting an excellent 4K Ultra-HD restoration. The sci-fi cult basic revolved round a younger boy named David who begins to suspect his city is underneath assault from beings from outer house after witnessing a flying saucer and his household begins exhibiting odd personalities.

Jimmy Hunt led the forged of Invaders From Mars as David alongside Arthur Franz, Helena Carter, Leif Erickson, Hillary Brooke, Morris Ankrum, Walter Sande, Max Wagner, and Milburn Stone. Even because the style has modified through the years, William Cameron Menzies’ sci-fi movie stays one of many extra influential of the style, having impressed every little thing from Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm to Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant, and nonetheless holds up as a chilling effort seven many years later.

In honor of the movie’s 4K Ultra-HD restoration, Screen Rant spoke completely with star Jimmy Hunt to debate Invaders From Mars, the film’s long-lasting legacy, his favourite reminiscences from set, and extra.

Screen Rant: It’s wonderful to consider the legacy that Invaders from Mars has had all through the years. How does it really feel to look again on the reception its garnered because it first got here out?

Jimmy Hunt: It’s been 70 years since we made the movie, and I did not suppose that I’d even reside that lengthy. [Laughs] It’s been a enjoyable factor, this complete concept to revive the movie and produce it again to life. I assumed all my followers had died out. I’ve made 42 films, and I believe there have been different movies which might be in all probability higher, however that is the one which I’m recognized for. CinemaCon gave me a legacy reward for that, which I’m very happy with, and I’m grateful and humbled by it.

But Invaders from Mars is one thing that I did not suppose was going to be round 70 years later, and right here it’s, and persons are having fun with it extra now than they did then. I believe possibly they perceive it somewhat bit higher. All the those who noticed it once they had been youngsters, they’ve gotten over the truth that once they go by the sand someplace, they are not going to get sucked down. [Laughs] It’s been an actual expertise for me for this to occur once more. My youngest son and his daughter, who’s sort of my right-hand individual proper now, have made preparations for all these interviews and various things. They’ve labored actually laborious, and it is so it has been enjoyable.

Have you had the possibility to look at the newly restored model of the movie?

Jimmy Hunt: I’ve, and it is higher than the unique. It’s a lot sharper, and it is simply actually good.

Did it convey again any fond reminiscences you had from the set engaged on that movie?

Jimmy Hunt: I’ve, and it is higher than the unique. It’s a lot sharper, and it is simply actually good.

It turned out greater than okay, it turned out to be a basic!

Is there anyone sequence you bear in mind particularly having fun with probably the most to movie?

When I did rewatch it lately, I had that thought in my head of, “I wonder if that was real, because that looked real.”

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