Invaders From Mars
If Hollywood had gone out of its way to produce an anti-Communist propaganda film it could hardly have done a more effective job. The aliens are the communists trying to compel everyone, against their will, to become part of a system in which individuality is crushed and merged with an authoritarian whole. Only American resolve and ingenuity stand in their way. And, naturally, the home side wins; freedom is preserved – for the moment. Although the metaphors seem transparent enough now, when the film was first shown people no doubt enjoyed it simply as pure sci-fi escapism. Nevertheless, the subliminal message (whether it was put there intentionally or not) would have got through and reinforced what everyone already feared: the US, the last great guardian of liberty, was under imminent threat from sinister outside forces.
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