War Of The Worlds-1953
Now this IS an alien invasion where George Pal won an Oscar for best visual effects and rightly so. It all happens in a small, sweet American Town (doesn't it always) where the townsfolk witness something falling from the sky and landing nearby (oh looky-I rhymed:))) There is a scientist nearby (of course) who, with the sheriff, priest and other townsfolk check out what it might be all about. After 3 men (think of them as the red shirted security team from Star Trek) get vaporized, the town and the rest of the world soon realize they are in for a battle they have no hope of winning. Nothing seems to work not even the nuclear bomb. My freak out moment is when the heroine has her shoulder touched by an alien. Yup I did not sleep the first time I saw this movie.
Invaders From Mars-1953
OK aside from the cheesy poster where the alien has the buxom gal in his arms (don't all aliens and horror monsters do this??), this is quite an unsettling film which was another freak out for me. The classic where the kid sees something crash down into a nearby area during a thunderstorm and slowly his dad and most others are behaving in an odd, cold way. Of course no one believes the kid at first but slowly a doctor and an astronomer start to believe him....they better! Now was this kid for real or was he dreaming it all??? Hmmmm
Invasion of the Body Snatchers-1956
I had to pay homage to 3 great movies and stay in the 1950's -"Village of the Dammed" is another great one but I am saving that one for later.