Mars Attacks! as cult movie


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2 Responses to “Mars Attacks! as cult movie”

  1. Matt Canning Says:

    As we have been comparing Mars Attacks in class with Independence Day, I remembered another film that Tim Burton made that deals with very similar subject matter, Planet of the Apes. Both films depict alien invaders while providing different types of films for the audience. Mars Attacks is characterized as being funny and spoofing elements of the science fiction genre while Planet of the Apes is presented much more seriously, categorizing itself as a science fiction/action oriented film. I think that credit must be given to Danny Elfman for creating the score for each film which, in conjunction with the visuals, sets the overall tone of the film for the viewer. While Tim Burton is often hailed as a true visionary or auteur, Danny Elfman’s contributions cannot be discounted as he has been responsible for providing the soundtrack for nearly all of Burton’s films.

  2. Andrew Rodo Says:

    After watching Mars Attacks, it is quite clear how such a film can turn into a cult movie. The object of the movie was to satirize a b-movie of previous science ficiton films. However, the difference found within this film is its large “blockbuster” budget. With Tim Burton as the director as well as the numerous stars found within the film, a great deal of following can be expected regardless of the quality of the motion picture.
    While cult films usually attrack a small audience, this film generated a significant profit on its opening weekend. The fact that it was based on popular trading cards established a cult status prior to it’s release.
    The insteresting aspect of this movie would be its ability to relate to it’s audience even a decade after its release. The focus on national security is now more than ever in effect and this movie even makes fun of the United States and there endless tactics to secure its borders from the “outsiders”. Therefore while at the time this film was considered a moderate success at the box office, its ability to relate to the past and present can secure its cult movie status.

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