Thursday, April 1, 2010

GORILLA MEN OF MARS

ORIGINALLY POSTED 2-27-2010

I was perusing the CLASSIC HORROR MESSAGE BOARDS and stumbled across a request for some pics of the Martian from George Pal's THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953). Most persons who even know the name Charles Gemora probably are aware of him for him connection to the classic sci-fi film.  Charlie not only built the uniquely alien Alien, but he also played him in the film with the assistance of his young daughter Diana. I was happy to receive some great scans from Diana a while back and here a host of shots of the unfinished beastie and a wonderful pic of Charles getting under the skin of the extraterrestrial invader.
You can read a detailed account of how the iconic creature came to life at Diana's site here.
Enjoy!


THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) Martian costume construction

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) Martian costume construction

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) Martian costume construction

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) Martian costume construction - Charles Gemora enters the suit

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