INVADERS FROM MARS (1953) was one of these so-called "sci-fi" flicks. Unique for its point of view (a kid rather than an adult) and some imaginative sets and film shots, the "martians" (a,k.a. mu-tants), however, are bug-eyed and dressed in oversized jammies. Despite all the usual shortcomings in a film of this sort, INVADERS FROM MARS remains one of those cinematic curiosities of the aton age drive-in era that were scary back then, but have diluted into a nostalgic quaintness for those of us that care to remember these films.
The December, 2011 issues of SFX magazine features a retrospective of the original INVADERS FROM MARS, and includes information on the 1980's remake.