Monday, January 04, 2010

It Came From Outer Space

It Came From Outer Space is a 1953 science fiction film that was released in 3D. It stars Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, who has a ST: TOS connection, and Russell Johnson (from Gilligan's Island and Attack of the Crab Monsters). Herman Stein gets credit for the music. The theremin is featured prominently, which definitely adds to the fun. Jack Arnold directs in one of his earliest films. Ray Bradbury wrote the original screen treatment.

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part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9
"Ladies and Gentlemen, the events that I'm about to describe are going to sound incredible to most people, but I know they happened. I saw them happen. They happened to me. One night not very long ago, my fiancee and I saw a meteor-like object flash through the sky and fall to earth in the Arizona desert. I was the first one to go into the smoking pit where it landed, the only one to realize that this meteor was a space ship I looked into it. I alone knew that the beings it carried -formless, terryifying beings from outer space- planned to conquer the world, so fiendishly, by entering into the bodies and minds of captured human beings."

1000 Misspent Hours says, "It Came from Outer Space stands out from the 50’s alien-invasion-movie crowd in so many ways that it’s difficult to keep track of them all." Moria says, "It Came from Outer Space is a crucial gatefold film in many regards." The New York Times calls it "mildly diverting, not stupendous" but adds that the film "is fair evidence that three-dimensional photography can be occasionally effective without resorting to violent optical tricks and gimmicks." Variety gives it a good review. It gets a score of 81% from

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