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Killers from Space (1954)

Passed | | Mystery, Sci-Fi | 23 January 1954 (USA)
An atomic scientist claims he was abducted by aliens after being injured in a plane crash.

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Dr. Curt Kruger (as Frank Gerstel)
John Frederick ...
Deneb / The Tala (as John Merrick)
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Ellen Martin
Shepard Menken ...
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Jack Daly ...
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Ron Gans ...
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Atomic scientist/pilot Doug Martin is missing after his plane crashes on an reconnaissance mission after a nuclear test. Miraculously appearing unhurt at the base later, he is given sodium amethol, but authorities are skeptical of his story that he was captured by aliens determined to conquer the Earth with giant monsters and insects. Martin vows to use existing technology to destroy them. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Attack by monsters from another planet! See more »

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Asesinos del espacio  »

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Contrary to the usual practice in the 1950s, the credits appear at the end rather than at the beginning of the movie. See more »

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Early in the movie, Dr. Martin crashes his Studebaker coupe into a tree. Later, when he is going to the power station, the Studebaker is undamaged. See more »

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Dr. Douglas Martin: Those eyes! Those HORRIBLE eyes!
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Poorly made, yet a little entertaining in purely bad way.
16 February 2006 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Wow... This is a bad movie. I mean literally there's nothing extremely good about it. Even the length of the film, the whole 70 minutes, feels too long to watch, when no-one actually can act, the plot is terrible and the special effects are bad, even for the 50's standards.

Now, there are some elements in the film, that caused me to laugh, but that was just because of the lack of quality, or just the sheer stupidity of things coming out from the mouths of the actors.

Let's tackle the plot: A-bomb, the great and glorious days of the atom. The military is doing some experiments with THE bomb, when something goes wrong and a survey plane explodes. Everyone thinks, that Dr. Douglas Martin (Peter Graves) is dead, but then he suddenly appears. But he's acting somewhat strangely and there is a huge scar on his chest.

Soon it's discovered that he was hypnotized and open heart operated by the aliens with huge, bulging and quite motionless, yet sometimes in different way looking eyes. Oh and did I mention they are about to conquer Earth by the help of mutated insects and lizards and stuff.

This movie could be a true camp classic, but it's just far too boring for that. Static camera mostly just shoots people talking nonsense about everything possible and the action is very badly portrayed. Direction and the script are non-existing.

"Killers from Space" has small amount of value as a purely bad movie level, but it's not a classic such as the legendary movies of Ed Wood just because the film just is bad bad. Most of the time. But you could watch it for the aliens. They're just so funny looking with their huge eyes and the Phantom rip off suits.

Rating as a movie: 2 out of 10, Campy movie rating: 3 out of 10


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