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Killers from Space -- A scientist monitoring atomic tests, killed in a plane crash, is revived by aliens so he can spy on the tests and help them conquer the world.

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Director:
Writers:
William Raynor (screenplay)
Myles Wilder (story)
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Release Date:
23 January 1954 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Earth attacked! See more »
Plot:
A scientist is monitoring atomic tests. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
NewsDesk:
(7 articles)
’50’s Sci-Fi Writer Myles Wilder Dies
 (From Famous Monsters of Filmland. 27 April 2010, 10:27 AM, PDT)

Peter Graves: 1926-2010
 (From Famous Monsters of Filmland. 17 March 2010, 12:39 PM, PDT)

Peter Graves obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 15 March 2010, 11:14 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Poorly made, yet a little entertaining in purely bad way. See more (67 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Graves ... Dr. Doug Paul Martin
James Seay ... Col. Banks
Steve Pendleton ... Briggs
Frank Gerstle ... Dr. Curt Kruger (as Frank Gerstel)
John Frederick ... Denab / The Tala (as John Merrick)
Barbara Bestar ... Ellen Martin
Shepard Menken ... Maj. Clift (as Shep Menken)
Jack Daly ... Power House Guard
Ron Gans ... Sentry - Sgt. Powers (as Ron Kennedy)
Ben Welden ... Pilot - Tar Baby 2
Burt Wenland ... Sgt. Bandero
Lester Dorr ... Station Attendant
Robert Roark ... Guard
Ruth Bennett ... Secretary - Miss Vincent
Mark Scott ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Engel ... 1st Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
Coleman Francis ... Guy in Power Plant Answering Phone (uncredited)

Directed by
W. Lee Wilder 
 
Writing credits
William Raynor (screenplay) (as Bill Raynor)

Myles Wilder (story)

Produced by
Fred M. Muller .... associate producer
W. Lee Wilder .... producer
 
Original Music by
Manuel Compinsky 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Faris 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Thomas .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Mack V. Wright .... production supervisor
 
Sound Department
George E.H. Hanson .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim James .... lighting
 
Music Department
Alec Compinsky .... music supervisor
Manuel Compinsky .... conductor
 
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Runtime:
71 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:U | USA:G (2005 DVD release) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #16683)

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Trivia:
Contrary to the usual practice in the 1950s, the credits appear at the end rather than at the beginning of the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Dr. Kruger leaves his office, he is clearly seen turning off its lights. A few minutes later, Dr. Martin opens Kruger's office door, and from the outside the office is still dark. But as soon as Martin enters and the scene switches to the inside of the office, the room is suddenly light again, though he hasn't switched on any light. (Dr. Martin turns on a light switch after entering the already-lit office, but this switch appears to be for the room containing the safe, and in any case no light comes on in the office itself when he does turn this switch on.)See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Douglas Martin:Well haven't you heard? I'm a mental case! Can't even be trusted with my own work! AHH!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Poorly made, yet a little entertaining in purely bad way., 16 February 2006
Author: tomimt from Finland

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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