A teenage couple making out in the woods accidentally runs over an alien creature with their car. The creature's hand falls off, but it comes alive, and, with an eye growing out of it, ... See full summary »
Edward L. Cahn
Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out ... See full summary »
While driving through the desert with his wife Carol Marvin to a military base to send the eleventh rocket into Earth orbit to assist the exploration of outer space in Operation Sky Hook, Dr. Russell A. Marvin and Carol see a flying saucer and accidentally records a message on their tape recorder. Once in the base, Dr. Russell is informed by his father-in-law and general that the ten first satellites mysteriously fell back to Earth. When Dr. Russell decodes the message, he encounters the aliens, who ask him to schedule a meeting with the leaders of Earth in Washington in 56 days in order to invade Earth without panicking the population. Dr. Russell develops an anti-magnetic weapon that becomes the last hope of the human race against the hostile aliens. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The scene of a "destroyer" blowing up is actually stock footage of sinking of HMS Barham which occurred 25 November 1941. To not upset the British public, the Royal Navy decided to withhold an announcement until much later; however, in late November 1941 a Scottish medium Helen Duncan, during a séance disclosed the sinking. She was eventually tried under the British witchcraft act. See more »
In the beginning of the film Dr. Marvin and his wife are driving in the desert in a Mercury. After the attack on Sky Hook, Dr. Marvin and his wife are on a plane to Washington, DC. Later in Washington, DC, when Dr. Marvin goes to his hotel, he gets out of the very same car that he was riding in back in the desert. See more »
When an armed and threatening power lands uninvited in our capitol, we don't meet him with tea and cookies!
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While "War of the Worlds" is probably the most heralded of the 1950s alien invasion films, this one is a lot more fun. There are none of the heavy-anded quasi-religious sub-texts that weighed down WOTW. There are no pretensions of any kind. "Earth" gets right down to the business at hand...aliens coming to Earth with the sole purpose of kicking our asses. Throw in the always fun Harryhausen effects, in which real life monuments are destroyed (later incorporated in the equally dumb and equally fun "ID4"), and what's not to like?
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