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It Conquered the World (1956)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 15 July 1956 (USA)
A well meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions - but only death and sorrow results.

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Dr. Pete Shelton (as Charles Griffith)
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One of several remaining members of its race, an alien from Venus is guided to Earth by disgruntled scientist Tom Anderson, who tells it which humans it should attach mind control devices to. Among them is his old friend, fellow scientist Paul Nelson. Nelson, after killing a flying bat-thing which carries the device, finally persuades the paranoid Anderson that he's been wrong to ally himself with an alien bent on world domination. They hurriedly leave when they discover Tom's wife has picked up a rifle and gone to the alien's cave to try to kill it. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Every man its prisoner... every woman its slave! See more »


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Trivia

Composer and musician Frank Zappa made a tribute to "It Conquered the World" in his album, "Roxy & Elsewhere" (1973). In the introduction of the song "Cheepnis", Zappa tells the audience that he loves monster movies. "And the cheaper they are, the better they are". Frank Zappa describes this movie as a perfect example of monster movie with its alien with an "inverted ice-cream cone head with fangs". He describes one special scene when the "monster came out of the cavern" and he could see the technicians pushing the creature over the rail. "This is cheepnis", Mr Zappa concludes before playing the song. See more »

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Shortly after the power dies and Peter Graves' car stops, he and Sally Fraser start walking to Lee Van Cleef's house. They look up and see a plane explode. Graves asks Fraser for the time in case the police want them to be witnesses. However, they never bring up the plane crash to anyone, not even Van Cleef and Beverly Garland when they get to the house. See more »

Quotes

Claire Anderson: [raising her rifle] You think you're gonna make a slave of the world... I'll see you in Hell first!
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Disappointing DVD release
5 April 2007 | by (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is an entertaining, well acted, well edited film of its genre. Classic anti-communist fear, rubber monster, Roger Corman trash fun.

Heavily cut on its initial release. BEWARE, the only available DVD release from Siren Entertainment (coupled with Creature from the Haunted Sea) retains these cuts. 29 cuts in total including ALL IMAGES of the monster! Ludicrously, while all images of our rubber friend are removed, most of the human to human violence, some of which is quite strong, remains.

I will never understand censorship ! Where Siren entertainment got this copy from I do not know. The film deserves a restored, uncut release.


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