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Kronos (1957)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Horror | April 1957 (USA)
Aliens from another world send a huge robotic accumulator to invade the Earth and absorb all energy it comes in contact with.

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Dr. Leslie Gaskell
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Vera Hunter
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Dr. Hubbell Eliot
George O'Hanlon ...
Dr. Arnold Culver
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Dr. Albert Stern
Kenneth Alton ...
McCrary - The Pickup Driver
John Parrish ...
Gen. Perry
Jose Gonzales-Gonzales ...
Manuel Ramirez (as Jose G. Gonzales)
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Air Force General
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Weather Operator (as Donald Eitner)
Gordon Mills ...
Sergeant
John Halloran ...
Lab Central Security Guard
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Scientists investigate what appears to be a meteorite that crashes into the ocean. After a few days and nights of mysterious lights and noises, a giant machine comes out of the ocean. The machine is the creation of an alien race, that is trying to syphon energy from earth. A true classic, in that it is so different from anything in the time period. To this day, nothing else has come out like it. Written by Anonymous

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PLANET ROBBER TRAMPLES EARTH...STEALING ENERGY FOR OTHER WORLDS! See more »


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April 1957 (USA)  »

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Kronos: Ravager of Planets  »

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$160,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After a string of highly successful big budget science fiction films throughout the 1960s, Twentieth Century Fox considered remaking this film in the early 1970s in response to the energy crisis. The project was not green lighted and, by the end of that decade, accepted an offer from Wade Williams to buy the film and all rights. This film is now part of the "Wade Williams Collection." See more »

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The target coordinates 27 14 52 North 175 18 07 West is not near Los Angeles, but is northwest of Hawaii near the Midway Islands. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Leslie Gaskell: Do you think you'll be able to respect a husband that probably pulled the scientific boner of all time?
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Something's Gotta Give
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Close encounter of a colossal kind
3 January 2000 | by (Cleves, Ohio) – See all my reviews

As must always be kept in mind while viewing classic SF cinema, one cannot and should not extricate a film from its historical context. Kronos is no exception. This is 1950's SF movie making at its marginal budgetary best.

Certainly the storyline taxes credibility, involving alien possession of humans, but the ETs at least have a practical purpose for invading than just doing it out of spite. Plus, the dirty work isn't accomplished with sundry flying saucers and blaster rays, but by a huge robot.

The acting is an uneven mixture of serious and melodramatic that oddly adds to the dark overtones of the fims early scenes. The dialogue, littered with quasi-scientific jargon, flows at near poetic tempo.

Ultimately, it is the clever resourcefulness of our nuclear-scientist heroes that wins the day. Now that has to be worth watching!


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