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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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Weather Operator (as Donald Eitner)
Gordon Mills ...
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John Halloran ...
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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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Kronos: Ravager of Planets  »

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$160,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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The communication console and screen from Klaatu's saucer featured in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) can be seen directly in the background of Labcentral's "Astro Physics" Laboratory where Vera Hunter and Dr. Hubbell Eliot have their confrontation. A map of the world has been placed behind the glass. See more »

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In one early shot of KRONOS's machine, when its main dome is flashing as the helicopter flies behind it, look closely at center of the flash and you will see a studio tech's hand opening and closing in front of a studio light illuminating the dome. See more »

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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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Enjoyable if you don't think too much about it
10 July 2003 | by (Lowell, MA) – See all my reviews

"Kronos" is about a robot emissary (which Earth scientists name Kronos), sent by aliens to Earth. It lands on the coast of Mexico and goes on a rampage. The aliens have exhausted energy supplies on their own planet (which it is correctly noted may well happen here before too long), and so they sent Kronos to Earth to suck up energy from our remaining energy resources. Unknowingly, Earth counterattacks with weapons like an H-bomb, but Kronos greedily absorbs all that energy and just gets stronger and hungrier for more.

At this point, you just have to put aside the immediate obvious objection that there is far more energy in any star in the galaxy than in all the power plants on Earth, and the aliens should have just harvested energy from them.

If you can forget all that, what is left is an enjoyable typical 1950's B-movie, with what I consider to be some decent special effects for the time (except for the obvious cartoon animations of Kronos' march). Jeff Morrow, one of the better B-movie actors, delivers a decent performance as a scientist. Despite its low budget, the movie tries hard to be an early techno-thriller, replete with what was state-of-the-art technology for its time--B-47 jet bombers, missiles with nuclear warheads, computers, etc. And that also makes it a cut above the usual sci-fi B-movie of the 1950's.


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