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Not of This Earth (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 10 February 1957 (USA)
An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There, he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war.

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Harry Sherbourne
William Roerick ...
Dr. F.W. Rochelle
Jonathan Haze ...
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Joe Piper (as Richard Miller)
Anna Lee Carroll ...
Davanna Woman (as Anne Carroll)
Pat Flynn ...
Barbara Bohrer ...
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Sgt. Walton
Tamar Cooper ...
Joanne
Harold Fong ...
Speciman
Lyle Latell ...
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Gail Ganley ...
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Ralph Reed ...
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An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There, he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war.

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$100,000 (estimated)
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Paul Birch walked off the film before shooting was completed after having a physical confrontation with Roger Corman. He was quoted as saying, " I am an actor, and I don't need this stuff... To hell with it all! Goodbye!" According to co-star Beverly Garland, Birch objected to the fast pace of the film, the old-fashioned, uncomfortable hard plastic contacts he had to wear, and the film's low-budget, which he considered beneath his status. As a result, Birch's remaining scenes were shot with Lyle Latell doubling for Birch. See more »

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Not only can you see the boom microphone, but can see it's shadow on the wall when Nadine talks to her boyfriend Harry, at the kitchen table. See more »

Quotes

Paul Johnson: [speaking telepathically] It is impossible for you to escape. Come to me!
Car Park Attendant: [speaking telepathically] I hear you! You can't hurt me now! It doesn't work now!
Paul Johnson: [speaking telepathically] It's a lie! I am not so injured!
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look me in the eye
28 March 2005 | by (sparks nv) – See all my reviews

Evil, blood-sucking alien (like there's another kind in Corman's universe?) Paul Birch is draining the citizenry of L.A. to save not only himself but the dying planet Davanna in this creepy Corman classic. When nurse Bev Garland and her not-too-imaginative cop boyfriend discover what Birch is up to, the fun really gets going: foot chases, car chases, fiery crashes - in short, the works. Even though there's something for almost everybody in this little gem (except spaceships; sorry, all you hardware freaks), "Not of this Earth" remains one of the very few Corman films that has never been released on either VHS or DVD. Supposedly, the reason for this is that Corman himself wasn't satisfied with the finished product; hence, at least two remakes, or, three if you count the stupendously awful "Star Portal." As is typical in Corman films, the budget was very tiny; so tiny, in fact, that the only piece of the original, lavish "dimensional warp chamber" to survive fiscal reality was the multi-orbed thingamajig at the very top of the otherwise spartan black chamber. Too bad. The word is that the original design by Paul Blaisdell was pretty impressive. Well, for a low-budget B/W 1957 thriller, anyway. So, while a lot of money does not necessarily a hit film make (witness "Alexander"), it doesn't really hurt, either. Bottom line: don't pay too much attention to the, er, lean FX, such as the deadly lampshade bug. The story isn't bad, the acting is, for the most part, okay (although the three bums are laughable), and you actually feel some pity toward the end for Birch and his ilk. If you can find this one, go for it. Believe us, there's A LOT worse out there


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