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Charles B. Griffith (screenplay) and
Mark Hanna (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 February 1957 (USA) See more »
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Somewhere in this world stalks a thing that is...
Plot:
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. | Full synopsis »
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Arguably Corman's Best Sci-Fi See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Paul Birch ... Paul Johnson

Beverly Garland ... Nadine Storey
Morgan Jones ... Harry Sherbourne
William Roerick ... Dr. F.W. Rochelle
Jonathan Haze ... Jeremy Perrin

Dick Miller ... Joe Piper (as Richard Miller)
Anna Lee Carroll ... Davanna Woman (as Anne Carroll)
Pat Flynn ... Simmons
Barbara Bohrer ... Waitress
Roy Engel ... Sgt. Walton
Tamar Cooper ... Joanne
Harold Fong ... Speciman
Lyle Latell ... (scenes deleted)
Gail Ganley ... Girl
Ralph Reed ... Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Clark ... Man (uncredited)
Tom Graeff ... Car Park Attendant (uncredited)
Charles B. Griffith ... Man at Newsstand (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Bum (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Corman 
 
Writing credits
Charles B. Griffith (screenplay) (as Charles Griffith) and
Mark Hanna (screenplay)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ronald Stein 
 
Cinematography by
John J. Mescall (photographed by) (as John Mescall)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Gross  (as Charles Gross Jr.)
 
Makeup Department
Curly Batson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lou Place .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jan Boleslavsky .... assistant director
Charles B. Griffith .... second unit director (uncredited)
Lou Place .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... property master
 
Sound Department
Philip Mitchell .... sound (as Phillip Mitchell)
Herman Lewis .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Paul Blaisdell .... special effects (uncredited)
Bob Burns .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Hannawalt .... key grip (as Charles Hanawalt)
 
Other crew
Tom Graeff .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Charles B. Griffith .... location scout (uncredited)
Paul Julian .... title designer (uncredited)
 

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67 min
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Certification:
UK:PG (2010) | UK:X (1957) | USA:Approved (PCA #18203) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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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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Boom mic visible: 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 »
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Paul Johnson:In the place from which I come, no person would dare sleep in insecure quarters.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Arguably Corman's Best Sci-Fi, 15 December 2014
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

A human-like alien leaves his dying planet to secure earthling blood that his planet needs.

Too bad Corman didn't dump that flying lampshade that apparently sucks the doc's blood. Because that's really the only cheezy element of this otherwise effective monster flick. It's arguably Corman's best. Birch is pretty scary with his deadpan face and perfectly parsed diction. Just don't ask him to take off his glasses. Then too, I wonder what he puts down as eye color. Plus I would give dear Beverly Garland a drive-in Oscar for her sparkly portrayal of nurse Storey. It's a performance far and above the call of a paycheck.

Yes indeed, what I remember from my first viewing decades ago is Dick Miller's vacuum salesman. He's so pesky and obnoxious, horns honked all over the drive-in when he got his. And what about the teen-age cutie who opens the film, even if she doesn't stick around. Too bad. Anyway, Corman sure knew his audience since we boys were hooked right then. Nonetheless, for the less hormonally minded, there's a message in the alien madness-- better watch out earthlings, nuclear war can cause a calamity that only a steady stream of blood can help.

Okay, so the movie's not exactly Oscar bait. Nonetheless, it's got a better-than-usual Corman script, plus good location staging that keep the usual hokey sets to a minimum. Yes indeed, it's still fun to track the Darvana alien, and maybe honk your horn when Miller gets his.

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