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The Cosmic Monster (1958)
"The Strange World of Planet X" (original title)

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A friendly visitor from outer space warns against conducting experiments with the Earth's magnetic field, that could mutate insects into giant monsters.

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Gil Graham
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Michele Dupont
Martin Benson ...
Smith
Wyndham Goldie ...
Brigadier Cartwright (as Wyndam Goldie)
Alec Mango ...
Dr. Laird
Hugh Latimer ...
Jimmy Murray
Geoffrey Chater ...
Gerard Wilson
Patricia Sinclair ...
Helen Forsyth
Dandy Nichols ...
Mrs. Tucker (as Dandy Nicholls)
Richard Warner ...
Insp. Burns
Hilda Fenemore ...
Mrs. Hale (as Hilda Fennemore)
Susan Redway ...
Jane Hale
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Storyline

At a small, rural British lab, monomaniac Dr. Laird and his staff create ultra-intense magnetic fields. Inexplicably, the apparatus seems to be affecting distant objects, and to be drawing "extra power" from...somewhere. One night, after a "freak" storm, strange and deadly things start happening in Bryerly Woods, and a strange man from "a long way off" appears in the district...concerned about Laird's pulling down disaster from the skies. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Shock by incredible shock this ravaging death overruns the earth...menacing mankind with overwhelming chaos! See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Horror

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31 December 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cosmic Monsters  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Co-star Gaby André was French and spoke English with a pronounced French accent. All of her dialogue was dubbed over by an actress with a British accent. See more »

Quotes

Brig. General Cartwright: There's no one else available to operate this computer of yours.
Dr. Laird: But a... woman? This is preposterous. This is highly skilled work!
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Britain's Big Bugs…But Wait, There's More
10 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With Barely a Budget, the Brits Managed to Pull this Off with such Seriousness and Overload it with so many Angles that when Viewed Today it is a Surprising Amalgamation of Genre Conventions.

This Obscure Movie has Flying Saucers, Manipulation of Magnetism that Interferes with the Earth's Protective Layer, Giant Bugs both Slimy and Crawly and a Reptile to show there is no Prejudice when Man Tinkers with the Unknown. An Ambassador from Space from the Klatu Klan, a Ray Gun, a Scientist who goes Mad in a Mad Lab, and just for Kicks a Breathtaking Scene where a Hungry Bug Gnaws away on the Face of a Fallen Woods Walker.

For No Money, barely over an Hour Long, and made with Hardly an Actor on Set, this is a Strange Find. There are more things Crammed in here than Usual for this Type of Thing. It has some Creepy Scenes with the Highlights, a Bug Siege on a Trapped Shapely Teacher in the Country School, and an Obligatory Lovely getting Trapped in a Spider's Web where She Lingers Long Enough to Witness what might be Called a Big Bug Battle for Her Charms.

Eagle Eye Viewers and Other Nit Pickers could point to some Painted Backdrops and Curtain Hangings that some of the Children at the Aforementioned School could have Made. But Overall there is more here than meets the Eye. That is to say it is a Smorgasbord of Fifties Sci-Fi Angst that is a Neat Discovery that got Lost on a Double Bill at the Drive-In a Half Century Ago and Needs to be Rediscovered.


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