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Strange things are happening in Riverdale, Illinois. A huge, seemingly alien structure has been found jutting out of the earth. Sent to investigate the origin of the mysterious object, ... See full summary »

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Dr. Paul Kettering (as Edwin Nelson)
Alan Jay Factor ...
Glenn Cameron (as Alan Frost)
Cornelius Keefe ...
Senator Walter K. Powers (as Jack Hill)
Joanna Lee ...
Jody Fair ...
Elaine Cameron
David Hughes ...
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Robert Ball ...
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Strange things are happening in Riverdale, Illinois. A huge, seemingly alien structure has been found jutting out of the earth. Sent to investigate the origin of the mysterious object, Senator Walter Powers discovers that parasites from the center of the earth have infiltrated the town, taking control of the authorities and workers, making communication with the outside world impossible, and leaving the responsibility of stopping the invasion up to Powers and a small group of free individuals. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Crawling, Slimy Things Terror-Bent on Destroying the World!

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September 1958 (USA)  »

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Keepers of the Earth  »

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Producer Ed Nelson, who also stars, created the parasites himself using little wind-up toys covered with fur from an old coat and pipe cleaners for antennae. See more »

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When Dr. Kettering fires the pistol into the craft's tunnel, it demonstrates that the bullet ricochets throughout. However, what is heard is not just the ricochet but also the sound of several gunshots though the gun was discharged only once. See more »

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Senator Walter K. Powers: I'm here, and I want action!
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Guess who's coming to dinner?
4 November 2001 | by (Fayetteville, GA) – See all my reviews

It's only about 60 minutes long, and the special effects (what little there are) are substandard, but some real imagination went into this one, with a plot based on `The Puppet Masters' by Robert Heinlein. A strange Earth-drilling craft surfaces in a small town and disgorges a horde of fuzzy little parasitic creatures who fasten themselves to the necks of the townsfolk and control their brains. Scientist Ed Nelson (who is also the film's producer) battles the invaders. Watch for a scene in which the hero enters the drill craft and confronts a bearded old man . . . played by Leonard Nimoy!

If you just LOVE 1950s sci-fi, here's an obscure little curiosity for you. If not . . . well, try the Sci-Fi Channel.


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