6.4/10
2,011
50 user 46 critic

I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | October 1958 (USA)
Aliens arrive on Earth to possess the bodies of humans. One of their first victims is a young man, whose new wife soon realizes something is wrong with him.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A teenage couple accidentally awakens an alien after inadvertently hitting it with their car.

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Steven Terrell, Gloria Castillo, Frank Gorshin
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A brilliant surgeon encases his dead son's brain in a large robot body, with unintended results...

Director: Eugène Lourié
Stars: John Baragrey, Mala Powers, Otto Kruger
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents.

Director: Arthur Crabtree
Stars: Marshall Thompson, Terry Kilburn, Kynaston Reeves
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The blood of a primitive fish exposed to gamma rays causes a benign research professor to regress to an ape-like, bloodthirsty prehistoric hominid.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Arthur Franz, Joanna Moore, Judson Pratt
Adventure | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel
Stars: John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Professor Frankenstein creates a hulking teenager from the body of an accident victim; his "creation" awakens and goes on a killing spree.

Director: Herbert L. Strock
Stars: Whit Bissell, Phyllis Coates, Robert Burton
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a mysterious radioactive cloud.

Director: Quentin Lawrence
Stars: Forrest Tucker, Laurence Payne, Jennifer Jayne
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The first manned expedition to Mars is decimated by an unknown life form which stows away on the rescue ship.

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Marshall Thompson, Shirley Patterson, Kim Spalding
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An American-led team of International astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way.

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Walter Brooke, Eric Fleming, Mickey Shaughnessy
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

One of only two survivors from a Martian expedition is so traumatized she doesn't remember the circumstances of the trip.

Director: Ib Melchior
Stars: Gerald Mohr, Nora Hayden, Les Tremayne
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community.

Director: John Sherwood
Stars: Grant Williams, Lola Albright, Les Tremayne
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Bill Farrell
...
Marge Bradley Farrell
Peter Baldwin ...
Officer Hank Swanson
...
Harry Phillips
Chuck Wassil ...
Ted Hanks
...
Francine - Hooker
...
Mac Brody (as Ty Hungerford)
...
Dr. Wayne
John Eldredge ...
Police Capt. H.B. Collins
Alan Dexter ...
Sam Benson
...
Weldon
...
Helen Rhodes
Jack Orrison ...
Officer Schultz
...
Charles Mason
...
Max Grady - Bartender
Edit

Storyline

In Norrisville, Bill Farrell leaves his bachelor party on the eve of his marriage with Marge Bradley. He is abducted by an alien that takes his shape and marries Marge on the next day. Marge feels something strange with Bill and one year later she realizes that he is a totally different man. One day, Marge follows Bill and he goes to the woods; she finds that he is an alien and sees his spacecraft. She tries to tell to Washington and to the FBI, but the aliens have dominated key people in town that do not allow any sort of communication with the exterior world. What is the intention of the alien invasion? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Is it possible? Is it true? Can humans mate with MONSTERS? See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

October 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casei Com um Monstro Espacial  »

Box Office

Budget:

$175,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The dogs who attack the undisguised aliens near the end of the film were initially too scared to approach the costumed actors. The dogs were then acclimated to the presence of the suited actors - perhaps too well, for when the time came to shoot the scene of the dogs attacking the aliens, the dogs didn't attack the aliens, but jumped playfully around and on them instead. The dogs were then trained to go for the "breathing tubes" on the alien costumes. Apparently, the actors playing the aliens had to guide the dogs to attack the "breathing tubes." See more »

Goofs

After the newlyweds depart the church, they are driving down a country road. Just as they are about to pass a mysterious alien figure, the shadow of a boom mic can be briefly seen on the road as the camera traverses with the motion of the vehicle. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Woman in Bar: Those guys ain't even giving us a hard look.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It's Deeper Than You Think
20 February 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Another thinly veiled reference to the Communist witch hunt, 'I Married A Monster From Outer Space' is a movie with a cheesy title and a decent story. Aliens have come to Earth to impersonate American men while using a ray-gun on the women (they really don't like hookers). The flip here is that while they ARE taking over the bodies & lives of the men they capture, they're trying to live the way we do. Are they also trying to love? It's almost touching. Even though the classic paranoia sci-fi flick 'Invasion Of The Body Snatchers' is an obvious influence, the second half is where the two movies diverge. You can almost root for the body snatchers in 'I Married A Monster'.

The B cast never humiliate themselves, but none of them are particularly memorable either. Gene Fowler Jr. (longtime editor, sometime director) leads his actors through the paces in competent fashion. Tom Tryon and Gloria Talbott don't cause too many sparks, but they're not really supposed to. Along with the actual subversion of humanity, this is also an allegory for how newlyweds can quickly grow apart and---okay, I'll say it---alienated. And although this movie is classified as horror/sci-fi, the American Film Institute saw fit to nominate it for their list of 400 great American love stories.

Filled with subtext and double-meanings (as so many overlooked B movies are), the flick accomplishes more by saying less. The F/X are about as dated and obvious as such things get, but they weren't perfect in other '50s genre films either. You might laugh at 'I Married A Monster', but you could do much worse for 78 minutes. This can't be said for half the modern movies out there, but you SHOULD look closer at this one.


25 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?