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With a title like that, its a wonder anybody took this movie seriously.
It sounds like the ultimate science-fiction parody, the headlines of a
When, in fact, it is quite a serious and spooky effort.
It's a 'body-snatchers' theme. The aliens are kidnapping people and hooking them up to some sort of machine. It allows each to be completely replicated in their physical appearance and personalities, enabling lookalike aliens to go abroad as human replacements. How intimately humans are replicated is never made quite so clear as the title of the movie would suggest.
However, the best laid plans of monsters and men come apart. The goodies find the abductees and start unplugging them from the machine. When they do, each alien replicant instead of changing back to its monstrous self, collapses into a big pile of what looks like rice-pudding. The unchanged aliens who are guarding their installation get shot or beaten or just bitten by the trusty dog.
The movie contains some sly little social comedies as the title would suggest. We see a group of aliens in the bar, sneering to each other about the fragility of human bodies, like so many rednecks. But this certainly isn't a comedy in itself. Filmed in black & white; it's dark, creepy and at times very atmospheric, with a strong thread of who-is-really-who paranoia running through it. There is one particular scene in which an un-modified alien has gone walkies in human clothing at night in the otherwise deserted town. He is unwittingly propositioned by a local hooker who becomes a little too pressing in her advances. He has his collar turned-up to conceal his face, but she won't be dissuaded.
At sight of him she screams and runs and he draws a ray-gun and shoots. She is incinerated so quickly that she vanishes before the last echo of her scream has died away. The blatant murder of a woman in a 1950's movie is a surprisingly rare event.
Hardly seen nowadays, but if you're equal to watching 'Dr Who' or 'Star Trek' then you've no business turning your nose up at this.
I taped I Married A Monster From Outer Space when Channel 4 screened it
some time ago. Despite its rather silly title, this movie is actually
Aliens start taking over a number of people in a small town, including a newly wed. His wife gradually notices his strange behaviour and one evening, she decides to follow him and is shocked when she sees him go into the aliens' spaceship and also sees one of the aliens. These aliens are taking over the men so they can make love with the women on their own planet. Other people in town are also acting odd and those who haven't been taken over head for the ship, rescue the real humans and blow the ship up.
The movie is quite creepy in parts and has a creepy score too. Animal lovers should beware of the dog and cat scenes, which were not really necessary.
The cast includes Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbott and Peter Baldwin. No real stars here, but quite good acting.
I Married A Monster From Outer Space is worth watching, despite the title. Don't let that put you off.
Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Not a bad little film about aliens taking over the bodies of men in a small town to mate with their wives. The dumb title conceals that this is a subtle, well-made, intelligent little sci-fi tale. It's short and atmospherically directed with some truly creepy scenes. This movie had to approach the point of sex very carefully (due to the Production Code) and they did AND pulled it off. The alien makeup is gruesome (as it should be) and there's some fairly graphic gore (for 1958) at the end. The acting is mostly good--especially by Gloria Talbott as a wife who comes to realize what's going on. Tom Tryon, as her possessed husband, has a nice body and is very handsome but totally bland as her husband. Still, a good little sci-fi film. Worth catching.
When Marge Bradley (Gloria Talbott) marries Bill Farrell (Tom Tryon), she gets a surprise when she finds out that he's been possessed by an alien, and that aliens are possessing the other men in town. There's not much here that you haven't seen in other such movies. I guess it's just eye-opening that the star is the guy who wrote "The Other". Still, the idea of aliens wanting to impregnate earth women is an interesting idea (Mike Nichols visited this idea with "What Planet Are You From?"). Anyway, there's the ubiquitous '50s stuff: men wearing gray flannel suits and women wearing pointy bras, plus spiffy cars. I wonder if there's ever going to be a movie where the aliens win.
I Married a Monster From Outer Space (1958)
*** (out of 4)
Despite the campy title this is a pretty straight forward sci-fi film that manages to be quite effective. Gloria Talbott plays a young bride who begins to fear that her husband has been taken over by aliens. As Talbott begins to fear for her safety she also starts to wonder if other men are falling victim. Sadly the title makes on go into this expecting something campy but it's actually a pretty smart film that makes the viewing think. The film manages to have some wonderful cinematography, which really helps the overall quality of the movie. The screenplay by Louis Vittes manages to work quite well except for when it borrows a little too closely to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, which was released two years earlier. Talbott manages to turn in a very good performance as the worried wife and Tom Tryon is good as well.
All the good comments at imdb made me watch this on TV. What a waste of
time! Ten minutes in, a hokey monster is shown, and it's all downhill from
there. The actors do the best they can, but their characters are so
one-dimensional, i.e. stereotypes, that they still end up looking like some
formula made-for-TV movie.
I was interested to see the pet-dog scene, with the line "dogs don't seem to like me"; its lifted straight out of Cat People(1942) which this movie resembles in several ways e.g. an alien force interposing to destroy a relationship. But the complex characters in Cat People render it a classic, whereas this one can only tolerated after consuming a few gallons of beer (or wine).
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I suppose there are many ways of watching movies as there are of
eating, a lot. But most folks seem to do it quickly, without savor. So
from time to time it is worth watching an old movie with little merit
just to see if you can escape the furrow plowed by others.
The conventional wisdom on this movie is that it is heavily seasoned by the paranoias of the time: commies, gays. And this imposed on a genre which at the time was a sort of slate for writing society's fears.
But I urge you to escape that, whether it has the assuring warmth of truth or not, and consider this as something more basic and unsettling, a love story.
It starts with a group of buddies drinking to the loss of one of them to marriage. What follows is that the marriage doesn't work out; he literally seems alien. Other men discover the same and form a club. They are opposed by other "real" men who bear children.
Look at it as a version of "Extase."
Men without women are lost. There are only three women in this story. The narrator, the newlywed wife who wants children and finds her husband unrelatable; the whore in the bar, and an aging blond who finally after great effort "snags" her own husband (who dies when breathing the oxygen).
It isn't powerful stuff at all. It doesn't come to you and ensnare you like "Streetcar." But if you learn to go to these things and find the fishhooks, you will find it easier to find narrative all around you. Accepting prefabricated meaning is as dangerous for filmwatching as the similar acceptance of our hapless bride was.
Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.
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