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It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  August 1958 (USA)
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The first manned expedition to Mars is decimated by an unknown life form...which stows away on the rescue ship.

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Ann Anderson (as Shawn Smith)
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In 1973, the first manned expedition to Mars is marooned; by the time a rescue mission arrives, there is only one survivor: the leader, Col. Edward Carruthers, who appears to have murdered the others! According to Carruthers, an unknown life form killed his comrades during a sandstorm. But the skeptical rescuers little suspect that "it" has stowed away for the voyage back to Earth... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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$50,000 by a world renowned insurance company to the first person who can prove that "It" is not on Mars now! See more »

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It! The Vampire from Beyond Space  »

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According to director John Carpenter, filming took only six days. Carpenter didn't direct this film but he was acting as a co-host in an interview with Robert Osborne prior to it being shown on the Turner Classic Movies channel. See more »

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Just before when the crew go down through the hatchway, about 3/4 of the way through the film, a hand appears on the far left, indicating that something should go down or sit down. Nothing is seen to go down (no doors or hatches or actors) but the hand is clearly seen to be going up and down. See more »

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Spokesman at Press Conference: Ladies and gentlemen of the press: As you know, the first attempt to send a spaceship to the planet Mars was made six months ago. We knew that that ship, the Challenge 141, had reached its destination, but that's all we knew. Teleradio communication with Mars ceased immediately and we were forced to assume that the ship and crew had been lost. The man in charge of this expedition was a man who had become known to the world as the first man to be shot into space, the man who ...
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Original "Alien", makes good B movie sci fi
20 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When you first watch "Alien", you soon realize it is a remake of this movie, and you know how to get rid of the monster. But if you've never seen either movie, you probably would be as much on the ropes as the characters. In both cases, a space crew happens upon a hostile life form which infiltrates their space ship. No longer a haven from space, the astronauts try every means to kill the invader and save their lives (because the monster is killing them at will), and nothing seems to work. The basic difference is, of course, the special effects, which are paramount in the "Alien" movies, but nondescript in this movie. The robot and other automated features provided by the "company", seems to be actually at fault for all the carnage in "Alien." In "It!", the creature pretty well does it all on his own. Minor difference at best, because both movies are about thrills and adventure, and both succeed. An advantage of black and white film representation with little or no special effects is that it doesn't have to prove as much, and there is no exorbitant information for the viewer. It's more of a dream state where the information provided is the information needed. In the modern colorful world, it is too much for a viewer to fend off extra information in most movies. There again, both "Alien" and "It" capture the essence of what they try to achieve. And if you like one, I'm sure you'll like the other.


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