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It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)

Approved  |   |  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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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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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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When Van Husen is putting the grenades on the grating, you can see the mono-filament does not even touch at least three of the grenades. 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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Only rented because of its tie-in with ALIEN. I was surprised!
24 March 1999 | by (Cincinnati, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I rented this title from the video store only on the bases that it was noted as being the inspiration for ALIEN. Not expecting much I sat down and waited for bad special effects, corny dialog and and a nice nap in front of the TV. Imagine my surprise when I discovered I was enjoying this film! At once I was confronted not by bad rubber monsters but a lurking unseen "something". We do get to see plenty of the monster a little later but what horror elements that are lost are made up for by suspense, drama and fantastic dialog and interplay between the ill-fated crew!


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