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It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | August 1958 (USA)
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! ... Reaches through space! ... Scoops up men and women! ... Gorges on blood! See more »

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The film takes place in 1973. See more »

Goofs

Bullets, grenades, gas bombs, electricity and even a healthy dose of atomic radiation seemingly fail to harm the creature. But when Lt. James Calder is pinned between the induction pumps because of an injured leg, he manages to hold the creature at bay with a portable blow torch. 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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Fifties shocker equals fun and fond memories.
12 April 2002 | by (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

It! The Terror From Beyond Space is not nearly a perfect movie, but it is fun and should be on the list of everyone who collects horror and sci-fi movies from this era. There are some holes in the script (dialogue heard earlier in the film is repeated when the spaceship's crew needs to make noise to cover other crew members on a mission to attempt to kill the creature, etc.) and some of the dialogue is wooden, but the actors seem to do a fine job with what they were given to work with. Shirley Patterson (AKA Shawn Smith in movies The Land Unknown, and World Without End) does a fine job, and Ann Doran does a very fine job playing the wife of another crew member (Dabbs Greer.) The male cast members were given the more wooden dialogue. It is very easy to rip apart these oldie horror and sci-fi thrillers, but they were made in another era, and they were made to be enjoyed. It! The Terror From Beyond Space is as easily enjoyable in this day in age as it was when it was made. It's a fun and imaginative thriller that features one of the ugliest creatures from that era!


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