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It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) Poster

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The mask of the monster suit was altered considerably. When Ray Corrigan was fitted for the monster suit, the mask was initially too tight. Paul Blaisdell, the maker of the monster suit, had to remove and rebuild the monster's lower jaw so the mask would fit better. Unfortunately, Corrigan's chin stuck out through the opening made in the mask. Blaisdell made up Corrigan's chin to look like the monster's tongue. The mask's original eyes (large and catlike, a Blaisdell trademark) were also removed so that we see Corrigan's own eyes behind the mask.
On its initial release, the standard co-feature with this film was Curse of the Faceless Man (1958).
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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.
This movie was highly influential for the idea of the "Alien" set of films with Sigourney Weaver.
The final battle between the monster and crew is being shown at the drive-in during the Bryan Adams' video "Summer of '69".
Dabs Grier was usually cast in westerns and was cast against type in this movie.
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For the main title score, Bert Shefter and Paul Sawtell simply recycled their main title score from "Kronos" (1957) and simply changed the opening bars.
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Marshall Thompson expected a big film career in the 1950s, but had to wait until the mid 60s tv series Daktari before he achieved his fame.
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The film takes place in 1973.
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