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An astronaut returns from space dead. The base that recovered him is then cut off from the outside world by an alien. The revival of the dead astronaut, the death of a scientist, and the discovery of alien embryos inside the resurrected astronaut's body bodes ill for the survival of those trapped at the base and the rest of humanity. Written by
Erik Gregersen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The astronaut has no heartbeat and no respiration, but does have blood pressure. While this is shown as a scientific implausibility, it's not explained how the doctors can detect the astronaut's blood pressure without a heartbeat. Blood pressure readings using a sphigmomanometer (blood pressure cuff) rely on the heartbeat to determine both the systolic (which is the pressure of a compressing heart) and diastolic (which is the pressure of a relaxed heart). In other words, no matter what technobabble you want to offer, there's no way to determine blood pressure without a heartbeat. See more »
An entertaining piece of low budget schlock. Despite the cheesy production values, it's quite well done. A zombified, hairy chested scientist, denied the opportunity to wear a shirt after his pseudodemise, is impregnated with alien sea monkeys, clearly an homage to the ads inside comic books of the era. Why is it that, when Roger Corman is involved, there's a always a shirtless, hairy chested scientist, e.g. Giant Leeches, Crab Monsters? I don't get it, but thanks a million, Roger. The plot and characters are no worse than in any other sci-fi from the fifties and all the actors are veterans of genre TV and movies. The lighting is sometimes good, the score is theremin heavy with an occasional moment of Felliniesque jauntiness. The monster is post-nuclear Sesame Street, but after all the money spent on the sea monkey x-ray scene, you can't have everything. If you pay attention to the opening title sequence, you'll note that the rocket ship separates from its booster rocket and looks amazingly like the space shuttle. Sometimes they get it right.
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