A glowing brain-like creature arrives on a beach near a rocket test site via a teleportation beam. The alien communicates telepathically with the children of scientists. The kids start doing the alien's bidding as the adults try to find out what's happening to their unruly offspring. Written by
The interior of the Brewster trailer - Unit #3 - is the set that had been built for the MGM movie The Long, Long Trailer (1953). The exterior of the trailer however is not the same New Moon model. See more »
Whenever the 'lightning' effect occurs as the holy blob uses his power, the shadows of both objects and people show up on the 'sky' and background elements revealing them to be back-drops in a studio. See more »
I saw "The Space Children" in 1958. Even then, it was obvious that the kids were gleefully joining forces with a weird-but-wise entity from space which wanted to prevent mankind from screwing up and destroying itself.
A few clueless viewers seem to think that the alien "enslaves" the kids.
Hell's bells, do these kids really look like their being CONTROLLED? Just watch them! They grin and giggle while they waltz around among the baffled adults and enjoy the heady pleasure of watching the alien do miraculous things like opening a locked gate, shearing a truck's drive-shaft, and jamming a phone line when a baffled security guard tries to report the unusual things that are going on.
When the sabotaged rocket is about to explode, they sit on the beach and chuckle like they're waiting for a fireworks display to start -- which is exactly what happens.
These kids are having a ball! And so was I in 1958, watching them do it!
Also, consider the fact that nobody gets hurt throughout all the strange events -- except for one sadistic, child-abusing stepfather who dies after trying to beat his stepson to death with a piece of driftwood!
THAT ALONE SHOULD TELL THE VIEWER THAT THE ALIEN IS A GOOD GUY! LIKE . . . UH . . . DUH?
I had to wait 28 years to see this movie a second time, because nobody ever showed it on TV. But in 1986, the USA network aired it, and I was finally able to find out if "The Space Children" was as good as I thought it was.
Happily, the film turned out to be even better than I remembered it.
A few years later, I found out that Jack Arnold considered "The Space Children" to be his personal best, a labor of love, something he created behind the backs of the studio heads who usually assigned him to direct shallow stories like "The Creature from the Black Lagoon". Check out the biography called "Directed by Jack Arnold" for details on this.
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