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The Space Children (1958)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | June 1958 (USA)
An alien intelligence aborts the launching of a rocket with the help of a bunch of children.

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Bud Brewster
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Dave Brewster
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Anne Brewster
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Tim Gamble
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Hank Johnson
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Lieutenant Colonel Alan Manley
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Eadie Johnson
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Major Thomas
Peter Baldwin ...
Security Officer James
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Sentry (as Ty Hungerford)
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Joe Gamble (as Russell D. Johnson)
David Bair ...
Saul Wahrman
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Ken Brewster
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Phyllis Manley
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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 Scott Blacksher

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Slowly...and with horror the parents realized THEIR CHILDREN WERE THE SLAVES OF 'THE THING' FROM OUTER SPACE!

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Avaruuden kosto  »

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Star Peggy Webber is the founder and executive director/producer of the California Artists Radio Theatre, as well as a veteran actress of radio and television. See more »

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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 »

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B science fiction with a message!
17 January 2006 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

The children of some US rocket scientists come under the spell of a strange alien being that seems to want them to sabotage the nations defense!

Another B thriller from director Jack Arnold (who directed the classic Creature from the Black Lagoon in 1954), this one is a bit more intelligent than the average drive-in sci-fi fodder. The Space Children is actually an anti-war film kind of in the tradition of The Twilight Zone, the story does indeed resemble a story that one would see on the classic TV series. Arnold lends some steady direction, creating an occasionally eerie atmosphere (who could ever forget that spooky final image of an ill-fated Russell Johnson?) and a decent alien creation. Kudos go to a chilling music score.

The cast isn't half bad, the youths of the film being especially good.

A worth-wild watch for those who like the films of this era.

** 1/2 out of ****


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