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The film clearly was done on little money, but there are a number of matters that elevate it above other cheap monster films of the era.
Charles Griffith does a much better job with dialog than he did in It Conquered the World or Little Shop of Horrors. There's some actual meaning in the banter. Furthermore, it is delivered in an interesting style that also might derive from the low budget, so that chunks of the dialog are oddly timed, and naturalistic for that. I was only half-watching early on, and suddenly the delivery of the lines made me really attend to the thing.
I liked Sinatra in this--never heard of him before watching this movie.
As others have said, it's slow in the middle, fairly exciting at the end.
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