An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There, he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war.
Navy test pilot Lieut. Dan Prescott, in experimental rocket plane Y-13, disobeys orders and becomes the first man to fly outside the ionosphere. Unable to turn, he ejects...and is plastered with metallic meteor dust. The pilot compartment lands with no trace of the pilot... but first cattle, then people, are found with their throats cut as if with an axe, by something that seems to have a craving for blood... Written by
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Perhaps it is not surprising to find that this little movie has a following. When I saw it, as a kid on a dark winter mid-week night in 1959, it scared the heck out of me. The "monster" looked so horrifying and acted so brutally.
While it cannot have the same effect on a viewer today, because special effects have improved by light years, "The First Man into Space" can still make an impression. Now, decades later, it is easy to see why. The "monster" is actually a victim of his own need to prove himself by crossing a dangerous barrier. The fear that a viewer may experience in watching him is mingled with pity.
Nonetheless, it is difficult to forget the nightmares I was given by that single, staring eye.
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