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Battle of the Worlds (1961)

Il pianeta degli uomini spenti (original title)
Unrated | | Sci-Fi | March 1963 (USA)
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A runaway asteroid dubbed "The Outsider" mysteriously begins orbiting the Earth and threatens it with lethal flying saucers.

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(story) (as Vassilij Petrov), (screenplay) (as Vassilij Petrov)
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Prof. Benson
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Umberto Orsini ...
Dr. Fred Steele
Maya Brent ...
Eve Barnett
Jacqueline Derval ...
Cathy Cole
Renzo Palmer ...
Barrington
Carlo D'Angelo ...
Gen. Varreck (as Carlo d'Angelo)
Carol Danell ...
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Jim Dolen ...
Boyd
Joe Pollini ...
Pat (as Joseph Pollini)
John Stacy ...
Dr. Cornfield
Aldo D'Ambrosio ...
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Massimo Righi ...
Lewis Boyd
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Moran
Annamaria Mustari ...
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A stray planet on a collision course with Earth instead takes orbit around our blue marble. What seems like a dead planet suddenly launches a fleet of flying saucers which attack our space fleets. Written by Humberto Amador

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Dr. Fred Steele: Most things happen unexpectedly, even the apocalypse!
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Awful on All Levels
15 October 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Battle of the Worlds (1961)

1/2 (out of 4)

Italian nonsense from director Antonio Margheriti has a planet coming into the same solar system as Earth and it appears it is going to collide with us. At the last second the planet misses us but starts to hover around, which causes a brilliant scientist (Claude Rains) to think that the planet is being controlled by aliens who are going to use it to attack us.

There are awful science fiction movies like PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE that are so bad that you can actually have fun with them. Then there are cheap movies like THE COSMIC MAN, which rip-off better movies and deliver a quality project even if it's certainly nothing too special. Then you've got movies like BATTLE OF THE WORLDS, which is just downright awful on every level even though it appears they're working with a decent budget and they have a terrific actor in the cast.

At one time I called BATTLE OF THE WORLDS the worst movie I had ever seen but revisiting it nearly twenty five years later I've come to see it's not really that bad but there's no question that it's quite awful and pointless. The biggest issue I have with the film is that it's downright childish on every level. The story itself is pretty darn stupid and it seems like something a group of five-year-olds would come up with in their monster club meetings. Even worse are the special effects, which, again, are better than something you'd see in an Ed Wood movie but at the same time they are so badly made and the lasers are so silly that you can't help but shake your head.

The performances are also pretty bad but you've got a legend like Rains on hand who I'm sure took this project for the paycheck. I've never blamed an actor for taking a paycheck and especially later in their career. While the performance by Rains isn't "good" at least he does go over-the-top and gives some energy instead of sleepwalking through the part. BATTLE OF THE WORLDS is awful on pretty much every level and sadly it never reaches the "so bad it's good" level.


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