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Unearthly Stranger (1964)

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Dr. Mark Davidson (John Neville) government scientist meets a mysterious woman and is married quickly. He knows little of her past. His government superiors want to know more about his wife... See full summary »

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Dr. Mark Davidson (John Neville) government scientist meets a mysterious woman and is married quickly. He knows little of her past. His government superiors want to know more about his wife and certain strange attributes, "She never blinks", and slipping up by taking hot pans out of ovens bare handed without being burned point towards his wife more than she appears. But it turns out she actually does love her husband scientist so her superiors kills her and set out to kill Davidson. Written by Alan G.

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One of the most shamefully neglected sci-fi sleepers of all time!
30 March 1999 | by (Burlington, NJ) – See all my reviews

To call this modest British film low budget is the worst kind of misrepresentation: the budget on creativity and skill at work here surpasses that found in most multi-million dollar productions.

Filmed in stark black-and-white with virtually no visual effects, "Unearthly Stranger" relies on sheer dramatic power to tell its story of an alien plan to sabotage Earth's developing ability for space travel. The film is written and directed with care and performed with a conviction that brings across the suspense and humanity of this story in a way rarely seen in the genre.

Many of the filmmakers would soon be working on TV's "The Avengers", including producer Albert Fennell and director John Krish. Fans of that series will also recognize many familiar faces among the cast. The strongest performances come from John Neville, distinguished stage actor and teacher, and the almost-unknown and very beautiful Gabriella Licudi who, in the title role, brings the concept of interplanetary communications to an entirely new level.

The odd man out in this production is certainly scenarist Rex Carlton. On the basis of this film, it is almost inconceivable that he is the same man responsible for the lurid "Brain That Wouldn't Die" and "Blood of Dracula's Castle", among others. One is tempted to give credit to Jeffrey Stone, who penned the original screen story. But this is a claim that's impossible to support, because Stone was involved as a writer on no other films. So, one can only say that none of Carlton's other screen work would ever approach the level of this, his most subtle and affecting accomplishment.

It is well worth tracking down for any fan of fine science fiction or, indeed, any fan of quality filmmaking.


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