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The Terrornauts (1967)

A group of scientists are kidnapped and taken into outer space aboard a saucer.



, (novel)


Complete credited cast:
Simon Oates ...
Joshua Yellowlees
Patricia Hayes ...
Mrs. Jones
Ben Keller
Dr. Henry Shore
Frank Barry ...
Burke as a child
Richard Carpenter ...
Leonard Cracknell ...
André Maranne ...
Frank Forsyth ...
Robot Operator


Residents of a radio telescope laboratory are kidknapped when they answer a mysterious signal from outer space. They are taken to a satelite inhabited only by robots, where they are presented with a series of intelligence tests. Since this is a mystery as well as a sci-fi movie I will only say that the rest of the plot deals with theyre attempt to find out why they've been kidknapped, and how they will get back to earth. Written by <willy@mercury.interpath.com>

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The virgin sacrifices to the gods of a ghastly galaxy!




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February 1967 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Rapto espacial  »

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1.66 : 1
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Don't be misled by the "Amicus" brand - this film is not what it seems
26 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

At first one is confronted by the "Poe's Law" dilemma: Is this a really bad film or is it a really good parody of a bad film?

The answer is neither - this is not a bad science fiction movie, it is a really good adventure for young children. Suddenly the simplistic dialog, comic relief and low budget make sense. This film is contemporary with the second incarnation of Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton) and has many similarities with children's TV programmes of that era. The dialog and scientific explanations have that restricted vocabulary and easy to understand structure one associates with Blue Peter, Rainbow etc. Elizabeth Lutyens' cut down wind and percussion score is reminiscent of the Clangers, Noggin the Nog etc. The characters are one dimensional stereotypes: the mean boss, the handsome hero. his loyal workmate, cockney cleaning lady and fussy accountant. There is also the attractive female but there is no sex or even mild love interest here - that's strictly for grown ups - who are not the target audience for this film.

The special effects are awful and the story is silly. The dialogue sometimes sounds like it was written for radio (when Sandy disappears before their very eyes constantly asking "where is she?" seems a bit pointless). My favourite bit - which even 1960's kids would roll their eyes at - is where the hero has to drop his pencil to demonstrate that despite being in space they still have gravity - as though that wouldn't otherwise be apparent.

So, not a parody, not a bad "B" movie, not a contender for MST3K, just a good space adventure for 9 year olds.

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