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They Came from Beyond Space (1967)

Unrated | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | May 1967 (USA)
Scientists investigating an unusual meteor shower in a rural field are possessed by an alien force bent on an ulterior purpose.

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Jennifer Jayne ...
Lee Mason
Zia Mohyeddin ...
Farge
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Richard Arden
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Master of the Moon
Hedger Wallace ...
Alan Mullane (as Geoffrey Wallace)
Maurice Good ...
Stilwell
Pamela Greer ...
Girl Attendant (as Luanshya Greer)
John Harvey ...
Bill Trethowan
Diana King ...
Mrs. Trethowan
Paul Bacon ...
Dr. Rogers
Christopher Banks ...
Doctor - Street
Dermot Cathie ...
Peterson
Norman Claridge ...
Dr. Frederick Andrews
James Donnelly ...
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Astronomers investigate a mysterious meteorite shower in a rural English farm field, - exceptional because the space rocks all fell in a V formation. Dr. Richard Arden, preeminent in the field of extraterrestrial study, is not permitted to accompany his colleagues, including his girlfriend Lee Mason, because he is still recovering from the effects of a recent motor accident. The scientists are summarily taken over by some alien force, and others in the area are dying from a mysterious "crimson plague," which covers their bodies with drops of blood. Temple seems the only person immune to both maladies, so if he can discover the reason for this immunity, he may yet foil the alien plan to take earthlings back to the moon for their own sinister purposes. Written by duke1029

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These creatures use their powers to possess and then use humans as slaves! See more »

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Released on a double bill with The Terrornauts (1967). Director Freddie Francis claimed that the company had spent all their budget on that film, leaving nothing left for They Came from Beyond Space (1967). See more »

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The main character's reaction shot when he leaves the gas station for the first time (devilish smile from the car, closeup) is re-used later on in the film, when he leaves the gas station for the second time. See more »

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Dr. Curtis Temple: Why that's impossible! No propulsion system on Earth could possibly send a rocket to the Moon and back in 24 hours.
Richard Arden: The system we employ was not created on Earth.
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A "V" precursor, perhaps
28 May 2010 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Throughout the mid 60s and early 70s Amicus Productions churned out a series of wonderful little horror anthologies including my favorite, TALES FROM THE CRYPT.

But, before launching into the more-profitable horror genre, where low-budgets were more easily forgiven, Amicus produced some full-length features, including THEY CAME FROM BEYOND SPACE.

However, the music is overbearing; and, distracting. The acting is good; but, not outstanding. The special effects are okay, some even good. The launch of the moon rocket even looked plausible. And, who dressed these people anyway?

Well, that's the bad; but, the good is the sets are quite striking. The cinematography, as with other Amicus Products, was beautiful. And, I thought the plot moved along nicely.

However, the reason for my comment is the number of films and stories that this movie seems to have inspired (based on the book The Gods Hate Kansas, so not sure if it's the book or this film that's the inspiration).

Some think that Stephen King may have been inspired by this one. My thinking is that perhaps even the new series "V" may have been inspired by this. Especially the creepy comment by the security officer that the work would result in "saving" the planet, or all mankind. And, WHAT do they need all the bodies for -- both V and these moon creatures?!?

Amicus really defined the horror anthology genre for me. But it is good to see they had a fairly decent feature film before launching those. Next up: THE DEADLY BEES!


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