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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
Geoffrey Wallace ...
Alan Mullane
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 ...
Guard
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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

While Stillwell and Curtis are having their discussion in the jalopy, the blue screen background is reflected on the car making it appear as though the hood is transparent and the countryside is seen through it and Stillwell. 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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The Organian Takeover
28 June 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Any science fiction film that's got Michael Gough playing a character called The Master of the Moon has to be worthy of it being something less than outright awful. At that time in his career Gough was doing almost as many British horror films as Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

They Came From Beyond Space involves a race of aliens who are like the Organians from Star Trek totally incorporeal. But they sure have a lot of problems that the Organians don't seem to have. It's necessitated them taking over some earthly bodies as they come to earth hitchhiking on meteors.

Of course being as smart as the Organians they take over some scientists who operate in the United Kingdom. Except for expatriate American Robert Hutton who because he had a metal plate put in his head is somehow immune from takeover. But he sees all around him acting strangely including scientist girl friend Jennifer Jayne. That prompts him to take action.

For a guy who recently sustained a head injury Hutton certainly gets involved in a lot of fights, anyone of them could have done him in permanently. That is the nature of it for folks with plates in their heads. But that's just a minor point.

They Came From Beyond Space is poorly written, poorly edited, with amateurish special effects and a story that makes some of those Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers serials look believable. On the other hand it has Michael Gough hamming it up as The Master Of The Moon.

Gough might even convince you the Moon is made of green cheese and that's what the Organians eat.


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