A glowing meteor falls into a secluded pond into which Mafia hitmen have dumped the body of one of their victims. Students from the local college use the pond for a swimming hole. Then the ...
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A glowing meteor falls into a secluded pond into which Mafia hitmen have dumped the body of one of their victims. Students from the local college use the pond for a swimming hole. Then the fun begins. Written by
James Barrett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The title alone makes it sound like this movie belongs in the beautiful list of a genuine 1950's Sci-Fi classics, right alongside imaginatively titled stuff like "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers", "War of the Worlds" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still". Many of my fellow reviewers seem to be convinced (and perhaps they are right) that "The Day it Came to Earth" is purely a parody of those legendary milestones, due to the fact this film stars a famous comedian (George Gobel, with whom I'm personally unfamiliar with) and because the script contains so many goofy situations and over-the-top acting performances. Like I said, perhaps they are right, but I still prefer to think that the creators of "The Day it Came to Earth" nevertheless intended to make a bona fide and refreshing Sci-Fi feature in spite of all their budgetary and professional restraints. Thanks to immeasurably successful franchises like "Star Wars" and "Star Trek", the Sci-Fi genre was going through a revival during the late seventies and thus even alien invasion flicks and all possible variants were being unleashed again. The tone and atmosphere of the film are very uneven, to say the least. It starts out quite seriously, with a mafia execution and the subsequent dumping of the body in a remote little lake. Immediately after this, we're treated to cheerful opening sequences showing a collection of college student pictures to the joyous tunes of fifties twist-music! Then, a cheesy meteorite crashes into the little lake and intergalactic radiation causes the mobster's corpse to emerge from the water heavily disfigured, of course. The ghoulish creep promptly seeks bloody revenge against his assassins, but then strangely enough he returns to his final resting place in the lake. He comes out for a stroll every now and then, but he doesn't commit any gruesome murders anymore and only seems interested in collecting all the little pieces of rock that fell of the meteorite. Meanwhile, two goofy college guys went swimming in the lake and took back pieces of the meteorite to school. It's a tremendous shame that the monster doesn't continue its killing spree, which is why the film becomes boring before it is even halfway, and it's certainly not appreciated by horror fanatics. The male characters are all dimwits, including the police officers that nickname the monster GeGaGoo (short for Geophysical Gaseous Goon), but the two lead girls are cute and can act a lot better than their male colleagues. I think another reviewer already referred to the similar but much more superior 80's Sci-Fi/horror gem "Night of the Creeps". I agree they would make an excellent double-feature.
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