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Bavaria in the late fifties. Someday the life of Maria, a young girl, changes all of a sudden when she finds the body of a woman. The scientist Dr. Robert Hoelzlein and the American Captain... See full summary »

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Judith Gorgass ...
Maria
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Dr. Robert Hölzlein
Siegfried Foster ...
Captain John Welles
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Private Jimmy Anderson
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Prof. Josef Stock
Guido Böhm ...
Private Ben Ochmoinek
Michael Preiss ...
Josef Brandner
Günther Brenner ...
Gendarm Franz Stadler
Edward Froschauer ...
Pfarrer Weilmann
Klaus Tissler ...
General Cooper
Manuela Bauer ...
Theresa
Fabienne Dussaussois ...
Franziska
Kristin Anaid ...
Rosa (Petra)
Kami Esfahani ...
Sergeant Williams
Peter Dubiel ...
Alois / Erzähler
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Bavaria in the late fifties. Someday the life of Maria, a young girl, changes all of a sudden when she finds the body of a woman. The scientist Dr. Robert Hoelzlein and the American Captain John Welles, deployed in Bavaria, are commissioned to solve the apparently obvious murder case. But trouble seems inevitable, as both are interested in beautiful Maria. From now on horrible discoveries of dead women increase in the neighborhood as well as mysterious sightings of unidentified flying objects spread fear and mistrust among the villagers. While inspecting a crop circle the Captain finds a dead alien and during an autopsy the scientist comes to a terrifying conclusion. Too late he discovers the connection between the corpses and the UFOs. Before he can alert the population the undead aliens rise from their tombs underneath the crop circles to extinguish humanity. Will Robert and John overcome their rivalry and finally kick some alien-zombie ass? Written by Anonymous

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Lousy amateur nonsense or brilliant homage to 50's Sci-Fi/Horror?
13 November 2013 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

The inquiry raised in my review's subject line is actually a sincere one, since I honestly don't know the answer myself… "Zombies from Outer Space" is more than obviously a zero-budgeted fan-boy accomplishment, with friends and neighbors recruited as lead stars and random furniture and tableware used as set pieces, but I can't ignore the impression that writer/director Martin Faltermeier very much knew what he was doing and deliberately kept everything extra incompetent. I've seen more than enough B-movie tributes that are just supposed to look cheap and inept, but in fact really are cheap and inept! Movies where the cast & crew simply can't do any better. "Frog-g-g", "There's Nothing Out There" and "Sharp Teeth" come to mind, and to a minor extent even "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra". "Zombies from Outer Space" is different… It's too good at being bad, if that makes any sense. The film has a pretty nifty story to boot! Evil aliens are burying their dead in crop circles on earthly soil, but they emerge again and feed on the townsfolk of a small Bavarian community. The aliens look for new territory, as their own planet is getting overpopulated, but their immune system can't function very long in our atmosphere. Luckily, for them at least, they are about to fix this issue with the help of a sinister scientist. Salvation lies within the hands of the scientist's nerdy assistant and a US army captain, but they are too busy conquering the heart of a local farmer's daughter named Maria. One glimpse at the film's poster (sadly not yet illustrated here on the website) is enough to know that "Zombies from Outer Space" is a silly but enthusiast and charming flick that efficiently covers all our beloved themes of 50's Sci-Fi, including the menace of a superior extraterrestrial race, mass hysteria, crazed scientists and love-rivalries between the heroes. The alien zombie invaders look exquisite and exactly like the clichéd prototype prescribes (gigantic skulls with large lifeless eyes) and there are plenty of fun sequences with exaggeratedly fake-looking UFO's. The entire ensemble cast overacts terribly – again, whether or not on purpose – and particularly "American" soldiers are hilarious to listen to, what with their atrocious over-the-top accents. Unfortunately, the film isn't entirely successful. With a running time of 95 minutes "Zombies from Outer Space" is definitely too long and, consequently, features an overload of redundant and horribly dull scenes. Efforts like these certainly do not appeal to a wide range of audiences, so I guess it's doomed to remain in obscurity. Too bad, but I'm sure genuine fans of the genre will somehow track it down.


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