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Killers from Space (1954)

Passed | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 23 January 1954 (USA)
An atomic scientist claims he was abducted by aliens after being injured in a plane crash.

Director:

W. Lee Wilder

Writers:

William Raynor (screenplay) (as Bill Raynor), Myles Wilder (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Graves ... Dr. Doug Paul Martin
James Seay ... Col. Banks
Steve Pendleton ... Briggs
Frank Gerstle ... Dr. Curt Kruger (as Frank Gerstel)
John Frederick ... Deneb / The Tala (as John Merrick)
Barbara Bestar ... Ellen Martin
Shepard Menken Shepard Menken ... Maj. Clift (as Shep Menken)
Jack Daly Jack Daly ... Power House Guard
Ron Gans Ron Gans ... Sgt. Powers - Sentry (as Ron Kennedy)
Ben Welden ... Pilot - Tar Baby 2
Burt Wenland Burt Wenland ... Sgt. Bandero
Lester Dorr ... Station Attendant
Robert Roark ... Guard
Ruth Bennett Ruth Bennett ... Miss Vincent - Secretary
Mark Scott Mark Scott ... Narrator (voice)
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Atomic scientist/pilot Doug Martin is missing after his plane crashes on an reconnaissance mission after a nuclear test. Miraculously appearing unhurt at the base later, he is given sodium amethol, but authorities are skeptical of his story that he was captured by aliens determined to conquer the Earth with giant monsters and insects. Martin vows to use existing technology to destroy them. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Trivia

At one point in the Major's office, there is a portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was President at that time. See more »

Goofs

When Briggs is on the phone with Banks there is a chair in front of the flag but in the next scene when Mrs. Martin is sitting on the couch there is a stand with a vase of flowers in front of the flag. See more »

Quotes

Deneb Tala: You are a clever man, Doctor. Perhaps too clever.
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Crazy Credits

Opening title rises up from the mushroom cloud towards the camera. See more »

Alternate Versions

The print of the film used on the Triton Multimedia/Slingshot Video DVD release includes several green tinted inserts and effects shots, most notably when our hero is first zapped by the aliens and later during the underground scenes. See more »

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Formative Era of UFO mythology.
23 April 2010 | by flapdoodle64See all my reviews

This film is wonderfully cheap, awkward, and earnest. The director has a few successful scenes where a creepy mood is achieved, and there is a kind of plausibility throughout if one is able to accept the concept of an entire universe contained on studio back lots with virtually no money. I don't know why, but the scifi and horror films of this cheap, primitive, paranoid era were more fun than those made nowadays.

Besides its innate aesthetic value, this film is notable for an early featured role for the great Peter Graves, who died about a month prior to me writing this review. Mr. Graves' performance here is certainly not Oscar-worthy, but if one imagines the circumstances under which this film was undoubtedly made, he acquits himself well.

Another noteworthy thing: this film features a storyline in which alien space travelers abduct a USAF pilot and perform mysterious and creepy surgery on him, leaving him with a strange scar and the gap in his memory that ufologists call 'missing time.' Missing time and secret alien medical procedures have become a cliché of modern UFO mythology, but this is the earliest film I have seen to feature these concepts.

The aliens are bug-eyed creatures who dress in outfits of uncanny similarity to the costume worn by 1930's newspaper comic strip hero 'The Phantom.' Their base of operations is a typical low-budget movie cave of the type favored by the villains in Republic chapter-plays, and their equipment looks mostly like various disemboweled floor-model radios and old DuMont TV sets. Despite the limitations, the scenes containing these elements are the most effective in the film.

Lovers of old-school, low-budget scifi and horror will likely enjoy this film, although perhaps not to the degree I did. Nonetheless, it is certainly worth a look if are the right type of aficionado.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinos del espacio See more »

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Planet Filmplays See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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