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It Conquered the World (1956)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 15 July 1956 (USA)
A well meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions - but only death and sorrow results.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writer:

Lou Rusoff (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Graves ... Dr. Paul Nelson
Beverly Garland ... Claire Anderson
Lee Van Cleef ... Dr. Tom Anderson
Sally Fraser ... Joan Nelson
Russ Bender ... Brig. Gen. James Pattick
Jonathan Haze ... Pvt. Manuel Ortiz
Dick Miller ... Sgt. Neil
Taggart Casey Taggart Casey ... Sheriff N.J. Shallert
Paul Harbor Paul Harbor ... Floyd Mason
Karen Kadler ... Ellen Peters (as Karyne Kadler)
Charles B. Griffith ... Dr. Pete Shelton (as Charles Griffith)
Marshall Bradford Marshall Bradford ... U.S. Secretary Platt (as Marshal Bradford)
Thomas E. Jackson ... George Haskell (as Tom Jackson)
David McMahon ... Gen. Carpenter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Knight Jim Knight ... Bazooka Soldier
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Storyline

One of several remaining members of its race, an alien from Venus is guided to Earth by disgruntled scientist Tom Anderson, who tells it which humans it should attach mind control devices to. Among them is his old friend, fellow scientist Paul Nelson. Nelson, after killing a flying bat-thing which carries the device, finally persuades the paranoid Anderson that he's been wrong to ally himself with an alien bent on world domination. They hurriedly leave when they discover Tom's wife has picked up a rifle and gone to the alien's cave to try to kill it. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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SEE. THE HIDEOUS "FLYING FINGERS" OF THE MONSTER! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

The little bat-like creatures that the monster uses to control people would later be re-used in Roger Corman's next film, The Undead (1957). See more »

Goofs

The tires squeal on the dirt road at the end of the film. See more »

Quotes

[Dr. Paul Nelson's closing observation about his misguided friend, Dr. Tom Anderson]
Paul Nelson: He learned almost too late that man is a feeling creature... and because of it, the greatest in the universe. He learned too late for himself that men have to find their own way, to make their own mistakes. There can't be any gift of perfection from outside ourselves. And when men seek such perfection... they find only death... fire... loss... disillusionment... the end of everything that's gone forward. Men ...
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Alternate Versions

Australian DVD released by Siren (which features "Creature From The Haunted Sea" on the same disc) is taken from an old print which for some reason omits nearly every shot of the monster, leaving many scenes near the end totally incomprehensible. See more »

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Silly but fun
4 May 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Sci-fi about a creature from Venus coming to Earth. A scientist (Lee van Cleef) gets in touch with it through some machine. He believes the creature wants to bring peace and helps guide it to Earth. Naturally the creature wants to possess and conquer...

Infamous Roger Corman movie which has one of the silliest aliens ever filmed. It's also pretty stupid, dull in spots and laughable. But the acting is actually good (Peter Graves and Beverly Garland especially) and I DO find the alien at the end just...unbelievable. Also it does have two instances of over the top violence (for its time)--a man is set on fire and the thing gets its eye poked out (this is cut from some non-cable prints).

Not good but 100 times better than its remake "Zontar the Thing from Venus". And Garland and Graves ARE good. I give it a 5.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1956 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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