An alien intelligence aborts the launching of a rocket with the help of a bunch of children.


Jack Arnold


Tom Filer (story), Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Ray ... Bud Brewster
Adam Williams ... Dave Brewster
Peggy Webber ... Anne Brewster
Johnny Washbrook Johnny Washbrook ... Tim Gamble
Jackie Coogan ... Hank Johnson
Richard Shannon ... Lieutenant Colonel Alan Manley
Raymond Bailey ... Dr. Wahrman
Sandy Descher ... Eadie Johnson
Larry Pennell ... Major Thomas
Peter Baldwin ... Security Officer James
Ty Hardin ... Sentry (as Ty Hungerford)
Russell Johnson ... Joe Gamble (as Russell D. Johnson)
David Bair David Bair ... Saul Wahrman
Johnny Crawford ... Ken Brewster
Eilene Janssen ... Phyllis Manley


A glowing brain-like creature arrives on a beach near a rocket test site via a teleportation beam. The alien communicates telepathically with the children of scientists. The kids start doing the alien's bidding as the adults try to find out what's happening to their unruly offspring. Written by Scott Blacksher

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Slowly...and with horror the parents realized THEIR CHILDREN WERE THE SLAVES OF 'THE THING' FROM OUTER SPACE!




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The alien brain was created by special effects artist Ivyl Burks and used $3,300 of neon lights to create the glowing effect. See more »


Whenever the 'lightning' effect occurs as the holy blob uses his power, the shadows of both objects and people show up on the 'sky' and background elements revealing them to be back-drops in a studio. See more »


Bud Brewster: We found something that fell out of the sky this afternoon. We know where it is.
Anne Brewster: The sky?
Ken Brewster: Bud's telling the truth. I saw it too. It fell out of the sky. Well, you've got to believe him!
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B science fiction with a message!
17 January 2006 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

The children of some US rocket scientists come under the spell of a strange alien being that seems to want them to sabotage the nations defense!

Another B thriller from director Jack Arnold (who directed the classic Creature from the Black Lagoon in 1954), this one is a bit more intelligent than the average drive-in sci-fi fodder. The Space Children is actually an anti-war film kind of in the tradition of The Twilight Zone, the story does indeed resemble a story that one would see on the classic TV series. Arnold lends some steady direction, creating an occasionally eerie atmosphere (who could ever forget that spooky final image of an ill-fated Russell Johnson?) and a decent alien creation. Kudos go to a chilling music score.

The cast isn't half bad, the youths of the film being especially good.

A worth-wild watch for those who like the films of this era.

** 1/2 out of ****

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Release Date:

June 1958 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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