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Invasion of the Animal People (1959)

Aliens release a furry critter in the wilds of Lapland where it takes a woman captive and threatens a group of scientists.

Director:

Virgil W. Vogel

Writers:

Arthur C. Pierce (screenplay), Arthur C. Pierce (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Barbara Wilson Barbara Wilson ... Diane Wilson
Sten Gester ... Erik Engström
Robert Burton ... Dr. Frederick Wilson
Bengt Blomgren ... Col. Robert Bottiger
Åke Grönberg ... Dr. Henrik (as Ake Gronberg)
Gösta Prüzelius ... Dr. Walter Ullman (as Gosta Pruzelius)
John Carradine ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

After a herd of reindeer are mysteriously found dead following a meteor crash in a remote part of Sweden, soldiers and a geologist are called out to investigate. Just as they discover that the meteor is actually a spaceship, a hideous monster destroys their plane and kills the soldier guarding it. As the geologist (along with his figure skater girlfriend) are trying to ski to safety, the monster attacks again and kidnaps the helpless woman. What is this creature, and can it be stopped? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Details

Country:

USA | Sweden

Language:

English | Swedish | Saami

Release Date:

19 August 1959 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Invasion of the Animal People See more »

Filming Locations:

Lapland, Sweden See more »

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Budget:

$40,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scientists fly up to Lappland in an SAS Convair 440 Metroliner, "Trygve Viking", then onto the landing site in a Swedish army Noorduyn Norseman. See more »

Goofs

As the creature starts an avalanche upon the cabin, an armoire falls down inside before the avalanche even reaches the cabin. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film exists in three English language versions:
  • (1) "Terror in the Midnight Sun" is the original Swedish version which was shot in English with a running time of 69 minutes.
  • (2) "Invasion of the Animal People" is the title of the original U.S. theater release in which Jerry Warren removed approximately 24 minutes from the 69 minute original version. Scenes of John Carridine and others were shot and added to the remaining footage. The remaining footage was changed around, stock music cues and narration by Carridine were added. This U.S. theatre version ran only 55 minutes.
  • (3)"Invasion of the Animal People" was the title retained for the version distributed to television by Medallion. Some of the cut Swedish footage was restored and Jerry Warren shot additional scenes to pad the running time up to 81 minutes, nearly 12 minutes longer than the original version.
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Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Midnight Sun Lament
Based on an old Swedish melody
Music and Swedish lyrics by Gustaf Unger
English lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Sung by The Golden Gate Quartet
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So bad that it's really fun. Swedish version at least.
6 September 2003 | by marimonSee all my reviews

One thing to know about this movie is that it was made in two different versions. One Swedish and one American. Most of the ones who have commented this film has obviously seen the American edition that was edited and added with extra scenes.

From what I've read here and heard from others, the Swedish version is much better, still a really bad movie though, and it's a shame that only the American version has made it to the video market.From what I know the Swedish version only exists in one, maybe two, 35mm copies in Sweden and they are frozen for conservation.

I've seen it a couple of times and I cant help laughing. We used to show it here in Kiruna every year at our film festival, Arctic Light Film Festival, but had to stop because it was to expensive to thaw the film.


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