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The dialog was recorded first and then the actors had to rehearse and lip-sync to the prerecorded dialog during the takes. This is the opposite of the normal procedure in which an actor's dialog may be looped during post production.
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The "zap" visual from the ray-gun toys was accomplished by a mirror glued on to the nozzle and pointed at the camera, which was hit by the "deadly" glare.
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The filmmaker was on such a tight budget that the film's ultimate weapon, the "focusing disintegrator", was actually a Hubley's Atomic Disintegrator toy cap gun, bought for a dime, with a flashbulb added as a beam. (In some scenes the words "Hubley's" can clearly be seen embossed on the side of the gun.) Atomic Disintegrators can be bought today on eBay for upwards of $300.
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Unable to afford time on a soundstage to film Betty Morgan's home, director Tom Graeff posed as a UCLA student directing a student project, and so obtained permission from an elderly woman to film for free in her home.
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One skeleton was used for every dead body in the film. A hook/tag on the head and identification markings in permanent marker on the hip can clearly be seen on the skeleton in almost every scene. The skeleton also has curiously bolted limbs.
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The super alien apparatus with the dials was actually an old audio mixing device (from the days of the bulky vacuum tubes).
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Grandpa is missing most of the index finger on his right hand
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The film's producers could not afford to construct a giant lobster, so only its shadow is seen - cast, no doubt, by a normal-sized lobster.
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The entire movie is an extra on the PlayStation 2 video game, Destroy All Humans! (2005). It becomes available once the main story campaign is completed.
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Although Warner Bros. distributed this ultra-low-budget sci-fi film, it was definitely not a Warner Bros. production. The studio needed a genre film to play as the second feature with the Godzilla sequel it was releasing under the title "Gigantis, The Fire Monster" (1959) and bought this from producer Tom Graeff.
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The trim on the aliens' costumes is made from masking tape, and their space boots are men's dress shoes covered by socks.
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Dawn Anderson, who played Betty, was actually a former child actress named Dawn Bender (Anderson was her married name). Like most movie teenagers of the period, she was in her early 20s when this film was shot.
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Director, writer, and co-star Tom Graeff made Teenagers from Outer Space as a vehicle for his boyfriend Charles Robert Kaltenthaler, who starred in the film as Derek. Kaltenthaler was credited as David Love in the film. It would be the young actor's second and final film.
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The film was originally titled "The Ray Gun Terror" in the UK before being released theatrically as "The Gargon Terror".
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For many years, actor David Love was thought to be writer/producer/director Tom Graeff. Graeff does appear in the film, playing Joe under the name Tom Lockyear. David Love was actually named Charles Robert Kaltenthaler.
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The night watchman at Station 86 is reading a book titled "The Flying Saucers are Real" by Donald E. Keyhoe.
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The stock music score used for this movie would later be re-mixed and featured in George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968).
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The movie's budget was so low the production couldn't afford lighting and all of the "night" scenes had to be shot in broad daylight.
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Final film of Dawn Bender. She would leave show business to become a schoolteacher. She has since retired.
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The canyon cave where the Gargon hides has been featured in a number of Roger Corman B movies; appropriately enough it almost always housed a monster.
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Film debut of King Moody.
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Along with Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) and Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), Teenagers from Outer Space is regarded as one of the great Z grade sci-fi films of the 1950s.
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This film was included as a bonus feature on the 2005 video game 'Destroy All Humans!'
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The aliens and few humans use contractions when speaking.
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In the film's finale when the invading spaceships are suppose to be crashing to earth, the budget couldn't produce a believable special effect for this so stock footage of an erupting volcano was used.
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