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INSOMNIA
(1963) see Insomnie

INSOMNIE (1963) Colour with BW sequences. France. Aka: INSOMNIA.
Credits: Dir: Pierre Etaix.
Cast: Pierre Etaix.
A man reading a gothic vampire story discovers that his sleeping wife is one of the undead.
An effective short film notable for having no dialogue. The black and white sequences are of the book's text.

INVADERS FROM MARS (1953/Edward Alpherson/British Lion/TC.Fox) 82mins. 3-D. Released Mar. 14th '55.
Credits: Dir: William Cameron Menzies; Prod: Edward L. Alperson; A.Prod: Edward Alperson Jnr.; Sc: Richard Blake, Willam Cameron Menzies & John Tucker Battle; Ph: John Seitz; Ed: Arthur Roberts; Art: Boris Leven; Des: William Cameron Menzies; Mu: Gene Hibbs; Sfx: Jack Cosgrove; Mu.Fx: Anatole Robbins; Sound: Earle Crane Snr.; Mus: Raoul Kraushaar.
Cast: Jimmy Hunt, Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Leif Erickson, Hillary Brooke, Morris Ankrum, Max Wagner, Bill Phipps, Milburn Stone, Janine Perreau, Bert Freed, Luce Potter (as the alien leader in close up), Lock Martin, Max Palmer, Walter Sands (as drones).
"From outer space - came hordes of green monsters!"
Young David MacLean, (Hunt), witnesses a flying saucer land behind his house. His parents believe he has been dreaming, but when his father George, (Erickson), returns from a walk he is a changed man, lacking any emotion. The aliens in the spaceship, that is now underground, are slowly taking over the population by placing strange crystal devices in the back of their necks. Eventually even the police chief is effected and only a handful of survivors including David manage to convince the army to help. They lead the military to the underground craft where the alien drones engage in battle. Once defeated all those effected are freed and the spaceship explodes while taking off.
A visually imaginative allegory about the generation gap and the frightening result of discovering that our parents are not who we think they are. Although dated in parts this remains a classic of science fiction cinema.
Two endings exist. The original discounts the whole adventure as a dream when David awakes, only to look out of the bedroom window to see a spaceship landing behind the house. The other ending in the longer British version is set in a laboratory.
Remade in 1986.

INVADERS FROM SPACE (1959) see Yusei Oji

INVADERS FROM SPACE (1964) see Attack From Space

THE INVASION (1964) Italy.
Credits: Dir: Frank Lloyd.
Cast: Pier Paolo Cappani.
In the future the Earth is invaded by aliens.

INVASION (1966/Merton Park Prod.) 82mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir: Alan Bridges; Prod: Jack Greenwood; Sc: Roger Marshall; Ph: James Wilson; Ed: Derek Holding; Art: Scott MacGreggor; Sfx: Ronnie Whitehouse, Jack Kine & Stan Shields; Mus: Bernard Ebbinghouse. From a story by Robert Holmes.
Cast: Edward Judd, Yoko Tani, Valerie Gearon, Lyndon Brook, Eric Young, Tsai Chin, Barrie Inghamm, Anthony Sharp, Glyn Houston, Ann Castle, John Tate, Jean Lodge, Ann Martin, Tony Wall, Peter Thomas, Cali Raia, Mark Kingston, Emrys Leyshon, Leonard Cracknell.
An escaped alien convict from the planet Lysteria lands on Earth where he is taken to hospital after he is hit by a car. However, two female aliens close in on the hospital to get him back to their ship, putting a force field around the hospital that raises the tempreature in an attempt to convince the doctors to hand their charge over to them.
This science fiction romp is too talky and shows its cheapness by casting oriental actors as the aliens. The film is only slightly redeemed by the good performances.

LA INVASION DE LOS VAMPIROS (1962/Sono Films/Tele Talca) BW. Mexico.
Aka: INVASION OF THE VAMPIRES.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Miguel Morayata; Prod: Rafael Grovas.
Cast: Rafael Del Rio, Berta Moss, Carlos Agosti, Erna Martha Bauman, Tito Junco, Fernando Soto (Mantequilla).
In the sixteenth century Frankenhausen's vampire victims rise from their graves at his bidding, but when he is staked to death by the hero while in his bat-like form and pinned to the ground like a mounted butterfly, all the dead, with stakes still in their chests attack the village. Dr. Albaran, (Rio), traces the strange deaths to Frankenhausen, (Agosti), and his daughter Brunilda, (Bauman), and develops a special distillation of garlic to stop the vampiric horde.
This cheap and confusing film was imported to the US. by producer K. Gordon Murray.
Sequel: El Vampiro Sangriento (1962).

INVASION EARTH-2150 AD. (1966) see Daleks-Invasion Earth 2150 AD.

INVASION OF MARS (1959) see The Angry Red Planet

INVASION OF PLANET X (1965) see Kaiju Daisenso

INVASION OF THE ANIMAL PEOPLE (1959) see Rymdinvasion I Lappland

INVASION OF THE ASTRO MONSTERS (1965) see Kaiju Daisenso

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956/Allied Artists/Wanger) 80mins. BW.
Aka: SLEEP NO MORE; THEY CAME FROM ANOTHER WORLD.
Credits: Dir: Don Siegel; Prod: Walter Wanger; Sc: Daniel Mainwaring & Sam Peckinpah; Ph: Ellsworth Fredericks; Ed: Robert S. Eisen; Des: Edward Haworth; Sfx: Milt Rice; Mu: Emile LaVigne; Sound: Ralph Butler; Mus: Carmen Dragon. From the "Colliers" magazine serial "The Body Snatchers" by Jack Finney.
Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan, Whit Bissell, Carolyn Jones, Bobby Clark, Jean Willes, Everett Glass, Ralph Dumke, Dabbs Greer, Virginia Christine, Pat O'Malley, Tom Fadden, Guy Rennie, Richard Deacon, Kenneth Patterson, Marie Selland, Guy Way, Sam Peckinpah, Eileen Stevens, Harry J. Vejar.
" The world as they knew it was slipping away from them. Time was running out for the human race. And there was nothing to hold on to--except each other!"
Dr. Miles Bennell, (McCarthy), recieves a call from his friend Jack Velichec, (Donovan), who claims he has found a body in his cellar that is the perfect replica of himself. It soon becomes apparent that it is all the cause of an alien invasion of strange pods, which form replicas of people nearby while they are sleeping, killing the real body. Most of the inhabitants of Santa Mira are replaced except Dr. Bennell and Becky Driscoll, (Wynter), but Becky eventually falls asleep and also becomes duplicated. Dr. Bennell runs onto the nearest interstate highway trying to warn everyone, but they think he is mad until he is taken to a police station where he warns them of the truck loads of pods that are leaving his town for the rest of the country. The police are sceptical at first, but they receive a report of an overturned truck full of strange pods.
Despite the heavy political metaphor aimed at the McCarthy communist witch hunts going on at the time in America, this still remains a timeless classic science fiction film.
Re-released in 1979 at 76mins. minus a prologue and epilogue featuring Whit Bissell and Richard Deacon originally imposed on the production by the studio.
Remade in 1978.

INVASION OF THE BODYSTEALERS (1969) see The Body Stealers

INVASION OF THE FLYING SAUCERS (1956) see Earth Versus the Flying Saucers

INVASION OF THE GARGON (1958) see Teenagers From Outer Space

INVASION OF THE HELL CREATURES (1957) see Invasion of the Saucer Men

INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN (1961) see Uchu Kaisoku-Sen

INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN (1957/Malibu Prod.) 69mins. BW.
Aka: INVASION OF THE HELL CREATURES (UK); THE HELL CREATURES.
Credits: Dir: Edward L. Cahn; Prod: James H. Nicholson & Robert Gurney Jr.; Ex.Prod: Samuel Z. Arkoff; Sc: Robert Gurney Jr. & Al Martin; Ph: Fred West; Ed: Charles Gross Jr.; Art: Don Ament; Sfx: Howard A. Anderson & Alex Weldon; Technical Fx: Paul Blaisdell. From the story "The Cosmic Frame" by Paul Fairman.
Cast: Steve Terrell, Gloria Castillo, Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton, Lyn Osborn, Russ Bender, Douglas Henderson, Sam Buffington, Jason Johnson, Don Shelton, Scott Peters, Jan Englund, Kelly Thordsen, Bob Einer, Patti Lawler, Paul Blaisdell, Angelo Rossitto.
In a small American town there is an increase in the number of teenagers arrested for drunk driving. At the police station all the teens are telling a similar story about aliens with hypodermic needles for hands that are injecting them with alcohol. Eventually their story is believed and the army try to take charge. One man, (Gorshin), dies of alcohol poisoning and a bug eyed alien is run over by a car, but it's hand still manages to live to menace the populace. When the teenagers discover that bright lights cause the creatures to vapourise they gather all their hot-rod cars to melt the aliens under the glare of their headlights.
Necking teenagers, bug-eyed monsters and hopeless gags. This could be a recipe for a good comedy if the film wasn't so boring and ineptly handled. All the monsters are played by midgits in masks.
Remade as the equally bad The Eye Creatures in 1965.

INVASION OF THE STAR CREATURES (1962/Alta Vista) 85mins.
Credits: Dir: Bruno Ve Sota; Prod: Berj Hagopian; Sc: Johnathan Haze; Ph: Basil Bradbury; Ed: Lew Guinn; Art: Mike McCloskey; Mu: Joseph Kinder. From the story "Monsters From Nicholson Mesa" by Johnathan Haze.
Cast: Bob Ball, Gloria Victor, Frankie Ray, Dolores Reed, Mark Ferris, Jim Alamanzer, Sid Kane, Anton Arnold, Richard Adams, Anton Von Stralen, Joseph Martin, Lenore Bond, Slick Slavin.
"This is a true story. Only the facts have been completely distorted."
"Wow, this is the first time a salad's ever tossed me!" - captured G.I.
Hairy carrot-like creatures capture two inept G.I.'s, (Ray & Ball), to bring to their large breasted Amazonian mistresses from outer space. The two women are preparing the way for an invasion of the Earth by their race to leave their overcrowded planet. The alien women plan to take the two soldiers with them, but the G.I.'s escape to warn their colonel who attack the carrot creatures. The women defect as they have fallen in love with the G.I.'s, while their servant creatures blast off in the spaceship.
The two annoying comic leads provide only juvenille slaptick humour in a terribly cheap and daft attempt at science fiction comedy.

INVASION OF THE VAMPIRES (1962) see La Invasion de los Vampiros

INVASION OF THE ZOMBIES (1961) see Santo en el Hotel de la Muerte

INVASION OF THE ZOMBIES (1963) see The Horror of Party Beach

INVASION SINESTRA (1968/Columbia/Azteca) 90mins. Mexico/US. Released 1971.
Aka: THE INCREDIBLE INVASION; ALIEN TERROR; SINISTER INVASION.
Credits: Dir: Jack Hill (Juan Ibanez); Prod: Luis Enrique Vergara; Sc: Karl Schanzer & Louis Enrique Vergara.
Cast: Boris Karloff, Christa Linder, Maura Monti, Enrique Guzman, Yerye Beirute, Tere Valez, Mariela Flor‚s, Rosangela Balbo, Sergio Kleiner, Griseld Mejia, Tito Novarro.
A nineteenth century inventor, (Karloff), has developed a machine that is capable of destroying the world with radioactive forces, but it can only operate within the human body harnessing the subject's willpower. Aliens land and take on the human form of a serial killer to infiltrate the inventor's home to try and stop the use of the machine, but when they attack his daughter the inventor uses his device and his mind to zap the invaders.
An embarrassing mess, and Karloff's last film; one of four films he made for which his performances were shot entirely at a Los Angeles film studio. Karloff's movements are slow and hindered, evidence of his prolonged illness during shooting. The film was re-released in 1986.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE INVISIBLE AVENGER
(1958/Republic)
Credits: Dir: James Wong Howe & John Sledge. From the radio series "The Shadow".
Cast: Richard Derr, Marc Daniels, Helen Westcott, Dan Mullin, Jeanne Neher.
"The Shadow" uses his power to "cloud men's minds" and a hypnotic cloak of invisibility to thwart a political assassin.
A seldom seen action fantasy based on the popular American radio series.

THE INVISIBLE BOY (1957/Pan Prod.) 89mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Herman Hoffman; Prod: Nicholas Nayfack; Sc: Cyril Hume; Ph: Harold Wellman; Ed: John D. Faure; Art: Merrill Pye; Sfx: Jack Rabin, Irving Block & Louis DeWitt; Mus: Les Baxter. From a story by Edmund Cooper.
Cast: Richaed Eyer, Philip Abbott, Diane Brewster, Harold J. Stone, Robert H. Harris, Dennis McCarthy, Alexander Lockwood, John O'Malley. Voice of Marvin Miller as Robbie the Robot.
The ten year old son of a scientist, (Eyer), at the Stoneman Institute of Mathmatics uses his father's latest invention, a super computer, to reassemble an old robot who can make the boy invisible. When the robot is plugged into the computer it becomes it's slave and prepares the way for the evil machine to conquer the world. An explosive device has been built into the computer to prevent it from being moved, but it uses the robot to kidnap the young boy and demands it be given the code to disable the device. The robot finds it is unable to harm the boy who escapes in a glider, only to be hypnotised by the computer. Robbie the Robot arrives and destroys the diabolical machine once and for all.
An appealing film inspired by MGM's desire to gleen more mileage from the popular robot that featured in the successful Forbidden Planet.

THE INVISIBLE CREATURE (1959/Eternal) 70 mins. BW. UK.
Aka: THE HOUSE ON MARSH ROAD.
Credits: Dir: Montgomery Tully; Prod. & Sc: Maurice J. Wilson; Ph: James Harvey. From a story by Laurence Meynell.
Cast: Tony Wright, Patricia Dainton, Sandra Dorne, Derek Aylward, Sam Kydd, Llewellyn Rees, Anita Sharp Bolster, Roddy Hughes, Geoffrey Denton, Olive Sloane.
At an eerie mansion, a poltergeist protects a woman from her murderous husband, (Wright), and his mistress, (Dorne). The house mysteriously ctaches fire and kills the adulterers.
A mild supernatural thriller.

THE INVISIBLE DEAD (1970) see Orloff y el Hombre Invisible

THE INVISIBLE DOCTOR MABUSE (1962)
see Die Unsichtbaren Krallen des Dr. Mabuse

THE INVISIBLE HORROR (1962) see Die Unsichtbaren Krallen des Dr. Mabuse

INVISIBLE INVADERS (1959/Premium/UA.) 67mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Edward L. Cahn; Prod: Robert E. Kent; Sc: Samuel Newman; Mus: Paul Dunlap.
Cast: John Agar, John Carradine, Robert Hutton, Jean Byron, Philip Tonge, Hal Torey.
20,000 year old invisible aliens from our moon invade the Earth when they believe that our scientific achievements will endanger their existence. They possess the body of scientist Dr. Karol Nayman, (Carradine), who tries to explain their situation and the reason for their arrival, but the military become concerned when they possess the bodies of dead people and cause them to wander the countryside. Fire and earthquakes ensue before scientists discover that certain sound waves can kill the invaders. They develop a sound "gun" that causes the aliens to leave the corpses they have taken over and crawl away as visible hazy clouds as they die.
Terrible acting, terrible effects and a low, low budget...all the ingredients for an enjoyable bad movie.
Romero may have found his inspiration for Night of the Living Dead here.

THE INVISIBLE MAN IN ISTANBUL (1956) see Gorunmiyen Adam Istambulda

THE INVISIBLE MONSTER (1950/Republic) BW. Serial. 12 episodes.
Credits: Dir: Fred C. Brannon.
Cast: Richard Webb, Lane Bradford, Stanley Price, John Crawford, Aline Towne, George Meeker, Eddie Parker.
"The Phantom Ruler" is an arch criminal who specialises in alien smuggling. Insurance investigator Lane Carson is hot on his trail.
Later edited to 100 minutes and retitled SLAVES OF THE INVISIBLE MONSTER for feature release.
The director later filmed The Flying Disc Man From Mars.

THE INVISIBLE TERROR (1963) see Der Unsichtbare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IS THIS TRIP REALLY NECESSARY?
(1970/Hollywood Star Pictures)
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Ben Bendit; Sc: Lee Kalcheim.
Cast: John Carradine, Marvin Miller, Peter Duryea, Carol Kane, Barbara Mallory.
An insane doctor, (Carradine), working on an epic sex film, administers LSD. to the actresses and kills them in an iron-maiden kept in his private torture chamber.
A rarely seen and poorly acted film.

LA ISLA DE LA MUERTE (1966/ Orbita-Tefi/ Allied Artists) 88mins. Spain/Germany.
Aka: BLOODSUCKERS; ISLAND OF THE DEAD; MAN-EATER OF HYDRA; ISLAND OF THE DOOMED; DAS GEBHEIMNIS DER TODENINSEL.
Credits: Dir: Mel Welles (Ernst von Theumer); Prod: George Ferrer; Sc: Stephen Schmidt.
Cast: George (Jorges) Martin, Cameron Mitchell, Elisa Montes, Kay (Kai) Fischer, Hermann Nehlson, Ralph (Rolf von) Naukoff, Matilde (Muñoz) Sampedro.
Insane botanist Baron Von Weser, (Mitchell), has created some carniverous plants that feed on the Baron's assorted island guests. The Baron is undone when a man, (Martin), chops into a vampiric tree with an axe.
Mel Welles, who once worked for Corman, was probably inspired by The Little Shop of Horrors in which he starred as Gravis Mushnik, creating what is a poor film, but bad enough to be compelling.

LA ISLA DE LOS DINOSAURIOS (1966) BW.
Aka: DINOSAUR ISLAND; ISLAND OF THE DINOSAURS.
Credits: Dir: Rafael Lopez Portillo; Sc: Alfredo Salazar.
Cast: Armando Silvestre, Alma Delia Fuentes, Elsa Cardenas.
Explorers travel to a lost world which is inhabited by dinosaurs and cavemen.
Features scenes from the film One Million B.C. (1940).

LA ISLA DE LOS MUERTOS (1968/Proveedora Filmica Azteca/Columbia) 90mins. Mexico/US.
Aka: THE SNAKE PEOPLE; LA MUERTE VIVIENT; CULT OF THE DEAD; ISLAND OF THE SNAKE PEOPLE; ISLE OF THE SNAKE PEOPLE .
Credits: Dir: John Ibañez & Jack Hill; Prod: Luís Enrique Vergara & Juan Ibañez; Sc: Juan Ibanez & Jack Hill; Ph: Raul Dominguez & Austin McKinney; Ed: John Mungea & J. Gamma; Art: Ray Markham; Sfx: James Tanenbaum; Mus: Enrico C. Cabiati (Henry Caviatti) & Alicia Urreta.
Cast: Boris Karloff, Julissa Charles (Carlos) East, Ralph Bertram (Raphael Bertrand), Tongolele (Yolanda Montes), Santanon, Quintin Bulnes, Martinique, Rafael Munoz, Quintin Bulnes, July Marichael (Judy Carmichael), Yolanda Duhalt.
Landowner Karl Van Molder's, (Karloff), daughter is kidnapped by a strange snake cult on Coaibai island where a mad scientist oversees the cannibalistic voodoo rituals that bring forth an army of zombies. A police captain investigates.
Another one of the four cheap Mexican films that starred Karloff shortly before he died. Not released until 1971.

ISLAND OF LIVING HORROR (1968) see Brides of Blood

ISLAND OF LOST WOMEN (1959/Jaguar/Warner) 71mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Frank W. Tuttle; Prod: Albert J. Cohen; Ex.Prod: Alan Ladd; Sc: Ray Buffum.
Cast: Jeff Richards, Venetia Stevenson, Alan Napier, Gavin Muir, Diane Jergens, George Brand, John Smith, June Blair.
A scientist relocates from what he believes to be an evil world to an isolated island with his three daughters. They live alone until a plane crashlands on their island. Armed with a death ray, the scientist tries to eliminate the unwanted guests.
A cheap and needlessly wordy, pulp adventure tale.

ISLAND OF TERROR (1966/Protelco Prod./Planet) 89mins.
Aka: CREEPERS; NIGHT OF THE SILICATES; THE SILICATES.
Credits: Dir: Terence Fisher; Prod: Gerry Fernback; Ex.Prod: Richard Gordon; Co-Prod: Tom Blakeley; Sc: Edward Andrew Mann & Alan Ramsen; Ph: Reg Wyer; Sfx: John St.-John Earl; Mus: Malcolm Lockyer.
Cast: Peter Cushing, Edward Judd, Carole Gray, Eddie Byrnes, Sam Kydd, Nial MacGinnis, James Caffrey, Liam Gaffney, Roger Heathcote, Peter Forbes Robertson, Shay Gorman.
A dead body discovered on the remote Irish island of Petrie, mysteriously contains no bones. The local physican, Dr. Landers, (Byrnes), travels to London to confer with Dr. Brian Stanley, (Cushing), an eminent professor, and together they try to discover the cause, but find themselves confronting strange, multiplying crustacean creatures. A scientist has accidentally created the monsters while searching for a cure for cancer, and these calcium feeding creatures and will soon take over the island. Stanley's hand is chopped off by an axe when one of the creature's tentacles wrap around it, while the rest of the islanders flee for safety. In a desperate attempt for survival, Landers and Stanley kill the mutated blobs by injecting Strontium-90 into cattle before the creatures feed on them.
A formula monster film that is poorly developed and amounts to very little.

ISLAND OF THE BURNING DAMNED (1967) see Night of the Big Heat

ISLAND OF THE BURNING DOOMED (1967) see Night of the Big Heat

ISLAND OF THE DEAD (1966) see La Isla de la Muerte

ISLAND OF THE DINOSAURS (1966) see La Isla de los Dinosaurios

ISLAND OF THE DOOMED (1966) see La Isla de la Muerte

ISLAND OF THE LOST (1967) 91mins. TVM.
Credits: Dir: Richard Carlson & John Florea; Prod: Ivan Tors; Sc: Ivan Tors & Richard Carlson; Underwater Ph: Ricou Browning.
Cast: Richard Greene, Luke Halpin, Mark Hulswit, Jose De Vega, Robin Mattson, Irene Tsu.
An anthropologist, (Greene), and his family become shipwrecked on a strange island where they encounter prehistoric tigers and gill sharks. They also meet a young native boy who has been left to fend for himself as a test of manhood by his tribe.
Family viewing that develops into very little.

ISLAND OF THE SNAKE PEOPLE (1968) see La Isla de los Muertos

ISLE OF THE SNAKE PEOPLE (1968) see La Isla de los Muertos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IT!
(1966/Goldstar/Seven Arts) 97mins. UK.
Aka: Curse of the Golem; Anger of the Golem.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: Herbert J. Leder; Ex.Prod: Robert Goldstein; Ph: David Bolton; Ed: Tom Simpson; Art: Scott MacGregor; Mus: Carlo Martelli.
Cast: Roddy McDowell, Allan Sellers, Jill Haworth, Paul Maxwell, Ian McCulloch, Ernest Clarke, Abel Trevarthen, Aubrey Richards, Oliver Johnson.
After a museum fire the strange curator, Mr. Primm, (McDowell), who also happens to keep his dead mother at home, discovers a way to bring a medieval statue to life to do his bidding. It's first victim is the new museum chief who had planned to dismiss the curator, and as Primm's insanity grows acute, the statue wreaks havoc in London, destroying Hammersmith bridge in the process. The army tries to destroy the creature with a small nuclear device, but kill Primm instead. The unharmed statue walks his way into the Thames and towards the sea.
A competent remake of the Golem legend.

IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955/Clover/Katzman/Columbia) 77mins. BW.
Sequel to: The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms.
Credits: Dir: Robert Gordon; Prod: Charles H. Schneer; Ex.Prod: Sam Katzman; Sc: George Worthing Yates & Hal Smith; Ph: Henry Freulich; Ed: Jerome Thomas; Art: Paul Palmentola; Sfx: Ray Harryhausen & Jack Erickson; Mus: Mischa Bakaleinkoff.
Cast: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis, Ian Keith, Rudy Puteska, Ed Fisher, Dean Maddox Jnr., Jack Littlefield, Harry Lauter, Capt. R. Peterson, Lt. C. Griffiths USN., Del Courtney, Jules Irving, Ray Storey, Tol Avery.
A giant octopus is awakened by the effects of an atomic blast, and rises from the depths of the Mindanao trench in the South Pacific. As the creature is radioactive, all its natural food source keeps its distance, so the monster heads for San Francisco to nourish itself on humans. The creature climbs the Golden Gate bridge, only to be slain by a torpedo to the brain.
A talky, minor B-movie in which the defective monster outshines the cast.
An early project for stop motion effects genius Ray Harryhausen, but due to the insufficient budget the octopus had only six tentacles.

IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953/Universal) 80mins. BW. 3-D.
Credits: Dir: Jack Arnold; Prod: William Alland; Sc: Harry Essex; Ph: Clifford Stine; Ed: Paul Weatherwax; Art: Bernard Herzbrun & Robert Boyle; Sets: Russell A. Gausman & Ruby R. Levitt; Ph.Fx: David S. Horsley; Sound: Leslie I. Carey & Glenn E. Anderson; Mus: Joseph Gershenson & Herman Stein. From "The Meteor" by Ray Bradbury.
Cast: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Joseph Sawyer, Russell Johnson, Kathleen Hughes, Alan Dexter, David Willock, George Eldridge, Warren MacGregor, Brad Jackson, George Selk, Edgar Dearing, Morey Amsterdam.
A spaceship lands in the Arizona desert, but the aliens are not here to conquer the Earth, only to stop and make repairs to the ship before continuing their journey. Investigator John Putnam, (Carlson), has to stop a crowd of people destroying the craft out of fear and panic, because the aliens have had to take over some humans in order to expedite their repairs. The aliens threaten to kill their human slaves if anyone interferes, but Putnam manages to stall the mob while the alien inhabited humans are restored to themselves and the ship can take off.
An impressive and intelligent science-fiction film aided by the good 3-D photography showing many shots from the aliens' point of view through a special bubble lens. The 3-D effects actually tie in to the story and are not present just to thrill.
Arnold utilises desert western locations that became his trademark in other productions. Some prints were tinted sepia for an eerier effect.
For the world premier, rubber rocks were poured onto the audience during an avalanche scene.
Although Bradbury also worked on the script only the opening dialogue remains of his efforts.

IT CONQUERED THE WORLD (1956/Sunset Prod./AIP.) 68mins. BW.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Roger Corman; Sc: Lou Rusoff & Charles Griffith; Ph: Frederick E. West; Sfx. & Monster Des: Paul Blaisdell; Mus: Ronald Stein.
Cast: Peter Graves, Lee Van Cleef, Beverly Garland, Sally Fraser, Charles B. Griffith, Paul Blaisdell, Russ Bender, Dick Miller, Johnathan Haze.
Tom Anderson, (Van Cleef), guides a Venusian to Earth, believing that it will govern man better than man governs himself. However, the Venusian's plan is to enslave man by stinging people with flying Venusian bat-mites in the neck that programme their victims to obey their new master. Tom serves the creature faithfully until his wife is killed, then he takes it upon himself to destroy the menace with a blow torch.
An extremely low budget science fiction thriller. Attempting some sort of credibility, Corman suggested the creature should represent what he thought life would be like on Venus, but when the actors towered over his monster, a tall conical top was added to the design.
Despite it's faults, this film is better than Larry Buchanan's remake Zontar, the Thing From Venus.
Originally double-billed with the She Creature (1956).

IT STALKED THE OCEAN FLOOR (1954) see Monster From the Ocean Floor

IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE (1958/Vogue Pictures/UA.) 68mins. BW.
Originally titled: IT! THE VAMPIRE FROM BEYOND SPACE.
Credits: Dir: Edward L. Cahn; Prod: Robert E. Kent; Sc: Jerome Bixby; Ph: Kenneth Peach Snr.; Ed: Grant Whytock; Art: William Glasgow; Sets: Herman Schoenbran; Sfx. & Monster Des: Paul Blaisdell; Mu: Lane Britton; Sound: Al Overton; Mus: Paul Sawtell & Bert Shefter. Inspired by A.E. Van Vogt's story "The Black Destroyer".
Cast: Marshall Thompson, Shawn Smith, Kim Spalding, Ann Doran, Dabbs Greer, Paul Langton, Robert Bice, Richard Benedict, Richard Harvey, Thom Carney, Ray "Crash" Corrigan.
In 1964, a manned space mission is sent to Mars, but when the rocket ship crashlands a second ship is sent to discover the fate of the first. On Mars, the crew finds Captain Carruthers, (Thompson), the ships only survivor, who they arrest and begin the journey to bring him back to Earth to face a trial for the murder of his crew. However, the real culprit is a blood sucking creature, (Corrigan), that is now in the second ship, preying on the crew. Despite attempts to destroy the monster, the remaining crewmen finally withdraw the oxygen from the ship and suffocate the blood sucker. Two missions to Mars and only six men return, the science advisory committee aptly announce that "another name for Mars...is death!".
An enjoyable and suitable addition to the fifties science fiction genre. This was Corrigan's last film.
Obvious to fans would be the uncanny similarity of this film to the successful ALIEN (1979).

IT! THE VAMPIRE FROM BEYOND SPACE (1958)
see It! the Terror From Beyond Space

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IT'S ALIVE (1968) 80mins.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: Larry Buchanan; Sfx: Jack Bennett. From "The Being" by Richard Matheson.
Cast: Tommy Kirk, Billy Thurman, Shirley Bonne.
A man's pet dinosaur needs feeding, so he traps three men in a cave hoping to use them as monster food.
Thoroughly inept in almost every department, despite attempts to improve the film by using shots of Bonne in a mini-skirt.
The dinosaur also appeared in Buchanan's Creature of Destruction (1967).

IT'S HOT IN PARADISE (1959) see Toter Im Netz

 

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