It! The Terror From Beyond Space
Release year: 1958
Director: Edward L. Cahn
Screenwriter: Jerome Bixby
Starring: Marshall Thompson, Shirley Patterson, Kim Spalding, Ann Doran, Dabbs Greer, Paul Langton, Robert Bice, Richard Benedict
After the first manned mission to Mars leaves but one survivor (Thompson) and a rescue team arrives to rescue him shaking at disbelief when he talks about a hostile Martian life form. But on the way back to Earth, the team quickly realize, that what killed the rest of the team is on board their ship with them.
The independently made sci-fi horror It! The Terror From Outer Space was released as a double feature together with Curse of the Faceless Man (1958) and is a quickly filmed movie taking place on a restricted set. Filmed in black and white an with a very limited use of special effects, the movie makes a great deal out of a monster suit and a crew stuck in space with a murderous alien. While the female characters are left with nothing more to do than serve food for the men in the crew and scream at sight of the monster, the male characters actually takes some good shot at the alien, which just seems very hard to kill. The fact that the crew takes choices sensible enough to be credible and a monster damn hard to kill, makes this a tense and interesting watch for any fan of the sci-fi/monster genre.
This movie was a huge inspiration for Dan O’Bannon when he wrote the script for Alien (1979), which is rather evident when you watch the movie with that in mind.
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