It Came from Outer Space

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It Came from Outer Space Review


It Came from Outer Space... but by way of a long wire lowering it down to Earth.

Almost 50 years ago, this pioneering sci-fi film (Universal's first of many sci-fi flicks, based on Ray Bradbury's story) took a look at the genre that would become unpopular in later years -- instead of working as an anti-communist allegory where the aliens possess wholesome Americans and slowly converted our Great Nation to something awful, we got one of our first looks at aliens as the good guys, and we're the ones messing things up.

On the way, though, the dialogue and mannered acting are as dated as the special effects, so while It Came from Outer Space's theme is a refreshing change of pace from the doomsaying brethren of its era, its appearance is not. As well, it moves terribly slowly (despite an 80 minute running time) because the plot is overly simplistic with absolutely no surprises -- aliens arrive, aliens possess humans, humans investigate, secrets are finally revealed -- sort of. The ending is wholly unsatisfying. I give it points for history, but it's just not very interesting today.

The new DVD release gives a hurried, breathless feature commentary from film historian Tom Weaver as well as a documentary about the film.



It Came from Outer Space

Facts and Figures

Run time: 81 mins

In Theaters: Monday 25th May 1953

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Universal International Pictures (UI)

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Fresh: 22 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 6.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Jack Arnold

Producer:

Starring: as John Putnam, as Ellen Fields, as Sheriff Matt Warren, as Frank Daylon, Russell Johnson as George, Dave Willock as Pete Davis, Kathleen Hughes as June

Also starring: ,

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