Wednesday, July 9, 2014

They Came from Beyond Space (1967)

Director: Freddie Francis

Writers: Milton Subotsky, Joseph Millard

Composer: James Stevens

Starring: Robert Hutton, Jennifer Jayne, Zia Mohyeddin, Bernard Kay, Michael Gough, Geoffrey Wallace, Maurice Good, Luanshya Greer, John Harvey, Diana King, Paul Bacon, Christopher Banks, Dermot Cathie

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Battle for Power Has Begun

Plot: Scientists investigating an unusual meteor shower in a rural field are possessed by an alien force bent on an ulterior purpose.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

This sci-fi flick from Amicus is well-acted, nicely shot and somewhat interesting.  You can tell it's done on the relative cheap but they did an admirable job of making the most of the budget.  There are fight scenes that look like they were created for the 60s BATMAN TV show.  All they needed was an over the head angle and they'd fit right in.  The score is strange, I mean just damn odd.  The story and action get a little goofy toward the end with the alien goggles but it doesn't detract from the fun.  It adds to it.  The only thing I didn't dig was how abruptly the picture ended.  It's just over so quickly it's as if they expected the lights to pop on and the ushers would hurry everyone out of the theater.  Outside of that, it's not as bad as the internet says.  And for the lead, Robert Hutton, this American held his own in the acting department in the midst of the Brits, something unusual.  I've seen a few UK pictures that had a Yank lead and they were, by comparison, horrible. 

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