Now where have you heard this before? A spacecraft returns to planet Earth with a creature stowing away in the air vents and bumping off the astronauts one by one. Yes, the movie is a strong influence for the Alien films.
The blood-drinking Martian ‘It’ (Ray Corrigan) can tear metal with his claws, but he has reckoned without the heroic Colonel Edward Carruthers (Marshall Thompson). It is set in 1973.
Director Edward L Cahn’s famous cheapo 1958 sci-fi is let down by its Z-grade sets and special effects, as well as by some wooden acting. But it is still quite good chiller entertainment and even occasionally creepy, with a good monster in Ray Corrigan. It was Corrigan’s last film.
It also stars Shawn Smith [Shirley Patterson], Kim Spalding, Ann Doran, Dabbs Greer, Paul Langton, Robert Bice and Richard Benedict.
It runs 68 minutes, is produced by Vogue, was released by United Artists, is written by Jerome Bixby, is shot in black and white by Kenneth Peach Sr, is produced by Robert E Kent and scored by Bert Shefter and Paul Sawtell (recycling their title score from Kronos).
Allegedly, filming took only six days.
It was released as a co-feature with Curse of the Faceless Man (1958).
The monster suit and mask are created by the legendary Paul Blaisdell, who also created the flying saucer that was later re-used in the opening scene of The Outer Limits: Controlled Experiment (1964) and designed the iconic Tabanga monster for From Hell It Came (1957). He is also known for his work on The She-Creature, Not of This Earth (1957) and Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957).
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