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THIS LAST SATURDAY'S MOVIE:"IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE" (1958) A spaceship crew isolated in space with an alien aboard. A huge lizard man (Ray "Crash" Corrigan) rips through metal hatches and stalks the crew. Horrifying and claustrophobic with Marshall Thompson. Watch out! Watch Out...in the air ducts...there IT is! Suggested by David Peel, Wichita, KS.
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Reviews for IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE:
Watched this with my father over the weekend. While this movie is not profound or high budget, it's one of my all time favorites. A science fiction monster film hat is fun, fun, fun! My generation has always seen this as an obvious template for the 1980s film ALIEN (along with PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES). However, my dad made a different connection. He hadn't seen ALEIN (to my knowledge), but drew from this movie being inspired by THE THING (1951). I had never thought of that. But, he said it reminded him of the arctic isolation in that military fascility in THE THING (1951) where the creature was inside (or just outside) and breaking down barriers to get to the crew as a food source. I had never thought of that...but that major element is exactly the same.
Love this fun rubber-suited movie with the Pail Blaisdell suit and Ray "Crash" Corrigan (an old Hollywood ape-man) as IT. Bob Burns at a Monster Bash conference noted that if you look at the shadow when you first see the monsters image in the movie....Corrigan was not wearing the head piece of the suit. You can distincly see the shadow of a normal man's head for the monster. Saw that again this viewing. Bob was on the set with friend Paul Blaisdell assisting during the filming.
Also, I beileve there are a few subliminal IT! images thrown in through the film. One of a few frame flashes. They're more obvious on the trailer, if you've seen that.
-Ron Adams, Ligonier, PA
Above: Two busts custom painted by fan David Peel. ALLIGATOR PEOPLE and IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE.
A timeless horror flick space style!one of my favorites of the late 50s!loved the man in the monster suit ray (crash) corrigan but blaisdell could have done better!the stow away creature is still amazing I remember it very well the first time I saw it in the late50s! I am enclosing the bust headshot photo I have!note that the original suit was red and not green as the lobby card suggests!
David Peel, Wichita, KS
I love the old silver needle space ships, this is what Sci-Fi is supposed
I love the doors with wire mesh on them
what do you suppose that is for?
I like the goth make up that people who have encountered IT seem to have
Like most good science fiction, its more about the human drama than the
-Kevin Slick Louisville, CO
I always enjoy viewing this one! It moves a fast pace and the monster outfit on Ray Corrigan was pretty eerie when viewed in silhouette or hidden in the shadows. Marshall Thompson was always a likable hero in these kind of movies. In my opinion one of the best horror/sci-fiers of the 50s.
Thanks, RON! Atleast I know, thank you. I was watching "IT! Terror From Beyond Space" this afternoon, too, after "Dragnet" episode on Antenna TV, I love that movie & watch it about twice a year on "video"/vhs. That's the coolest-looking monster of the 1950s! IT was made into one of the 7 classic "Palmer" plastic Monster figures in the early 1960s! We had those, all the classic monsters came in a bag that had the monsters' images printed on the bag & there wasa the Glenn Strange Frankenstein, Creature, dracula, werewolf(the Steven Ritch version, wearing a coat- the 1st one my older, late brother gave me when he got these monsters as a Christmas gift), King KONG, GORGO, CYCLOPS _& yes, even "IT! The TERROR From Beyond Space"! I re-bought 4 of these from John of "Time Tunnel" in Chicago(on N. Milwaukee Ave)! I-ROCK! David ROCK Nelson- "Monster" movie-maker, actor, former Marine Corporal("OO-Rah"), etc, etc. I'll try to get to the Bash picnic the 1st day of "Monster BASH" on Fri. June 22nd w/Yarbers, that should be fun -& "Free" hotdogs, "Goooood".
-David "The Rock" Nelson, Des Plaines, IL
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