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PAST SATURDAY'S MOVIE OF THEWEEK:"KILLERS FROM SPACE " (1954) Also known as ALIENS FROM SPACE. Peter Graves stars in an early 50's sci-fi with the quintessential bug-eyed monsters from space. Graves is brought back from the grave(s) by the aliens. Whacky. Suggested by Les Zuckerman, Cherry Hill, NJ.
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KILLER FROM SPACE is low budget....low budget, but interesting on certain levels. Peter Graves' acting is solid as he w slowly working his way up the ladder....to Roger Corman (IT CONQUERED THE WORLD) a few years later. His brither was in an early sciene fiction film too....two years earlier James Arness, was THE THING (FROM ANOTHER WORLD). Arness was Graves brother.
KILLER FROM SPACE is still ahead of the curve as far as real science fiction and flying saucer films go. Only a few were earlier (of the top of my head THE FLYING SAUCER, THE THING and DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL). So, this still wouyld have been pretty startlinh in 1953...athough THE THING and DAY are miles better in quality.
Slow going at times with loads of tock footage and narration (usually a bad sign).
The ping-pong styled eyeballs are goofy, but rather weird at the same time. I don;t think they were actual ping-pong balls because you can see them flexing with the actor's speech at times. They look like they must have been rubberish.
-Ron Adams, Ligonier, PA
Above, art sent in by John Sargent for KILLERS FROM SPACE.
Thank you for watching my selection. Peter Graves deserves a lot of credit for sticking with the B-movie roles like this," Beginning of the End "and "It Conquered the World". He added some good acting and professionalism to an otherwise mishmash of stock footage, questionable scientific concepts and plot.
My burning question is what is with the green tint evey time the aliens appear? If it is meant to give an eerie feeling, it doesn't succeed. It's only annoying. The scene where Peter Graves is remembering what happen when he met the aliens is laughable. His overly long run through the caves and see giant insects is just a time waster.
My other question is why are there extreme close ups of some of the actors? It looks like they are trying to be serious but ends up being funny. The one person that they should have had a close up of, Graves wife, they don't have.
The acting is very over the top. Peter Graves' acting ability inproved greatly in the time following his performance in this film. One thing I noticed was every time the characters talk in an office, you can hear an echo. This is a cheaply made film. All the sets are bare. The only picture I saw on the wall was a one of President Eisenhower. The makeup of the aliens appears to have been copied from "Invaders from Mars". I always wondered how they were able to see through the tennis ball eyes.
Incidentally, the director, H. Lee Wilder was the brother of Billy Wilder, the famed director of "Some Like It Hot" and "Sunset Blvd"
All in all, "Killers from Space" is a pretty bad film. The lobby cards, posters and stills are actually more interesting than the film itself.
I see this film, like many others of the era, opens with a stock footage
The picture of Ike on the wall in the office is in enough scenes that it
The movie has a reputation as a classic turkey and its well deserved,
Its great to see that even with aliens who can travel from planet to
Those eyes, those horrible eyes I noticed that aliens seem to operate
Lets not forget the ping pong ball eyes. You have to admit, the aliens,
The basic plot of aliens trying to take over the earth is nothing new,
-Kevin Slick, Louisville, CO
ROCK says: "'SvenGOOLie' showed 'Killers From SPACE' last Sat. on sister station U-Too at 3 pm CST(4 pm ET) & I watched it! 'Cool' movie"! I love any & ALL 'Giant' Fall-Out Radiatin-Mutated Monster movies of the 'Glorious' 1950s & '60s! I liked all the giant bugs & lizards! Where was 'Devil ANT'?! Heeh! Ooh, that's right, that movie(directed by me in 1999) wasn't made, yet! It was alot of Fun"!
-David ROCK Nelson, Monster movie-maker, Des Plaines, IL
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