Saturday, April 26, 2008

April's Monster Movie of the Month - It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958)

Ah yes. Only four months behind on my self-promised Movie Monster of the Month reviews.... And to get caught up, these next few will be quick and dirty.

Suffice it to say that this film, made in 1958, is one of those little gems from that decade that stands out - in that it's actually pretty watchable today.

It sits alongside the likes of "THEM!" (1954), "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951), "Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)" and "The Thing from Another World" (1951).

Of course, special effects 60 years ago were nothing like they are today, and even more so for a B-Movie. But if you can get past the hokey "space rocket dangling from a string" stuff, the story and dialog are pretty good - for this and the other movies mentioned.

And, to boot, this movie was the inspiration for 1979s ground-breaking science-fiction horror film "Alien". Which you can really see as you watch the original.