Killers From Space (1954)
Could it possibly be true? Or could the nuclear scientist, Doug Martin (Peter Graves), be making up that strange story he tells the rest of his military personal?
Well, you've got to take into consideration that Doug has been acting rather weird since he's been missing in action over the last couple of days. To start of with, he can't remember what's happened to him during this period. Or even explain away why he has that peculiar scar on his chest, or turned into a thief either.
Yeah. I'm not chocking you chicken, pal. For some unknown reason, Doug decides to break into the offices of his colleague, Dr. Curt Kruger (Frank Gerstle), and steal some top-secret documents from his filling cabinet. Furthermore, once Briggs (Steve Pendleton), the FBI Agent that's hot on his tail, catches up to him, Doug punches him in the face for no apparent reason whatsoever.
Hey! Don't you fret though! Doug does come to his senses sooner or later, primed and ready to tell the rest of his military personal a strange story about aliens taking over the Earth.
Ah-huh. That's right. I said 'Aliens'. Still. That's most probably why what next transpires all goes pear-shaped when a yarn seems somewhat far-fetched. As Aliens talk shop - a scientist goes pop - the military disregards a drill - and at the end of the day, don't forget, always pay your electricity bill.
Now there are four observations I'd like to make about 'Killers from Space' before I then slag it off. Firstly, the special effects are crap. Really crap. And can only be called nth rated at best. Secondly, all of the acting on show is what I would call rather wooden and mannered to say the least. Cardboard even. Thirdly, the story isn't a bad one overall. Kind of pithy in places. And has that suspenseful angle to it that was quite bold for its time. Plus fourthly, the conclusion to this film is... is... is... hmmm? How can I explain this?
So what does our hero do to combat this stance? Try to explain to them as best he can why he is right and they are wrong? Nope. That would be too obvious. Instead, he goes bonkers, and -- to cut a long story short -- he does what he wanted to do in the first place, and turns off the electricity grid for ten... whole... seconds.
Boom! Game over.
OK. I know that this scenario may sound very strange when taken out of context, folks. But let me tell you something. It is as simple as that. Click! The electric goes off. Boom! The Aliens go Nanoo-Nannoo!
Also, something else that is very strange about 'Killers from Space', are those not so special effect's I mentioned before. I mean, just look at some of the pictures provided. Or imagine a couple of insects and lizards blown up upon a projector screen. Does that sound scary to you? It doesn't to me. And neither did it to the people who watched this flick all those years ago.
Overall I'd say that 'Killers from Space' is a pretty so-so film. Hey! It's not completely cr*p. No. Far from it. There were parts to this adventure which were way ahead of its time. But not in the special effects department though. They were cr*p.
Still, whilst saying that, if you a big fan of vintage sci-fi please check it out. I'm sure you wouldn't be totally disappointed. I wasn't.
THE RATING: B-