It Came from Outer Space Reviews

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Super Reviewer
September 29, 2011
Now this is a pretty good Chiller Theater / Drive In Movie, one that has gotten by me all these years. Put out by Universal Pictures International it ranks as high as any SCi Fi Film from the fifties that I have ever seen. Brian Kerwin plays Jack Putnam who see's what at first he thinks is a meteor but turns out to be a UFO that has landed on earth, when he goes to the crash site he thinks he sees invaders from another planet. So starts the story where no one believes him, but the invaders are taking over the appearances of towns folks. A good old black and white worth 4 stars.
Super Reviewer
April 8, 2007
Classic monster flick penned by Ray Bradbury that's a cut above the usual 50s sci-fi fare. Strange how all scientists in the 50s were perfectly coiffed square-jawed americans in zoot suits...
Super Reviewer
September 18, 2008
Camp fun and to tell you the truth,this almost cheesy but with the utmost suspense little b-movie manages to finish first in the line of fiery Academy nominated or even winning films.Blunt,"offensive" against human nature,the film Ed Wood would wish to successfully direct.
½ May 9, 2007
This movie was an early sci-fi movie from 1953. It's a pretty standard alien invasion story. What made it so popular in 1953 was that it was one of the early 3-D movies. Apparently they lost the 3-D reels and all that remains is the 2-D version. As a 2-D movie it's not that impressive. If The Twilight Zone was a one hour TV show they could have trimmed this movie down to a typical Twilight Zone episode. As it is they padded it up to 81 minutes. That meant a lot of repetitive dialog and lots of driving cars down long stretches of desert highways. The space aliens were very crude and the other special effects are also crude. They probably looked awesome in 3-D but not so much in 2-D.
January 25, 2013
The title says it all: It Came From Outer Space and It is about as mediocre of a science fiction film as you can get.
January 24, 2013
Blackthorne's Cult Entertainment

A must see for those of us that remember the days of Hollywood when monsters were made of rubber suits!
September 23, 2012
With sci-fi movies of the 50s it is unusual to find a really good one and It Came from Outer Space is just another movie in a heap of mediocre drive-in fair. The acting is corny (as is expected), the effects are cheesy (as is expected) and the only thing that separated It Came from Outer Space from the hundreds of movies of this genre is the plot of "we come in peace" being the truth.
April 29, 2009
Another 'Red Scare' Sci Fi classic. Came out the year Joe McCarthy was elected to office. Still, Lots of fun!
July 30, 2008
God bless low-budget 50s sci-fi. I'm sure I say that every time I review a movie from this genre, but it's never not true. this film in particular was laughably enjoyable for its lame effects (perhaps better-appreciated in 3-D), inane writing, and trite, meaningless dialogue with the usual faint shades of American Cold War ideologies. it's quite a shame something like this came from the mind of Ray Bradbury...too bad they couldn't get him to do the screenplay, it might have actually been somewhat legitimate. the cinematography was actually pretty good, but the rest was typical faux-deep cornball sci fi.
January 28, 2008
No. It's not your old English teacher, but it does have the classic, I-told-you-so element. Good fun, but definitely genre.
½ October 5, 2007
As cheesy as the cover looks, Jack Arnold and Universal really bring home a great film here, just like they did with Creature From The Black Lagoon.
July 29, 2007
Pretty cheesy - even by 50's movie standards. Enjoyable, however - even though the aliens (when you finally see them) are more gross than they are scary, and are creepy as shape-shifting body-snatchers.
February 9, 2007
This is what happens when crackheads and tweakers make a movie. Overacting and lousy special effects make it very laughable.
½ August 11, 2015
A classic sci-fi film from the fifties-albeit one that isn't entertaining enough to watch twice.
July 11, 2015
Much better than the title or the one-sheet suggest....
½ May 12, 2015
When an object from outer space crashes in the desert, a writer suspects aliens but no one believes him. Creepy cold war paranoia runs rampant in this extended Twilight Zone type outing where "in could be anyone". Standard, but worth a look.
May 5, 2015
While the film itself may rely on gimmickry too much, it still has a solid though wonky storyline and neat sci-fi elements. The alien isn't much to look at, and the effects are a bit on the cheap side. The music is eerie and there is some decent lead-up around the mystery.
November 25, 2014
I love films who are shot in the desert and this one really sets the tone. A classic invasion film of the 50's. The acting is believable. The alien, in it's original form, does not appear that often but is quite original.
October 13, 2013
While the effects are now rather cheesy and the acting is also a bit campy, It Came From Outer Space is still a fun sci-fi romp with the obligatory insertion of messages of some sort (Xenophobia specifically in this case). While it's not as strong as other sci-fi films of its time, it's still an effective film that provides a really good time for anyone who loves 50's sci-fi films since it has an intriguing premise, interesting messages, some good camp value, and plenty of 50's nostalgia contained within it. If you enjoy the sci-fi films of this era, it's a film worth checking out.
October 12, 2013
classic scfi film from the 50s. it draws you in. the alien is neat looking.
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