The Man from Planet X (1951)




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An inexpensive but atmospheric sci-fi film, Man from Planet X takes place on a lonely Scottish island. Science professor Raymond Bond is monitoring the orbit of the mysterious "Planet X," which has entered the solar system and is travelling close to Earth. A spaceship lands from this planet, out of which pops a strange little man who looks something like an Easter Island statue. He has come to make contact with friendly Earthlings, but evil scientist William Schallert wants to exploit the … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Horror, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
Directed By: , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Jack Pollexfen, Aubrey Wisberg
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On DVD: Feb 20, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment


as Enid Elliot

as John Lawrence

as Prof. Elliot

as Constable

as Dr. Blane

as Inspector
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Critic Reviews for The Man from Planet X

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | September 17, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Creative, idealistic science fiction film.

Full Review… | January 18, 2005
Classic Film and Television

Capable B horror of the sort that invites nostalgia even in those of us who weren't there.

June 16, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

An eerie reminder that a decent script and adept direction can overcome even the lowest of budgets.

Full Review… | February 24, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Man from Planet X

An okay sci-fi movie of the 50s. It's not a very original plot, nor are there good special effects, but it's not bad either.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


A supposed classic, but really it's pretty lame. Sweet 50's low budget sci-fi.

a b

Super Reviewer


A curious no-budget sci-fi that does way better with nothing to spend than most other sci-fi trash films of the era ( I am looking at you Mr. Wood). While the story is as thin as slice of nothing, the characters - albeit stereotypical - and their respective motives in the face of an alien walking the earth make this quite a diverse chamber play. The set is a reused Joan D'Arc set, but filled to the brim with fog and eerie lights, so if you are into old films that look like a ghost ride in a theme park, this one is for you. Personally, I found the alien quite scary, because its makeshift mask and dead expression make it far more haunting than modern CGI effects. The film can also be quite eccentric in parts, cue the Irish county constable with a thick accent and always accompanied by a jolly rovin' irish fiddle soundtrack or the antagonist and his communist beard ( cold war era here we go). I was pleasantly suprised by this, bu then again, I am a genre enthusiast.

Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer

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