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It Came from Outer Space Reviews

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½ January 22, 2016
The strengths are all in the story - and it's a beauty.
½ October 13, 2015
One of the better science-fiction films to come out of the Cold War 50s, this one must be counted among the anti-McCarthy statements. Not just passively anti-conformist like the original Invasion Of The Body Snatchers , it actively supports the right of any being to be different.
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.
½ November 28, 2014
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.
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.
April 17, 2014
Well done. Great dialog .
½ October 19, 2013
An amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher spot what they believe is a martian spacecraft crashing in the Arizona desert. Soon after, the townsfolk begin acting strangely and they suspect the martians are behind it. Filmed three years before "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and based on a Ray Bradbury story (I'm not sure who's story came first), this 50s sci-fi film is somewhat unique in that the aliens are neither coming to earth with altruistic intentions, as in "Day the Earth Stood Still," or coming to earth as invaders, as in "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" and most other 50s science fiction films. It's not as smart or slick of a production as "Day the Earth Stood Still" but it's certainly not a camp-fest either. Well worth watching for fans of 50s sci-fi!
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.
August 1, 2013
If you're in the mood for 1950s science fiction this film is pretty decent.
May 18, 2013
Doesn't need the oft mentioned 3d effects to show that this is a truly classic 50's Sci-Fi film. As with the best of the era, it works on many levels. Great as stand alone Sci-Fi, also adds to the canon of horror films as commentary on xenophobia and the red scare. Jack Arnold's directorial debut, his career has several other classic films to its credit. If you're a fan, this is one to add to the collection
½ April 19, 2013
Despite the cheesy title and the goofy-looking Dvd cover, "It Came From Outer Space" is actually a pretty good 50's alien movie. The movie generates some pretty good suspense and keeps you guessing throughout because this was actually released before one of the most famous alien invasion movies, "The War of the Worlds" which cemented aliens as evil invaders bent on global domination from then on. In this movie though, you don't really know if the aliens are good or bad until the very end. They seem to show some realistic, rational explanations for some of their actions, but for others not so much. Some of these choices might be mistakes on the script and story level or they might be deliberate red herrings. It seems from the ending that the aliens are meant to be seen in one way, but some of their actions are just inexplicable. If they're good for example, why do they keep abducting humans and if they're bad, why don't they replace everyone that learns the truth about them? Although once the movie is over if you think about it, some of the stuff doesn't really make any sense, while it plays out this actually works in the movie's favor, keeping it nice and twisty. You wonder if our main character is doing the right thing, or if he is actually playing right in the aliens' hands and dooming the entire human race.

The main protagonist "Jack Putnam", a man that's actually quite interesting to follow as he tries to uncover everything that's going on with the aliens while no one really belives him and there are some good side characters as well. Kathleen Hughes is pretty memorable in a small but sexy role. Some of the other characters start off interesting but lose their charm as the movie goes on. "Jack's" girlfriend "Ellen" for example, starts off as a pretty smart woman that's not afraid of what other people will think of her but basicaly degenerates into a woman who just screams a lot by the end of the movie. The character dialogue is well written and fun to listen to, thpigh sometimes it feels too well written for the people it was given to. Although you won't mind hearing it, the rather poetic description that a lowly electrician gives about the strange noises he has been hearing is out of place.

The special effects for the film are quite good and the film was shot in 3D, with many shots using the technology well. "It Came from Outer Space" manages to have some depth without resulting to cheesy shots like people playing with yo-yos or anything like that. If you're watching it in 2D you wouldn't even know there was another option available. The space ship effects are very well done and so are the miniatures. One mistake made by the movie is that you actually get to see the aliens, which don't look very convincing and linger on the screen for way too long.

The movie isn't a grand masterpiece, but it's one of the better entries in the 50's alien/monster movie genre. It's got some good memorable moments and it's very entertaining to watch without being perfect. You won't be overly distracted by some of the blunders of the film and you'll actually be impressed with the end results. "It Came From Outer Space" is a fun alien movie that will keep you guessing. (Dvd, April 14, 2013)
March 8, 2013
It gets points for being an atypical B-movie but it's still a B-movie. Most movies of this sort usually just show off as many special effects that they can then end with the aliens either being destroyed or resisted by the humans. The aliens in this movie are actually 3-dimensional and the plot has a statement about the xenophobic nature of human beings, but is also optimistic about the future. There are few special effects in this movie which makes it much less showy but the strength really lies in the plot. What FX they did use felt unnecessary and kinda cheap. Filmmakers should never forget that what we don't see is often scarier because the viewer's imagination will fill in the gaps and there are no technological or financial limits to what the mind can imagine.
March 4, 2013
Like an 80 minute episode of The Twilight Zone (and from a story/script by Ray Bradbury), It Came From Outer Space does a nice job of making some social psychological points with a science fiction metaphor. This was apparently an early 3-D picture but the use of that technology must have been subtle because I didn't find things too gimmicky (only the aliens' own viewpoint involves a sort of bubble on the lens). Given the recent meteor impact in Russia, this movie suggests (via its similar occurrence) that we should be careful we know who our friends and neighbors really are (but, in fact, if we are that suspicious, the enemy may actually be us).
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!
½ January 6, 2013
Despite pointless monologues from various protagonists, inferior special effects (even for 1953 standards,) and illogical plot details, this film is still a lot of fun to watch; it demonstrates a very-real concern for the American population concerning technological "others" threatening "our" well-being. It even begs the inconvenient question still haunting America today: what gives us to right to obliterate the things we personally dislike? This film was the first 3D picture for Universal Studios, and featured a story by the famed author and futurist Ray Bradbury.
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