It Came from Outer Space Reviews
However, as a character movie it is great. We get to see what humans can really be like. The aliens are benevolent, and just want to repair their ship in peace then leave. Unfortunately they need to 'borrow' the likeness of some townsfolk so they can move around getting equipment and supplies without hindrance.
I really liked most of the characters, even if they were not likable people. The fear and paranoia of the humans was very well done too.
This movie is thematically the same as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but with a polar opposite motivation on behalf of the aliens.
Definitely worth watching.
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)
A must see for those of us that remember the days of Hollywood when monsters were made of rubber suits!