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½ January 2, 2018
Another intrepid low-budget sci-fi flick from director Lee Wilder, though this one is hindered by an ultra-silly script which includes people talking about an alien they've encountered "who has no head" even though the alien's space helmet is a solid mass except for a checkbook-sized tinted visor. The alien is also described as a "giant of a man" despite one scene where he runs through an empty lot at an estimated height of about 5-7 or so. Still a fun movie, especially for aficionados of this genre.
½ May 3, 2015
Joe Dante noted on his review of Phantom from Space, that it was one of the wilder science fiction films of the 1950's and i have to admit it's different. But the movie has a few bad sides: a lac of violence, very slow pacing, an over use of stock footage and an never ending narration. But it's still an okay low budget film, invisible alien and cheesy plot.
March 12, 2015
Some of the worst acting I've seen.
Plus scenes like, "Oh look. This suit drives the Geiger counter crazy. Let's stand around it and talk while Charlie gets a lead box to put it in.."
May 13, 2014
Entertaining 50's Sci-Fi although often for unintentional reasons. Not quite an award winning "Alternative Classic" (a/k/a worst of the Z's) but worthy of honorable mention due to some of the special effects which provide unintended comic relief. (The chase scene is unintentionally hilarious.) The helmet of the alien's "space suit" is the same helmet that an alien wore previously in another Alternative Classic, "Robot Monster". Only in "Robot Monster", the helmet was worn in the opposite direction (the back of the helmet in "R.M." is the front in "P.F.S."). A decent plot and some special effects (which were decent for the time) keep this movie from being a total "train wreck".
½ May 13, 2014
So we have another one of those sci-fi's when a strange man in a suit drops from outer space, this time he happens to be invisible underneath his suit and goes around hurting a few people. Eventually the scientists trying to track him down manage to shanghai his suit because he gets out of it for some reason even though his life is dependent on the gas that is in the suits breathing apparatus. With the suit they set a trap because they know he will need to return to breathe the gas again.

Memorable moments, the film was that dull I only remember two things in detail. The first one being the worst comb over I have ever seen being sported by a man in a radio station who pops on frequently to send messages over his tannoy. The second memory I have was when the alien locked the woman in the science lab and watched her labour over some machinery, they should have named this 'Pervert from Space' just because of that scene.

Other criticisms were the amount of narration used to explain this, it was obvious that they must not have had all the facilities possible to just create the story and had to resort to a sort of narration that sounded similar to a news reporter to explain this. One positive is I thought was some of the special effects were pretty good for its day, not all the moving invisible objects were moved by string.
May 13, 2014
Some nifty invisibility effects, an interesting idea and a little bit of alien nudity at the end (wow that must've been pretty risqué at the time)
May 13, 2014
Ordinary low budget sci-fi film from the 1950's, complete with a cliche'd sci-fi score and overacting. Entertaining, but only in enjoying a poorly made film. It has some surprisingly decent special effects for 1953.
½ February 23, 2014
Can be enjoyed as juvenile entertainment--They Call Him X-Man!!
Super Reviewer
July 4, 2013
Scientists track down an invisible alien who has crash landed on Earth. Trite and talky.
½ January 7, 2013
Good old cheesy and fun 50s sci fi film boring though
December 5, 2012
A typical low-budget science fiction movie from the 50's. The effects are cheesy but great for camp goers. The acting is the usual- bad. A generic and forgettable film.
July 30, 2011
W. Lee Wilder, brother of renowned ‚Some Like It Hot‚? director Billy Wilder, directed the low-budget, science fiction fantasy ‚Phantom from Space.‚? This modest thriller devotes most of its time 77 minutes to the authorities as they try to corner a murderous alien from outer space in a helmet and suit. Wilder and scenarists William Raynor and Myles Wilder‚"the director‚(TM)s son--adopt a ‚Dragnet‚? documentary style which stresses the use of narration and the constant reminder of the time and place of each scene to enhance its verisimilitude. Wilder recycles special effects that the ‚Invisible Man‚? franchise relied on so that the Phantom don his uniform and helmet. This is the kind of sci-fi actioneer where the alien attacks only when threatened. Moreover, the alien cannot speak English so nobody can find out what it needs.

‚Phantom from Space‚? opens with a brief overview of the constant surveillance that our vigilant armed forces maintain on land, at sea, and in the air. An unidentified flying object appears on radar around 7:19 p.m. over Point Barrow, Alaska. The U.F.O. hurdles southward at a projected speed of 5,000 miles per hour but gradually loses both speed and altitude and eventually vanishes off the radar in the vicinity of Santa Monica, California. No sooner has the UFO vanished from radar than people start complaining to the Los Angeles Communications Commission office about radio and television interference. The LACC dispatches mobile units to handle the complaints. Lieutenant Hazen (Ted Cooper of ‚Arizona Manhunt‚?) and his driver Charlie (Tom Daly of ‚Mighty Joe Young‚?) in Mobile Unit 1 encounter Betty Evans (one-time only actress Lela Nelson) near picnic grounds at the beach. She explains an individual in a deep-sea divers outfit wearing a helmet assaulted her husband Ed and their friend Pete. Betty and Pete knew each other because they attended school together. When the ambulance and the police arrive, they find Betty‚(TM)s husband Ed dead and bandage Pete‚(TM)s head injury.

Later, when the police question him, Pete tells inquisitive Lieutenant Bowers (Harry Landers of ‚Charro!‚?): ‚How would you feel if somebody with a helmet with crazy pipes sticking out of it came for you in the dark? And look, I know this sounds--sounds crazy, but there was no head in that helmet.‚? During the interrogation, Bowers receives news about another murder near the beach and leaves to investigate. A neighbor, George Nelson (Harry Strang of ‚Detour‚?), tells Bowers that he found the body after he experienced interference on his television. Hazen rejoins Charlie, and they keep tabs on the interference. They cruise out to the Huntington Beach oil fields. An explosion at the oil field facility claims the third victim. Hazen catches up with Bowers again. Initially, Bowers suspected both Betty and Pete may have killed her husband. However, he changes his mind when he believes a connection may lie between the interference and the homocides. A police sketch artist draws a picture of the mysterious killer that looks like the assailant that confronted Betty and Pete. An oil field facility night watchman (Michael Mark of ‚Jet Pilot‚?) verifies that the sketch resembles the individual he saw by a tank when it blew up.

The Central Bureau in Washington, D.C., has Bowers contact Major Andrews (James Seay of ‚Vera Cruz‚?) and Dr. Wyatt (Rudolph Anders of ‚Magnificent Obsession‚?) at the Griffith Institute Observatory. When Andrews and Wyatt examine the sketch, Andrews believes the so-called "phantom" may be connected with an earlier U.F.O. sighting. Andrews and Wyatt express skepticism about the presence of an alien spaceship. Furthermore, they rule out any possibility that the U.F.O. was either a missile or meteor because of its extreme speed and direction of travel. Wyatt's assistant, Mrs. Barbara Randall (Noreen Nash of ‚Giant‚?), pokes her head to inform Bowers that a newspaper reporter Joe Wakeman (Jack Daly of ‚Raintree County‚?) wants to talk to him. Bowers tells Wakeman nothing that the reporter doesn‚(TM)t already know.

The Phantom (Dick Sands of ‚Casanova's Big Night‚?) appears for the first time in his space outfit about 25 minutes into the action. Andrews, Wyatt, Barbara, Bowers, Hazen, Charlie and Wakeman drive to a brickyard where they have pin-pointed the Phantom. They deploy a Geiger-M√ 1/4ller counter follow his trail of radiation. At one point, Wakeman snaps a picture of him before the Phantom enters a building and sheds his apparel. Our heroes appropriate the Phantom‚(TM)s wardrobe and perform tests on it that surprise them. They to cut, tear, and burn the suit without success. Indeed, they discover that the Phantom‚(TM)s outfit is magnetic. Wyatt, Andrews, and Barbara figure out that the Phantom uses the suit to protect himself in the atmosphere beyond the Earth. Moreover, the helmet supplies the extraterrestrial with gases to breathe because it doesn‚(TM)t use oxygen.

Later, when Barbara is by herself in the lab, the Phantom enters and then locks the door. It taps out a code with a pair of scissors, but Barbara doesn‚(TM)t understand it. She does spot one of its huge footprints when it steps on powder. Barbara‚(TM)s husband Bill arrives, cannot open the door, but hears her voice. The Phantom escapes from the lab with Barbara. Our heroes pursue it through the planetarium. The Phantom returns to the lab and puts on the helmet to breathe. The others show up just as the Phantom exits through a window. After the Phantom‚(TM)s departure, the space suit disintegrates. Barbara discovers under ultraviolet light the Phantom is visible. Wyatt explains to Bowers they are dealing with a super-human form based on the large size of the footprint, the sophisticated technology of the suit and helmet, and the creatures‚(TM) acumen. Wyatt postulates the Phantom must have entered the Earth‚(TM)s atmosphere accidentally. They chase it into the big space telescope chamber and watch it fall to the floor. Before their eyes, the naked man turns to dust.

‚Phantom from Space‚? is a marginal sci-fi outing that audiences can skip without repercussions in the larger scheme of things.
June 14, 2011
Cannot imagine that they went over their production budget.
½ July 24, 2010
Has a fair amount of that naive B-movie charm, but not much else. Early movie invisibility effects are always fun to watch.
August 22, 2009
"Funny for it's time and great nostalgia", but a pretty poorly made movie all in all. The budget must of been made on a dime.
½ July 17, 2008
An extra star for some amazing "science".
April 27, 2008
this was pretty cool.
Super Reviewer
½ April 13, 2008
The first twenty minutes of ths movie is so boring, but if you stick with it, it does pick up. Sure the special effects were bad. they were bad for that time period. And as far as the narrator goes, it would have been better if they chose a character whjo had a point of view in the movie.
October 14, 2007
Dull cheap Sci Fi. UFO shows up, and a alien dude has trouble breathing. He's invisible, so he freaks everyone out. Like "The Brain From Planet Arous" a dog figures stuff out.
July 17, 2007
They should've played the Benny Hill music during some of the scenes. An invisible alien! How freakin' cheap can you get? It wasn't even worth making fun of.
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