The Man from Planet X (1951)
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Capable B horror of the sort that invites nostalgia even in those of us who weren't there.
An eerie reminder that a decent script and adept direction can overcome even the lowest of budgets.
Odd, atmospheric, but rather slow Edgar G. Ulmer sci-fi cheapie.
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There's an interesting premise with decent characters, though the pacing gets slow and there isn't a lot that goes on. It takes a little while to get started, and by the time it's done, you feel a little unsatisfied. Still a average 50's sci-fi flick with some neat concepts.
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.
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.
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