The Man from Planet X (1951)




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This sci-fi film takes place on a lonely Scottish island. Science professor Raymond Bond is monitoring the mysterious "Planet X." A spaceship soon lands from this planet, carrying a strange little man. He wants to make friendly contact, but evil scientist William Schallert plans to exploit the spaceman's highly developed intellect.
Classics , Cult Movies , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Margaret Field
as Enid Elliot
Robert Clarke
as John Lawrence
Raymond Bond
as Prof. Elliot
Roy Engel
as Constable
Charles Davis
as Geordie
Gilbert Fallman
as Dr. Blane
David Ormont
as Inspector
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All Critics (7)

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
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Odd, atmospheric, but rather slow Edgar G. Ulmer sci-fi cheapie.

March 12, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Classic Ulmer.

October 9, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

I bet if Ulmer had a few more days of shooting time we would have seen a lot more action.

Full Review… | September 24, 2001
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Audience Reviews for The Man from Planet X

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.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

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
Henrik Schunk

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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
Aj V

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