It Conquered The World (1956)
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One of several remaining members of its race, an alien from Venus is guided to Earth by disgruntled scientist Tom Anderson, who tells it which humans it should attach mind control devices to. Among them is his old friend, fellow scientist Paul Nelson. Nelson, after killing a flying bat-thing which carries the device, finally persuades the paranoid Anderson that he's been wrong to ally himself with an alien bent on world domination. They hurriedly leave when they discover Tom's wife has picked up a rifle and gone to the alien's cave to try to kill it.
SEE. THE HIDEOUS "FLYING FINGERS" OF THE MONSTER!
Title: It Conquered The World
Release Date: July 15, 1956
Runtime: 71 mins
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 4.8
Buried.com Rating: 5.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With I
MPAA Rating: Approved
Peter Graves ...Dr. Paul Nelson
Beverly Garland ...Claire Anderson
Lee Van Cleef ...Dr. Tom Anderson
Sally Fraser ...Joan Nelson
Russ Bender ...Brig. Gen. James Pattick
Jonathan Haze ...Pvt. Manuel Ortiz
Dick Miller ...Sgt. Neil
Taggart Casey ...Sheriff N.J. Shallert
Paul Harbor ...Floyd Mason
Karen Kadler ...Ellen Peters
Charles B. Griffith ...Dr. Pete Shelton (as Charles Griffith)
Marshall Bradford ...U.S. Secretary Platt (as Marshal Bradford)
Thomas E. Jackson ...George Haskell (as Tom Jackson)
David McMahon ...Gen. Carpenter
Paul Blaisdell ...The Monster
Samuel Z. Arkoff
James H. Nicholson
Charles B. Griffith
More Movie Taglines:
- SEE. THE HIDEOUS "FLYING FINGERS" OF THE MONSTER!
- SEE. WORLD CONQUERED BY THE HORRIBLE BEAST FROM BEYOND THE STARS!
- Every man its prisoner... every woman its slave!
- [Dr. Paul Nelson's closing observation about his misguided friend, Dr. Tom Anderson] Paul Nelson: He learned almost too late that man is a feeling creature... and because of it, the greatest in the universe. He learned too late for himself that men have to find their own way, to make their own mistakes. There can't be any gift of perfection from outside ourselves. And when men seek such perfection... they find only death... fire... loss... disillusionment... the end of everything that's gone forward. Men have always sought an end to the toil and misery, but it can't be given, it has to be achieved. There is hope, but it has to come from inside, from Man himself.
Dr. Tom Anderson: I made it possible for you to come here... I made you welcome to this Earth... You made it a charnel house.
Dr. Tom Anderson: I'll still need you even when there are no emotions. Claire Anderson: [bitter] For a few dollars you can hire a woman who'll fulfill all your fetishes. And when you get tired of her you can run down to the employment agency and hire another.
Dr. Tom Anderson: He wants you on his side. Next to me, he wants you. Paul Nelson: And you want me to condone this reign of terror? To swear allegiance to this monstrous king of yours? To kill my own soul and all within reach? Well, I won't, Anderson. I'll fight it 'til the last breath in my body. And I'll fight you, too, because you're part of it - the worst part. Because you belong to a living race, not a dying one. This is your land, your world. Your hands are human but your mind is enemy. You're a traitor, Anderson. The greatest traitor of all time. And you know why? Because you're not betraying part of mankind - you're betraying all of it.
Dr. Tom Anderson: Do you have any idea what you're listening to? Paul Nelson: London Philharmonic? Dr. Tom Anderson: It's Venus Paul Nelson: Uh Huh Dr. Tom Anderson: Venus Paul Nelson: Why not? We've bounced signals off the moon's surface. There's no reason that Venus shouldn't radiate impulses. Dr. Tom Anderson: No, I don't mean the static. Can't you hear it? The other thing? Paul Nelson: ...What other thing? Dr. Tom Anderson: Listen to it Paul! Listen to the voice!
- Although usually referred to as a being a "cucumber" or another vegetable by fans, "Beluah" is actually supposed to be a fungus.
Paul Blaisdell, who designed, built and portrayed the alien in the movie, affectionately dubbed his creation "Beluah". It is easily the most popular monster of Blaisdell's oeuvre among his fans as well.
Originally, "Beluah" was built as a squat, flat-topped creature, but when it turned out not to be imposing enough - and to actually be shorter than leading lady Beverly Garland - a tapering conical top was added to it.
Paul Blaisdell's friend Bob Burns restored the costume when it came into his possession long after Blaisdell's death. The photographs of it in his book "It Came From Bob's Basement" reveal it to be beet-red in color.
Shot in five days.
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