It Came From Outer Space (1953)

Cyclopean, blobby alien!

Amateur astronomer John Putnam (Richard Carlson) and his fiancée Ellen Fields (Barbara Rush) stargaze in the desert and witness a large, burning object crashing earthwards near the small town of Sand Rock. John finds an alien spaceship at the crash site but it gets buried by a landslide – and when he tells people what he saw he is not believed. But soon odd things occur and it is eventually discovered that cyclopean aliens, that can make themselves look like humans, are trying to fix their craft before the restless, gun-happy locals get to them.

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Amazing thrills!
The buried spacecraft
The buried spacecraft

With a screenplay by Harry (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) Essex, based on an original screen treatment by Ray Bradbury, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE is one of director Jack (TARANTULA) Arnold’s iconic B&W sci-fi flicks from the 50s. The way certain things are shot, like the landing helicopter coming right down at you, hints that this movie was originally a 3D film. But even viewed today without the 3D gimmick, the film remains atmospheric, with a nice touch of paranoia and a classic creepy sci-fi score.

This owl does a great 360° flip when the alien approaches at the start of the movie!
This owl does a great 360° flip when the alien approaches at the start of the movie!
Don't drive into the alien!
Don’t drive into the alien!
Strange goings-on

I like the classic desert landscape backdrop, the cool-looking peaceful aliens that leave glittery trails behind them, the scene with the laser-wand that cuts into the rock wall as Richard Carlson dodges it, and the one-eyed POV shots as aliens loom over various characters.

From the alien's POV!
From the alien’s POV!
A glittery trail left by an extraterrestrial
A glittery trail left by an extraterrestrial
One of the aliens
One of the aliens

And, of course, I always love a film score that uses a Theremin!

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Fantastic sights leap at you!
Fantastic sights leap at you!
Laser-wand attack!
Laser-wand attack!
Come on, Richard, that's not a nice way to react!
Come on, Richard, that’s not a nice way to react!
I love this shot of one of the sets!
I love this shot of one of the sets!

3 thoughts on “It Came From Outer Space (1953)

  1. For perhaps the most down-to-basics sci-fi thriller of the 1950s, It Came From Outer Space is even more fascinating to look back on, after how far so many sci-fi thrillers about aliens on Earth have come.

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