IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE Ripped off for Ripley?
released 30 May 1958 | PG | Blu-ray/dVd Director edward l Cahn Cast Marshall Thompson, shirley Patterson, Kim spalding, ann doran
“The movie that inspired Alien!” – or so the internet would have you believe. Tommyrot. True, It! shares certain elements with Ridley Scott’s classic: a monster that sneaks about in the ventilation system picking off a spaceship’s crew one by one; an open-theairlock ending. But Alien’s Ron Shusett and Dan O’Bannon denied having seen it. And It! was following a template, anyway – screenwriter Jerome Bixby, later of Trek, admitted to taking his lead from The Thing From Another World.
Setting all that aside, what we have here is a thinly-characterised ’50s B-movie, flatly directed and featuring unremarkable performances. Yet it remains a better-thanaverage example of its type. With its mighty snout, over-sized feet and lumbering gait, the titular Martian menace is absurd, but still memorable. There’s a decent degree of tension. And numerous details – the crew’s incessant smoking, the half-hearted romantic subplot, the alarmingly casual use of hand grenades on a rocketship – are liable to inspire affectionate chuckles.
Extras None. Ian Berriman
The monster costume was recycled by director Edward L Cahn in one of his later features – 1959’s Invisible Invaders.
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