IT! THE TER­ROR FROM BE­YOND SPACE Ripped off for Ri­p­ley?

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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.

His pro­file wasn’t pop­u­lar.

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