I Married a Monster from Outer Space

I Married a Monster from Outer Space

Director: Gene Fowler Jr., Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbott, Peter Baldwin

Cast: Gene Fowler Jr., Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbott, Peter Baldwin

     
 

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It has now become a film-review clich to preface a write-up for I Married a Monster From Outer Space with the cautionary "Don't be misled by the title." The fact remains, however, that this one of the better and more intelligent horror outings of the late 1950s. The "I" of the title is Marge Farrell (Gloria Talbott), who can't help noticing that her husband

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It has now become a film-review clich to preface a write-up for I Married a Monster From Outer Space with the cautionary "Don't be misled by the title." The fact remains, however, that this one of the better and more intelligent horror outings of the late 1950s. The "I" of the title is Marge Farrell (Gloria Talbott), who can't help noticing that her husband Bill (Tom Tryon) has been acting very strangely since their dark-and-stormy wedding night. For one thing, the formerly demonstrative Bill behaves listlessly, as though possessing no emotions whatsoever; for another, though he spends much of his free time at Grady's Bar, Bill never takes a drink (now that is weird!) It isn't long before Marge discovers that Bill, along with several of his male friends, have been taken over by aliens from the Andromeda Nebula, who have arrived on earth to replenish their species. There's only one flaw to this plan: the aliens are unable to procreate! Once the authorities are alerted, a posse of non-possessed men attack the alien spaceship, paving the way for the not-altogether-predictable finale.

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This smart, tidy little sci-fi effort is deserving of its cult reputation. I Married A Monster From Outer Space works primarily because it never tries to outdo the outrageous hard-sell of its title. Instead, Louis Vitte's screenplay builds the story up in a subtle manner, allowing the troubled marriage of its two leads to drive the story and building its alien-invasion plot around the edges of that main narrative hook. This approach also allows the filmmakers to offer some interesting thematic commentary: the film could be seen as a metaphor for how marriage can "change" a relationship. The film also benefits from strong, adult performances by a pair of leads who take the offbeat story seriously and play it straight: Tom Tryon never overplays the alien mannerisms of his character and withholds emotion to show the character's disconnection while Gloria Talbott makes a strong, resourceful heroine who is easy to root for. Finally, Gene Fowler's artful direction seals the film's appeal: he doles out shock effects where need be (mainly during the finale) but mostly concentrates on creating an atmosphere of paranoia through subtle performances and shadowy photography. All in all, I Married A Monster From Outer Space is a fine addition to the canon of 1950's sci-fi and well worth the time for cult film fans interested in this genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2013
UPC:
0883316858288
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount (Pmt)
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:17:00
Sales rank:
4,160

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Tryon Bill Farrell
Gloria Talbott Marge Farrell
Peter Baldwin Swanson
Ken Lynch Dr. Wayne
John Eldredge H.B. Collins
Robert Ivers Harry
Alan Dexter Sam Benson
Chuck Wassil Ted
Valerie Allen B-girl
Jean Carson Helen Rhodes
Ty Hungerford Mac
James Anderson Weldon
Jack Orrison Schultz
Steve London Charles Mason
"Slapsie Maxie" Rosenbloom Freddie Grady, Bartender
Ty Hardin Actor
Mary Treen Actor

Technical Credits
Gene Fowler Director,Producer
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Haskell Boggs Cinematographer
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Charles Gemora Makeup
Hal Pereira Art Director
George Tomasini Editor
Louis Vittes Screenwriter

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