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Killers from Space
     

Killers from Space

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Director: W. Lee Wilder,

Cast: Peter Graves, James Seay, Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton

 

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The Killers from Space in this low-budget sci-fier are a group of aliens bent on conquering the earth. To this end, they overtake the mind and body of atomic scientist Peter Graves, using the poor man as a combination spy and saboteur. When Graves realizes this, he tries to warn mankind, but no one believes him. Marching defiantly back to the aliens' Bronson

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The Killers from Space in this low-budget sci-fier are a group of aliens bent on conquering the earth. To this end, they overtake the mind and body of atomic scientist Peter Graves, using the poor man as a combination spy and saboteur. When Graves realizes this, he tries to warn mankind, but no one believes him. Marching defiantly back to the aliens' Bronson Canyon headquarters, where the slimy villains are busily syphoning off electrical power from a nearby generator, Graves vows to stop the extraterrestrials at any cost...including his own life (or what there's left of it). The makeup used for the aliens is laughable, but the film works so long as it concentrates on Graves' plight. Produced and directed by W. Lee Wilder, the brother of the more celebrated Billy Wilder, Killers from Space was distributed in the US by RKO Radio.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The very title Killers from Space is so low-brow trashy that one can be excused for assuming that the film that accompanies it is a sci-fi hoot. Indeed, the plot -- aliens possess body of dead scientist and use him as their pawn to conquer the world -- also holds a great deal of "camp" promise. And when one discovers that the aliens look like nothing so much as overweight men dressed in jumpsuits and wearing ping pong balls for eyes, it seems inconceivable that Killers isn't a laugh riot from start to finish. Unfortunately, somehow director W. Lee Wilder manages to take all the fun out of what should be a crazy misfire of a movie, making a film that is so tedious and dull that all the fun drains out of it within the first 15 minutes. Clearly, Wilder was attempting to treat this material with seriousness, which is not a crime. But his work here is so lacking in any skill, so lacking in any sense of pacing or structure or ability to build suspense, that he makes Killers a chore to sit through. True devotees of 1950s sci-fi may want to watch Killers in order to see links between it and better films such as Invaders from Mars or The Day the Earth Stood Still, but others should just give it a miss.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2015
UPC:
0644827262823
Original Release:
1954
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
26,562

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Graves Doug Martin
James Seay Col. Banks
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton Briggs
Barbara Bestar Ellen Martin
Mark Scott Narrator
Frank Gerstle Dr. Kruger
John Merrick Deneb-Tala
Shepard Menken Maj. Clift
Jack Daly Powerhouse guard
Ron Kennedy Sentry
Ben Welden Pilot
Burt Wenland Sergeant
Lester Dorr Station attendant
Robert Roark Guard

Technical Credits
W. Lee Wilder Director,Producer
William H. Clothier Cinematographer
Manuel Compinsky Score Composer
William Faris Editor
Bill Raynor Screenwriter
Harry Thomas Makeup

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Killers from Space 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For the life of me I can never figure out why Plan nine from Outer Space is billed as the worst movie ever made. O.K., O.K., so maybe it is, but this one is also one that could never walk around saying: "I coulda been ah contedah". I could only watch this flick in fifteen minute bursts. Until the last forty five minutes, by which time I had a few beers in me and it made it more bearable (Sorry, Entertaining) A very young Peter Graves playing the part of a nuclear scientist who is a crew member in a jet fighter that flys through an atomic mushroom cloud. The plane crashes and there are no survivors, Until Pete comes lolly gagging up to the Main Gate of the Air base. He's dilusional, lethargic etc. The base staff gets his wife involved and I, I...I wont say no more other than to buy this movie from Barnes and Noble and add it to your collection. You'll be glad you did and you will thank me in the end. Enjoy!