Killers from Space

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Overview

W. Lee Wilder's Killers From Space was a common title on public domain video but never made the jump to laserdisc. Now Alpha Video has put it out on DVD in a surprisingly good quality edition, mastered from a print that is one of the better that this reviewer has seen in recent years. The 1954 movie, directed by the little-known older brother of Billy Wilder and starring Peter Graves (who had been in Billy Wilder's Stalag 17 soon before), passed out of copyright in 1982, and has had few legitimate showings in the...
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Overview

W. Lee Wilder's Killers From Space was a common title on public domain video but never made the jump to laserdisc. Now Alpha Video has put it out on DVD in a surprisingly good quality edition, mastered from a print that is one of the better that this reviewer has seen in recent years. The 1954 movie, directed by the little-known older brother of Billy Wilder and starring Peter Graves (who had been in Billy Wilder's Stalag 17 soon before), passed out of copyright in 1982, and has had few legitimate showings in the years since -- RKO originally distributed it, but the film has since passed through the hands of Paramount Pictures. This disc is taken from a 16mm print that suffers from some scratches but is otherwise intact. The image has been mastered with a lot of care, and the sound is clean and has been set at a healthy volume, which is a surprise. The movie opens automatically to a simple menu with the "play" button in the default position. The handful of chapters are sufficient to delineate the action of the 71-minute feature, which really only has about five major scene changes.
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • UPC: 089218405999
  • Original Release: 1954
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:11:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 51,763

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Graves Doug Martin
James Seay Col. Banks
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton Briggs
Barbara Bestar Ellen Martin
Mark Scott Voice Only
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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [12:45]
3. Chapter 2 [18:02]
4. Chapter 3 [13:40]
5. Chapter 4 [12:53]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    KILLER TO MY DVD PLAYER

    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!

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