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Phantom from Space

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Phantom from Space is a far better film than its lurid title and skintight budget would indicate. The scene is Santa Monica, where the community is plagued by what seems to be a serial killer. Thanks to a pre-credits sequence, the audience knows that the murderer is a visitor from outer space, who becomes invisible upon shedding his spacesuit. Government agent Hazen (Ted Cooper) teams with LAPD lieutenant Bowers (Harry Landers) to track down the extraterrestrial fugitive. It gradually develops that the space man ...
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Overview

Phantom from Space is a far better film than its lurid title and skintight budget would indicate. The scene is Santa Monica, where the community is plagued by what seems to be a serial killer. Thanks to a pre-credits sequence, the audience knows that the murderer is a visitor from outer space, who becomes invisible upon shedding his spacesuit. Government agent Hazen (Ted Cooper) teams with LAPD lieutenant Bowers (Harry Landers) to track down the extraterrestrial fugitive. It gradually develops that the space man is not a predator, merely a very frightened and defensive individual, but by the time this realization is made, it's too late for him. Efficiently directed by W. Lee Wilder (Billy's brother), Phantom from Space boasts some very impressive special effects for a film of its type, courtesy of special-effects technician Alex Welden and optical effects specialist Howard Anderson.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Phantom from Space is not the worst film ever made, but it's an amazingly dull one -- and one thing that a science fiction movie should never be, even when it's bad, is dull. The whole genre is built on an innate sense of wonder, and there isn't at least a glimmer of that, then something is seriously wrong. The thing is, Phantom could have been an enjoyable little flick -- never great, mind you, but possibly good and certainly the kind of silly fluff that you look forward to seeing on an impossibly rainy Saturday afternoon. The idea of an invisible alien who is wreaking havoc and causing death has a lot of possibilities, but none of them are exploited either by director W. Lee Wilder or his screenwriters. Aside from the absence of joy and life, Phantom suffers from its meager budget. The special effects are almost non-existent, and thus rather than see so much of what transpires, we are told about it -- adding to the dullness. The characters are dull, the dialogue is dull, the direction is dull, the actors are dull -- I think you can probably see a pattern here. Phantom ends up being a film that's really only for sci-fi completists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • UPC: 089218404596
  • Original Release: 1953
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 60,164

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ted Cooper Lt. Hazen
Rudolph Anders Dr. Wyatt
Noreen Nash Barbara Randall
James Seay Maj. Andrews
Harry Landers Lt. Bowers
Jack Daly Wakeman
Dick Sands Phantom
Jim Bannon
Michael Mark
Tom Daly
Burt Wenland
Berry Evans
Technical Credits
W. Lee Wilder Director, Producer
Howard A. Anderson Special Effects
William H. Clothier Cinematographer
George Gale Editor
Jane Huizenga Production Designer
William Lava Score Composer
Bill Raynor Screenwriter
Alex C. Weldon Special Effects
Myles Wilder Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [11:53]
3. Chapter 2 [13:21]
4. Chapter 3 [19:44]
5. Chapter 4 [13:36]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Index
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