Rymdinvasion i Lappland

Overview

A meteor crashes into the frozen mountains of Northern Sweden, though the Laplanders who witness the event swear that it flew horizontally for hundreds of feet and left skidmarks in the snow. American scientist Dr. Vance Wilson Robert Burton is called overseas to help investigate, and joins dashing young geologist Erik Engstrom Sten Gester in Stockholm to discuss the phenomenon. Erik meets Wilson's niece, Diane Barbara Wilson, an Olympic ice skater in training, and the two of them begin flirting heavily both on ...
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Overview

A meteor crashes into the frozen mountains of Northern Sweden, though the Laplanders who witness the event swear that it flew horizontally for hundreds of feet and left skidmarks in the snow. American scientist Dr. Vance Wilson Robert Burton is called overseas to help investigate, and joins dashing young geologist Erik Engstrom Sten Gester in Stockholm to discuss the phenomenon. Erik meets Wilson's niece, Diane Barbara Wilson, an Olympic ice skater in training, and the two of them begin flirting heavily both on the slopes and the dancefloor. The scientists are called to the scene of the interstellar accident when an entire herd of reindeer are found mutilated nearby, and Diane stows away on their plane to get close to the action. When Erik and Dr. Wilson examine the meteor closely, however, it's clear to them that it's actually some sort of vessel from outer space. Before they can fly back to the city and alert the authorities, a 20-foot tall behemoth with shaggy fur and gruesome fangs kills a guard and destroys their airplane. Erik and Diane ski off for help, but she injures her knee and finds herself a captive of the enormous monster. Strangely, the creature treats her with gentleness despite her screams. What is the origin of this unearthly beast, and what is its connection to the alien spacecraft? This Swedish-made sci-fi picture was purchased by American producer Jerry Warren, who changed the narrative with new footage and released it to state-side audiences as Invasion of the Animal People in 1962.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
The first sci-fi monster movie ever produced in Sweden, Rymdinvasion i Lappland ("Space Invasion of Lapland") delivers a fairly typical 1950s "giant beast" tale, though its use of the country's unique climate and topography makes it worth seeing for genre enthusiasts. Swirling snowstorms and avalanches figure heavily in the plot, and the presence of Lapland villagers in authentic costume is rare to see in any film, let alone one with space aliens and reindeer mutilations; the climactic scene of a Laplander mob chasing the creature with torches blazing is like seeing Frankenstein translated into Swedish. The monster itself is a goofy Yeti-like creation with an ape's body and a wild boar's pitiful snout, not terribly convincing, but certainly unforgettable. Though director Virgil Vogel does a good job finding tension and suspense in the vast arctic wastes, he has trouble keeping the proportions of the monster accurate, as the beast seems to change height depending on where it stands. The cast is serviceable, though genre vet Barbara Wilson's character degenerates from spunky feminist to shrieking victim as soon as the Swedish Bigfoot appears, thus managing to irritate in two totally different ways. A surprising nude scene (rare for a sci-fi film of its era) is artfully staged to simultaneously reveal and conceal everything, but a buff stand-in is used instead of Wilson, who also opted for a double to perform her character's figure-skating routines. When offered for American distribution, schlock specialist Jerry Warren got hold of Rymdinvasion i Lappland, added numerous unrelated scenes, and gave himself co-director status with Vogel, renaming the whole mess Invasion of the Animal People. The genre archivists at Something Weird Video have released both versions to the public, finally letting American audiences see Vogel's original work alongside Warren's incoherent chop job.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2008
  • UPC: 882012600665
  • Original Release: 1958
  • Source: A2zcds Inc
  • Time: 1:16:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bengt Blomgren Col. Robert Bottiger
Brita Borg singer
Robert Burton
Sten Gester
The Golden Gate Quartet Voice Only
Åke Grönberg Dr. Henrik
Goesta Pruezelius dr Walter Ullman
Barbara Wilson Diane Wilson
Technical Credits
Virgil Vogel Director
Harry Arnold Score Composer
Hilding Bladh Cinematographer
Frederick Herbert Songwriter
Bertil Jernberg Producer
Allan Johansson Score Composer
Nils Nilsson Art Director
David Norberg Production Manager
Arthur C. Pierce Original Story, Screenwriter
Gustaf Unger Songwriter, Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Terror in the Midnight Sun
1. Credits [5:50]
2. Dr. Wilson Reports [6:12]
3. A Meteor? [5:30]
4. From the Plane [5:37]
5. Ski Flirting [6:29]
6. Tired Casanova [6:10]
7. Night Drive [5:32]
8. To Crash Site [5:45]
9. Footpring Enigma [6:04]
10. Getting Help [5:47]
11. Alien Encounter [5:54]
12. Camp's Destruction [6:21]
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Disc #1 -- Terror in the Midnight Sun
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