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It Conquered the World

USA 1956
produced by
Roger Corman, James H. Nicholson (executive), Samuel Z. Arkoff (executive) for Sunset Productions, AIP
directed by Roger Corman
starring Peter Graves, Beverly Garland, Lee Van Cleef, Sally Fraser, Russ Bender, Jonathan Haze, Dick Miller, Taggart Casey, Paul Harbor, Karen Kadler, Charles B.Griffith, Marshall Bradford, Thomas E.Jackson, David McMahon, and as monster Paul Blaisdell
written by Lou Rusoff, music by Ronald Stein, special effects by Paul Blaisdell

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The USA sends its first satellite into outer space from some small village in the middle of nowhere under the supervision of scientist Dr Paul (Peter Graves) - while his best friend Dr Tom (Lee Van Cleef) warns those in command that the expedition will launch an alien invasion. This is the 1950'S, so of course Tom is right and aliens - or rather an alien, a carrot-like monster from Venus - land on earth. But the alien soon befriends Tom and makes him a vital part of his invasion plans since he serves as the Venusians perfect  agent and is actually made into a believer of collective brainwashing to prevent future wars in no time - and without having his own brain washed, actually. He soon helps the alien to spread bat-like brainwashing devices throughout his village, but only 8 of them, because the Venusians are obviously slow to produce those things. One such brainwashing device should have been attached to Paul, actually, but he was already given advance warning by Tom's weird behaviour and weirder theories and was able to destroy the one meant for him, and he even shoots his wife (Sally Fraser), who haqd undergone the alien treatment. Then he pays Tom a visit to talk/beat/shoot some sense into him, but Tom only comes to his senses when he hears the alien kill his wife (Beverly Garland) via intercomm. Then he takes it upon himself to destroy the Venusian which is already under attack by an entire army of eight soldiers (commandeered by Dick Miller) - but of course it's Tom who's allowed to kill the alien and redeem himself dying a hero's death ...

 

It Conquered the World is definitely not one of the better films Roger Corman has ever directed, yet one of the films he's nowadays most readily identified with - which is a bit of an injustice, because it's a rather bad film that painfully shows its low budget Corman was much more successful to hide in his other films.

But while It Conquered the World is one of Corman's lesser films, quality-wise, it's also a typical (and thus enjoyably campy) piece of 1950's paranoia cinema, full of your typical small-town-clichés, neglect of actual science, anti-communist undercurrents and the like. And the monster in this one is quite simply great.

In all, doin't expect a masterpiece and don't take anything you're seeing seriously and you will be greatly entertained.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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