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Mars: Captain Carruthers (Marshall Thompson), commander of the first
expedition to the red planet, seems to be marooned on Mars after his ship
crashed and his crew has been killed by ... something. 6 month later, a
second Mars mission arrives, commandeered by Van Heusen (Kim Spalding),
and Carruthrs is promptly arrested for the murder of his crew. During the
trip back, Van Heusen tries to get a confession out of Carruthers, also
because Ann (Shawn Smith), the ship's pretty girl, tends to believe
Carruthers' monster story, and Van Heusen feels Ann was meant for him.
two crewmembers disappear, and turn up dead, murdered, and since
Carruthers' alibi is air-tight, it must have been something else ... like
a Martian monster (Ray 'Crash' Corrigan) who somehow sneaked onto the ship
when nobody was looking and who now hides in the air shafts and feeds on
Carruthers, Van heusen and his men now throw everything at the
monster they've got, but it not only seems to be invulnerable to
everything and kills one crewmember after the next, it also dares to go
out into the open more and more and eventually takes one compartment after
the next, strong enough to rip through steeldoors and the like. And the
fact that it doesn't take the whole ship all at once is only because he
sees no reason to rush things - after all, the monster's not stupid and
figures keeping these humans alive keeps them fresh longer.
to and fro and many casualties, the remaining crew, now commandeered by
Carruthers after Van Heusen was heavily injured, figures the creature
needs an extra amount of oxygen - so everybody puts on his spacesuit, the
oxygen is pumped out of the ship ... and the creature finally dies.
Obviously a major influence on Ridley Scott's Alien
some 20 years later, It! The Terror from Beyond Space is not so
much a trailblazing movie but a charming yet slightly routine 1950's
monster feature with space opera undercurrents. And it's also a pretty
likeable movie, if you like that sort of thing, with all the shocks and
the clichées in the right places, fun if not wholly convincing special
effects, a typical 1950's pulp style monster, and of course a happy