|It Conquered the World|
film poster by Albert Kallis
|Directed by||Roger Corman|
|Produced by||Roger Corman|
Charles B. Griffith (uncredited)
Lee Van Cleef
|Music by||Ronald Stein|
|Cinematography||Fred E. West|
|Editing by||Charles Gross|
|Distributed by||American International Pictures|
|Release date(s)||July 15, 1956|
|Running time||71 min.|
It Conquered the World is a 1956 American science fiction film about an alien from Venus trying to take over the world with the help of a disillusioned human scientist. It was directed by Roger Corman, written by Lou Rusoff (with uncredited contributions by Charles B. Griffith), and starred Peter Graves, Lee Van Cleef, Beverly Garland, and Sally Fraser.
Plot synopsis Edit
Dr. Tom Anderson (Van Cleef), an embittered scientist, has picked up the voice of a Venusian alien in his radio transmitter. The alien wants to take over the world with its mind-control devices and thus make a new home for itself, but claims only to be bringing peace to the Earth through the elimination of emotions. Anderson agrees to help the creature in this ploy, even allowing that the creature assimilate his friend Dr. Nelson (Graves) and his wife (Fraser). The alien's first action is to suppress all electric power on Earth, including the ignition and starting systems of motor vehicles, leaving Dr. Nelson resorting to riding around on a bicycle.
After killing a flying bat-like creature which carries the mind-control device, Nelson returns home to see his wife is assimilated and, as she attempts to assimilate him with another bat creature, he kills her. By this point, the only people left that are not mind controlled are Nelson, Anderson, Anderson's wife, and a small group of soldiers camping in the woods. Dr. Nelson finally persuades the paranoid Anderson that he has been wrong about the alien's motives and that he has made a horrible mistake, allying himself with a creature bent on world domination. They hurriedly leave when they discover Tom's wife has picked up a rifle and gone to the alien's cave to try to kill it. The monster succeeds in taking the life of Mrs. Anderson before the two doctors make it to her rescue. Finally seeing his hubris and the loss of everything he holds dear, Dr. Anderson kills the monster, sustaining lethal wounds of his own in the confrontation.
- Peter Graves as Dr. Paul Nelson
- Lee Van Cleef as Dr. Tom Anderson
- Beverly Garland as Claire Anderson
- Sally Fraser as Joan Nelson
- Russ Bender as General James Pattick
- Taggart Casey as Sheriff N.J. Shallert
- Karen Kadler as Dr. Ellen Peters
- Dick Miller as First Sergeant
- Jonathan Haze as Corporal Manuel Ortiz
- Paul Harbor as Dr. Floyd Mason
- Charles B. Griffith as Dr. Pete Shelton
- Thomas E. Jackson as George Haskell
It Conquered the World was released theatrically by American International Pictures in July, 1956. During the 1960's the title was syndicated to television by American International Television. In the 1990's VHS versions appeared on the US home video market (by RCA Columbia Home Video) and in the UK, but these are no longer in distribution.
In 1991, it was mocked on the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000; subjects for jokes included the poor monster props, occasionally wooden acting, and the overblown closing monologue.
- ↑ It Conquered the World at Imdb.com
- ↑ US-American VHS of It Conquered the World at Amazon.com
- ↑ British VHS of It Conquered the World at Amazon.co.uk
- ↑ Review by Dave Kehr in the Chicago Reader.
- ↑ Review by Tony Rayns in Time Out magazine.
- ↑ Leonard Maltin's 2008 Movie Guide, Signet/New American Library, New York 2008.
- ↑ Review by Hal Erickson in All Movie Guide, online at Allrovi.com
- ↑ Online reviews at Rottentomatoes.com
- ↑ User reviews at Rottentomatoes.com
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