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Review of Phantom From Space

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Year: 1953 - Runtime: 73 - Director: W. Lee Wilder - Writer(s): William Raynor , Myles Wilder
Country: USA - Language: English - Parental Guide: NR - Color: BW

Phantom From SpaceRating: ★★★½☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

A UFO crashes in Santa Monica and an alien, which survived the crash, has found himself on unknown planet (or maybe he do know exactly where he is). After the accident sudden outbreak of radio and television interference and federal government sends group of investigators to track down the source of the interference. During the investigation they receive a large number of statements by eye-witnesses who saw a person in unusual outfit. Alien fails in his attempts to communicate with earthlings end ends up killing two people. While being pursued by government authorities alien takes off his spacesuit and thus appears invisible to the human eye.

Reason to Watch

Although the beginning of the movie is rather boring, but once it gets rolling it is very possible that it will hold you in your chair. And the scenes with invisible alien are very well done for a low budget movie like this.

Context

This movie was made in the 1950’s, the decade that brought us lots of vintage sci-fi films like “Day the Earth Stood Still”, “Forbidden Planet”, “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms”, “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” and many others.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

Pete: “How would you feel if somebody with a crazy helmet with pipes sticking out of it came at you in the dark!”

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

You need an alien detector that is capable to find out is there an invisible extraterrestrial specie in your house so you won’t be frighten with every noise made during the movie.

Trivia

Police sketch of the suspect really looks like some kids drawing and the reaction after revealing it to the eyewitness is good for some comedy movie.

Educational Content

If you have problems in communicating with other don’t just start killing them, it will only get worse.

Justification for Rating

Some questions remained unanswered at the end and that’s what I didn’t like in the movie. At the end we don’t know where the alien came from, what were his intentions and he dies leaving no proof of being here.

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