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U.S., 1953
Directed by Jack Arnold
Starring Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush
Approx. 81 min. 3-D DCP.

“You would be repelled by us.” In the midst of a desert heat wave, amateur scientist Richard Carlson claims he’s seen a space ship land, while local citizens start acting strangely. By the director of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON from a Ray Bradbury story. “The best of the we-want-to-scare-you 3-D features… quickly establishes the potential threat of the location: in 3-D, eerily silhouetted, twisting Joshua trees bursting off the screen and into the audience, their weirdness augmented by a creepy theremin-based score, establish the desert as a liminal space where anything might happen…. Arnold stages for depth as well as projection: the scariest scene takes place in a darkened corridor, its depth enhanced by 3-D, from which two mysterious figures, telephone linemen who have been overtaken by the aliens, emerge to deliver a message to the inquisitive scientist.” – Foster Hirsch.


“AUTHENTIC PULP POETRY! [Arnold’s] compositions in depth are consistently interesting, and his sparing use of special effects keeps the level of visual interest high.”
Time Out (London)

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