Atomic scientist/pilot Doug Martin is missing after his plane crashes on an reconnaissance mission after a nuclear test. Miraculously appearing unhurt at the base later, he is given sodium amethol, but authorities are skeptical of his story that he was captured by aliens determined to conquer the Earth with giant monsters and insects. Martin vows to use existing technology to destroy them.
Peter Graves ... Dr. Douglas Martin
James Seay ... Colonel Banks
Steve Pendleton ... Briggs, FBI
Frank Gerstle ... Dr. Curt Kruger
John Frederick ... Denab / The Tala (as John Merrick)
Barbara Bestar ... Ellen Martin
Shepard Menken ... Major Clift, MD (as Shep Menken)
Jack Daly ... Power House Guard
Ron Kennedy ... Sgt. Powers, Sentry
Ben Welden ... Tar Baby 2 Pilot
Burt Wenland ... Sergeant Bandero
Lester Dorr ... Gas Station Attendant
Robert Roark ... Guard
Ruth Bennett ... Miss Vincent, Secretary
Mark Scott ... Narrator
Pretty bad. The premise is the test pilot, Peter Graves, is saved by a group of creatures from Astron Delta after a certain fatal crash. He acts irrationally after finding his way back to the base. The aliens look like a hybrid of Marty Feldman and Eddy Cantor. They are on earth, setting up an environment for their doomed species. Graves has been brainwashed and sent on his way to bring secrets back to the aliens. If it weren't so dull, it would be genuinely funny. There is a scene where Graves runs through a series of tunnels for 10 minutes, getting nowhere. No one believes him when he tells the truth under sodium pentathol. For some reason these creatures have felt the need to tell their emissary every secret of their existence. This is a fatal flaw which inevitably gets so many villains in trouble. Pretty silly all the way around.
I recently watched Killers From Space for the first time and I rather enjoyed it, despite reading a lot of bad reviews about it.
A nuclear scientist is killed in a plane crash but is revived and then kidnapped by aliens from the planet Astron Delta with ping-pong-ball eyes wearing jogging suits and mittens, who want to take over the world. They choose him because of his knowledge about nuclear testing. When he tries to escape, he encounters giant Spiders, grasshoppers and lizards which the aliens plan to rule the world with. Not surprisingly, when he tells his story to others, no one believes him so he goes to the local power station to cut the electricity for 10 seconds and this blows up the aliens and giant creatures and kills them.
The best thing about this movie are those aliens' eyes which are ping-pong balls. The only face I am familiar with is Peter Graves (It Conquered the World).
This movie is worth watching, especially if you are a fan of 50's sci fi and bad movies. Great fun.
Wow... This is a bad movie. I mean literally there's nothing extremely good about it. Even the length of the film, the whole 70 minutes, feels too long to watch, when no-one actually can act, the plot is terrible and the special effects are bad, even for the 50's standards.
Now, there are some elements in the film, that caused me to laugh, but that was just because of the lack of quality, or just the sheer stupidity of things coming out from the mouths of the actors.
Let's tackle the plot: A-bomb, the great and glorious days of the atom. The military is doing some experiments with THE bomb, when something goes wrong and a survey plane explodes. Everyone thinks, that Dr. Douglas Martin (Peter Graves) is dead, but then he suddenly appears. But he's acting somewhat strangely and there is a huge scar on his chest.
Soon it's discovered that he was hypnotized and open heart operated by the aliens with huge, bulging and quite motionless, yet sometimes in different way looking eyes. Oh and did I mention they are about to conquer Earth by the help of mutated insects and lizards and stuff.
This movie could be a true camp classic, but it's just far too boring for that. Static camera mostly just shoots people talking nonsense about everything possible and the action is very badly portrayed. Direction and the script are non-existing.
"Killers from Space" has small amount of value as a purely bad movie level, but it's not a classic such as the legendary movies of Ed Wood just because the film just is bad bad. Most of the time. But you could watch it for the aliens. They're just so funny looking with their huge eyes and the Phantom rip off suits.
This film is soo jaw droppingly cheesy. The film begins with tons of atomic stock footage. Then the plot gets down to business. Peter Graves is a scientist kidnapped by jaw droppingly awful aliens with unbelievable eyes. They show him a bizzare montage of stock footage. Then everyone thinks he's insane when the aliens return him to civilization. I recommend this to any fans of bad movies, they will love it.