Saturday, 28 April 2007

They Came from Beyond Space (1967)

A major British rival to Hammer Films in the field of horror and science fiction movies back in the 1960s was a company called Amicus. They Came from Beyond Space is a 1967 Amicus production, and it’s in the ever-popular “alien invaders enslaving the population of Earth by mind control” sub-genre. For a fairly low-budget movie it has some reasonably cool gadgetry and sets, and some really embarrassing gadgetry and sets as well. The silver colander worn on the head to foil the alien mind control is especially cringeworthy. This is a fairly routine but moderately entertaining film, more for its 1960s period charm and amusement value than anything else. If you can pick it up for a couple of bucks, as I did, and you have a taste for 60s science fiction, it’s worth a look.

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