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The Man from Planet X(1951)

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  • Engaging 50's SciFi Story and Alien

    • pete
    • 6/18/17

    Engaging low budget 50's scifi set in the Scottish moors. Ignore the awful backdrops and obvious set pieces and consider them part of its charm. There's even enough trivia to satisfy the movie nerd of a certain age. That's Sally Field's mother. Patty Duke's tv father. He's even the villain and he's creepier than the "Man" in the title. Also try your best to ignore why an alien with superior technology has a breathing device that relies on a cheapo faucet. Fails more than once. Is positioned so awkwardly he can't reach it half the time. Despite the alien's stoic expression, he has an undeniable appeal like an early R2-D2. His purpose is a bit ambiguous. We are left to wonder at the end whether a peaceful co-existence was possible. Although, "invasion" was definitely on the agenda and you have to wonder how they'd solve the different atmosphere problem. Maybe use us as slaves with that hypnotizing ray as they transform our planet's air to their liking? Ulmer's direction is fine. Nifty acting, notably the local Constable. An atmospheric mood prevails. The kind of movie you want to watch with a hot toddy and some biscuits even though it was filmed in Culver City, CA.

  • VERY GOOD!!

    • William Rick Ellis
    • 7/7/15

    One of my favorite SCI-FI films, saw this in the theater in 1951, I was 8 yrs old then, I am now 72 yrs old. It wasmade in a week, I now have it on DVD, and VHS from TCM.

  • The Man From Planet X Gets Very Upset(1951)

    • nshepard
    • 12/10/11

    Creepy little British sci-fi thriller set in Scotland, against the more creepiness of the Scotish moors, add an Alien from outer space, and you have some elements for a nifty low budget film. Now don't expect any CGI or High -Tech fx, this was the 1950's and the story carries the film, sort of. Scientists who have a lab ,for some reason in the middle of nowhere ,discover a friendly Alien, and one of them decides to use him for painful experiments. Does this upset the Alien, you bet ! Then the Alien who has no name, decides he wants to do some experiments too... The story tends to wander, but there is still enough logical components to hold it together, unlike " Super 8" or other current Spielberg garbage... So, if you like this kind of fare, spend a lovely hour and a half chasing through the Scotish countryside, and find "The Man From Planet X." You could do allot worse..3.5 stars out of 5.

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