I Married a Monster from Outer Space Film Details
Overview: Aliens arrive on Earth to possess the bodies of humans. One of their first victims is a young man, whose new wife soon realizes something is wrong with him.
Tagline: Shuddery things from beyond the stars, here to breed with human women!
Review: Maligned by many for its title, but recognised by most as a movie whose depth, entertainment value and chilling moments certainly belie the triteness of the title. Personally, I think it’s a great title; it’s like the teenagers from the ‘I was a teenage ’ movies have grown up and are ready for marriage only to discover that there are even greater threats than werewolves and patchwork monsters to contend with. Basically, male shape shifting aliens whose females died out subsequent to a planetary catastrophe have infiltrated a small American town by assuming the appearances and to some extent the characters of local young men with a view to eventually altering female DNA to allow them to bare their offspring. The story focuses for the most part on the plight of newlywed Marge Farrell (Gloria Talbott) whose husband Bill (Tom Tryon) is abducted by aliens of the eve of their wedding and replaced by one of them who initially seems like a perfect copy but whose true nature is gradually revealed as Marge’s fears and paranoia deepen in a clever commentary on how well we really know people. But there’s a lot more to it than that; you really need to check it out to see how good it is. Gloria Talbott is great as Marge; her deepening crises as she proceeds through feelings of confusion, doubt, fear, acceptance and, ultimately, recognition of her role in the survival of the ‘human’ species (be it under threat from aliens or communists depending on your perspective) are all expertly conveyed and seem to improve with subsequent viewings. Tom Tyron is OK as Bill and does manage to express a kind of detachment that suits the ‘not quite there’ nature of the character. Gene Fowler’s direction is fine, except for the day for night work which is unpardonably bad, and John Fulton’s special effects are great for the time and include such highlights as laser beams and really disgusting melting effects for the eerily glowing aliens. And what about those aliens! For my money they are simply the best aliens of the 1950s big, ugly, and glowing yet trying to get to grips with the complexities of being human! Stephen King when describing the aliens faces called them ‘runnelled and knotted and warty’, elsewhere they’ve simply been described as ‘rhubarb like’, although one critic dismissed them as ‘risible’ (perhaps he was watching the ‘pompous ass’ cut of the film; I’m sure that critics see a different version of these movies than the rest of us!) and they are all of these things and more, depending on how you look at them. Some of the themes are interesting even today. Modern day ufologists for example will be very familiar with alien abduction accounts and the notion of emotionless extraterrestrials attempting to cross breed with humans, a fairly unusual perspective in the 1950s which from the UFO viewpoint was dominated by the contactee movement. The viewer may also find themselves experiencing mixed feelings towards the aliens. You can easily understand why they want to keep their species going and can to some extent sympathise with their confusion over human emotions but it’s hard to reconcile those feelings with the ruthlessness with which they attempt to achieve their goals. Having said that, I had no qualms about them killing the sleazy bar fly who was stalking Marge but did feel some pity when the hooker got zapped! Whatever way you decide to view this movie, it is, in my opinion, an absolute gem and fully deserving of ‘classic’ status. For some reason it doesn’t appear to be available on DVD in the UK, so I am having to rely on my battered and worn old VHS copy taped years ago when the TV channels here still had the balls to show mad old movies but, if you do get the chance to check it out I’m sure you’ll agree that this is 1950s American sci fi at its absolute best!
Country: United States
Duration: 78 min
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
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