They Came from Beyond Space 2000 Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
They Came From Beyond Space (1967) is an old style alien contact fantasy. A British production, the film is based on the novel `The Gods Hate Kansas’ (1964) by Joseph Millard. As you might guess, the original story was set in Kansas, but was relocated to the English countryside.
A team of scientists is sent to investigate an unusual meteor strike on a farm, and their bodies are taken over by aliens, through strange rays emitted by the glowing crystal-like meteorites. The scientists begin executing the aliens’ mysterious plan, isolating themselves on the farm, turning it into a secured compound with armed guards, where they stockpile supplies and weapons, and carry on activities underground.
Dr. Curtis Temple (Robert Hutton) begins investigating, but is rebuffed by his girlfriend and assistant Lee Mason (Jennifer Jayne), one of those taken over by the aliens. Things escalate when a mysterious plague breaks out in a nearby town, but Temple presses forward, discovering that rockets are being launched into space from the farm. Temple then turns commando, penetrating the compound and displaying the fighting skills of a professional wrestler, manages to abduct Lee and escape. With the help of a friend, Temple frees Lee from the aliens’ influence, and then things really get ridiculous with the story concluding at an alien council meeting on the moon.
More of a pulp or comic book adventure fantasy, They Came From Beyond Space with its action elements, was probably entertaining at the time it was made. It has more in common with science fiction films of the 1950’s, then the more serious science fiction that was beginning to emerge in the late 60’s. The level of realism is extremely low. Threads of the storyline make some sense, but most of what happens does not. If huge gaps in logic are not a problem, then it may be worth a look.
About They Came from Beyond Space (2000)
Starring: Robert Hutton, Jennifer Jayne, Zia Mohyeddin, Bernard Kay, Michael Gough,
Runtime: 85 minutes
Director: Freddie Francis,
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