Monday, April 21, 2008

The First Man Into Space


I was totally sucked in by the cover art by the Criterion Collection but in spite of having the usual low-budget woes, this was really fun. The monster is really icky. If the production had allowed for any kind of decent lighting, photography, etc, it would also have been scary. Body count is pretty high, especially among female innocent bystanders. This really is more of a Twilight Zone episode than a feature. Ridiculous attempt to prolong "mystery" of the identity of the monster leads to most of the groans although everybody keeps an admirably straight face, not that there aren't some thespian quality control problems. The artwork on the re-issue is the best part, but purely on account of extreme awesomeness.

P.S. If I had seen this movie as a kid, my Major Matt Mason toys would have suffered.

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