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I Married a Monster From Outer Space (1958)

Tom Tryon , Gloria Talbott , Gene Fowler Jr.  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbott, Peter Baldwin, Robert Ivers, Chuck Wassil
  • Directors: Gene Fowler Jr.
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I832W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,268 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Married a Monster From Outer Space" on IMDb

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I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE tells the story of a race of monster-like aliens from another planet who try to conquer Earth by taking over a small town, inhabiting the bodies of prominent citizens and trying to impregnate the women. After one newlywed woman (Talbott) becomes suspicious of her husband when she sees him turn into a monster, the entire town begins to rise to the threat of conquest by the aliens.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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I really wasn't sure what I'd be getting with the film I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958) as the title, while certainly informative (and long), screams cheap productions values, lurid storyline, and cheap exploitation intended on turning a fast buck, much like the putrid Ray Dennis Steckler crudfest, The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964). After watching the movie, I found that wasn't the case, as while it may suffer (or benefit, depending on your point of view) from a lengthy and sensationalistic title, I Married a Monster from Outer Space is a fun science fiction film worth anyone's time (and money).

The film, directed by Gene Fowler Jr., probably better know for his work as an editor on films like It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) and Hang `Em High (1968), stars Tom Tryon (The Longest Day) and Gloria Talbot (The Leech Woman) as newlywed couple Bill and Marge Farrell. The film opens with Bill and his friends, in a local bar, celebrating Bill's last night as a free man, as he's getting married the next day. On his way home, Bill has a strange encounter with an even stranger being and a noxious looking cloud of alien whammy gas. The next day, Bill is late for his wedding, and he seems a bit off...Marge doesn't pay much attention, but soon after the nuptials, she begins to realize the honeymoon is over even before it began, as Bill is a completely different person, short-tempered, distant, unfeeling and just generally cold. Maybe it has something to do with the fact Bill is no longer Bill, but an alien, inhabiting the shell of Bill's body (that's what I'm betting my money on, or that Bill is just a big jerkwad).
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid scifi thriller September 24, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Despite having one of the worst, most misleading titles in movie history, "I Married a Monster From Outer Space" is a solid, often chilling science fiction movie, with some very good acting and an excellent script. You won't find a mindless us versus them story here, which makes it all the more effective.
Bill Farrell ((Tom Tryon) was having a last drinking spree with some pals, the night before his wedding. But the next day, Bill arrives late to the church, and on the honeymoon he seems strangely preoccupied and distant. His new bride, Marge (Gloria Talbot), is a bit worried by her husband's sudden change, but tries to keep going as if nothing has happened. But a year passes, and Bill is still acting weird -- so, for that matter, are his pals.
One night (after the mystery deaths of a couple of animals), Marge follows Bill into the woods -- only to see a strange glowing alien emerge from his body and enter a spaceship. Terrified, Marge tries to get help, but she has no way of knowing who's an alien and who isn't. And when she learns why the aliens have come, and why they've impersonated human males, she enlists the help of the remaining humans to help her.
"I Married A Monster" is an example of story triumphing over budgets and special effects. While the script isn't flawless (if the aliens can't tolerate alcohol, why doesn't Marge use that as a test?), the gradual buildup of tension, and the feeling of helplessness, is wonderfully done. Things as small as stumbling over a dead cat are imbued with horror, and the "less is more" exposure of the aliens in their true forms adds a great low-key tone to it. The special effects and costumes, though primitive by current standards, are surprisingly convincing.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Recommended A Movie From Amazon.com. May 8, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is a must-have sci-fi movie that, obviously, has been much overlooked. Not as subtle as Invasion of the Body Snatchers yet bearing many of the same characteristics, IMAMFOS probably has suffered due to its unwieldy title.
A young newlywed woman comes to realize that her husband is not the man she married- (I know, I know) literally. But this movie deals less with wide-scale paranoia than with one woman's struggle for identity, even as she wonders about her husband's (Like, for example, if he and their baby are monsters from outer space.)
One extra level to the movie which is adequately but not sufficiently dealt with is the question of who, really, are the bad guys. The aliens kill to keep their secret, but are almost sympathetic. They impersonate earthmen to carry on their race and may even treat their wives more compassionately AFTER they are taken over by aliens, whereas before they could not wait to leave them and go sit in the local tavern. An interesting twist, and one which could come off as preachy, but manages not to because the story moves at a pretty good clip and there's enough monster action to drown out secondary things like messages or character development. (Ahem.)
IMAMFOS boasts wonderful sci-fi music, a good amount of fine special effects and a shoot-'em up action climax where the members of a small town band together against the invaders. Bonus points for a shaggy hound dog figuring into the proceedings.
See also: It Came From Outer Space; Astronaut's Wife was a semi-remake, but ... yuck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know how much sex they had. But ...
I don't know how much sex they had. But they couldn't get pregnant. But they were working on the tech. Almost had it. But the female screwed it up. She was done. Moving on. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Ellis Goodson
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended.
Ignore the silly title, this is a classic sci fi movie from the 50's. Well written and special effects are okay, but its more about the story. Recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Douglas Mckinney
5.0 out of 5 stars i always thought it was a great movie.
i've seen the movie many times. i always thought it was a great movie.
Published 2 months ago by Larry L. Alderman
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey, who HASN'T married a monster from outer space?
Men, huh? You think you're getting a moderately alcoholic, big, white guy in "business", but it turns out you really married a mustard gas expelling alien clone - who... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nick Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great HD quality but the best I've ever seen it
Not going to write about the film itself, it is already known to be a minor classic with an unfortunate title. Read more
Published 5 months ago by tledford
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best sci-fi classics of the `50`s......
..........as far as b-movies go. This is one of the better b-movie Sci-Fi's of the `50`s. It`s often over looked but plot and acting all hold up. Read more
Published 7 months ago by SpaceGhost2112
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldy but Goody
The acting is great the special effects are to notch for the time and the leading man is to die for, wonderful to have it on disc.
Published 8 months ago by rubiedawn
5.0 out of 5 stars B-grade, cheesy sci-fi is da bomb!
Okay... it's sci-fi, but really short on spaceships and outer space hijinks. If you're looking for that sort of thing you may be disappointed with I Married A Monster From Outer... Read more
Published 9 months ago by forkboy1965
5.0 out of 5 stars Little known 50's sci-fi
Big fan of black and white 1950's sci-fi and this was one I hadn't seen. Similar them to Invasion of the Body Snatchers (aka "No More") but much less well known.
Published 12 months ago by Dr John
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain stupid
This is yet another no plotter and no brainier ! Who in the world thinks up these kind of movies. Here is a woman that married a man, slept with this man for a year and when she... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chuntanay Berry-Phillips
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