I Married a Monster From Outer Space
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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Very atmospheric classic sci-fi with some film noir thrown in. This is a worthwhile addition to anyone hooked on the sci-fi genre.Published 7 months ago by Ravyn
Hasn't held up well over the years, but has points of interests esp the lightning flashes that show the monster under the human skin. The aliens costume is stiff and inflexible. Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. Jenkins
I always missed this movie; but it was worth the wait! It was really great story telling: excellent acting and a great script.Published 10 months ago by Eric Lund
Over the top title but a lot of fun. Good 50's sci-fi movie. Just turn off your brain and enjoy.Published 12 months ago by William A Devenney
I saw this movie in the theater when I was ten years old. I'm sixty-six now and still love it. Its one of those childhood movies that you love as an adult because of the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gary Gilfoy
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