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The Film Crew: Killers From Space (2007)

Film Crew , Mike Nelson  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Film Crew, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N2HDIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Film Crew: Killers From Space" on IMDb

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Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett,three of the brilliantly insane minds behind the cult classic TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K)finally reunite to unleash their warped sense of humor on the cinema of yesteryear as The Film Crew. Charged with the task of giving all movies their own commentary tracks, the Film Crew valiantly steps forward to tackle the best of the worst, taking on the sci-fi b-movie classic Killers From Space.When a scientist (Peter Graves) uncovers an unbelievable alien plot to conquer Earth using giant insects and reptiles, he finds himself alone in a battle to save the world. But is Earth s technology enough to defend the planet from the evil Astronians from Astrol Delta?

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Wee Hoo. I am happy as a clam." August 7, 2007
Format:DVD
As was the case with the first Film Crew disc, "Hollywood After Dark," the second release also seems slightly out of practice in terms of the riffing. While there may be fewer 'clunkers' in the jokes, as some reviewers have commented, there are also fewer direct hits. However, this second release is a slight step up. The 'host segments' are significantly funnier, and the riffing itself is improved, eliciting a number of full throated laughs from this particular viewer. Not to mention, of course, that the film is an abysmal piece of '50s sci-fi trash starring Peter Graves, and featuring some typically terrible editing and camerawork. The story goes nowhere...and it goes there slowly. In short, the film would've been a classic episode of Mystery Science Theater, and it is used admirably here as well. If only there were a silhouette, this would be virtually indistinguishable from MST3K.

And yes, for those who are wondering, the riffing is still at a slightly more 'mature' level than MST's standard 'saturday morning cartoon' rating. Nothing overbearing, but a few sex based jokes and a few weak swear words. Most viewers will barely register the elevation in 'adult content.'
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MST3K is back, sort of, and still hilarious! August 9, 2007
Format:DVD
This is the second DVD from Mystery Science Theater 3000 veterans Kevin Murphy, Mike Nelson and Bill Corbett, now calling themselves "The Film Crew" and it's great to hear them working together again. The synergy is still there when these guys get together to make fun of a bad movie and the results are both really funny and entertaining.

Killers From Space is a 1954 black and white science fiction movie directed by W. Lee Wilder, the brother of the much better director Billy Wilder. If you've seen any of W. Lee's work before (e.g., The Snow Creature) you know you're likely in for a dull, hilariously bad film, and Killers From Space does not disappoint! From the dull opening filled with narration over stock footage to the goggle-eyed aliens in jump suits, to scenes of Peter Graves endlessly running away from rear projections of "giant" lizards and insects, this film will alternately make you howl with laughter and nearly doze off to sleep. It is also interesting to note that this is one of the first films wherein a human is taken by aliens, has medical work performed on him, and then has "missing time" and can't remember what happened. It is the only lasting significant, if dubious, contribution to our popular culture this film has to make.

The Film Crew commentary is sharp and funny throughout most of this clunker of a film, although when the film slows to a crawl in the middle there does seem to be a lull in the commentary as well. It's as if the film was so vacuous at that point that it was hard to generate jokes about it. However, once action commences again as the hero races to save the world the jokes pick up too.

The host segments are funny, especially the one in the middle of the film called the "lunch break" and the closing sketch is quite good as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Chase Music Or Atonal Nightmare?" October 17, 2007
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As a longtime "Mystery Science Theater 3000" fan buying the Film Crew releases is an easy decision. Like many others I miss the silhouettes in the corner, and generally find the host segments to be weaker than MST3K due to the loss of tension between the imprisoned filmgoers and the mad scientists. Despite these relatively minor critiques, I still enjoyed the film, and hope for many future Film Crew releases.

The film itself is an early horror film starring Peter Graves against aliens and the military industrial leadership. Given the era, it's obvious that nuclear energy plays a key role in the film, hilariously represented here by either stock footage of very lame special effects. While I like Peter Graves, in this he is totally wooden, which makes him an easy target for skewering. Obviously Graves is eventually vindicated in a climactic scene that is as humorous as it is ludicrous.

This isn't my favorite B-movie, but it is a classic of the genre, and the Film Crew do an admirable job on the commentary track. I recommend this release to any MST3K fan, any fan of comedy, or any fan of B-movies from the black and white era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is there something in my eye? August 23, 2007
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Not content just to leave us with a bad movie about "stripping", The Film Crew hits us between the "Eyes" with their second release, "Killers From Space".

One of the eight Ka-zillion cheaply made sci-fi movies produced during the 1950's; the plot is rather typical. Peter "Don't Mention My Brother" Graves is a noted, if not notable scientist who's plane drops like a rock after circling an atomic blast. He shows up days later in a confused state, which seems fairly normal for him, despite a large L-shaped magic marker stain on his chest passing for a scar. Seven hours into the movie (or so it seems), Pete "remembers" that he ran into some optically challenged aliens sporting cumber bunds after his plane crash who want to "take over" or "kill something" or maybe just fiddle with some dials. Whatever, they have to be destroyed if only for the sake of good taste and Pete figures that turning off the electricity will do it...and so it does.

And I thought "Hollywood After Dark" was dirt cheap, this piece of work makes a Roger Corman film look like "Ben Hur". Peter "Next on Biography" Graves is pretty bad, unless you compare his performance to the sets, special effects, & every other actor in the film. In which case, he deserves an Oscar just for surviving this mess.

The Film Crew is again in top form, though they really pound the "Biography" aspect into the ground. The two skits are really good, especially the one after the film and they won't disappoint any MST3K fan out there. The "Special Feature" tops the one in "Hollywood After Dark" and while I won't give it away, I will suggest that you don't immediately choose a topic and just watch Kevin Murphy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mst3000 lives on
Hello everybody killers from space is grate for those fans that like old Flash Gordon type s I f I
Veary culty In this one my brother and I rilly git the seance of old old... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Shawn g
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed in a good way
I chose it without understanding who Film Crew was. Thought I was going to be watching an oldie without verbal critiques along the way.
Published 16 months ago by Gloria J. Critchfield
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
Mike and crew really hit it out of the park with this one. I'd rank it up there with Manos Hands of Fate!
Published 18 months ago by John C. Craig
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie
From the MST3k vets: a movie about highly incompetent aliens with bulging eyes trying to conquer the world with giant cockroaches and giant cockroach-burning rays. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by James D. Crabtree
3.0 out of 5 stars Peter Graves vs. The Ping Pong Eyed Aliens
I ended up getting the final round of Film Crew discs after enjoying "The Giant of Marathon" and "Hollywood After Dark". Read more
Published on July 13, 2009 by Roman Martel
3.0 out of 5 stars Between MST3K and RiffTrax, there was The Film Crew...
With the MST3K Alumni now divided into the RiffTrax and Cinematic Titanic camps, it's easy to see "The Film Crew" for what it was... Read more
Published on March 20, 2009 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!
This is certainly the best of The Film Crew. You have to go back to MST3000 to find anything this funny.

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Published on February 23, 2009 by Michael A. Beitler
2.0 out of 5 stars VERY BORING MOVIE WITH FEW LAUGHS
One of the worst jobs that Mike Nelson and Company have done so far. The movie I expect to be bad, but the commentary usually makes it watchable. Not so with this one. Read more
Published on November 10, 2008 by The Saint
5.0 out of 5 stars The Film Crew: Killers From Space
Well, If you love Mystery Science Theater 3000 as much as I do, 'The Film Crew' is as close as we are going to get to a modern day mst3k. Read more
Published on September 8, 2008 by A. Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
What a disappointment!!!
My 19 yr old son and I LOVED MST3000...watched and roared with laughter at the horrible movies and hilarious comments by Joel, then Mike and the... Read more
Published on August 4, 2008 by Jane Sutherland
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