The Film Crew: Killers From Space
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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.'
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pros: The Movie, Commentary, Extras (backwards scene)
I fell asleep the first couple of times I tried to watch this, but third time's the charm. This charmless 1954 atom age yawnfest was produced and directed by Billy Wilder's less... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Roochak
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
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 on April 28, 2013 by Globugg
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 on March 2, 2013 by John C. Craig
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 morePublished on November 25, 2011 by James D. Crabtree
I ended up getting the final round of Film Crew discs after enjoying "The Giant of Marathon" and "Hollywood After Dark". Read morePublished on July 13, 2009 by Roman Martel
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 morePublished on March 20, 2009 by Mike
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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