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It Conquered the World

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  • Actors: Peter Graves, Beverly Garland, Lee Van Cleef, Sally Fraser
  • Directors: Roger Corman
  • Format: NTSC
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: RCA Columbia Home Video
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001M6X9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Aliens follow a failed satellite back to Earth where a well-meaning scientist helps them hide in a cavern. Too late, he discovers their intentions are evil.

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I LOVE this movie. I've watched it so many times that I'm afraid I'm going to wear the tape out! (I wish it were available on DVD.) As an avid lover of Los Angeles and Hollywood in the 1950s, I'm particularly fond of all the location shoots in the "Hollywoodland" area (under the Hollywood sign), including the oft-oft-used Bronson Caves in Griffith Park. Top it off with two old Studebakers, Lee Van Cleef as a mad scientist, the lovely and talented Beverly Garland, and a "Venusian" that looks like a giant Jello Mold with huge fangs, and you have a "winner" of the first order! You won't be disappointed!
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One of my favorites as a kid, with a memorable monster. This is actually a good film with cheap FX. I don't understand why some of these old Sci-Fi films get passed over for DVD release. This film is certainly worthy with it's unforgettable cone shaped monster. There are a number of memorable old B movies and thrillers that have yet to get their due. Here is a list for starters, can you name some others you think worthy? Please let me know.

1)The Beast From Hollow Mountain
2)The Monster From Piedras Blancas
3)The Amazing Colossal Man
4)I Was A Teenage Werewolf
5)I Was A Teenage Frankenstein
6)Invasion Of The Saucer Men
7)House Of Horrors
8)Night Walker
9)War Of The Gargantuas - NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD!
10)Berserk
11)It Conquered The World
12)The Nanny - NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD!
13)The Cyclops
14)The Gorgon - NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD!
15)The Deadly Bees NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD!
16)The Brain Eaters
17)Willard(original)
18)The Green Slime
19)Rodan - NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD!
20)The Stepfather - NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD!
The following films are not all horror films...but worthy of DVD releases!
21)Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
22)African Queen - Finally on DVD and Blu Ray
23)Crime School - WHAT ????
24)Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark - TV Movie
25)Bad Ronald - TV Movie
26)Night Of The Scarecrow -TV Movie
27)Island Of Lost Souls - a classic!
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This movie has it all bad acting, bad effects, and a fake rubber monster Venusian Zontar! This movie is freakin' awesome. It had me laughing out loud in certain parts but believe it or not, some of it actually made me think. The 50's fear of outsiders and non comformists projected on to the rubber alien. Very entertaining and you'll have a good time watching it. Dick Miller who is in other Roger Corman movies is in this one as a soldier (he was also in "Gremlins"). Lee Van Cleef plays the alien's human flunky (He was bad in "Good, the Bad and the Ugly"). Much better than Larry Buchanan's version because I love the 50's clothing, cars and Zontar is cooler looking. Believe it or not I watched this when I was a little kid and it freaked me out. I'm 27 yearsold I was five when I watched this. Now I just laugh at it. A masterpiece, buy it on VHS because its not on DVD what a crime.
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Dr. Tom Anderson (Lee Van Cleef- THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK) has been receiving signals from Venus. Simultaneously, a test satellite vanishes mysteriously, only to reappear. Dr. Paul Nelson (Peter Graves- KILLERS FROM SPACE, BEGINNING OF THE END), head of the project, tries to figure out what's going on. When the satellite -looking more like a flying saucer- crashes and explodes, a strange creature emerges from the wreckage. Chaos and doom commence. Cars and trains grind to a halt! Airplanes fall from the sky! All electric power and water are shut off! Panic sweeps the land! Adding to the terror, a gaggle of odd, bat-like beasts fan out, attacking the unwary, turning them into robotic slaves! Making matters even worse, Anderson has gone mad, and joined forces w/ the alien monster! Can Nelson get help in time to stop Anderson and his new, icky friend? Can anything save us from the hilarious finale, when the "ultimate horror" is revealed in all of its pitiful, rubbery glory? IT CONQUERED THE WORLD is another schlock-o-matic classic from Director, Roger Corman. Watch for Jonathan Haze (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, NOT OF THIS EARTH) and Dick Miller (WAR OF THE SATELLITES, A BUCKET OF BLOOD) as bumbling soldiers! Beverly Garland (SWAMP WOMEN, NOT OF THIS EARTH) co-stars as Anderson's long-suffering wife. Considering the other Corman films w/ official releases, ICTW has been criminally neglected! Highly recommended for the sci-fi cheeeze addict!...
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SPOILER WARNING

"It conquered the world" is a classical science fiction movie, made by Roger Corman in 1956. There is also a later version by Barry Buchanan, "Zontar: The Thing from Venus". The films are almost identical, apart from the monster. In "Zontar", he, she or it looks like a badly mauled bat, while Corman's original monstrosity is a gigantic vegetable with crab claws! Unfortunately, the bad special effects draw attention away from the plot, which actually has a philosophical message.

The main protagonists are a rocket engineer and a "mad scientist". The latter feels misunderstood and underrated, and decides to betray humanity to a race of bizarre aliens from Venus (the previously mentioned vegetables). Naturally, the mad genius thinks he is actually doing humanity a favour, saving us from ourselves by letting the aliens control our minds and extinguish our emotions. In this way, peace and harmony will finally prevail. By contrast, the rocket engineer is a veritable wonder of patriotic duty, humanist values and upright behaviour. The scientist's nagging wife doesn't believe in him either. Naturally, the coming utopia turns into tragedy and mayhem, as Zontar (one of the Venusian aliens) comes to Earth and attempts to take over a small town and a military facility. The mad genius finally realizes his mistake when Zontar kills his loving wife. The grand finale leaves much to be asked for, and was actually better (!) in the even more low-budget remake.

I think it's obvious that Zontar and the evil, authoritarian, brain-washing, collectivist aliens who pit family members against one another and infiltrate our military, are really metaphors for Communism.
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