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The Space Children [Blu-ray]
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The film itself concerns an alien being taking possession of the children of some rocket scientists. While the film's promotional materials played up the otherworldly menace, the story itself is actually fairly subdued. This is science fiction that favors talking over action, and although there are some nifty effects, they are sparingly used. The film's anti-war message places it in the company of The Day the Earth Stood Still (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] rather than the typical alien-invasion films of the period.
As the title of the review states, this is a "bare bones" video release. All you get is the movie. Which is a shame, because there is a great theatrical trailer that can be easily found on the internet. And director Jack Arnold was a generally well-liked and prolific genre filmmaker, so a featurette or even trailers from his other films would have been a nice touch. But as someone who collects and adores films of this type, I consider it a minor miracle that a Blu-ray release of "The Space Children" ever saw the light of day. So for that, I am grateful. And I'm most satisfied to see that Olive Films is a company that cares about these old films.Read more ›
THOUGHTS: Interesting sort-of variation on The Village of The Damned, only THE SPACE CHILDREN was actually released two years before DAMNED was. The kids are all pretty good, though the producer & director wisely let the most talented ones have the bigger parts. Michel Ray gets the lion's share of dialogue as the leader of the group. His younger brother is played by Johnny Crawford, (best known for his role as Chuck Conners' young son Mark McCain on TV's "The Rifleman"). Sandy Descher plays the kids' second in command. (Just four years earlier she cemented her status in sci-fi iconography as the little girl who wanders the desert in a state of shock, before her big freak out scene in Warner's outstanding 1954 big bug classic THEM!) Among the adult players in the small cast are Jackie Coogan (Uncle Fester from TV's "Addams' Family"), and a brief turn by Russell Johnson (the Professor on "Gilligan's Island"), playing against type as the drunken, abusive step-father to one of the kids.Read more ›
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Not bad b&w 1958 B-quality sci-fi flick with kids as the good guys who save the day. Two boys and their folks are traveling to an isolated military site so dad can help work on a... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Celia Trimboli
As a cultural artifact the movie IS... interesting. But to give it 5 or 4 stars comparable to The Day the Earth Stood Still... is silly.
Yet... their themes are the same... Read more
I remember seeing this when it was new, so wanted to see it again. It's your typical corny 50's "monster" movie, so if you like that sort of thing, you will like this. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pamm Mosey
A different type of scifi film. An alien (who looks like a brain) come to Earth. It's mission is to keep nuclear weapons out of space. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alphonso
A sci-fi classic. Takes one back to the early 50's type films. Somewhat campy, but fun.Published 9 months ago by DreamWeaverIV
Okay, I love watching (Blu-ray, thanks folks at Olive Films) another religious-message movie featuring nearly all the beautiful movie cast children of the 1950's helping a growing... Read morePublished 9 months ago by AlchemystAZ
This movie had a lot of familiar actors in it and was fun to watch. B movie for sure!Published 10 months ago by Kim W.