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From Beyond The Farm,
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This review is from: They Came From Beyond Space [DVD] (DVD)
!!!WARNING. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!!
When a meteorite shower falls at the Roberts Farm, space expert Dr. Curtis Temple(Robert Hutton) is desperate to travel to the site to investigate, but is under Doctor's orders to take it easy. His assistant/lover Lee Mason(Jennifer Jayne) goes in his place. However, after losing contact with Mason, Dr. Temple travels down to the farm to find out why a cloak of secrecy has enveloped the investigations. He is met with open hostility, and becomes concerned when a security agent he teams up with is killed by a strange plague. Someone or something is determined that whatever is going down at the Roberts Farm should remain a secret. Then, Temple witnesses a rocket being launched from a pad on the farm, its destination - the Moon!....
One Day there might be a release of this low budget British Science Fiction film that has a decent picture quality. Unfortunately, this is not that day, as the Elstree Hill release is both ropey in picture and sound. It didn't ruin the film for me, but it did hinder my enjoyment a bit.
As for the film, for the first half of its running time it seems to be building up a nicely paranoid atmosphere, very much reminding one of the second Quatermass film. Temple is very much alone in a village where it seems he can trust no one. Then there is a very dull middle section where Temple finds himself trapped in the alien base and takes an eternity to escape. Finally, the film takes an enjoyable trip to the Moon, encountering the laboratory of overacting, run by Michael Gough.
The alien technology both on Earth and the Moon is well realised, although the aliens themselves are basically just blobs of light. Hutton, quite a regular in low budget British horror and sci-fi, gives his all, and is well supported by Jayne, Bernard Kay and an enthusiastic Zia Mohyeddin who probably gives the best performance. The rousing music score tries to move things along, but seems a little out of place with the stately pace of the on screen action.
Still, this film is enjoyable enough if one watches it with expectations not too high. It was a nice discovery for me, as I had never seen this offering from Amicus before.
So, I'm going to give this release 4 out of 5, certainly not for the washed out picture and muffled sound, but for the entertaining film. No extras on the release, unsuprisingly.