- Format: DVD-Video
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Spanish, French
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
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It! The Terror from Beyond Space [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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It's the future, 1973, and the first manned expedition to Mars is marooned. When a rescue team finally reach the stricken ship they find only one survivor; the leader, Col. Edward Carruthers. He claims that an alien life form killed his crew but this is met with scepticism as Carruthers tells the story....... Pretty much forgotten until Ridley Scott's enormously successful Alien in 1979 caused ripples on account of plot similarity, It! The Terror from Beyond Space now rightfully sits with the best of the sci-fi schlockers from the 50s. Sure it's hokey and the old man in the rubber suit issue is hardly the work of cinematic genius, but its science heart and its claustrophobic construction more than make up for budgetary restrictions. Set on board a classic V-2 vertical type rocket ship, Edward L. Cahn's film benefits from having Jerome Bixby on pen duties. Bixby's credentials boasts the likes of Star Trek, The Twilight Zone and Fantastic Voyage, so the writing here was in good hands. For sure it's not exactly breaking new ground with its basic plot, but it has a little more to offer than at first seems.
"One of the best sci-fi flicks of the '50s; the basis for Alien" --Video-Reviewmaster.com
"As with Alien and Jaws, for example, the most frightening things about this creature are the things we don't see" --Pop Matters --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Too terrifying to even have a name, “IT” is a seemingly invincible monster that is hell-bent on killing everyone on a mission to Mars. ‘IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE’ stars Marshall Thompson as Col. Edward Carruthers, Shirley Patterson as Ann Anderson, Kim Spalding as Col. Van Heusen and Ray Corrigan as “IT.” For the first time available in the UK on Blu-ray.
A rescue ship travels out to Mars to retrieve the only survivor of a space probe that has experienced some sort of cataclysm. That survivor, Col. Edward Carruthers [Marshall Thompson] is accused of murdering his fellow crewmen. But Ed claims that the killer was a Martian monster, and hopes to prove his assertions by signing up for a second journey to the Red Planet.
Before long, the crew members of this second expedition are being systematically killed off, and it looks as though Col. Edward Carruthers is up to his old tricks. As it turns out, however, Col. Edward Carruthers was telling the truth: there is a monster on board, the savage descendant of the once-mighty Martian civilization, who snuck on board when an irresponsible crew member left the door open. The monster stays alive by absorbing the vital body fluids of its victims, and there seems to be no way to stop this parasitic creature! Will they be able to destroy the monster before it manages to feed on them all?Read more ›
Something of a trivia question these days - which 50s B-movie inspired Alien? - It! The Terror From Beyond Space probably came too late in the day to get the kind of reputation it deserved in the 50s sci-fi pantheon but it's a lot better than you expect. Right from its atmospheric opening shot of a crashed spaceship on Mars accompanied by Marshall Thompson's fatalistic narration, it sets out its stall - this is going to be played straight and with deadly intent. Aiming more for The Thing From Another World than The Monster That Challenged the World's end of the market, the dialogue and interplay doesn't match Hawks although it has the better critter (and very atmospherically photographed the beast is too), a barbarous Martian who stows away aboard a rescue flight taking Thompson back to Earth to face a firing squad for allegedly killing his own crew. Initial distrust gives way to we've-tried-everything-but-nothing-can-stop-it dramatics, but the film shows some originality at times and offers at least one good shock with the discovery of the first body. It's let down by the characterisation, though. The women may be scientists but they're still expected to make the coffee, while the men show reckless abandon with guns and grenades in a moving spaceship. Yet at a brisk 69 minutes it never outstays its welcome and for my money it's a lot more enjoyable than Ridley Scott's movie.
MGM/UA's US NTSC DVD offers the film in fullframe 1.Read more ›
.......it is the far future (1973) and a manned space journey to Mars ("challenge 141"), commanded by Colonel Carruthers (a stoical Marshall Thompson) has come a-cropper, with everyone else dead, apart from him. The commander of a rescue ship sent to Mars, Colonel Van Heusen (Kim Spalding), takes a look, finds the skull of a dead crew man, with a bullet hole in it and decides Carruthers killed all the rest for the food when he realised they were marooned. (Carruthers explanation that there was some "thing" that took the rest of the crew, not cutting any ice). Just before the rescue ship takes off back to earth, some forgetful soul leaves a vent or an airlock or something open and the man-mangling Martian monster gets aboard...........
I loved the "walking on the outside of the ship" scene (reminded me of the 1960's "batman and robin", scaling the sides of buildings with ropes!) and it was thoughtful of them to take hand grenades and a bazooka to Mars!
At just 69 minutes long it breezes along and the claustrophobic feel and nice use of lightening, make for a good atmosphere aboard the ship.
This is good fun.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
quick delivery and great service, nice upgrade to blu ray of this old classic sci-fi, great entertainment from yesteryearPublished 4 months ago by Mocata
I saw a trailer for this film at the cinema when I was six years old. It terrified me then and I have never forgotten it, and I have tried to identify the film ever since. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I remember this film from the Fifties. I like it very much.Published 10 months ago by Lennart Wahlgren
I film before its time in many ways, limited by the science and budget, yet still entertaining,
the picture quality was a problem to start with, switched the playback a lower... Read more