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Great special effects and a Truly Chilling Metallic Monster
on 16 February 2015
We enjoyed this 1957 black and white medium-budget sci-fi film, which has become something of a minor cult over the years and is considered to be well ahead of its time ideas-wise. The story concerns a huge flying saucer, which lands on earth and possesses the mind of a scientist working at a US research facility. The first half of the film is a bit slow and predictable (flying saucers on lonely roads are not very original) and the acting from the lead players is not the best, particularly from Jeff Morrow, who seems a bit subdued in this one. But enter Kronos (derived from Greek mythology), a giant metal contraption, which has been sent from a dying planet to soak up all the earth's atomic resources to replace its own. Kronos is just a giant tower, but the lighting, menacing music and brilliant special effects make it seem truly chilling as it stomps around the land, destroying all in its path and gorging itself on the earth's energy. The scientists, other than the possessed one, are of course, not best pleased with this development and get their heads together to work how to defeat the monster. So, will they succeed? No prizes for guessing! The DVD print is excellent, but I found the skinny letterbox aspect a little hard on the eyes, although that won't bother most people. It also came at a bargain price, so what's not to like!