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Rather Enjoyable Sci-Fi Hokum
on 20 July 2007
First released in 1967, this little sci-fi pic has stood the test of time. Although made on a low budget, it is enhanced by the presence of a great cast, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Patrick Allen, Jane Merrow, Sarah Lawson and Kenneth Cope. It was first shown on television as a mid week television drama during 1959 it was reminiscence of the sci-fi dramas which were around at the time (this was the era of Quatermass). This is the film version which more or less follows the original script based on a novel written by John Lymington. The story evolves around a small community who live on an island which is experiencing an unusually severe heat wave during November. Lee plays Godfrey Hanson a scientist who believes that the heat is being caused by creatures from a distance star who are using high frequency radio waves to transport to earth for an invasion. The islanders dismiss him as a crank; however, numerous deaths from the severe heat prompt them into action in order to save themselves from being burnt alive by the invaders. There is a sub plot involving a novelist Jeffrey Callum (Patrick Allen) who meets up with his former mistress Angela Roberts (Jane Merrow) which adds to the tension. It ends with a climax which seems rather rushed but it is satisfactory nonetheless.
The disc is supplemented by a 24 page booklet which contains a lot of useful information for movie buffs, trailers for Hammer movies, and an audio commentary by Christopher Lee, screenwriters Pip and Jane Baker, and film historian Marcus Hearn.
Picture is very good, showing much detail in the darker scenes. Sound is mono, but more than adequate taking into consideration the sound effects used for the aliens. A great buy.