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It Conquered the World

Entry updated 24 January 2017. Tagged: Film.

Film (1956). Sunset/American International. Produced and directed by Roger Corman. Written by Charles B Griffith, though screenplay credit is to Lou Rusoff. Cast includes Beverly Garland, Peter Graves and Lee Van Cleef. 71 minutes. Black and white.

This film only just survives its ridiculous monster (cone-shaped with fangs) and the usual hurried air of a Corman production, but there's plenty of interest in the tale of an idealistic but weak scientist (Van Cleef) who brings a Venusian to Earth, where it proceeds to let him down badly by embarking on conquest. The scheme (Earth people reduced to subservient Zombies by the bites of small batlike things generated by the monster) is foiled by another scientist (Graves), and there is a subtext about loss of individuality and emotion similar to that in the better-known Invasion of the Body Snatchers (also 1956). [PN]


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