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Unearthly Stranger

Entry updated 21 June 2022. Tagged: Film.

Film (1963). A Julian Wintel-Leslie Parkyn Production, Independent Artists, American International Pictures. Directed by John Krish. Written by Rex Carlton. Cast includes Gabriella Licudi, Jean Marsh, Warren Mitchell, John Neville and Philip Stone. 74 minutes. Black and white.

In this low-key, unpretentious UK sf film a space Scientist gradually realizes that his wife (who sleeps with her eyes open) is an Alien, one of many who are infiltrating Earth (see Invasion) and wiping out the scientists first. She is ordered by her superiors to kill him but cannot, having fallen in love with him. This emotional involvement destroys her ability to survive undetected and the film's strongest image is of her tears leaving corrosive tracks down her cheeks as she reveals the truth to her husband. This is a good (but rare) film, untypical of its writer, Carlton, who was usually responsible for monstrosities like The Brain that Wouldn't Die (1962). [JB/PN]


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