It isn't until the near-end footage that this resorts to the special effects, trick photography and other gimmicks upon which most science-fiction thrillers depend for chills. Nonetheless, it is spine-tingling from scratch, with excitement and suspense being built and maintained through a cleverly contrived screenplay, sincere performances and adroit direction by William Cameron Menzies. When the interplanetary gadgets are finally called into play, the action goes all-out and winds up in a hair-elevating climax. So the offering is dependable to hand the moppets a full dosage of nightmares and, for that matter, to deliver a few scares to adult ticket buyers. That, after all, is what a space opera needs to fill theatres, which this Edward L. Anderson production gives every promise of doing. Because the cast (Helena Carter, Arthur Franz
, Jimmy Hunt, Leif Erickson), albeit competent, is not too heavy in names, exploitation had better concentrate on the chiller aspects and on color.
From Three Hundred Million Miles Away-They Come!...Unusual...Unbelievable...Unimaginable...But It Could Happen-Tomorrow...Don't Miss the Movie That's Packed With Thrills.
FLASHBACK: APRIL 18, 1953
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