Because it required no small amount of courage to venture with a limited budget a comedy that undertakes to spoof that staple of contemporary filmmaking, the space opera, this undertaking rates an "A" for effort. That it failed to jell in the manner that undoubtedly was envisioned by its perpetrators dims but little the intrepidity of the attempt. The teaming of the picture with "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" to form one of American International's popular package bookings should, in itself, assure the film's success in the action-exploitation market. The cash customers will buy "Werewolf" for chills and this one for laughs. Moreover, the feature should generate some of the latter, albeit they could come in the wrong places and be inspired by unintended reactions. The film's basic frailty lies in the screenplay, which essayed too many plot elements that failed to mesh into a smoothly motivated ensemble. A few situations, such as one concerning a bibulous Brahma bull, might have been hilarious if entrusted to more expert writing, acting and direction. But, unfortunately, the offering is weak in all of those departments. Produced by James H. Nicholson and Robert Gurney Jr
., directed by Edward L. Cahn.
Cast: Steve Terrell, Gloria Castillo, Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton.
For street ballyhoo, use men costumed as invaders from outer space-complete with enormous, hideous papier-mache heads-to walk about town, carrying picture credit handers. Have an ambulance parked in front of the theatre, with a poster advising that it is for the convenience of those who faint during the show.
Creeping horror-From the Depths of Time and Space...See the Disembodied Hand That Crawls-the Night the World Nearly Ended When the Earth Was Attacked by Flying Saucers.
FLASHBACK: JULY 13, 1957
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INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN
American Int'l, 70 min. Rel: June 1957