Phantom from Space

November 10, 2014 at 3:41 am (3 Heads, Phantom from Space) (, , , )

Phantom from Space – 1953 – United States

After a tiresome stock footage montage of planes and radar dishes, a UFO crash lands. An alien in a strange spacesuit escapes, inadvertently killing a man and blowing up a power plant. Policemen and scientists chase the alien until he sheds his spacesuit, thereby becoming invisible.

In a welcome change, Phantom from Space’s alien is neither malevolent nor super-powered. Instead he is helpless and desperate as Earth’s toxic atmosphere rapidly kills him. In the tragic final scene, he dies and his body disintegrates without a trace.

Unfortunately, Phantom from Space is boring and shoddy beyond forgiveness. The rudimentary plot is stretched out by a lot of running around. The locations are drab. The characters lack personality and identity. And most of the effects consist of “floating” objects swinging on strings. Director W. Lee Wilder is also responsible for Killers from Space, which seems thrilling compared to this.

Rating: 3/10 Shrunken Heads. When the alien finally appears, he looks a bit like a moai. Could it be intentional?

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