The Bottom Line: It fits in with all the other ones ever made. If you watch enough of them, you can write them yourself.
A better quality film centering on alien space ships landing on Earth and changing Earthlings into aliens. Yeah, I know, the story seldom changes but the characters, tho their composition remains the same their players change, so even with the age old tale you often have a different twist.
In It Came, etc. we have a writer, Richard Carlson, that deals with astronomy and his beautiful girlfriend, Barbara Rush, job unknown. One of them lives in the desert, not sure which one but I assume it is him because there is a telescope. While gazing longingly at the stars one evening, they see a meteor fall to the ground and scurry out into the desert to investigate. Standing on the edge of the meteor pit, Carlson, full of anticipation, climbs down into the pit to investigate and finds a spaceship with an open portal.
I must insert a little observation here, Ms. Rush, standing on the brink of this pit is dressed in a darling little dress, high heels, a floor length coat, scarf and oh, yes, a purse. I dont know, doesnt seem like desert trolling, meteor investigating clothes, hmmmm
Anyway, Carlson wants to look further into the situation but a landslide starts, burying the spaceship and he scrambles up the side of the pit to escape. Sitting on the edge, looking back down, he tells Rush, and some guy that is there with them, dont remember who he is, that he saw a spaceship. Of course, no one really believes him because after all he is (1) a writer and (2) it is 1953, we dont believe that stuff!
Carlson continues to try to convince the city inhabitants that there is a spaceship out there, including the town sheriff, Charles Drake. Drake and Carlson are friends, but this could very well put a strain on their friendship. However, when people in town start disappearing, then reappearing but changed (shades of Invasion of Body Snatchers), the sheriff puts more precedent on what Carlson is saying.
When the lovely Rush gets taken however, both Drake and Carlson get their fannies in a tizzy. Drake, as town sheriff wants to go out and save her, Carlson wants to find out what they want. Carlson approaches the space aliens and strikes a bargain, gaining the release of not only Rush but also all the other missing persons from the town, in exchange for allowing the aliens to finish repairing their ship. Yadda, yadda, yadda ..thats enough of that babble.
sitting on the sidelines Ok, this wasnt all that bad of a movie for the times, but watching it today it was more funny than scary. The sheriff, Drake, has a classic comment before he goes off in the deep end wanting to chase down the aliens. Standing in his office, he grabs his pistol and for some reason utters these words ..92 degrees. Do you know that more murders are committed at 92 degrees than any other time? If it is above 92, it is too hot to do anything and below 92, it is cool enough that people can function. But 92, its the breaking point. It feels like 92 today. . At which point Carlson begins to thump him around and proceeds in taking his gun away from him, then steals his car and rushes off to the desert to warn the aliens.
After Rush is abducted, she appears on a cliff edge to Carlson. Now when abducted she had on her normal everyday clothes, smart skirt, button down blouse, cardigan sweater, sensible shoes, stockings. On the cliff edge however, she is in a wispy gown. Being a black and white film I can only deduce it is a mix of black chiffon and velvet, studded with rhinestones, strapless, a flowing scarf draped over her shoulders, high heels. Perfect desert attire. Knock, knock .. has anyone ever heard of continuity?
The aliens, truthfully we only get one peek at them and it is bad. I dont know, it is some big lumpy thing with multi arms and some glittering eye. Kinda looks like a Pacman from the old Atari game, my best description. For the most part, when we are dealing with the creature we are viewing things from the inside out and all we see is a round circle surrounded with what appears to be water, letting us know we are now involved with the alien. Pitiful at best.
Anyway, not that bad of a movie, but certainly not worth breaking out the big bag of popcorn! However, it was based on a story written by Ray Bradbury, so it has some merit.
Starring Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake and Morey Amsterdam. Directed by Jack Arnold.
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older Special Effects: Well at least you can't see the strings
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A meteor crashes in the desert near a small Arizona town, and research scientist John Putnam (Richard Carlson) thinks it's a spaceship, but no one will believe him except his loyal girlfriend, Ellen (Barbara Rush). Weird evidence begins to back up his theory however, from the strange behavior of some of the locals, to the slime trails, the ghostly noises in the phone lines, and the apparitions of hideous alien eyes swooping down on passing cars. Director Jack Arnold (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) lets the story unfold deliberately, and infuses the desert locale with all the unearthly mystery of an alien landscape, helping to make this one of the best science fiction films of the 1950s. Charles Drake is Matt, the sheriff who first thinks John is a fool with all this flying saucer talk, and who later tries to lead a posse against the aliens when the truth is too blatant to ignore. It's based on a story by Ray Bradbury, with an eerie, theremin score, on which Henry Mancini is an unbilled contributor.