It Came from Outer Space

Film, Science fiction
It Came from Outer Space

Time Out says

An early attempt at the theme of an encounter with benign but awe-inspiring aliens. The script (nominally from Ray Bradbury's story The Meteor) rattles through all the formulary clichés: an amateur astronomer who 'understands', a belligerent sheriff, a woman used as a pawn. But seen in its original 3-D, it's clear that Arnold's direction gives it more than a passing lift. He isn't much good with his second-rate cast, but his compositions in depth are consistently interesting, and his sparing use of special effects keeps the level of visual interest high. The 3-D process leaves the image somewhat murky, but you can discern sparks of authentic pulp poetry throughout.


Release details

81 mins

Cast and crew

Jack Arnold
Harry Essex
Charles Drake
Barbara Rush
Joseph Sawyer
Richard Carlson
Russell Johnson
Kathleen Hughes
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