I’m a sucker for b-movies with aliens in them. Generally, they are a really good laugh. The aliens are generally entertaining and the story… well… there usually isn’t a great one. Either way, they are a lot of fun. When I found The Man From Planet X, I thought I’d found myself another bad b-movie, but to my surprise, it was actually pretty good. It held my attention for the entire movie (meaning I didn’t pick my phone up to scroll) and trust me, that fact says a lot about a movie.
The Man from Planet X is a 1951 independently made American black-and-white science fiction horror film, produced by Jack Pollexfen and Aubrey Wisberg, directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, that stars Robert Clarke, Margaret Field, and William Schallert. The film was distributed by United Artists.
A scientist is monitoring a mysterious “Planet X” that has entered our solar system and is now near the Earth. A spaceship from the planet lands and a space-suited humanoid emerges who speaks in musical tones. The alien makes contact with a small pocket of humanity in an isolated, fog-shrouded Scottish moor. Meanwhile, the scientist only wants to exploit the spaceman’s specialized knowledge for his own selfish ends. (source Wikipedia)
There is action, some sciency stuff, a love story… there is always a love story and of course a groovy looking alien. Even the space ship was well designed. Don’t expect any top-notch special effects here. It’s the 1950s and they are pretty cheesy.
Do yourself a favour and watch this movie. It’s currently streaming on YouTube, but who knows for how long.
Check out this blog post with a really in-depth break down for the movie. There are spoilers so you may want to wait until after you’ve seen the movie. https://scifist.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/the-man-from-planet-x/
Here is the movie. Enjoy!
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