It Conquered the World (1956) Review
“Every man its prisoner… every woman its slave!”
Synopsis: A well meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions – but only death and sorrow results.
It Conquered the World is a quick, ’50s-tastic alien attack flick. The whole thing is an extremely thinly veiled Cold War analogy, produced and directed by Roger Corman, and chock full of his usual cheap effects. The “It” from the title is so laughable it’s spawned many nicknames among loving fans, including “the Carrot Monster.”
Two scientist buddies suddenly find themselves on opposing sides after an alien crash lands on Earth. Dr. Paul Nelson (Peter Graves), the all-American hero type, is suspicious of the visitor, while Dr. Tom Anderson (Lee Van Cleef) welcomes the alien with open arms, expecting it will solve humanity’s problems. Their respective wives (played by Sally Fraser and Beverly Garland) try to alternately talk the men into being civil and talk some sense into their husbands. The alien doesn’t really conquer the world, but does some serious damage to the small town where it lands as the two men fight for the fate of the world.
This is the best kind of laughably bad sci-fi/horror flick. It’s quick, with decent acting, and hilarious bad guys. It’s not really long enough for you to get bored. If you’re looking for a quick throwback flick, this is a decent choice.
Calamity Brains’ Rating: C+