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July 22, 1959
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Part of the NO RETURN Midnight Movie series
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Watched this movie because I saw Ed Wood earlier in the week and I knew I had to set out to watch this. It's horrible in every sense of the word but it's rather funny for that. I didn't find it unbearable to watch, which is a little surprising!
It's completely inept in every technical sense of the word, but when giving it a deeper look, it honestly has a lot of good ideas that would later be used in better, more successful films (not sure how many of those films were directly inspired by this, though). The zombies for instance, feel like a perfect precursor to the ones we see from Night of the Living Dead. The idea of aliens wanting to destroy us for some sort of greater good, would go on to be used an awful lot in recent superhero films like Man of Steel and Avengers: Infinity War, for example. The way the aliens dress and act, coupled with the way the interior of their spaceship is designed, feels a bit like an early poor man's version of Star Trek. The film also doesn't get enough credit for its attempts at slipping sly but subtle humor in juxtaposition with its more "suspenseful" sequences. The jokes aren't particularly funny (not as much the unintentionally funny stuff, anyway) but still, its attempted use here deserves credit as it's become so ingrained for us as moviegoers to expect a healthy dose of subtle humor in nearly all our summer blockbusters now. Yes, I'm gonna say it, Ed Wood had talent.
I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed watching this. Laughed out loud several times, very entertaining. Some of the ideas were actually really cool, too. Like the sulphenite or what ever the fuck they called it, blowing up the sun and everything the light touches. Pretty neat idea in all honesty. I'm really glad that I watched this. I would actually watch this again. With friends. While drunk.