Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1958. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Louis Vittes. Cinematography by Haskell B. Boggs. Produced by Gene Fowler Jr.. Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof, Hugo Friedhofer, Leith Stevens, Franz Waxman, Victor Young. Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Hal Pereira. Costume Design by Hazel Hegarty, John Noble. Film Editing by George Tomasini.
Hilariously cheeseball sci-fi B-movie stars a dedicated Gloria Talbott as a young woman who doesn’t realize that the night before she marries Tom Tryon, he is overtaken and replaced by the titular villain. She finds herself on her honeymoon wondering why her beloved suddenly has no interest in even making small talk with her, and by the time they move into their new home is thoroughly convinced that something is wrong. One night she has the guts to follow him into a nearby forest where she sees what’s really going on, but by this point the aliens have overtaken several residents of the area and, when she tries to get someone to help her, finds that no one will believe her crazy story. It’s got cardboard acting and atrocious writing, but it also has a wonderfully innocent sense of menace that is terrific fun to watch. Like most films of its kind, it’s a silly space invaders story that is actually making some sharp observations about the nature of converting to upper-Middle-class, suburban living in America.