I am going to be completely honest here and say I adore old black and white drive-in science fiction and horror. As long as the picture quality is good, I’ll probably enjoy the hell out of it.
Look – I never promised you a fair and balanced, scientifically-curated ethos here at BmovieBFFs!
It! Terror from Beyond Space is a space adventure with a simple plot, featuring one of the iconic monsters of Paul Blaisdell – although probably not his best monster, due to production issues. Yes, that monster’s “tongue” is some dude’s chin.
The events in the film are especially familiar to post-Alien audiences: a creepy-crawly from another planet climbs onto a spaceship and starts picking off crewmembers one by one. This work however, preceding Alien almost twenty years, proceeds at a straightforward pace with barely-PG violence. There is also a love triangle – of course! – between the bland-as-toast mission commander, his Girl Scout girlfriend, and the “anti-hero” they’ve picked up at the start of the mission (Kim Spalding, Shirley Patterson, and Marshall Thompson, resp). That said, the crew is a sweet and likable bunch, and you find yourself rooting for them! At any rate, they should prevail – having launched their one-man-rescue mission with an arsenal to rival The Expendables 3, a fully-stocked blood bank for transfusions, and the ability to build up their air supply should something catastrophic deplete it.
And I’m used to sexism in films – old and new – but the two women on the crew here get both barrels. Ensconced in a feminine-cut of the mens’ spacewear (including daintier zippers), these women get to service their male counterparts by:
Falling in love!
Occasionally they ineffectually paw at a strapping man as he does something stupid or stupid/heroic:
Fortunately we can all laugh about the silly depiction of lady astronauts, as we’ve long ago left these sexist mores behind.
Except when you see the highest-rated imdB review of these genre films is sexist AF. And people wonder why more women don’t participate in sci-fi and genre film fandoms!
This is a fun film and a good one for family viewing or that bout of insomnia. A little monster suit never hurt anyone!