Production stars Brian Donlevy as an English scientist engaged in interplanetary research. He suddenly stumbles upon a hush-hush government project on the moorlands where it's announced that synthetic food is being produced, but actually its operations are being directed by an enemy from space, working to take over the earth. Yarn unfolds in fine confusion, Donlevy in some way managing to destroy the project.
Production stars Brian Donlevy as an English scientist engaged in interplanetary research. He suddenly stumbles upon a hush-hush government project on the moorlands where it’s announced that synthetic food is being produced, but actually its operations are being directed by an enemy from space, working to take over the earth. Yarn unfolds in fine confusion, Donlevy in some way managing to destroy the project.
Val Guest’s direction is as uncertain as script on which he collabs with Nigel Kneale [author of original story], with the result that all characters are stodgy. Donlevy is supported by John Longden, as a Scotland Yard inspector trying to help; Sidney James, a newspaper reporter; William Franklyn, a lab assistant, and Bryan Forbes, another assistant who comes under the out-of-this-world spell.
Special effects are imaginative.
Hammer. Director Val Guest; Producer Anthony Hinds; Screenplay Nigel Kneale, Val Guest; Camera Gerald Gibbs; Editor James Needs; Music James Bernard; Art Director Bernard Robinson
(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1957. Running time: 84 MIN.
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