Saturday, July 26, 2003

Not of This Earth (1957)

Directed by Roger Corman
Starring Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Morgan Jones, William Roerick, Jonathan Haze, Dick Miller, Anna Lee Carroll
Typically thrown-together Corman production from early in his career. Paul Birch sort of looks like J. Edgar Hoover and is a space vampire who wears a business suit and sunglasses, and can kill people by staring at them with his rheumy pupil-less eyes. He gets messages from his home planet via another paunchy actor who stands in his closet and gives orders. He brainwashes a doctor into helping him, providing him with plucky nurse Beverly Garland, who was in all these old Corman movies and wears a bathing suit later. Dick Miller shows up as an insouciant vacuum salesman who gets killed and incinerated. Then three hoboes are invited over and killed. I think a Chinese guy gets the same treatment. The brainwashed doctor adamantly refuses to speak ill of Mr. Space Vampire. Another sunglassed-woman from the alien planet shows up long enough for the alien guy to have human emotions, then she dies of rabies (!). An alien that looks like a cross between a flying squid and an umbrella makes a brief appearance. Finally the guy dies because he never learned how to drive a car. I think there was a point when they said that the Earth would be destroyed if Mr. Space Vampire died, but then that doesn't pan out. Finally the movie ends on a nice, creepy shot of another guy in a business suit and sunglasses way in the distance behind the plucky nurse and her boyfriend, walking towards them.
Cheap but not bad.

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