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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Teenagers From Outerspace (1959)

You know you're in trouble when the spaceship is the size of a clown car and aliens keep coming out of it again and again and again. Then, to make matter worse, a commanding officer gives the orders to "Go down below and bring up the Gargon." While my curiosity was peaked as to what a Gargon was, there is clearly no "down below" from which it can be fetched!

Teenagers From Outerspace is just plain awful. The plot pf this film has been done to death and there are no surprises at all. Furthermore, the acting is wooden, although it's delivered with such sincerity and conviction that you can't help but laugh and be entertained by it.

Writer/director/producer Tom Graeff is not so much channeling M Night Shyamalan as he is Ed Wood [Plan 9 From Outerspace]. Thankfully, he has only four director credits to him name and Teenagers is his swan song. RIP.

The viewing audience needs to keep in mind the this film was made for only $14,000 and it definitely shows. It explains the suitcases which the astronauts carry [I kid you not], but it doesn't justify the horrible acting.

Teenagers From Outerspace made its way to Mystery Science Theater 3000 as well as Elvira's Movie Macabre. It was also featured in the film Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies. I am one of those people who usually enjoys really bad movies but I just couldn't get into this one. Perhaps, if I saw it as a MST3K episode I would have enjoyed it much more.

This one is definitely a red, hot mess so, depending upon your taste in cinema, you'll either love it or hate it. Put me down in the hate it category.


For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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