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Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Eye Creatures (1965)

Starring John Ashley, Cynthia Hull, Warren Hammack, Chet Davis, Bill Peck
Directed by Larry Buchanan
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A pair of eloping teenagers accidentally hit an alien being with their car, and while they try to convince the police of their story, the aliens' companions seek to frame them for their murder of a human being.

As near as I can determine from IMDB, this was the first in a series of science fiction monster movies director Larry Buchanan made for television, and is a remake of the 1957 sci-fi comedy Invasion Of The Saucer-Men, nearly exactly following the earlier film's screenplay.  As a film, it can't compare to that version, with its grotesque aliens having none of the charm of the "little green men" designed by Paul Blaisdell for the original film.  Although John Ashley makes a good lead with his smooth vocal delivery and there are a number of other competent actors in the cast, there's nothing new or different for them to distinguish themselves with here, and the special effects are bargain basement at best.

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