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Friday, June 7, 2013

The Terrornauts (1967)

Starring Simon Oates, Zena Marshall, Charles Hawtrey, Patricia Hayes, Stanley Meadows
Directed by Montgomery Tully
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

Scientists listening for signals from outer space detect one and transmit back, resulting in their being transported to an asteroid by an alien spacecraft.

Although the premise of this film, based on a novel by Murray Leinster, makes for an interesting sci-fi adventure, this is compromised somewhat by extremely low-tech special effects, and yet I still had a good time watching this.  It's regrettable that outdoor landscapes for an archaeological site on Earth and an alien world look a bit too similar, and a rescue sequence involving hostile aliens is a bit too brief.  However, the cast of colorful characters, a pretty good music score, and some mystery as the scientists try to figure out alien contraptions all add up to an entertaining movie.

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