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First Man into Space1959

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  • 3.2
In this interstellar cautionary tale, brash U.S. Navy test pilot Dan Prescott, hungry for fame, rockets himself beyond Earth's atmosphere, only to become encrusted with cosmic dust and return a blood-drinking monster.


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3 1/2 The first half feels like British science fiction along the lines of Quatermass, but without the brains and the suspense and with added serial melodrama and clichéd post-war authority vs individualism personal conflict. When the monster robs a blood bank (in a surprisingly gory scene for 1959), the second half shifts to a well-made, American low-budget B creature feature. The monster would have scared the pants off of me as a youngster. Throughout, there are interesting shots, great use of stock cold war aviation and early space footage and fun sets of analog meters and controls. Fun and interesting 50s horror/sci-fi.

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Vintage 1950’s Science Fiction-Horror that blasts through the B-Movie stratosphere and tries to reach for the stars, but like its test pilot protagonist, can’t quite reach those heights. This British production (masquerading as an American flick) takes its cue from the crypto-weirdness of the popular Quartermass films. Here, the fear comes, not from the traditional nightmares of our collective past—spectres, golems, and man-beasts—but from the unknown, the dangers that lie ahead in the darkness of new frontiers. While the horror may be new, the imagery dwells in the heavy, low-key shadows of classic old-school filmmaking. This may be a story of rocket planes pushing the envelope at the dawn of the Space Age, at its core, the movie 1930’s aviation melodrama: the hot-shot pilot, his level-headed brother, and the girl who stands between them. All in all, a step above and beyond the typical monster movie at the late night double feature picture show.