Sunday, October 31, 2010

Retro trailer: 1958 film It! The Terror from Beyond Space

Here's the original trailer for It! The Terror from Beyond Space, a 1958 science fiction-horror film scripted by SF writer and editor Jerome Bixby. Set in the year 1973, the storyline revolves around the first manned expedition to Mars, in which an unknown life form exterminates all but one crew member, and then stows away in the rescue ship for the long voyage back to Earth. Starring Marshall Thompson as survivor Col. Edward Carruthers, Shirley Patterson as rescuer Ann Anderson, and Ray "Crash" Corrigan as “It! The Terror from Beyond Space.”

According to the nonfiction book Sound Design & Science Fiction (2007), by William Brian Whittington, It! The Terror from Beyond Space “is often recognized as one of the narrative sources for Alien [1979], because the films share similar settings and the aliens in both films have a habit of storing victims in the air ducts of the ship."

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