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When asteroids fall in formation in the
Cornish countryside, scientists believe an intelligence may be behind them.
Unfortunately, when they investigate the asteroids, the scientists' minds are
taken over by unseen aliens. Only one man, who has a silver plate in his head
due to a car accident, is immune, and he, almost single handedly, fights the
aliens when they release a deadly plague and abduct him to the moon, where
their spaceship has crashed.
Freddie Francis' They Came from Beyond
Space is a bad film. Unfortunately, it is not so bad that it is
entertaining. Other than such embarrassments as the plastic crystals used by
the aliens to take over the minds of their human victims and the flashlights
they use as guns, the special effects are not as dreadful as are some that can
be found in a number of other similar low budget movies. The script has its
moments of camp badness as well, but it is generally just tedious and
uninspired. The acting is frequently substandard, but it is decent just as
The film's greatest flaw is its lack of distinctive virtues or
vices. It is bad, but not exceptionally bad. It is bad in an ordinary,
uninteresting way. Without good qualities, and yet without the sort of
abysmally bad qualities which, by their demonstrating the film makers' gross
ineptitude, would have made the movie entertaining, They Came from Beyond
Space is just boring. Many other science fiction films have dealt with
similar themes, and many of them have done so in better or, at least, more
They Came from Beyond Space is, frankly, a dull movie.
It is best avoided.
Review by Keith Allen
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