When a spaceship lands on the moon, it is hailed as a new accomplishment, before it becomes clear that a Victorian party completed the journey in 1899, leading investigators to that mission's last survivor.
The electronic engineer Dr. Cal Meacham is a prominent scientist that is studying industrial application of nuclear energy and also a great pilot. One day, he receives a different condenser and soon his assistant Joe Wilson receives a manual instruction and several components of a sophisticated machine. Carl and Joe build a communication apparatus and a man called Exeter contacts Carl. He tells that Carl has passed the test assembling the Interocitor and invites him to join his research. The intrigued Carl decides to travel to meet Exeter that sends an unmanned airplane to bring him to an isolated facility in Georgia. He is welcomed by Dr. Ruth Adams but she mysteriously does not recall their love affair in the past. They team-up with Dr. Steve Carlson and they note that the other scientists in the facility have been transformed, having a weird behavior. They decide to flee in a car, but they are attacked by rays and Steve dies. Carl and Ruth also witness the facility blowing-up and ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The film was shown in drive-in theaters in the US in the summer of 1960 on a double bill with Forbidden Planet (1956). It was also re-issued in theaters in America in July 1964. There is a three-color 1964 reissue of the full-color 1955 one-sheet and an abridged 1964 version of the 1955 press book. See more »
When Exeter is first talking to Dr. Meacham and Adams in his office, he shows them his Interocitor which is located in a large closet next to the door into the hallway. The closet's door is flush to the wall with the office door, but when they are out in the hallway, the outside wall is also flush, which means there was no place for the Interocitor in his office. See more »
Then you know that shortly we can expect Zagon to commence and sustain an all-out attack. Our ionization layer must be maintained until our relocation is effected.
Dr. Cal Meacham:
Relocation? To where?
To your Earth.
A peaceful relocation. We hope to live in harmony with the citizens of your Earth.
Dr. Ruth Adams:
Our knowledge and weapons would make us your superiors, naturally.
Dr. Cal Meacham:
Then why haven't your "superior" brains solved the problem of synthesizing uranium?
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Guess I'll have to watch MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE MOVIE to find out what is so bad about THIS ISLAND EARTH. The film is intriguingly plotted, beautifully photographed, and has excellent (even by contemporary standards) art direction, costume design and special effects. So what if Rex Reason sounds as if he was dubbed (he always sounds that way), and some of the other performances seem a bit stilted. The Metaluna Mutant was the most memorable outer space monster until ALIEN.
I can only recall one technical error in the film. After the interociter (communicator) has been reduced to molten metal, Rex Reason picks up a Geiger counter and says, "It's no longer radioactive." There IS no set up for this (i.e., when it proved to be radioactive).
I'd certainly rate this film in the top ten of the best science fiction films of the fifties (probably in the top five). It's philosophical, exciting and well made.
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