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
Actors Jeff Morrow and Rex Reason went on record in interviews promoting this film that when the scenes involving the Mutant came up, they did all they could from not trying to sneak out of the theatre at the premiere. They were totally embarrassed by the Mutant costume that they likened to a giant bug. They felt that the Mutant completely ruined what they thought was an otherwise decent film. Of course, it's the Metaluna Mutant that people now remember most when "This Island Earth" is mentioned. See more »
The steering wheel changes from the left side to the right side in the last scene of the car chase just before it gets blown up. See more »
Boy I never imagined I would be in the minority of those who thoroughly enjoyed this sci-fi effort. Sure,it doesn't have the greatest visual effects,but I always thought it was creative with what it had. The film was made quite a long time ago and I respect the makers for trying to create an imaginative little exercise in the vast genre of science fiction. It does have pretty good acting though the aliens are stiff,but were they meant to be lively? The film isn't poetry,but I love these type of cheesy sci-fi films and think this one is an A-class B-picture. ****/*****
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