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Invasion of the Animal People (1959)

Aliens release a furry critter in the wilds of Lapland where it takes a woman captive and threatens a group of scientists.

Director:

Virgil W. Vogel

Writers:

Arthur C. Pierce (screenplay), Arthur C. Pierce (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Barbara Wilson Barbara Wilson ... Diane Wilson
Sten Gester ... Erik Engström
Robert Burton ... Dr. Frederick Wilson
Bengt Blomgren ... Col. Robert Bottiger
Åke Grönberg ... Dr. Henrik (as Ake Gronberg)
Gösta Prüzelius ... Dr. Walter Ullman (as Gosta Pruzelius)
John Carradine ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

After a herd of reindeer are mysteriously found dead following a meteor crash in a remote part of Sweden, soldiers and a geologist are called out to investigate. Just as they discover that the meteor is actually a spaceship, a hideous monster destroys their plane and kills the soldier guarding it. As the geologist (along with his figure skater girlfriend) are trying to ski to safety, the monster attacks again and kidnaps the helpless woman. What is this creature, and can it be stopped? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Can Earth Stop the Savage Onslaught of Beast-Men From Space? See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA | Sweden

Language:

English | Swedish | Saami

Release Date:

19 August 1959 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Invasion of the Animal People See more »

Filming Locations:

Lapland, Sweden See more »

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Budget:

$40,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scientists fly up to Lappland in an SAS Convair 440 Metroliner, "Trygve Viking", then onto the landing site in a Swedish army Noorduyn Norseman. See more »

Goofs

In the added American footage, when one of the men points to Lappland on the map, he is actually pointing to Greenland. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some prints of the original English language Swedish version under the title "Terror in the Midnight" are missing the racy shower scene. This footage was completely removed from the chopped up U.S. version titled "Invasion of the Animal People." See more »

Connections

Featured in Extra Weird (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Midnight Sun Lament
Based on an old Swedish melody
Music and Swedish lyrics by Gustaf Unger
English lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Sung by The Golden Gate Quartet
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Very entertaining, especially if you're Swedish!
5 May 2010 | by DennisAlexisSee all my reviews

I'm from Sweden, and they don't make many horror/sci-fi movies here, so it's really nice to finally have this classic on DVD!

Sure, it's really cheap and a bit slow sometimes, but it's still entertaining, especially if you're Swedish and recognize some of the famous guest stars.

I have to say that I also like the monster design, it's quite unique, and the whole mountain setting gives the movie a great atmosphere.

The acting is quite good too. I especially enjoyed the beautiful Barbara Wilson. Swedish actor Gösta Prüzelius also appears in the movie. He is best known for his role as Reidar in 1990's soap opera "Rederiet".

By the way, famous Swedish singer Brita Borg, the girl singing in one of the scenes, passed away last night. She was eighty-three years old.


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