This Island Earth (1955) Reviewed

"This Island Earth" original 1955 poster art

Dashing big-chinned Dr. Meacham (Rex Reason) builds an “interrociter” with parts he mysteriously receives from an interplanetary source. The interrociter (essentially a big art-deco web cam), comes from Exeter, diplomat of the planet Metaluna. Exeter and his big-foreheaded friends need Earth’s sharpest minds to help them save their planet, which is being destroyed by destructive meteors. They kidnap Meacham, Faith Domergue and Gilligan’s Island‘s “Professor,” Russel Johnson. Things don’t go exactly as planned and Meacham and Domergue end up being attacked by a Metalunan monster– a familiar iconic creature with claw hands and a big exterior brain. TIE is noteworthy for its stylish technicolor aesthetic — with bright, boldly colored sets, artistic matte paintings and lots of memorable visuals. It sports some of the best production values of the 50s-era genre. It may seem cheesy to cynical audiences of today, but the story holds up, making it one of the best of its kind. TIE is briefly glimpsed and referenced in Joe Dante’s Explorers (1985). It also received a hilarious dressing down by the crew of The Satellite of Love in the Mystery Science Theater movie (1996).

~ by Number5ive on October 12, 2008.

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