I Married a Monster from Outer Space on DVD
The title tells you a lot about what's in this movie, but doesnt hint
at just how good it is. In fact, while the title IMAMFOS makes this appear to
be yet another schlocky 1950s sci-fi outings, the movie is actually an
intelligent and very entertaining sci-fi outing.
Gloria Talbott stars with Tom Tryon in this body snatching story
about a woman whose new husband suddenly starts acting strangely distant, setting
off alarm bells in her mind that lead to her ferreting out the truth. Hubby
wont perform his husbandly duty, he takes off on her, and
animals are freaked out by him just getting near.
Sounds like life in my house, except for the husbandly duty part,
but in this case hubby isnt just a deadbeat: hes been taken over
by a race of invading aliens, representatives of whom are slipping unnoticed
into American society, kidnapping male citizens and using mannequins that look
just like them to take their victims places.
You see, all the females from the aliens planet have died as a result
of radiation emitted by their planets star, which means their race is
in danger of dying out. The remaining male aliens, or at least as many as have
been sent to Earth, want to impregnate human women after changing them so theyll
give birth to purely alien babies rather than the hybrids one would expect from
such a union.
Marge (Talbott) also begins to notice that her hubby isnt the only male
to start acting strangely (no slight meant about their thespian skills!), not
merely because after she witnesses her husband abandoning his shell
and revealing his truly monstrous true self, she tries to sound the alarm and
is treated like a silly, delusional woman. Even when she tries to convince someone
who hasnt been co-opted by the Monsters from Outer Space shes treated
like a silly, delusional woman but one whose story should at least be
This leads to the inevitable conflict between the humans and the aliens, and
we wont spoil the fun by telling you how it works out.
This is really a neat movie. The characters are believable (even the aliens,
kind of) and the writing is far more intelligent than youd expect from
the lurid title. It takes its subject matter seriously, yet has a sense of humor
as well. And the script does a very nice job of getting inside Marges
mind, clearly showing us how unsettling it is for Marge when her alienized
husband starts coming on to her in the same way she expected and wanted her
real husband to do except that now cant stand the thought of this
facsimile even touching her, for obvious reasons.
This movie deserves to be remembered with the better of the 1950s sci-fi/horror
movies such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Them!
and Invaders from Mars.
The DVD is sparse so far as extras are concerned (there are none), but as a
DVD it gives us a very nice presentation of the movie. The black and white picture
is presented in anamorphic widescreen (16x9 TV compatible) and for the most
part the picture is nice and sharp and detailed. There are several shots that
are so grainy they stick out like a sore thumb, but theyre the exception
rather than the rule.
Audio is unremarkable, which isnt surprising. Its strictly mono
and I found it a tad low, but its okay.
Its too bad they stuck such a low class title on this movie,
because it really deserves to be taken seriously. At least you can now own it
for yourself and give it the place of prominence it deserves in your video library.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space, from Paramount Home Entertainment
77 min. anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1, 16x9 TV compatible), Dolby Digital mono
Starring Gloria Talbott, Tom Tryon, Peter Baldwin, Robert Ivers
Produced by Gene Fowler, Jr.
Written by Louis Vittes, directed by Gene Fowler, Jr.
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