Monday, October 28, 2013

31 Days of Halloween - Day 28 - Movie 1

Beverly Garland plays a nurse who begins working for a mysterious man (Paul Birch) who turns out to be a sort of space vampire who has come to earth in order to determine if humans will make a suitable blood source for his dying race.

Not of This Earth (1957) is a low budget Roger Corman movie elevated by its inventive screenplay by Charles B. Griffith and Mark Hanna and it's cast of skilled actors. Paul Birch is a standout here. With his just odd enough physical manner, unidentifiable accent, and social rudeness, he comes off as someone not only uncomfortable in the culture he's surrounded by, but in his own skin. This makes him a particularly effective, and dislikable alien. There's a gorgeous opening credits sequence and a terrific score by Ronald Stein as well.

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