Monday, October 28, 2013
31 Days of Halloween - Day 28 - Movie 3
After departing from Mars with the sole survivor of a previous mission, the crew of a spaceship finds they have left with another passenger. This one is a super strong, deadly, seemingly unstoppable alien terror who kills off the crew one by one.
If the plot of It! - The Terror From Beyond Space (1958) seems familiar it's because it did have an influence on the movie Alien (1979). It! is a taught, briskly paced movie that doesn't waste any time getting down to business, and builds suspense as every effort of the crew to stop the creature, or contain it fails, diminishing their numbers and forcing them to retreat into a smaller and smaller section of the rocket as the alien breaks through their defenses. There's not a lot of room for character building here, but each crew member is sketched out distinctly enough to make them individuals and not simply fodder.