I Married a Monster from Outer Space

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I Married a Monster from Outer Space
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gene Fowler Jr.
Produced by Gene Fowler Jr.
Written by Louis Vittes
Starring Tom Tryon
Gloria Talbott
Cinematography Haskell Boggs
Edited by George Tomasini
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates October 1958
Running time 78 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $175,000 (estimated)[1]

I Married a Monster from Outer Space is a 1958 American black-and-white science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced and directed by Gene Fowler Jr. and starring Tom Tryon and Gloria Talbott.

The film's story centers on newly married Marge Farrell who realizes her husband Bill is strangely transformed shortly after her marriage: He is losing his affection for her and his pet dogs, and his earlier habits have now completely vanished. She soon discovers that he is not the only man in town that has changed into a completely different person.

Plot[edit]

Young newlywed Marge Farrell (Gloria Talbott) notices that her new husband Bill (Tom Tryon) is acting oddly: He doesn't show any signs of affection towards her or anything else, including his pet dogs, which he used to love. Marge is also very concerned because she cannot become pregnant.

She then notices that other husbands in her social circle are all acting the same way. One night, she follows Bill while he goes for a walk. She discovers that he is not the man she married but an alien impostor: An extraterrestrial lifeform leaves his human body and enters a hidden spaceship.

She confronts Bill, and he eventually explains that all the females on his planet are now extinct, and that he and other males of his species are taking over human men so they can mate with Earth's women, saving their race from extinction. Marge is horrified at this prospect and tries to warn others of this alien plot, but too many men in town have already been taken over, including the town's Chief of Police.

Finally, her doctor (Ken Lynch) comes to believe her wild story, and he gathers up a posse to attack the aliens in their hidden spaceship. Although bullets can't hurt the invaders, they are defenseless against a pair of German shepherd dogs being used by the posse; eventually, all the aliens are killed by the dogs.

Entering the spaceship, the posse finds all of the human captives still alive, including Bill. Shortly thereafter, a fleet of spaceships is seen taking off from all over the world; the aliens must seek females elsewhere, now that their breeding plan on Earth has been discovered.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Principal photography for the film ended in May 1958, and on September 10, the film premiered in Los Angeles, followed by its U. S. and Canadian theatrical release in October.[2][3][4]

Reviews[edit]

Due to its exploitative title, I Married a Monster from Outer Space has long been ignored by critics and film historians, though it received respectable reviews in later years.[5] Danny Peary described it as "an intelligent, atmospheric, subtly made sci-fi thriller,"[5] Tom Milne of Time Out magazine found "good performances, strikingly moody camerawork, a genuinely exciting climax,"[6] and Leonard Maltin called it a "pretty good little rehash of Invasion of the Body Snatchers" with "some nice, creepy moments."[7]

Themes[edit]

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia concluded that "while the film was clearly fueled by the Cold War mentality of the fifties, in retrospect it is its sexual politics that are more interesting, and disturbing."[8] The hint at a subtext of "sexual angst" by Tom Milne[6] is emphasised by German critic Georg Seeßlen, linking I Married a Monster from Outer Space and Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) to Film noir: Their subjects in common, states Seeßlen, are the distrust between the sexes and the depiction of marriage as a trap where the death of one partner seems inevitable.[9]

Remake[edit]

In 1998 the now defunct UPN television network produced and aired a remake of the film titled, I Married a Monster,[10] with Richard Burgi as the alien husband.

DVD release[edit]

In 2004 Paramount released a DVD of the film which, other than the open matte, full frame (1.33:1) format of the 1998 VHS release, cropped the image to the modern 16:9 (1.78:1) TV format. The Internet Movie Database lists 1.85:1 widescreen as the film's original format.[11]

The label L'Atelier 13 released a Spanish language DVD under the title Me casé con un monstruo del espacio exterior.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Info on budget on IMDB.com
  2. ^ I Married a Monster from Outer Space in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences index, 2012/06/05.
  3. ^ I Married a Monster from Outer Space at Turner Classic Movies, 2012/06/05.
  4. ^ I Married a Monster from Outer Space at the Internet Movie Database.
  5. ^ a b Danny Peary: Cult Movies, Dell Publishing, New York, 1981.
  6. ^ a b Time Out Film Guide, Seventh Edition 1999, Penguin, London, 1998.
  7. ^ Leonard Maltin's 2008 Movie Guide, Signet/New American Library, New York, 2007.
  8. ^ Phil Hardy (ed.): The Aurum Film Encyclopedia – Science Fiction, Aurum Press, London, 1991.
  9. ^ Georg Seeßlen: Kino des Utopischen. Geschichte und Mythologie des Science-fiction-Films, Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg, 1980.
  10. ^ Synopsis on Allrovi.com
  11. ^ Info on technical specifications on IMDB.com

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