I Married a Monster from Outer Space

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I Married a Monster from Outer Space
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original 1958 movie 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 date(s) 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 science fiction film, directed by Gene Fowler Jr. and starring Tom Tryon and Gloria Talbott.

The story centers on freshly married Marge Farrell who finds her husband Bill strangely transformed soon after her marriage: He is losing his affection for his wife and other living beings and drops various earlier habits. Soon she finds out that Bill is not the only man in town changing into a completely different person.

Plot summary[edit]

Young newlywed Marge Farrell notices her new husband Bill is acting strangely. He doesn't show any affection towards her or anything else, including his pet dogs, which he used to love. Marge is also concerned that she cannot seem to get 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 knew but an alien impostor: An extraterrestrial lifeform leaves his body and enters a hidden spaceship.

She confronts Bill and he eventually explains that the females from his planet were extinct and that he and other males are taking over human men so they can mate with Earth's women and save their race. Marge is horrified and tries to warn others of the plot, but too many men have already been taken over, including the Chief of Police.

Finally, her doctor believes her wild tale and he gathers a posse to attack the aliens in their hideout. Although bullets can't hurt the invaders, they are defenseless against a pair of German shepherd dogs that the posse has. The aliens are eventually killed by the dogs.

Entering the spaceship, the posse finds all of the human captives alive, including Bill. An army of spaceships is seen lifting off around the world, seeking a new refuge.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

I Married a Monster from Outer Space was produced by Paramount Pictures. Shooting ended in May 1958. On September 10, the film premiered in Los Angeles, followed by its regular 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 fuelled 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 simply 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 modern 16:9 (1.78:1) TV format. The Internet Movie Database lists 1.85:1 widescreen as the film's originally intended 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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