The Space Children

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The Space Children
Directed by Jack Arnold
Produced by William Alland
Screenplay by Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Story by Tom Filer
Based on The Egg 
by Tom Filer[1]
Music by Van Cleave
Cinematography Ernest Laszlo
Edited by Terry O. Morse
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • June 18, 1958 (1958-06-18) (USA)
Running time
69 minutes
Country USA
Language English

The Space Children is a 1958 film directed by Jack Arnold.[3] The movie was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1998 during season 9.


A brain from space visits earth and communicates telepathically with the children of scientists that are planning a nuclear war. The alien brain helps the children to sabotage the rockets and prevent the war.


The part of Eadie Johnson is portrayed by Sandy Descher. Descher had previous sci-fi movie experience when she played a catatonic child in Them! from 1954.[4]


The Space Children was William Alland's first picture with Paramount.[6] The film was based on The Egg, an unpublished story by Tom Filer, involving a girl with polio and was significantly different than the film.[1][2]

The alien brain was created by special effects artist Ivyl Burks and used $3,300 of neon lights to create the glowing effect.[7]


The Space Children was first released to theaters on June 18, 1958[2] as part of a double bill, along with The Colossus of New York, which was also produced by William Alland.[8]

Home media[edit]

The Space Children was first released as a DVD in 2006 as part of the Lost Movie Classics Collection by RoDon Enterprises.[9] A second DVD release occurred in 2012[10] and was accompanied by a Blu-ray release[11] both by Olive Films.


Movie critic for The Commercial Appeal, John Beifuss, reviewed the film, stating;"while robust Wikipedia entries can be found for the other Arnold and Alland science-ficton films, "The Space Children" rates only these two sentences: 'The Space Children' is a 1958 film directed by Jack Arnold. The movie was featured on 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' in 1998 during season 9.".[12]


  1. ^ a b Warren, Bill (1982). Keep watching the skies!: American science fiction movies of the fifties (illustrated ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina, USA: McFarland & Company. ISBN 9780899501703. OCLC 7999158. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d AFI staff (2013). "The Space Children". AFI Catalog of Feature Films (Los Angeles, California, USA: American Film Institute). OCLC 772904208. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Weldon, Michael (1983). The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film (1st, reissue, illustrated ed.). New York City, New York, USA: Ballantine Books. ISBN 9780345343451. OCLC 10200446. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Parla, Paul; Mitchell, Charles P. (October 1, 2009). Screen Sirens Scream!: Interviews with 20 Actresses from Science Fiction, Horror, Film Noir and Mystery Movies, 1930s To 1960s (illustrated ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina, USA: McFarland & Company. p. 48. ISBN 9780786445875. OCLC 318421123. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Movie – The Space Children (1958)". Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ Hopper, Hedda (October 5, 1957). "'Space Children' Set as Science-Fiction". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California, USA: Eddy Hartenstein). p. B2. ISSN 0458-3035. OCLC 3638237. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ Johnson, John (1996). Cheap Tricks and Class Acts: Special Effects, Makeup and Stunts from the Fantastic Fifties (illustrated ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina, USA: McFarland & Company. p. 19. ISBN 9780786400935. OCLC 32430986. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ Lucanio, Patrick (1987). Them or us: archetypal interpretations of the fifties alien invasion films (illustrated ed.). Indiana University Press. ISBN 9780253358714. OCLC 15055165. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ WorldCat staff (2013). "The Space Children". WorldCat. Dublin, Ohio, USA: Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 696008721. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ WorldCat staff (2013). "The Space Children". WorldCat. Dublin, Ohio, USA: Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 807233984. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ WorldCat staff (2013). "The Space Children". WorldCat. Dublin, Ohio, USA: Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 800429909. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ Beifuss, John (November 21, 2012). "'The Colossus of New York' Meets 'The Space Children'; or, Disembodied Brains, Cold War Kids and Bible Verses: The 13 Days of Halloween - Day Six". The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee, USA: George Cogswell). ISSN 0745-4856. OCLC 9227552. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 


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