The Strange World of Planet X (film)
|The Strange World of Planet X|
The Strange World of Planet X VHS cover
|Directed by||Gilbert Gunn|
|Produced by||George Maynard
|Written by||Paul Ryder|
|Starring||Forrest Tucker, Gaby Andre, Alec Mango|
|Music by||Robert Sharples|
|Editing by||Francis Bieber|
|Distributed by||Distributors Corporation of America (US)|
|Running time||75 minutes|
The Strange World of Planet X (1958) is a British science fiction horror film, and a cautionary tale about science. It was also known as Cosmic Monsters, The Crawling Terror, The Cosmic Monster, and The Crawling Horror.
A monomaniacal scientist, Dr. Laird (played by Alec Mango), has invented ultra-sensitive magnetic fields, which attracts objects from space. Strange things begin happening, including a freak storm, and insects and spiders mutate into giant monsters. An alien spaceship appears over London and mankind is warned against the dangers of this scientific experiment.
- Forrest Tucker as Gil Graham
- Gaby André as Michele Dupont
- Martin Benson as Smith
- Alec Mango as Dr. Laird
- Wyndham Goldie as Brigadier Cartwright
- Hugh Latimer as Jimmy Murray
- Dandy Nichols as Mrs. Tucker
- Richard Warner as Inspector Burns
- Patricia Sinclair as Helen Forsyth
- Geoffrey Chater as Gerard Wilson
- Hilda Fenemore as Mrs. Hale
The plot of this low-budget film appears to have been inspired by The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). On its original release it was not notably successful, but subsequently became something of a cult favorite due to television reruns.
Unusually, a theremin is used in the musical soundtrack.
- The Strange World of Planet X at the Internet Movie Database
- The Strange World of Planet X at allmovie
- In-depth review of the film
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