The Space Children

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The Space Children
The Space Children poster.jpg
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]
Starring
Music by Van Cleave
Cinematography Ernest Laszlo
Edited by Terry O. Morse
Production
company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • June 18, 1958 (1958-06-18) (USA)
[2]
Running time
69 minutes
Country USA
Language English

The Space Children is a 1958 film directed by Jack Arnold. It was released in 1958 on a double bill with The Colossus of New York.[3]

The movie was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1998 during season 9.

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

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]

Production[edit]

The Space Children was William Alland's first picture with Paramount.[6] The film was based on The Egg, an unpublished story by Tom Filer, involving a girl with polio and was significantly different than the film.[1][2]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

Release[edit]

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.

Reception[edit]

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-fiction 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]

References[edit]

  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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