They Came from Beyond Space (1967) - Adventure, Sci-Fi

Hohum Score

73

Boring

Scientists investigating an unusual meteor shower in a rural field are possessed by an alien force bent on an ulterior purpose.

IMDB: 4.6
Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Robert Hutton, Jennifer Jayne
Length: 85 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 9 out of 55 found boring (16.36%)

One-line Reviews (36)

Very enjoyable.

I love a lot of Amicus movies and I've often enjoyed their films more than their rival Hammer but there's not too much love that can be shown to this movie, which is pretty to look at but deadly dull in terms of entertainment.

This sci go film is so bad it is actually enjoyable.

It does get really confusing at the end though...

)Dull it certainly ain't, assisted by snazzy sixties clothes and attractive locations glossily shot in Eastmancolor by Norman Warwick, frenzied editing and a suitably noisy & trashy score by James Stevens.

Bottom line: a rather boring film, with no real value to be gained from watching it.

But it is done in a very exciting way, and you think that at last we have another British science fiction film that will rival Quatermass 2.

Director Freddie Francis, working from an offbeat and engrossing script by Milton Subotsky, relates the quirky and involving story at a steady pace, makes good use of the desolate British countryside, and ably creates and sustains a compelling aura of eerie mystery.

I've seen Z films that are more exciting than this.

The plot was suspenseful and the fights and action sequences very realistically staged.

Along the way, we also get a mysterious female petrol-station attendant (a would-be intriguing subplot that unsurprisingly comes to nothing!

Sounds very fascinating and all, but the truth is that it's an intolerably slow and boring movie.

All in all, it's an enjoyable film of it's era, and one I Will probably watch again.

For all the talk and driving and hiding in the woods, the most memorable scene is the one at the gas station in which the bored girl tries to interest Temple in coming around for 'tea.

The movie moves way too slow to begin with so adding all this dialogue isn't going to help matters.

It's somewhat slow despite its economical running time (84 minutes), and lacks a feeling of urgency and that of a real threat.

The story goes weak and the climax is disappointing, but the movie stays entertaining throughout and has good performances from everyone.

The boffins are, to quote a sci-fi cliché, 'taken over' by creatures from another planet.

I've really enjoyed director Freddie Francis' work with Hammer Films over the years, and it was intriguing to see him attached to a lower-budget project and see how he'd do, with lesser-quality actors and production values.

However, I found it entertaining and, occasionally, thoughtful.

This movie is worth watching if you get the chance.

This one was so boring that I couldn't concentrate try to grasp the plot it was trying to reveal.

All the players, especially Robert Hutton, were very convincing and the fights and stunt-work, as noted above, looked very compelling indeed.

The biggest problem is that it appears Francis, usually a top-notch director, falls asleep at the wheel because the movie has a deadly slow pace that doesn't help anything.

I was moved to go scrub my toilet in the middle of watching it: that's how boring it was (and the movie probably gave me an unconscious trigger to do so, come to think of it).

Considering that this film was obviously shot on a tight budget, it worked out to be an enjoyable film nonetheless.

Deadly dull aliens, rotten movie.

A Gripping Story Leading up to a Silly Ending .

The central portion (four or five hours long, I believe) was slow.

Enjoyable bad .

The first half hour is still okay, and the "plague"-scenes are even terrific, but then the story really becomes repetitive and thoroughly unexciting.

I've seen They Came From Beyond Space a couple of times now and found it quite enjoyable.

One snappy element of this '60s British sci-fi film is the instantaneous way the alien possession deal works.

The sturdy acting from the competent cast holds everything together: Ravishing redhead Jennifer Jayne cuts an imposing figure as the steely Lee Mason, Zia Mohyeddin contributes an engaging portrayal as Temple's affable friend Farge, fetching blonde Luanshya Greer makes a memorably sexy impression as an enticing gas station attendant, and the always dependable Michael Gough has a neat small part as the Master of the Moon.

It is noisy, and even if shootouts like the continual ones they have here are your cup of tea, you're going to have to admit that there really is no story.

Goofy but enjoyable .