It Conquered The World
“Every Man It’s Prisoner, Every Women It’s Slave”
It’s not the greatest movie ever made but it’s got a very cool monster and that makes up for a lot. A disillusioned scientist, played by Lee Van Cleef (The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, Escape From New York) leads a monster from Venus to Earth using his scientific super transmitter for purposes he believes are peaceful but soon finds out the monster intends to dominate the world by mind control. Peter Graves ( Missile X The Neutron Bomb Incident, Red Planet Mars) plays another scientist who is not fooled by the monster and tries to convince Van Cleef the monster is up to no good.
Beverly Garland (The Alligator People, Not Of This World) handles the part of Van Cleef’s wife who discovers the monster’s evil plan and goes after it with a rifle only to be killed in the process.
The monster in the movie has a bag full of super-like powers like being able to cut electrical power to houses and keep cars from starting. It also uses batish looking creatures to attack its victims and implant its mind control device.. . . Plus it looks really cool.
I would have liked this movie a lot better if it wasn’t such a blatant rip off of “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers” and surprisingly enough even this movie was ripped off nine years later by “ Zontar – Thing From Venus”. ..Which is almost the same movie.
It Conquered The World was directed by Roger Corman ( Beast With A Million Eyes, Not of this Earth) who produced over 400 movies most of them horror and sci/fi. And was made by Sunset Productions in 1956.
The movie is worth seeing just for the monster alone but as a bonus they tossed in some Venusian bat beasts, over-dramatic dialogue, a space radio that reaches infinity, and Lee Van Cleef. Enjoy “It Conquered The World” with your favorite ice cream cone. . You will understand the cone reference when you watch the movie. . . .