Science fiction movies from the 1950’s are so much fun, even if they’re bad. And, “I Married a Monster from Outer Space” is not nearly as bad as the title might signal. In fact, it’s quite good.
This low-budget thriller from 1958 borrows a bit from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” except there are no pods. Just space aliens impersonating ordinary Earth people. Some creepy looking monsters from a dying planet have arrived on Earth so they can mate with human women. They take over the bodies of their victims and attempt to blend in with society. You see, it’s kind of a trial run. If we make it here, we’ll make it anywhere. It’s up to YOU, my new bride.
Bill Ferrell (Tom Tryon) is on his way to see his fiancé on the eve of their wedding. He stops his car because of a body in the road. Oh, but when he gets of his vehicle, the body is nowhere to be found, AND he’s accosted by a big slimy creature that walks on two feet. Next day, Bill shows up at his wedding with a blank look on his face. His bride (Gloria Talbott) wonders if her new hubby was late because of second thoughts about married life. Hey, that’s not the case at all. Bill wants to make babies. He’s just got a new personality disorder. It’s called alien-itus.
“I Married a Monster From Outer Space” is surprisingly well-acted. Everyone is dead serious, and not in a campy way as the title might suggest. It works. There are even some genuinely chilling moments.
Oh, a few things don’t make sense. But, let’s get this straight. “Married” is a very entertaining B-movie. It even has a thing or two to say about sexual politics and the cold war era. No, I definitely think you’ll like this little gem. Grade: B+
“I Married a Monster From Outer Space” was produced and released by Paramount Pictures. It’s now available on DVD only at www.warnerarchive.com