The Strange World of Planet X
(1958) is a British science fiction
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Horror films seek to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience's most primal fears. They often feature scenes that startle the viewer through the means of macabre and the supernatural, thus frequently overlapping with the fantasy and science fiction genres...
, and a cautionary tale
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about science. It was also known as Cosmic Monsters, The Crawling Terror
, The Cosmic Monster
, and The Crawling Horror.
The film was adapted by Paul Ryder
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from the 1957 Rene Ray
René Ray, Countess of Midleton was a British film and stage actress of the 1930s and 1940s who appeared in over forty films....
The Strange World of Planet X is a British science fiction horror novel. Written by former actress Rene Ray, it is a cautionary tale about science.-Plot:...
of the same name; a TV serial adapted by Ray aired in Britain in 1956.
A monomaniacal scientist, Dr. Laird (played by Alec Mongo), has invented ultra-sensitive magnetic fields, which begin to attract objects from space. Strange things begin happening, including a freak storm, and insects and spiders begin to mutate into giant monsters. An alien spaceship has appeared over London and begins to warn mankind against the dangers of this scientific experiment.
- Forrest Tucker
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as Gil Graham
- Gaby André as Michele Dupont
- Martin Benson
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- Alec Mango
Alec Mango was an English actor. He is best known for portraying El Supremo in the 1951 Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N., he also appeared in South of Algiers , The Strange World of Planet X , The 7th Voyage of Sinbad , Danger Man , and Frankenstein Created Woman, .-Selected filmography:* They Who...
as Dr. Laird
- Wyndham Goldie as Brigadier Cartwright
- Hugh Latimer
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as Jimmy Murray
- Dandy Nichols
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as Mrs. Tucker
- Richard Warner as Inspector Burns
- Patricia Sinclair as Helen Forsyth
- Geoffrey Chater
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as Gerard Wilson
- Hilda Fenemore
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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
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is used in the musical soundtrack.
The film supposedly inspired the B movie
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, Invasion from Inner Earth
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