A mysterious, pilotless plane carries scientist Rex Reason to a colony of America's best and brightest minds. They've been kidnapped by a dying alien race, the Metalunians, to repair their defense shield before their enemies destroy their world completely, toiling under their spying eyes and futuristic security cameras (two-way TVs that dominate every room). Jeff Morrow, under a raised forehead, bronze tan, and snow-white hair, philosophizes as Exeter, the thoughtful Metalunian torn between his duty and his morals as he forces the plucky humans to labor in his race's defense. The moody mystery of the first half turns to pure pulp adventure when the humans are transported across the galaxy to the battle-scarred world of Metaluna, under the threatening watch of a monstrous bug-eyed monster with a giant brain for a head and massive claws for hands. There's a genuine sense of wonder to Joseph Newman's intergalactic adventure, one of the most ambitious science fiction films of the 1950s. The story is simple space opera, but the futuristic designs of glass and metal, the marvelous alien makeup, and grandstanding special effects invest the film with a Technicolor splendor. Faith Domergue co-stars as a nuclear physicist and Gilligan's Island's Russell Johnson makes his first professorial appearance as a scientist. Science fiction auteur Jack Arnold was an unbilled codirector. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is the type of movie I used to watch when I was very young. It still has its appealPublished 19 months ago by Gordon Rickards
I can remember seeing this in a theatre when I was about ten years old. Enjoy it just as much now.Published on April 25 2013 by Weirdmum
I remember seeing this movie when I was a kid and being blown away by it. Of course, that was forty years ago and special effects and so on have come a long way in the meantime,... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2013 by Captain Canada
Let's see -- hole-filled plot, cold war hysteria, wooden actors, and a plot that turns out to be completely pointless. Read morePublished on May 1 2011 by EA Solinas
This film is a really lame duck, mainly because it had so much potential, but the makers obviously ran out of money and couldn't finish it properly. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2009 by Hale & Hardy
I just recently purchased this S/F classic movie from the fifties. The last time I viewed "This Island Earth was some forty years ago on TV. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2006 by Ray