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Invasion of the Animal People (1959)

Aliens release a furry critter in the wilds of Lapland where it takes a woman captive and threatens a group of scientists.

Director:

Virgil W. Vogel

Writers:

Arthur C. Pierce (screenplay), Arthur C. Pierce (story)
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Cast overview:
Barbara Wilson Barbara Wilson ... Diane Wilson
Sten Gester ... Erik Engström
Robert Burton ... Dr. Frederick Wilson
Bengt Blomgren ... Col. Robert Bottiger
Åke Grönberg ... Dr. Henrik (as Ake Gronberg)
Gösta Prüzelius ... Dr. Walter Ullman (as Gosta Pruzelius)
John Carradine ... Narrator (voice)
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After a herd of reindeer are mysteriously found dead following a meteor crash in a remote part of Sweden, soldiers and a geologist are called out to investigate. Just as they discover that the meteor is actually a spaceship, a hideous monster destroys their plane and kills the soldier guarding it. As the geologist (along with his figure skater girlfriend) are trying to ski to safety, the monster attacks again and kidnaps the helpless woman. What is this creature, and can it be stopped? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Giants of the ages run amuck in icy death attack controlled by alien brains! See more »

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Country:

USA | Sweden

Language:

English | Swedish | Saami

Release Date:

19 August 1959 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Invasion of the Animal People See more »

Filming Locations:

Lapland, Sweden See more »

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Budget:

$40,000 (estimated)
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(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scientists fly up to Lappland in an SAS Convair 440 Metroliner, "Trygve Viking", then onto the landing site in a Swedish army Noorduyn Norseman. See more »

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The second airplane sent as a rescue has the same registration number as the one that was wrecked by the monster earlier in the film... See more »

Alternate Versions

Was released in the USA as "Invasion of the Animal People". The film was shortened and scenes with John Carradine were added. Jerry Warren and Virgil W. Vogel are given co-director credit for the U.S. version See more »

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References It Came from Outer Space (1953) See more »

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Midnight Sun Lament
Based on an old Swedish melody
Music and Swedish lyrics by Gustaf Unger
English lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Sung by The Golden Gate Quartet
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Pretty good Swedish SF movie destroyed by Jerry Warren
18 September 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

This was a 1959 Swedish/American co-production. In the Lappland of Sweden a meteor crashes. Turns out it's not a meteor--it's a spaceship from another world. For no given reason--a huge, hairy monster comes from the spaceship, walks around, causes destruction and kidnaps a woman who has come with a team of scientists to explore the "meteor". Can anything stop this monster?

And what does it want?

There are lots of things wrong with this film--it has a romantic title song (for a SF feature!!!!); it opens with hysterically lousy special effects showing the spaceship landing; the monster doesn't show up until 50 minutes in (the film is only 70 minutes long); endless skiing footage; lousy acting (particularly Babara Wilson); laughable lapses in logic (note how conveniently Wilson's busted ankle is ignored). Also there's a pointless and fairly explicit nude shower scene which has no bearing whatsoever with the story! Still, it has an intelligent script; it's well-directed; takes place in a most unusual setting; has a very scary-looking monster and moves pretty quick. No classic but interesting.

It came to American in 1962. For some reason producer Jerry Warren destroyed it. He changed the title to "Invasion of the Animal People" (?????) and added John Carradine to the cast (probably for marquee value). Carradine opens up the film with the most insipid speech I've ever heard (it makes next to no sense) and narrates portions of it. Warren added dreadful new footage (badly shot and acted) which added nothing to the story; gave it a really silly new opening (involving Wilson); says it takes place in Switzerland (????); rearranged footage and cut out huge chunks. What is left is a hysterically bad, incomprehensible mess! I believe Carradine later said this was one of his worst movies (he's not kidding). It's known as being a camp classic.

But now BOTH versions are available on DVD. It's more than a little interesting to see how Warren totally destroyed a fairly good movie. It's a good thing the original is now available for people to view. "Invasion" gets a 1 (I wish I could give it a zero) but "Terror" gets a 7. Like I said, no classic but pretty well-done...and how many monster movies do you know that were made in Sweden?


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