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First Man into Space (1958)

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In this briskly efficient B-movie from the golden era of British science fiction, brash US Navy test pilot Dan Prescott, hungry for fame, rockets himself beyond Earth’s atmosphere, only to become encrusted with cosmic dust and return a blood-drinking monster.

The film has more than a passing resemblance to Hammer’s The Quatermass Experiment (1955) with a dash of Dracula (1958) thrown in for good exploitative measure, and director Robert Day goes for both pity and scares by engendering sympathy for the one-eyed malformation while delivering uneasy shocks.

Lacklustre acting from Marshall Thompson doesn’t help his cause, but Marla Landi screaming every time the slime-encrusted alien appears does add an unintentional streak of light entertainment.

Commander Charles ‘Chuck’ Ernest Prescott
Marshall Thompson
Lieutenant Dan Milton Prescott
Bill Edwards
Tia Francesca
Marla Landi
Captain Ben Richards
Robert Ayers
Assistant Chief Wilson
Bill Nagy
Dr. Paul Von Essen
Carl Jaffe
Ramon DeGareara (Mexican Consul)
Roger Delgado
Harold Atkins
John McLaren
Witney
Richard Shaw
Clancy
Bill Nick

Director
Robert Day

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