Dr Joe Burke (Simon Oates) is in charge of a scientific project in England that listens out for alien signals and signs of extraterrestrial life in the great void of space.
His team includes electronics expert Ben Keller (Stanley Meadows) and office manager Sandy Lund (Zena Marshall).
They haven’t had much luck in their search for alien signals and are frequently annoyed by their penny-pinching manager, Dr Henry Shore (Max Adrian), who wants to shut the operation down if they don’t get any results – and he’s even brought in a fussy accountant named Mr Yellowlees (Charles Hawtrey) to look over the books and make sure they aren’t wasting any money.
Dr Burke’s team unexpectedly receives a signal from an asteroid and are beamed up to a spacecraft in their transmitter shed. Joining them for this unexpected ride in outer space are Mr Yellowlees and the tea lady, Mrs Jones (Patricia Hayes).
The Terrornauts has a reputation as a famously bad Amicus film and is often compared to the films of Ed Wood. It’s based on the 1960 novel The Wailing Asteroid by Murray Leinster.
Dr Joe Burke
Mr Joshua Yellowlees
Dr Henry Shore
Burke as a child