Bill (Tom Tryon) is sharing a few drinks with his friends on the day before he gets married. Instead of having a late night, Bill decides to call it early and drive home. However, as Bill is driving home, he notices a strange body on the road, and he decides to stop and see if they need help. But as he investigates, something happens to Bill. A monster like creature attacks him and overtakes his form.
The next day Bill marries his bride to be, Marge (Gloria Talbott) and it seems like a dream comes true. But during their first year of marriage, Marge feels there just isn’t something quite right about their relationship anymore. Bill is also acting rather strange- almost as if he’s not himself
I Married A Monster From Outer Space is a Black and White feature film from 1958. Thanks to the Australian distributor Via Vision Entertainment and Imprint Films, this is the first time in history the film has had an official release on Blu-ray (2020).
For those who are not aware, this film isn’t referring to Monsters at all; we are talking about an alien race. An alien race has arrived on Earth and possessed the bodies of humans, Bill being one of the first victims. Naturally, this film focuses more on Marge whose suspicions grow stronger every time she and Bill interact with one another. Marge also thinks it odd when she learns she has been unsuccessful in falling pregnant and Bill has no interest in being tested.
As a plot, it’s creepy and somewhat spooky. While it’s quite evident from the start that aliens have overtaken Bill’s body, the disturbing aspect comes into play as we wonder what Bill’s intentions are. Tension is also created by Marge- will she be able to make the discovery herself and remain safe? After all, explaining her suspicions of how she thinks her husband is an alien isn’t the most convincing thing to do.
Visually, I love the creativity and the style of this film. Considering it was done in 1958, it’s obvious the film crew had to get rather creative, in particular when it comes to trying to show the monster itself. Costuming work is positive, but I loved what appeared to be double exposures to create some of the sci-fi effects. One example of the double exposure effect is as Bill looks out the window during a storm. When lightning strikes, for a few seconds his face reveals the monster within. It’s creepy and fun combined.
As a premium release from Imprint films, I was somewhat satisfied with the transfer and audio of the film. To top it off there are also some excellent features for movie lovers. The only issue I could fault was more due to the age of the film, but I did notice minor specks of dust on the images, particularly during the movie’s first act. Again, not a big drama for myself as I found it only added to this creepy story.
Overall, watching this classic on Blu-ray for the first time was a blast. I Married A Monster From Outer Space is truly a creepy horror film done right. As a plot, it is entertaining for sure. I found myself appreciating the film’s style and use of creativity for visual effects, especially considering what film studios could do back in 1958. If you’ve never seen this classic piece of cinema I highly recommend you check this one out, even more so now that it’s finally been re-released for the first time on Blu-ray. Not only this, but the release also allows movie lovers to be spoilt with many unique features.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden