Upon returning home from a mission to outer space, an astronaut realizes that the Earth has been overtaken by a colony of savage alien robots who have reanimated the corpses of the dead to do their dirty work. With few human survivors left, he must mount a counterattack to protect the planet from utter destruction. Willard Parker, Virginia Field and Dennis Price star in this classic piece of sci-fi cinema from the 1960s.
Terence Fisher was born in Maida Vale, England, in 1904. Raised by his grandmother in a strict Christian Scientist environment. Fisher left school while still in his teens to join the Merchant Marine. By his own account, he soon discovered that a life at sea was not for him, so he left the service and tried his hand at various jobs landside. It was during this time that he discovered the cinema. Entering the film industry as “the oldest clapper boy in the business,” he eventually worked his way up to film editor. Almost as a lark, he applied to Rank to become a film editor. Unexpectedly, he was accepted. In 1947, at the age of 43, he made his directorial debut with a supernatural comedy called Colonel Bogey — a foreshadwing of things to come.
For the next few years, he vacillated between A-film assignments (Noel Coward’s The Astonished Heart, So Long at the Fair with Jean Simmons and Dirk Bogarde, and The Girl in the Painting with Herbert Lom… read more
Terence Fisher is the uncrowned king of cinema, most known for his Hammer horror productions. This is a neat little sci-fi flick, set to the british countryside. Fisher creates a great sense of isolation, that gives it an eerie atmosphere. Great black & white photography by Arthur Lavis.