Aliens from Another Planet
Reviewed by Jeff DeLuzio
Rating: 10 Beans
liens from Another Planet (1968)
"Aliens from Another Planet"? Why not "Extraterrestrial Space Aliens from Another Planet," or, "Extraterrestrial Space Aliens from Another Planet that's Not Earth!" I can think of no other explanation for the redundancy, save that the producers really wanted people to know they were going to be seeing SF. Certainly, the contents of this turkey support the hypothesis that the producers didn't think much of their audience's intelligence.
It seems someone has planted a bomb in an experimental time-travel device developed by the U.S. government. The saboteur has used the time-machine to escape, teleporting himself to the distant future. Only by following and getting the relevant information can our heroes locate and defuse the bomb, and thus avoid becoming trapped forever in time.
The future world looks pretty bleak. The inhabitants have lost their humanity, are mindless thralls controlled by evil rulers and, horror of horrors, have had their faces painted silver like the Tin Woodsman from "The Wizard of Oz." The saboteur, who arrived in the future some years before heroes James Darren and Robert Colbert, has blended in by wearing a tin skullcap and found a prominent position with the rulers. Evidently, references aren't required in totalitarian societies of the future.
Conflict and mayhem ensue, before the heroes, the villain, and some gratuitous silver people escape and find themselves in the distant past, battling handy stock footage from "One Million BC"-- good old lizards with fins glued on'em-- and (I'm not kidding) an offscreen giant bee.
One of the future people rediscovers his humanity, saves the day, and returns to the future-- but circumstances send our heroes to the old west. There, they must stop an invasion by the long- awaited Aliens from Another Planet, whose outfits and equipment look suspiciously like the stuff from the future earth segments. These aliens have left their Other Planet and landed in the studio's old west backlot town because they require protein, and have detected great quantities in the herds of cows kept at nearby ranches. That's right: they've traversed the vast light years of space to rustle cattle.
Their weapons are indeed awesome, including as they do a ray which pauses the film so that everyone freezes. Can our 1960s heroes possibly triumph, and save the west from losing their cattle to doofuses (doofi?) in silver suits?
Actually, this isn't really a movie. It's a spliced-together collection of old "Time Tunnel" episodes. It occasionally appears on television as a movie, however, and people need to be alerted to what exactly this is, should the title not give it away. Folks looking for serious SF will want to steer clear. Those who love over-the-top terrible films will want to tune in.
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