I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

Shuddery things from beyond the stars
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  • RT Rating 86%
  • IMDB Rating 6.4

Critic Reviews:

I Married A Monster From Outer Space, of course, puts as much emphasis on the alien’s appearance as on its human disguise and, in this respect, it is a terrific example of that most popular of all fifties genres, the monster movie...


Though the title of the film is laughable (a more appropriate title would have been something like The Enemy Within or Outsider from Beyond), it’s actually an intelligent and well-executed sci-fi drama with a touch of horror. Pushing the boundaries of sex in an era when that sort of thing wasn’t discussed in movies, it even brings up the idea of aliens procreating with human beings.


Sex is also factor in the film’s plot, but to avoid entering spoiler territory, I’ll just say that its importance a foundation of marriage is explored and questioned, which is quite unusual for a film produced during such a conservative era. Viewers don’t see a lot of the alien invaders apart from a few superimposed shots over our actor’s faces, but the creature design is somewhat grotesque despite appearing a little flimsy.