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The Space Children (1958)
A glowing brain-like creature arrives on a beach near a rocket test site via a teleportation beam. The alien communicates telepathically with the children of scientists. The kids start doing the alien's bidding as the adults try to find out what's happening to their unruly offspring.
(This is NOT the MST2K release)
Michel Ray ... Bud Brewster
Adam Williams ... Dave Brewster
Peggy Webber ... Anne Brewster
Johnny Washbrook ... Tim Gable
Jackie Coogan ... Hank Johnson
Richard Shannon ... Lieutenant Colonel Manley
Raymond Bailey ... Dr. Wahrman
Sandy Descher ... Eadie Johnson
Larry Pennell ... Major Thomas
Director: Jack Arnold
Codecs: DivX 5 / MP3
In 1958, when I was ten years old, I went to the drive-in with my parents and saw this movie. I thought it was terrific, and for the next 28 years I yearned to see it again. Unfortunately it was never shown on television, nor was it available on videotape. But in 1986 the USA network aired it, and I finally got a chance to find out if "The Space Children" was as good as I remembered it.
It wasn't. It was BETTER. This is, in many ways, the most intelligent, thought-provoking, and sincere sci-fi film of the 1950s. In both concept and execution it far outshines most of today's glitzy effects-laden efforts. Sadly, some viewers are mystified by the subtlety and careful pacing of the story. I suppose it's just a matter of taste. After all, some people think "Citizen Cane" is a dull soap opera and "Scary Movie" is a work of art . ..
Since that second viewing in 1986 I have seen "The Space Children" many times, and I've often shown it to groups of kids the same age I was when I first saw it. Most of these kids were surprisingly impressed by the film, a fact which pleased me greatly.
If you've seen "The Space Children" and think it's just a low budget sci-fi movie from the 1950s, try watching it with a group of kids who can explain it to you. And pay special attention to the question which one of the characters asks in the film: "Is there no man on Earth with the wisdom and the innocence of a child?"
I saw "The Space Children" in 1958. Even then, it was obvious that the kids were gleefully joining forces with a weird-but-wise entity from space which wanted to prevent mankind from screwing up and destroying itself.
A few clueless viewers seem to think that the alien "enslaves" the kids.
Hell's bells, do these kids really look like their being CONTROLLED? Just watch them! They grin and giggle while they waltz around among the baffled adults and enjoy the heady pleasure of watching the alien do miraculous things like opening a locked gate, shearing a truck's drive-shaft, and jamming a phone line when a baffled security guard tries to report the unusual things that are going on.
When the sabotaged rocket is about to explode, they sit on the beach and chuckle like they're waiting for a fireworks display to start -- which is exactly what happens.
These kids are having a ball! And so was I in 1958, watching them do it!
Also, consider the fact that nobody gets hurt throughout all the strange events -- except for one sadistic, child-abusing stepfather who dies after trying to beat his stepson to death with a piece of driftwood!
THAT ALONE SHOULD TELL THE VIEWER THAT THE ALIEN IS A GOOD GUY! LIKE . . . UH . . . DUH?
I had to wait 28 years to see this movie a second time, because nobody ever showed it on TV. But in 1986, the USA network aired it, and I was finally able to find out if "The Space Children" was as good as I thought it was.
Happily, the film turned out to be even better than I remembered it.
A few years later, I found out that Jack Arnold considered "The Space Children" to be his personal best, a labor of love, something he created behind the backs of the studio heads who usually assigned him to direct shallow stories like "The Creature from the Black Lagoon".