NOT OF THIS EARTH
As far as I am aware, Not of This Earth was the first film to conduct a science-fiction variant of the vampire film wherein the vampire is now a blood-deprived alien come to Earth to drain humanity. (The script even manages to wind in the good old 1950s standby of atomic radiation This woman has obviously lived in an area of continuous nuclear detonation, the doctors opine after examining Anne Carrolls blood). The film has something undeniably creepy to it, despite Roger Cormans typical low-budget. It does achieve a certain sinister threat and the story works in its modest way. Paul Birch gives an oddly stilted and alienated performance that holds some effect. There is the novelty shock of when we see in closeup as Birch abruptly removes his dark glasses to reveal blank white pupiless eyes. There is even a strange creature, which looks like a combination of a bat and a flying lampshade. The film arrives at a chase climax where the black-and-white graininess of the print makes the scene seem almost impressionistic.
Unlike Charles B. Griffiths later scripts for Roger Corman, Not of This Earth is played straight. There is the odd scene that tilts towards a lighter playing like Dick Miller appearance as a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman or where Paul Birch insists that three winos be invited to dinner. The film is relatively free of low-budget gaffes. There is the odd line that proves amusing sixty years later like when Beverly Garland states: No nurse would dream of earning more than $200 a week. Its ridiculous.
The film has been twice remade with Roger Corman producing the first as Not of This Earth (1988) from B-budget director Jim Wynorski with Arthur Roberts as Mr Johnson, where the emphasis is placed more on an undressed Traci Lords as the nurse and an overtly comedic playing; and the cable film Not of This Earth (1995) with Michael York as Mr Johnson.
Roger Cormans genre films as director are: Day the World Ended (1955), It Conquered the World (1956), War of the Satellites (1956), Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Journey to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957), The Undead (1957), Teenage Caveman (1958), A Bucket of Blood (1959), The Wasp Woman (1959), The House of Usher/The Fall of the House of Usher (1960), Last Woman on Earth (1960), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961), Pit and the Pendulum (1961), Premature Burial (1962), Tales of Terror (1962), Tower of London (1962), The Haunted Palace (1963), The Raven (1963), The Terror (1963), X The Man with X-Ray Eyes (1963), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), The Tomb of Ligeia (1964), The Trip (1967), Gas; or It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It (1970) and Frankenstein Unbound (1990). Cormans World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) is a documentary about Cormans career.
Charles B. Griffith turned out genre scripts for other Roger Corman cheapies such as It Conquered the World (1956), Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), The Undead (1957), A Bucket of Blood (1959), Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961), and the classic The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), as well as Cormans non-genre biker movie classic The Wild Angels (1966). Griffith also wrote other Corman-produced films such as Atlas (1961) and Death Race 2000 (1975). Griffith made his directorial debut with the B-budget scuba-diving film Forbidden Island (1958). In later years, Corman produced several films that Griffith wrote and directed with the hit car chase film Eat My Dust (1976), the killer fish film Up from the Depths (1979), the parody Dr Heckyl and Mr Hype (1980) and Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II (1989).
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