It Conquered the World 1956

A well meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions - but only death and sorrow results.

The Cast

Peter Graves-Dr. Paul Nelson
Beverly Garland-Claire Anderson
Lee Van Cleef-Dr. Tom Anderson
Sally Fraser-Joan Nelson
Russ Bender-Brig. Gen. James Pattick
Jonathan Haze-Pvt. Manuel Ortiz
Dick Miller-Sgt. Neil
Taggart Casey-Sheriff N.J. Shallert

The Director: Roger Corman
The Writers: Lou Rusoff, Charles B. Griffith
Music by: Ronald Stein
Certificate : X

Film Trivia

When leading lady Beverly Garland got her first look at the titular monster, her sarcastic remark was, "THAT conquered the world?".
Composer and musician Frank Zappa made a tribute to "It Conquered the World" in his album, "Roxy & Elsewhere" (1973). In the introduction of the song "Cheepnis", Zappa tells the audience that he loves monster movies. "And the cheaper they are, the better they are". Frank Zappa describes this movie as a perfect example of monster movie with its alien with an "inverted ice-cream cone head with fangs". He describes one special scene when the "monster came out of the cavern" and he could see the technicians pushing the creature over the rail. "This is cheepnis", Mr Zappa concludes before playing the song.
Originally, "Beluah" was built as a squat, flat-topped creature, under the mistaken belief that Venus had higher gravity than Earth's. (It doesn't; Venus' gravity is slightly less than ours.) When it turned out not to be imposing enough - and to actually be shorter than leading lady Beverly Garland - a tapering conical top was added to it.
Paul Blaisdell's friend Bob Burns restored the costume when it came into his possession long after Blaisdell's death. The photographs of it in his book "It Came From Bob's Basement" reveal it to be beet-red in color.
Shot in five days.
Peggie Castle was originally cast as Joan Nelson, but had to pull out of the project shortly before filming began. She was replaced by Sally Fraser, who did it as a favor for director Roger Corman, a friend, even though she was five months pregnant at the time.
Although usually referred to as a being a "cucumber" or another vegetable by fans, "Beluah" is actually supposed to be a fungus.
Paul Blaisdell, who designed, built and portrayed the alien in the movie, affectionately dubbed his creation "Beluah". It is easily the most popular monster of Blaisdell's oeuvre among his fans as well.
In 1956, American International released this film on a double bill with The She-Creature (1956).
The little bat-like creatures that the monster uses to control people would later be re-used in Roger Corman's next film, The Undead (1957).
Though the film was later featured and mocked on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the writers praised the performance of Beverly Garland. She was invited to (and attended) the first convention dedicated to the show, and show writer Paul Chaplin included a short essay extolling her acting ability in this film: on the scene where she hurls insults at the monster, Paul wrote, "In that moment she IS a woman enraged at a pickle."
Among the numerous names the crew gave the monster were the Tee-Pee Terror, The Cucumber Critter, and the Carrot Monster.
A clip from the end of the film, is shown at the beginning of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988). This is the film that she is hosting on her show.
Chocolate syrup was used for the Venus monster's blood in the finale where it gets torched.