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      First Man Into Space

      Released Feb 27, 1959 1h 17m Sci-Fi List
      Reviews 21% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A commander's (Marshall Thompson) astronaut brother (Bill Edwards) returns slime-covered and the host for an alien bloodsucker. Read More Read Less

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      Mark Bourne DVDJournal.com Space Age hardware footage (including cockpit shots of Chuck Yeager) meets rampaging space-mutant theatrics. Mar 5, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Sep 24, 2005 Full Review Steve Crum Kansas City Kansan Outer space chills and creeps, pretty dated. Rated: 3/5 Jan 5, 2005 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews I've seen a lot of sci-fi films that didn't make as much sense as this one does. Rated: C Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Pretty standard B-Movie fare fueled by space-race paranoia. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Good ideas in a low-budget film--Almost Bearable Baloney!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member I saw this film by accident when I was 8 years old. It was part of a double bill with Disney's "Darby O'Gill and the Little People." Clearly, somebody in "scheduling" goofed, thinking "Darby," with its animated banshee sequence, somehow constituted a horror film, and therefore "First Man" was an appropriate accompanying feature. The result was a theater full of small children frightened into hysteria by the blood-drinking space mutant that returns from space after the first manned flight goes awry. I was so terrified by that mutated monster that I could not sleep, would not go into a darkened room alone, and overall suffered a Grade A childhood trauma that lasted for weeks. So from the perspective of a wide-eyed, suburban eight-year-old, this movie was highly successful. It was Scary! On the other hand, by the time I saw the film again decades later on VHS, it had somehow lost its ability to instill terror. In fact, it seemed downright cheesy, embarrassingly so. How could this B movie with sophomoric special effects have seemed so frightening back in 1959? This remains one of the great mysteries of my life. I guess I can chalk it up as one of those "you had to be there" things. Objectively, from a grownup perspective, this movie is pretty darned bad. But since it scared the bejibbers out of me at age eight, I figure those film makers must have done *something* right. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Criterion got the rights to this low budget (and I mean ultra low budget) genre flick about an astronaut who turns monsterous after a space flight. Too bad the monster effects are laughable, most of the movie is them talking about the aftermath of attacks, and the climax is about as strong as a wet hot dog bun. I award this film no points, and may God have mercy on your soul, Criterion. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Dated sci-fi flick about the first man who goes to space only to come back to earth as a blood thirsty mutant. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member "The conquest of new worlds always makes demands of human life. And there will always be men who will accept the risk." It seems like this tale has been told just too many times. Every other science fiction/horror film in the 50s seems to have involved a guy going up in a rocket, getting manipulated by something, then returning to earth as a slavering monster. This one has a good cast and is well shot. But it's just more of the same. I think The Quatermass Xperiment has a bit more flare. But this one is better than several others I've seen. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A commander's (Marshall Thompson) astronaut brother (Bill Edwards) returns slime-covered and the host for an alien bloodsucker.
      Director
      Robert Day
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 27, 1959, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 23, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 17m
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