War of the Satellites (1958)

Article #1449 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-3-2005
Posting Date: 7-31-2005
Directed by Roger Corman
Featuring Richard Devon, Dick Miller, Susan Cabot

An impenetrable barrier erected by hostile aliens continually prevents a scientific project from sending rockets into deep space. The scientific leader of the project comes up with a scheme to get past the barrier, but dies in an auto accident and is replaced by an alien intent on sabotage.

It’s movies like this that make me really appreciate Roger Corman. Had anybody else tried to make an outer space epic like this on an Allied Artists budget, it would have probably been dull and laughable. Corman doesn’t turn it into a classic, but he manages to keep it from being a waste of time, and except for the fact that the middle of the movie sags a little, he keeps the interest level up. He’s helped by a likable and familiar cast; in particular, it’s really a lot of fun seeing Dick Miller in a rare leading role. The special effects are primitive, but not embarrassing, and it’s well acted throughout. All in all, it makes for decent low-budget science fiction adventure.

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