Target Earth

I’m always a sucker for robot invasion movies from the 1950s!

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‘You’ll be paralysed with fear…’

Target Earth is a 1954 science fiction film and Herman Cohen‘s first production. It was directed by Sherman A. Rose from a screenplay by Bill Raynor, AIP’s James Nicholson and Wyott Ordung (Monster from the Ocean Floor). It stars Richard Denning (The Creature from the Black Lagoon; The Black Scorpion), Kathleen Crowley (Curse of the Undead), Virginia Grey, Richard Reeves and Whit Bissell (I Was a Teenage Frankenstein). The movie was based on the 1953 short story “Deadly City” by Paul W. Fairman.

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Even though a “robot army” is mentioned several times, the production crew only constructed one robot which was used for all scenes. The film’s story is based in Chicago but was actually filmed in Los Angeles. Street scenes were filmed during early mornings when the streets were empty.

Plot teaser:

Chicago is seemingly deserted. A small…

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