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Not Rated
Copyright 1959 Topaz Productions
Reviewed by Stefan Robak on 6 December 2000

The Characters:  

  • Derek - An alien (An alien named Derek? Teeheehee!) rebel who is the son of an alien overlord or something. Wants to save the Earth and does, but also blows himself up. I don't think he's really a teenager.
  • Betty Morgan - The love interest whose dog gets killed by aliens. I don't think she's a teenager either.
  • Thor - No, not the Norse God of Thunder. A pushy (and probably non-teenage) alien who asks a lot of questions that don't even forward the plot (like asking how a car works. Isn't your technology more advanced or something?)
  • Grandpa - An old guy who lives with Betty.
  • Joe Rogers - It must be sad to be a man with that bland a name. A reporter and friend to Betty.
  • Townspeople - Too helpful for their own good.
  • Aliens - Guys in dumb looking jumpsuits who, to the best of my knowledge, are probably having a revolution by now since their leader is blown up.
  • The Gargon - A giant lobster! It kills a lot of people and manages to look really silly.

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The Plot: 

This movie has too many nice people. The town that's getting invaded is filled with nothing but nice people that help you out. It's a shame that so many get hit with a ray that turns things to skeletons. The plot is about an alien invasion by aliens in jump suits who want to use Earth as a breeding ground for Gargons: lobsters that grow! But the young rebel alien Derek *snicker* hates this idea and runs away so Thor is in hot pursuit with a disintegration ray. Thor goes about doing this by asking people to do things for him (which everyone does cause they either realize he can kill them or because, like everyone who isn't an alien, is helpful and kind), then asking them a lot of questions, then blasting them.

Well, Derek starts staying in a room for rent at the house of Betty Morgan, the girl whose dog was killed by Thor (Thor likes to kill, probably cause he's an alien). Anyway, Derek and Betty start wandering around the town, as does Thor, only Thor is a little more murderous with his sightseeing. Thor eventually ends up in the hospital after a nasty car wreck, but now the Gargon that was left on Earth has started to grow and kill. Now Derek has to take care of that. So he does, eventually. Then he kills the alien leader who is visiting the planet. I'd explain it in detail so you'd know what's happening, but it's a real waste of all of our time. Trust me, this movie has to be seen by all B-Movie fans!

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Lobsters scream.
  • It can get pretty bright at night.
  • A movie that's written, produced, and directed by the main character is B-Movie material.
  • People in small towns are extremely helpful.
  • You can hotwire a disintegration ray with telephone wires.
  • The guy in charge of a town's electricity will turn off the power if you ask him.
  • In the 50's, even the least qualified were allowed to drive.
  • Derek is a popular alien name. If you know someone named Derek, consider him hostile.
  • Aliens use the same helmets worn by jet fighter pilots in the air force.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - Geez, pal. You only "thought" you saw a UFO. No need to go on a huge existentialist rant.
  • 9 mins - Aliens are harvesting space lobsters?
  • 15 mins - Hey Derek, quit scaring the children.
  • 24 mins - He said he never drove a car before, why do you still want him to drive?
  • 29 mins - She's taking the death of her dog rather well.
  • 39 mins - Guess grandpa ain't the master of stealth he thought he was.
  • 51 mins - This guy is really out of it.
  • 58 mins - She jumped out of the car in fast forward?
  • 61 mins - If they can't film in the dark, why don't they admit it's day instead of lying about it.
  • 64 mins - Beware the shrieking lobster of death!
  • 71 mins - "I canna do it Captain, we don't have the power!" *giggle*
  • 84 mins - Bold sacrifice my ass. He probably just didn't want to pay rent on his room.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note teenspace1.wav Derek: "Wait Captain, I have found evidence of intelligent beings on this planet."
Thor: "Of what concern are foreign beings?"
Derek: "Of none to you Thor!"
Green Music Note teenspace2.wav Derek and the Captain arguing about public health care.
Green Music Note teenspace3.wav Policeman: "Another call Mack. Joe Rogers, reporter on the Daily News. He's on the way over, found another skeleton. Only this time at the bottom of a swimming pool."
Green Music Note teenspace4.wav Nurse: "What do you mean?"
Policeman: "Back in the cave, where he shot at me, some kind of man eating monster! Poor Mack, the guy I was with, I could hear the thing tearing him apart. He was dead in a few seconds."
Nurse: "Oh, how horrible."
Green Music Note teenspace5.wav Derek: "You make me angry, but I like you very much."
Green Music Note teenspace6.wav Betty: "Is there any way to generate more power? We've got to have more!"

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Thor is having a field day with his disintegration weapon, turning people into classroom teaching aids left and right. Let's be reasonable here, the skeletons all have obvious screws holding them together and even a built in hook on top the skull.

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Teenagers from Outer Space
Reply #1. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Blair

Oh my god, ya'll, I've seen this movie. The thing is, I don't remember where or why. What I do remember are those funky jumpsuits and the big lobsters.

I may have seen it on an old show called "Plenty Scary Movies," which were anything but, or on a Sunday afternoon.

Anyway, I just had to unburden my soul about seeing this movie.
Teenagers from Outer Space
Reply #2. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by JJ
You might have seen this one on MST3K, they riffed it a couple of years ago. And boy did they have a good time with it, there's just so much material- from the lamest monster ever (a lobster's SHADOW?!) to the funky cars & jumpsuits, with a touch of teen angst thrown in. It's like, "I feel so conflicted- our orders are to destroy this planet, but there are hot babes here!" 50's cheese at it's finest!  
Teenagers from Outer Space
Reply #3. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Bill Huelbig
TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE has a kind of crazy charm to it that many no-budget movies often have.  It's something that couldn't be duplicated with all the money in the world.  I'd recommend it over some overrated epic like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN any day (no, I really mean it!)  Favorite line (among so many): "BE SWIFT!"

Teenagers from Outer Space
Reply #4. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by FLANGEPART
"Torcha!" Hah,had to say it. I like it MST'ed,but i have to say,this is prime cheese! With a pickel. The skeleton rey was the best,cheapest,and effective effect in this bird.
Teenagers from Outer Space
Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Alan
I saw this movie in 1968. My cousin made me watch it.  Scared me to death.  I'd like to see Mystery Science Theatre 3000 work this one over.
Teenagers from Outer Space
Reply #6. Posted on May 05, 2005, 11:16:56 AM by danger
these teenagers are very old teenagers, like 40 something, heeheehee. And I laughed hard at the cutaway scene when the love interst is in her room & she changes into the same dress! hahahahaha!
Teenagers from Outer Space
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by John
I first saw TFOS twice on a late afternoon TV cinema when I was 13. I now own the movie on videoA band of alien teenagers invade our earth to use it for grazing those giant lobster-like "Gargons". A little dog gets zapped into doggie bones just for barking at the curious strangers who landed in that field. Derek is devastated by Thor's first use of that disintegrator as he looks through the remains of Sparky and picks up the dog tag he finds in the remains. Unwilling to be part of the team and plans to invade earth to use it, Derek escapes and wanders off into the suburbs but before he runs off  and looks up the owner who's a young cute and nice brunette, she was looking for her dog for 20 minutes since she put his breakfast out for him. Thor chases after Derek, hitches a ride with a man who stops at a gas station where Derek happened to stop and ask about the inscription on Sparky's tag. The young gas station attendant recognizes Thor wearing the same uniform he saw Derek wear, asks about it, suddenly Thor realizes that Derek was there, and angrily pumps the attendant for Derek's whereabouts, the car driver thinking his rider is nuts starts to take off but before he can accelerate gets zapped into bones then Thor turns to the terrified attendant and skeletonizes him too. Along the way Thor commits a trail of devastating bizarre murders, a young blonde in a swimming pool and a college professor. Finally as Thor gets close to finding Derek he gets into a gun battle with the police and skeletonizes 2 cops before getting it in the shoulder by one of their bullets. Wounded he ducks out of sight and sneaks away then traps Derek and his new earth girlfriend and persuades them to take Thor to a clinic to fix him up. Thor and his focusing disintegrater is just as treacherous as if not more than those Gargons the aliens plan to graze on our earth. I'd reccomend this movie to any fan of science fiction or even B movie lovers. It aint such a bad flick for a B-Graded movie.
Teenagers from Outer Space
Reply #8. Posted on July 27, 2006, 02:12:26 PM by Autumn
I just wanted to thank you for the review. It definitely made me laugh as I reflected back upon the painful experience I had watching this film. Alas, the things we must do when working for a TV station that airs B-movies on a weekly basis! Thanks for the laugh.
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