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Invasion of the Animal People (1959)

Aliens release a furry critter in the wilds of Lapland where it takes a woman captive and threatens a group of scientists.

Director:

Virgil W. Vogel

Writers:

Arthur C. Pierce (screenplay), Arthur C. Pierce (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Barbara Wilson Barbara Wilson ... Diane Wilson
Sten Gester ... Erik Engström
Robert Burton ... Dr. Frederick Wilson
Bengt Blomgren ... Col. Robert Bottiger
Åke Grönberg ... Dr. Henrik (as Ake Gronberg)
Gösta Prüzelius ... Dr. Walter Ullman (as Gosta Pruzelius)
John Carradine ... Narrator (voice)
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After a herd of reindeer are mysteriously found dead following a meteor crash in a remote part of Sweden, soldiers and a geologist are called out to investigate. Just as they discover that the meteor is actually a spaceship, a hideous monster destroys their plane and kills the soldier guarding it. As the geologist (along with his figure skater girlfriend) are trying to ski to safety, the monster attacks again and kidnaps the helpless woman. What is this creature, and can it be stopped? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Shot in 1958. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, after the object (thought to be a meteor) has landed, there is an extreme close-up of a typewriter as a report is being typed out. What is actually typed out is "metor lands." See more »

Alternate Versions

The film exists in three English language versions:
  • (1) "Terror in the Midnight Sun" is the original Swedish version which was shot in English with a running time of 69 minutes.
  • (2) "Invasion of the Animal People" is the title of the original U.S. theater release in which Jerry Warren removed approximately 24 minutes from the 69 minute original version. Scenes of John Carridine and others were shot and added to the remaining footage. The remaining footage was changed around, stock music cues and narration by Carridine were added. This U.S. theatre version ran only 55 minutes.
  • (3)"Invasion of the Animal People" was the title retained for the version distributed to television by Medallion. Some of the cut Swedish footage was restored and Jerry Warren shot additional scenes to pad the running time up to 81 minutes, nearly 12 minutes longer than the original version.
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Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Midnight Sun Lament
Based on an old Swedish melody
Music and Swedish lyrics by Gustaf Unger
English lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Sung by The Golden Gate Quartet
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11 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Invasion of the Animal People (1962)

* (out of 4)

A brief introduction to director Jerry Warren who is the worst in my opinion. Warren would buy foreign movies, cut out the dialogue scenes and then add newly directed scenes so that he could then sell the movie off as his own. These added scenes usually have nothing to do with the "original" movie scenes surrounding them but that can sometimes add to the charm. This film was originally a Swedish production called Terror in the Midnight Sun but Warren chopped it up, added a few scenes with John Carradine and had him serve as the narrator. A spaceship crashes in the mountains and out gets a huge, hairy creature who stalks some scientists. The look of the creature is certainly dumb enough to get a few laughs but this doesn't happen until the final ten minutes and what follows that is pretty hard to get though. Slow, boring, stupid and simply badly made. The added scenes are equally poor. However, it must be said that this is still a lot better than Warren's Attack of the Mayan Mummy and Frankenstein Island.


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Release Date:

19 August 1959 (Sweden) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Lapland, Sweden See more »

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Budget:

$40,000 (estimated)
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