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Actors: Jeff Morrow, Barbara Lawrence, John Emery, George O'Hanlon, Morris Ankrum
Director: Kurt Neumann
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Scientists at a "Top Secret" atomic research laboratory are taken over by strange fantastic control devices launched from an orbiting space ship inhabited by a hostile super-intelligence from beyond the stars. Simultaneous... more »
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Not A Classic, But A Decent Effort
James M. Dickey | Alexandria, Virginia | 10/02/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The creators of this movie deserve credit for having tried someone a little different in the alien menace line, a genuine mechancial monster which actually has a rational purpose in mind (i.e. the harvesting of energy for an alien world which has already exhausted its natural resources--and note the ahead of its time warning that we might someday be in the same predicament.)Considering the limited budget they had available, they did a decent job. I think the opening credits are downright elegant in their clean simplicity and Kronos itself is a beautiful Art Deco menace.Of course, the science is ridiculous. Power planets CREATE power, they don't contain power. Getting energy by sucking it from a power plant is like getting shoes by sucking them from a cobbler!Also, I still wonder, since the walking pistons on Kronos only go up and down, how did it get any forward motion? Wouldn't it have just eventually drilled itself a nice hole in the ground and disappeared from view?One bit of trivia. In the role of the handsome scientist's funny sidekick is George O'Hanlon, later the voice of the cartoon's George Jetson, playing one of his few live action roles. Every time you hear him talking about the danger Kronos poses to mankind in that distinctive voice, you expect him to suddenly shout out, "Jane, stop this crazy thing!""
The First Monster of the INDUSTRIAL age!!!
frankenberry | Los Angeles, CA USA | 09/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What a great monster! I always loved watching "Kronos" as a kid....who couldn't love this massive metal giant rectangle stampeding across the country using it's piston shooting legs?!?!? And now the new DVD release finally gives us the film in it's original widescreen (scope!) ratio....WOW!!! I remember the full-frame version chopped off newspaper headlines and other action terribly. This new transfer looks great. Ya, the movie suffers a little bit from talky moments, but it's still campy fun and whenever Kronos is on screen...it's Fantastic! Industrial Mayhem!!!! Kronos will suck you dry!"
KRONOS - Should be a 50's Sci-Fi Classic!
frankenberry | 05/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just finished watching "KRONOS: Ravager of Planets" and it was excellent! Starring Jeff Morrow of "This Island Earth" fame and written by Irvin Block (Forbidden Planet), KRONOS has above-average effects for it's genre and the story is very good. The giant alien machine/robot from outer space, known only as "KRONOS", is a fresh idea thrown into the mix of 50's classic invaders-from-space type films. If you enjoy collecting classic b&w 50's Sci-Fi, then KRONOS is an excellent addition to your DVD library. I only wish the DVD special features contained more. The Theatrical Trailer, Scene Selection and Feature Movie are the only options on the DVD. Anyway, it's still an enjoyable and fun classic Sci-Fi flick, which no collector should be without!"
Alien planet needs energy willing to suck it out of Earth!
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 03/20/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"An innovative, interesting 50's science fiction film, "Kronos" departs from many of the other films of the day; aliens arrive from a distant galaxy but they don't visit us themselves instead they sent a skycrape sized robot to do their dirty work. This unusual science fiction minor classic manages to overcome a low budget and mixed visual effects to create a startling and intelligent science fiction 50's thriller.
Dr. Leslie Gaskell (Jeff Morrow) discovers an asteroid that mysteriously changes course as it comes close to Earth's atmosphere. The asteroid is really an alien UFO that launches an alien intelligence. This intelligence takes over the mind of a scientist (John Emery)to sabotage the computer at a research facility. Although Gaskell suggests Earth use nuclear missles to destroy it before it reaches earth, the asteroid crashes into the ocean. The next day a giant robot emerges with a mysterious agenda and with plans to destroy the Earth.
Directed by Kurt Neumann("The Fly", "Rocketship X-M") "Kronos" was one of the last films that Neuman directed (he died in 1958 the year after this was released). Based on a story by visual effects supervisor Irving Block (who did optical effects for a number of low budget movies in collaboration with Jack Rabin and Louis DeWitt), "Kronos" has a number of innovative ideas going for it to separate it from the pack of low budget sci-fi movies of the time. Although dated and with glaring gaps in the script, the film has its moments. The visual effects although dated look quite good for the time and the film makes great use of stock footage. The only glaring error is the fact that the shadow from the blades from the helicopter are moving waaaay too slow to make sure that the ship would stay aloft. To be sure the film has its "Plan 9 from Outer Space" moments (such as John Emery's horrid performance).
Jef Morrow's performance as Gaskell almost makes up for his appearence in that turkey "The Giant Claw". Featuring George Jetson himself George O'Hanlon as Gaskell's side kick Dr. Arnold Culver, the performances are typical for the most part of 50's films and pretty convincing as well.
A nice transfer from Image Entertainment is a highlight for this film. The blacks are solid with nice, rich blacks and gray scale. There's also the original theatrical trailer included as an extra. It's a pity that there's no commentary track or retrospective featurette on director Neuman's career.