TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE Thrill-Crazed Space Kids Blasting the Flesh Off Humans! Aliens plan to use the Earth as grazing land for their lobster-like monsters, the Gargons, but Derek (David Love) argues that they should f... more »ind a planet without "civilized beings. Placed under arrest, the rebellious teen escapes, not knowing he is the son of their leader, so Thor (Bryan Grant) goes after him?with a disintegrator ray that turns people to bones. Derek befriends Betty Morgan (Dawn Anderson) and her grandfather (Harvey B. Dunn), who are placed in jeopardy when Thor begins blasting virtually every Earthling he sees! This no-budget wonder was written, produced, directed, shot, scored, and edited by Tom Graeff, who also did the special effects and, as "Tom Lockyear," co-stars as Joe Rogers. Approximately 86 minutes Black and White« less
"Tom Graeff's "Teenagers From Outer Space" is some kind of strange, perhaps accidental masterpiece. How did such a low-budget effort,using unknown (mostly untalented) actors wind up being so entertaining?One big reason for this movie's 'success' is its pulp sci-fi look and feel. Watching it is like reading a 1950s sci-fi comic book, or like reading a sci-fi short story from the same period. The pulp look derives from the costumes and choice of locations used, as well as that of the monster "Gargan". A pulp feel results from the fast pace (actually rare in the sci-fi B-movie genre), some surprising violence, and the earnest, if inept, acting style.A few scenes betray Tom Graeff's directorial talent: the laser gun attacks at the gas station, and especially, the unexpectedly effective car chase. These may frustrate some viewers; they suggest how much "better" the film might have been. But for some, they are balanced by the wonderfully comatose performance of the lead actor and the ludicrous spectacle of the "Gargan".The DVD issue of "Teenagers From Outer Space" deserves a top recommendation. The film transfer is clear and rather impressive, the sound more than adequate. Inside the colorful keepcase there is a really informative essay. Another big plus is the collection of original trailers for other films in the B-Sci-Fi genre, most of which are in fine shape and--in some cases--are more interesting than the films themselves. Included here is, fortunately, the rarely seen trailer for "Teenagers From Outer Space": the wondrous film that includes NO teenage actors, but will entertain generations to come."
Four giant-lobster stars
Blue Frog | California | 03/12/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Derek, a rebel teenager from outer space, strays from his alien pack when he finds that the men of his saucer will release their herd of Gorgons (giant lobsters) on Earth, at the expense of human life. Stumbling into town in his spacesuit, he quickly finds a room for rent (the landlord says he can just "pay later" if he doesn't have the cash immediately... try doing that in California nowadays). Enter the "bad" (albeit really cute) teen alien, who attempts to recapture Derek and return him to his own world.There are two scenes worthy of hearty praise in this fine film.I was very fond of the scene in which Derek single-handedly fights the Gorgon (aka the giant lobster). The lobsters - er, Gorgons - don't really crawl anywhere more than they seem to be held and shook off-screen; this was no doubt expertly performed by an imported British nanny. Another superior scene is when the dishy, oversexed blonde in the swimming pool gives the "teen" alien Derek the up-and-down and invites him into the pool with her (and who wouldn't?). This woman could have won an Oscar for this performance, particularly when she gets zapped by the alien's raygun and turns instantly into bones. Now that's acting. I doubt there are many, if any, actresses in Hollywood today who can turn into bones on demand like that.But outside of the many meaningful performances one will find here can be found the unique aesthetic vision of the director. It's here you'll find a world chock full of pomaded hair on cute '50s boys, great shots of vintage automobiles whizzing hither and tither, and giant alien crustaceans. And what a world it is -- sort of like a space-age, suburban Bali Hai, but located in the outskirts of Baltimore circa 1959.I was so awed by this masterpiece that I created a cocktail for viewers to consume while watching the film. It's called the Teenagers from Outer Space Cocktail, and is made up of: 1 cup pineapple juice, 1/3 cup coconut rum, and a dash of Blue Curacao. Serve over ice, and garnish with a plastic lobster."
Pristine print showcases jaw-slackening Bad Film classic
Surfink | Racine, WI | 11/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'd been waiting to see this movie for years (somehow it's never played on TV in the Chicagoland area), and after reading some of the other reviews here my expectations were high. I am not disappointed. 'Teenagers' starts off a little slow, but stick with it; the absurdities pile up steadily until the completely ludicrous finish causes your lower jaw to drop open in amazement. It actually gets better with each viewing. Some of my favorite cheese factors: the alien analyzer machine clearly labeled "multichannel mixer"; the Fabio and Harry Chronic-lookalike aliens; the heroine's salacious hag of a girlfriend; the so-cliched-he's-brilliant TV newscaster; and the disorienting effect of hearing the 'scary' music cues from Night of the Living Dead in this context. Plus, whenever someone gets zapped, their skeleton is curiously held together with metal clips; the high-tech aliens are extremely dependent on human automobiles for getting around; and at bottom the story is really a soppy romance peopled with Mayberry and Mayfield refugees. All alien/hero Derek really wants is a home and family! And of course there's the Gargan; you have to admire their chutzpah and utter shamelessness in using the silhouette of a crayfish (not the actual crayfish mind you!) for their monster. There's something quite Ed Woodian about the whole thing; the naive enthusiasm of the cast, the non-sequitur dialogue, the poverty-stricken effects. Hour of fun for the bad movie connoisseur!
Ironically, Image's DVD presents the film in as pristine a state as could possibly be expected. The tonal values, sharpness, and detail are excellent, and you have to really watch closely to see any speckling or blemishing. The chapter stops are on the main menu, and a trailer for 'Teenagers' is included, as well as five of the same handful of trailers that are on other similar Image releases. Informative production notes are on the box. A solid entertainment value at the price."
John Macaluso | Nipomo, California U.S.A. | 03/14/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I haven`t seen this movie for quite awhile. I remember watching "Teenagers From Outer Space" when I was a kid of 11 or 12 years old. I saw it one more time a few years ago on "Mystery Science Theater 3000". It had sad devastating crimes done by the alien invader such as slaying and disintegrating a few people from a dishy blonde in a swimming pool to a liitle dog named Sparky owned by a nice girl who met and got acquainted with the nicest alien from that planet. Despite those devastating tragedies I still would not mind seeing the movie again even if I have to buy it to own it."
A beautiful saga of boy, girl, and giant space lobsters
Johny Bottom | Jacksonville, NC | 04/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A landing crew from space arrive on earth with a mission. To find a planet suitable fro raising Gargon livestock. What is a gargon you ask? Well it's a lobster. And in earth's environment it can grow to the size of a house.
However, Derek, a crew member has been reading a book which has warped his mind. He disagrees with his 'master race's' way of doing things. He wants families and love, not cold hearted beings grown in incubators. After a dog is disintegrated, he escapes from his crew and uses the dog tag to trace down it's owner. Here he meets Betty and the kindly, always ready to give any information to anybody, grandpa.
Thor will have none of this and chases down Derek. He must be taken dead or alive even though he is the son of the Leader. Derek doesn't know this, but the crew received these orders from the leader himself.
Derek is a kind hearted alien who loves earth and it's way of life. He longs for love and compassion, which is almost unknown to his people. Thor on the other hand will kill anyone in his way to capture Derek. With a sneer almost as deadly as his flashlight raygun, he slaughters gas station attendants, hot blondes in swimming pools, and cops. His path of destruction is aided by grandpa. The old goat tells anybody where anyone is. He's almost like "Well stranger, I have no idea who you are, but if you're looking for my granddaughter, she's at this address."
Thor has classic lines. My favorite is when he gets shot and hijacked Betty and Derek in a car.
Thor: You must take these metal pellets out of me. Derek : That's impossible! Betty: I know a doctor. We can take you there. Thor: She is very wise.
Yeah. Honestly this movie is a hoot and a treat. Derek is as wooden as they come. The kid doesn't even swing his arms when he walks. Wehn he's not in his 'Mork from Ork' space suit, they got him dressed in a turn of the century Colonal Sanders suit.
When they finally do battle with the Gargon, it's a giant lobster shadow on the film. The sound effects are so bad you can tell it's just a guy going "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!"
Derek ends up saving the earth when his people arrive with a whole herd of Gorgans. He calls them down on the radio and they all crash. How a bunch of spaceships cannot see the earth and crash into it is beyond me, because the original ship just landed without a problem. But with his final order "Stay on course" Derek saves the earth. The special effects of the spaceships crashing is stupendous. It looks like stock footage of an active volcano.
This is pure camp, pulp fiction fun. A feather in the cap of the great 50's atomic age Sci-Fi."