History Film / ItConqueredTheWorld

11th Sep '16 8:40:42 AM AnotherGuy
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* FollowTheLeader: ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers1956'', except with a giant rutabaga. Some ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'' tossed in as well.
11th Sep '16 8:38:47 AM AnotherGuy
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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Knowing what we know now about Venus, a flamethrower is nothing compared to what the alien dealt with on its own planet.
20th Aug '16 6:22:55 AM thatother1dude
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* NonindicativeName: "It Duped A Bitter Idiot, Conquered Something Like Five People, And Knocked Out The Power For A While." must have been a bit unwieldy.

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* NonindicativeName: NeverTrustATitle: "It Duped A Bitter Idiot, Conquered Something Like Five People, And Knocked Out The Power For A While." must have been a bit unwieldy.
30th Jul '16 7:10:32 PM JackG
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* EvilIsBigger: The creature was originally conceived as [[{{Heavyworlder}} short and squat, due to the harsh gravity of its native planet]]. Actress Beverly Garland was unimpressed by the vertically-challenged villain -- approaching it within hearing of director Roger Corman she cried "So, you plan to take over the world do you? Take that!" and kicked it in the head. Corman therefore told the prop guy to do something to make it bigger and scarier. Well, it's ''bigger'', at least.
16th Apr '16 9:59:19 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* ActionGirl: Beverly Garland. Corman was a filmmaker who did not believe in the NeutralFemale - he had female protagonists who were tough, intelligent and resourceful. A good example is when Beverly Garland's character Claire ''grabs a rifle'' after telling the BigBad she's going to slaughter it when her idiot husband is mesmerized by the alien once too often, and gives it a memorable TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, then growls: "You think you're gonna make a slave of the world... [[PrecisionFStrike I'll see you in Hell first!]]" Keep in mind, Garland was delivering this to a walking ''carrot'' and made it ''believable''.

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* ActionGirl: Claire Anderson, played by Beverly Garland. Corman was a filmmaker who did not believe in the NeutralFemale - he had female protagonists who were tough, intelligent and resourceful. A good example is when Beverly Garland's character Claire ''grabs a rifle'' after telling the BigBad she's going to slaughter it when her idiot husband is mesmerized by the alien once too often, and gives it a memorable TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, then growls: "You think you're gonna make a slave of the world... [[PrecisionFStrike I'll see you in Hell first!]]" Keep in mind, Garland was delivering this to a walking ''carrot'' and made it ''believable''.


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* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Tom and the alien wipe each other out in their confrontation.]]
7th Nov '15 10:51:34 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Tom Anderson]].


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* SeeYouinHell: Claire's words more or less to the monster as she tries to shoot it.
13th Oct '15 2:25:29 AM erforce
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->''"He learned almost too late that man is a ''feeling'' creature... and because of it, the greatest in the universe. He learned too late for himself that men have to find their own way, to make their own mistakes. There can't be any gift of perfection from outside ourselves. When men seek such perfection, they find only death... fire... loss... disillusionment... the end of everything that's gone forward. Men have always sought an end to the toil and misery, but it can't be given, it has to be ''achieved''! There is hope, but it has to come from inside, from man himself."''\\
--''' Dr. Paul Nelson'''



->''"He learned almost too late that man is a ''feeling'' creature... and because of it, the greatest in the universe. He learned too late for himself that men have to find their own way, to make their own mistakes. There can't be any gift of perfection from outside ourselves. When men seek such perfection, they find only death... fire... loss... disillusionment... the end of everything that's gone forward. Men have always sought an end to the toil and misery, but it can't be given, it has to be ''achieved''! There is hope, but it has to come from inside, from man himself."''
-->-- ''' Dr. Paul Nelson'''



* ExecutiveMeddling: The creature was originally conceived as [[{{Heavyworlder}} short and squat, due to the harsh gravity of its native planet]]. Actress Beverly Garland was unimpressed by the vertically-challenged villain -- approaching it within hearing of director Roger Corman she cried "So, you plan to take over the world do you? Take that!" and kicked it in the head. Corman therefore told the prop guy to do something to make it bigger and scarier. Well, it's ''bigger'', at least.
* FollowTheLeader: ''InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'', except with a giant rutabaga. Some ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill'' tossed in as well.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: The creature was originally conceived as [[{{Heavyworlder}} short and squat, due to the harsh gravity of its native planet]]. Actress Beverly Garland was unimpressed by the vertically-challenged villain -- approaching it within hearing of director Roger Corman she cried "So, you plan to take over the world do you? Take that!" and kicked it in the head. Corman therefore told the prop guy to do something to make it bigger and scarier. Well, it's ''bigger'', at least.
* FollowTheLeader: ''InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'', ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers1956'', except with a giant rutabaga. Some ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill'' ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'' tossed in as well.



* SpecialEffectFailure: Cited by Music/FrankZappa in his opening monologue to "Cheepnis" on ''Music/RoxyAndElsewhere''. At least one of the shots of the alien features ''the two-by-four used to push it into the shot'' being dragged quickly out of the frame.
24th Jun '15 8:51:40 AM AnotherGuy
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* FollowTheLeader: ''InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'', except with a giant rutabaga.

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* FollowTheLeader: ''InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'', except with a giant rutabaga. Some ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill'' tossed in as well.
5th Jun '15 12:47:10 AM Patachou
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* SpecialEffectFailure: Cited by Creator/FrankZappa in his opening monologue to "Cheepnis" on ''Music/RoxyAndElsewhere''. At least one of the shots of the alien features ''the two-by-four used to push it into the shot'' being dragged quickly out of the frame.

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* SpecialEffectFailure: Cited by Creator/FrankZappa Music/FrankZappa in his opening monologue to "Cheepnis" on ''Music/RoxyAndElsewhere''. At least one of the shots of the alien features ''the two-by-four used to push it into the shot'' being dragged quickly out of the frame.
2nd Feb '15 11:17:53 AM Patachou
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''It Conquered the World'' is a 1956 sci-fi film about an alien from Venus and its attempt at taking over Earth with the help of a bitter-yet-idealistic human scientist. It was directed by Creator/RogerCorman, written by Creator/LouRusoff (with uncredited contributions by Charles B. Griffith), and starred Creator/PeterGraves, Creator/LeeVanCleef, Creator/BeverlyGarland and Creator/SallyFraser. It was originally released by Creator/AmericanInternationalPictures in a double-featured package with ''Film/TheSheCreature''.

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''It '''It Conquered the World'' World''' is a 1956 sci-fi film about an alien from Venus and its attempt at taking over Earth with the help of a bitter-yet-idealistic human scientist. It was directed by Creator/RogerCorman, written by Creator/LouRusoff (with uncredited contributions by Charles B. Griffith), and starred Creator/PeterGraves, Creator/LeeVanCleef, Creator/BeverlyGarland and Creator/SallyFraser. It was originally released by Creator/AmericanInternationalPictures in a double-featured package with ''Film/TheSheCreature''.



For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E11ItConqueredTheWorld episode recap page]].

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The film is notorious enough in popular culture that it has been referenced both by Music/FrankZappa, during the track "Cheepnis" on his album ''Music/RoxyAndElsewhere'' (1974), as well as ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E11ItConqueredTheWorld episode recap page]].



* SpecialEffectFailure: Cited by Creator/FrankZappa in his opening monologue to "Cheepnis." At least one of the shots of the alien features ''the two-by-four used to push it into the shot'' being dragged quickly out of the frame.

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* SpecialEffectFailure: Cited by Creator/FrankZappa in his opening monologue to "Cheepnis." "Cheepnis" on ''Music/RoxyAndElsewhere''. At least one of the shots of the alien features ''the two-by-four used to push it into the shot'' being dragged quickly out of the frame.



** Theories for what it resembles include [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 a space pickle]], or [[Music/FrankZappa an inverted ice cream cone]].
-->'''Creator/FrankZappa:''' It looks like, uh, like a teepee or a... or a rounded off pup-tent affair. And it's got fangs on the base of it -- I don't know why, but it's a very threatening sight.

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** Theories for what it resembles include [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 a space pickle]], or [[Music/FrankZappa [[Music/RoxyAndElsewhere an inverted ice cream cone]].
-->'''Creator/FrankZappa:''' -->'''Music/FrankZappa:''' It looks like, uh, like a teepee or a... or a rounded off pup-tent affair. And it's got fangs on the base of it -- I don't know why, but it's a very threatening sight.
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