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->'''Spaceship Captain''': "The High Court may sentence you to TORTURE!"
-->--''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' In Unison: "TOR-CHAA!!!"

''Teenagers from Outer Space'' is a 1959 SF CultClassic SnarkBait BMovie written, directed and produced by Tom Graeff. A pair of ... [[DawsonCasting "teenagers"]] from outer space land their spaceship on Earth, and they decide that this is the perfect planet to begin a ranch for [[strike:giant lobsters]] [[CallARabbitASmeerp gargons]]. The idealistic young crew member Derek makes a moral objection when he sees there is already life on the planet. Then he makes an armed objection, attempting mutiny; he fails, and has to escape the wrath of his crew (after all, the high court might have sentenced him to...never mind) and flees to a small town nearby. There he meets Betty - the most Fifties girl in that Fifties world. Meanwhile, the brash [[KickTheDog dog kicker]] Thor is sent to capture him -- alive; it turns out that Derek's secretly the son of "Our Leader". Meanwhile, the gargons have grown huge and have to be destroyed.

Shot for $14,000, which in technical film terms, is no money at all even by '50s standards. [[SpecialEffectsFailure It shows]].

Played on a double-bill with ''[[Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain Gigantis, the Fire Monster]]'' during its theatrical run.

The movie is considered public domain and can also be unlocked in the game ''DestroyAllHumans''.

No relation to the {{Animesque}} [[TabletopGame/TeenagersFromOuterSpace role playing game]] of the same name.

For the ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S04E04TeenagersFromOuterSpace episode recap page]].

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!!''Teenagers From Outer Space'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* AliensSpeakingEnglish: They can read it, too.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Gargons, which are definitely not just lobsters
* AxCrazy: Thor.
* BBCQuarry: In America!
* BeardOfEvil: "Our Leader"
* BloodFromTheMouth: Thor, when he's shot.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Gargons, as you can guess.
* DawsonCasting: ''Teenagers'' from outer space? To be fair, only ''one'' alien was supposed to be a teenager, and the title was a marketing gimmick common in the 50's to get high school students to come see your film (put "Teenage" in the title). The actor playing the "teen alien" is still too old.
* DisintegratorRay: That darn [[ILoveNuclearPower Atomic]] Disintegrator.
* DownerEnding: Derrick's HeroicSacrifice at the end of the film causes his death after the only remotely happy days of his life.
** Although near the end Derrick mentions there's a revolt brewing on the homeplanet, which would be triggered once they find out the leader's dead.
* DullSurprise: Most characters.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The distributor picked the title ''Teenagers From Outer Space'', figuring that it would attract the widest possible audience -- the working title was ''The Boy From Out of This World''. The title change had the side-effect of retroactively making Derek and Thor {{egregious}} cases of DawsonCasting.
* FakeDefector: Derek fakes a FaceHeelTurn near the end when he learns of his heritage.
* FlyingSaucer: a very unique variation. The alien ship is basically a massive screw with a standard flying saucer as its head; when it lands, it drills into the ground until only the saucer part on top is visible.
* GiantEnemyCrab: The Gargon.
* HeroicSacrifice: Derek tricks the fleet bringing the Gargons to Earth into crashing to end the threat once and for all -- while he's at ground zero.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The spaceship captain would later become[[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Ronald McDonald in the 1970s and 1980s]].
** Before that he was Siegfried's flunky in ''GetSmart'' - "Ve don't ''torchah' here!':
* HostageSituation: ''Hoo,'' boy. Thor ''alone'' probably takes over half a dozen people hostage over the course of the movie.
* HumanoidAliens: To an annoying extent.
* {{Jerkass}}: Thor.
* KickTheDog: The first thing Thor does is disintegrate a little puppy that was passing by. Then he kicks everyone else in the cast.
* LargeHam: King Moody was way into his role as Spaceship Captain!
* MrExposition:
--> '''Spaceship Captain:''' "You have concern for foreign beings over our mission to locate grazing land for our Gargan herds?"
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The aliens see themselves as the supreme race, and the weak are seen as a threat to the gene pool.
* NoNameGiven: King Moody (better known as Ronald [=McDonald=]) as "Space Captain".
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: the film's climax contains a massive invasion fleet of hundred upon hundreds of spaceships menacingly hovering over the town, descending and crashing simultaneously in a massive, cataclysmic fireball...offscreen. It's obvious that they only built one prop UFO and had no way of depicting an explosion, so we just get characters ''talking'' about the fleet and hiding from the blast.
* OffTheShelfFX: Again, that darn Atomic Disintegrator, which was a plastic toy with sometimes-visible label.
** Also, one piece of equipment is an audio mixing board, with (yes) the label clearly visible. Dialogue tries to cover this up by calling it a "Tri-Dex Mixer".
* ParentalAbandonment: Despite Derek's romantic idealism of family, he's not yet been told that he is the son of "Our Leader".
* PuttingOnTheReich: "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything We are the supreme race! We have the supreme weapons!]]
* RealLifeRelative: David Love, who played Derek, was the real-life boyfriend of the director Tom Graeff (who also played Joe Rogers in the movie, using the stage name Tom Lockyear).
* ScaryDogmaticAliens: Derek's people are blatant Space Nazis.
* SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl: Betty
* ShinyLookingSpaceships: The alien ships
* ShoutOut: Derek is clearly based on Klaatu (of "Barada Nikto" fame) from ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''.
* SpaceClothes: The alien uniforms
* SpinningPaper: Played straight, although the paper doesn't actually spin. The Gargon's silhouette is also superimposed on the paper.
* SpockSpeak: "Let us implement contractions."
* StrippedToTheBone: What the alien rayguns do to people.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Unlike the others, Derek cares for other species.
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