YMMV / Teenagers from Outer Space

YMMV tropes for the movie:

  • Complete Monster: Thor is one of the aliens sent to manage the gargons, and the most enthusiastic supporter of his species being the "superior race." The very first thing we see him do is disintegrate a puppy. After Derek protests that a civilized society exists on the planet, Thor suggests he be Forced to Watch as all life on Earth is destroyed. After Derek escapes, Thor is sent off to capture him. In his pursuit, he kills anybody who annoys him or is of no use to him. After he is captured by Derek, he urges him to kill any humans around, proving just how bigoted and Ax-Crazy he is.
  • Fridge Logic: Why was Betty's puppy running around that quarry?
    • With everyone knowing his Ax-Crazy nature at that point, why did no one take the ray gun away from Thor when he passed out?
  • Moral Event Horizon: Thor's Establishing Character Moment is one. The very first thing he does when he arrives on Earth is disintegrate a puppy.
  • One-Scene Wonder: King Moody as Spaceship Captain.
  • So Bad, It's Good: This film is a really good B-movie example of the trope.
  • Special Effects Failure: The gargon. Just... the gargon.
    • The live lobster near the beginning probably blew the budget. Later gargons are played by what looks like a black-painted vaguely lobster-shaped cardboard cutout. (They probably intended to do some process work to replace the silhouette with an actual lobster image, but didn't have the budget.)
    • All of the human skeletons are played by a single-bolted-joint specimen straight from a school science lab (which means that Alice's body accidentally has male hips). In the shot where Prof. Simpson's body is discovered, the aperture is clearly visible.
    • On the other hand, when you consider the next-to-nothing budget the film had, you have to be impressed that the movie's non-special effects work. For example, the entire movie was shot wild track: every single sound was dubbed in later — and unlike certain other B-movies, you can't really tell.
  • Tear Jerker: Derek's line of, "You... knew your brother?" to Betty. It's the one line in the film where Derek realizes that Earth contains a familial society he had only read of in books and grows to love it enough to the point of pulling off a willing Heroic Sacrifice to protect it.