Release dateMay 1, 1967 (1967-05-01) Based onThe Gods Hate Kansas
by Joseph Millard WriterMilton Subotsky (screenplay), Joseph Millard (novel) ProducersMilton Subotsky, Max Rosenberg CastRobert Hutton (Dr. Curtis Temple), Jennifer Jayne (Lee Mason), Zia Mohyeddin (Farge), Bernard Kay (Richard Arden), Michael Gough (Master of the Moon), Geoffrey Wallace (Alan Mullane) Similar moviesMaze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Avengers, Edge of Tomorrow, Alien, World War Z, Independence Day
TaglineConquerors from a Dying World Invade Earth!
They came from beyond space trailer inception style
They Came from Beyond Space is a 1967 British Eastman Color science fiction film directed by Freddie Francis, written by Milton Subotsky and based on the book The Gods Hate Kansas by Joseph Millard. It was produced by Amicus Productions. The production came after Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966) and used many of the sets and props from the former film as a cost-cutting measure.
Several meteors fall in a field in England. Those who approach them are seemingly taken over, and barricade the area from intruders. A scientist is immune to the takeover due to a metal plate in his head. He enlists the assistance of a friend, who must melt down his silver cricket trophies to make a helmet to protect him. Although initially claiming that the takeover is benign, the aliens attempt to remove the metal plate from the scientist but are thwarted and learn the human value of courtesy.
Robert Hutton as Dr. Curtis Temple
Jennifer Jayne as Lee Mason
Zia Mohyeddin as Farge
Bernard Kay as Richard Arden
Michael Gough as Master of the Moon (Arnold Gray)
Geoffrey Wallace as Alan Mullane
Maurice Good as Agent Stillwell
Luanshya Greer as Female Gas Station Attendant
John Harvey as Bill Trethowan
Diana King as Mrs. Trethowan
Paul Bacon as Dr. Rogers
Christopher Banks as Doctor on Street
Dermot Cathie as Peterson
Norman Claridge as Dr. Frederick Andrews
James Donnelly as Farm Gate Guard
Frank Forsyth as Mr. Blake
Leonard Grahame as McCabe
Michael Hawkins as Williams
Jack Lambert as Doctor in Office
Robin Parkinson as Dr. Maitland
Edward Rees as Bank Manager
Katy Wild as Girl in Street
Kenneth Kendall as TV Commentator
Differences from novel
In the book, Doctor Temple is captured and the alien leader successfully removes his protective metal plate. The ensuing struggle between the two resembles something more like the Star Trek TOS episode "The Lights of Zetar" or The Exorcist than the kung fu commando battle in the movie. The book also gives us a look at the aliens as they might have been had their ancestors made different choices in the development of their culture. The contrast of the two alternative types of alien is similar to the contrast of the "invading women" daymare with the actual riim creatures of A. E. van Vogt's Voyage of the Space Beagle.
The film was released on a double bill with The Terrornauts. Director Freddie Francis says that the producers had spent all their budget on The Terrornauts so there was no money left over for They Came from Beyond Space. The double bill failed at the box office and has been described as "the two worst films the company ever produced".