Battle In Outer Space

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The nations of the Earth unite in a common cause to fight off an invader from outer space. The Moon is Captured! The Earth is Next…The Biggest Battle Ever Put on Film!

ACTORS :  Ryô Ikebe, Kyôko Anzai, Minoru Takada

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1959

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Battle In Outer Space  Munchkin-like aliens invade Earth full force with their flying saucers and laser weapons, rendering cities helpless. All eyes turn to the most powerful nations on Earth as they unite to concoct a plan to vanquish the aliens and return Earth to the hands of humans, thus, resulting in the most fierce and ultimate battle royale in outer space the galaxy as ever seen.

A special effects extravaganza for its time.

Battle In Outer Space  I saw this film in 1960 playing with “The Time Machine” as a double feature. Though not as rich in story line as “The Mysterians” this film really takes off when the two Speep earthships go to the moon to battle a base set up by the planet Matal who also fly “Mysterian” style flying saucers. On the moon the action really starts with marvelous raygun battles between the enemy and earth forces. The earth forces possess a marvelous heat ray cannon as well as smaller but potent raygun rifles. Later in the film, the earth forces battle invading flying saucers and a mother ship with X-15 styled fighter craft equipped with heat ray guns. The finale with the mother ship’s ray gun destroying Toyko is done quite well.

For the time this film was made, the special effects are quite good. Considering my nickname is ray-gun 3, this is a ten star IMDb vote scale film in that department. I think the best scene in the film is on the moon where one of the crew stays behind with his ray rifle destroying flying saucers so the earth force can get away in their Speep spaceship. This scene is one of the best piece of special effects I have scene in this type of movie. A thought to remember is the film was made 17 to 18 years before “Star Wars”. An outstanding accomplishment by Toho studios.

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