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|KRONOS (director: Kurt Neumann; screenwriters: Lawrence Louis Goldman/story by Irving Block; cinematographer: Karl Struss; editor: Jodie Copelan; music: Paul Sawtell/Bert Shefter; cast: Jeff Morrow (Dr Les Gaskell), Barbara Lawrence (Vera), John Emery (Dr Eliot Hubbell), George O’Hanlon (Professor Arnie Culver), Morris Ankrum (Dr. Albert Stern), Kenneth Alton (Pickup truck driver); Runtime: 78; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Kurt Neumann; Image Entertainment; 1957)|
so-so sci-fi film."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
German emigre to Hollywood, Kurt Neumann ("Tarzan and the Amazons"/"Son of Ali Baba"/"She Devil"), directs this b/w shot dull so-so sci-fi film, that's played straight-forward, is humorless and all the thespians are wooden. It's based on the story by Irving Block and the weak script is written by Lawrence Louis Goldman.
The titled character
is named for
evil monster Greek god Kronos--in this case is an
"accumulator," a robot
standing over a hundred feet
tall, sent to Earth by
aliens (whose planet is depleted of energy sources) to
suck up all its
energy and thereby destroy the planet.
A trucker riding the
nighttime deserted Arizona desert road encounters a
bright sphere from
an alien saucer. The possessed
trucker heads to Lab Central, a restricted atomic
research outpost in the desert, and gains entry by
knocking out the
security guard with a blow to the head with his jack.
breaks into the office of Dr.
Hubbel Eliot (John Emery), the lab's director, and
zaps him with a
ray to the scientist's head that makes him a possessed
man now working
for the aliens.
trucker, no longer needed by the aliens, has a fatal
In another part of Lab
Les Gascal (Jeff Morrow) mentions to his
nerdy colleague, computer whiz Arnie Culver (George
the asteroid he has been tracking is
heading right for Earth. Notifying the Pentagon, the
Air Force responds
by firing missiles at it. Strangely, instead of
destroying it, the
asteroid only veers from its position and lands in the
off the Mexican coast. During
the missile attack, Eliot collapses and is
hospitalized in Phoenix.
There he's treated for his stress with
electric shock by psychologist Dr. Albert
Stern (Morris Ankrum). The
patient, while momentarily free of his possession
due to the shock
treatment, tells on tape of his strange dream of the
asteroid coming to
life under the sea and someone inside his head
giving him orders to
locate power sources and that there's a metallic
monster who entered
the atmosphere through a huge transmitting tower to steal the
Earth's energy. When he becomes possessed again,
Eliot goes bonkers and
attacks the shrink for the tape and in fleeing the
shrink is accidentally
Scientists Gascal and Culver, and the movie fan lab
girlfriend of Gascal, Vera Hunter (Barbara Lawrence), go to Mexico to
asteroid. When the metal monster is spotted in all its
robotic glory (two
upright cubes topped off by a dome and four legs at the base), Culver dubs it Kronos.
When its evil
purpose is learned and it continues to grow as it
treks the countryside
absorbing energy, it becomes up to smart scientist Gascal to put his untested
theory to work (reversing the
polarity of the neutron flow) to
see if his knowledge will kill the monster and save
the earth for
REVIEWED ON 5/26/2011 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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