"Another Name for Mars is Death"

Film: IT, the Terror from Beyond Space (1958)

Alias: None

Type: Alien

Location: Haunted Home

Height/Weight: That of an average human.

Affiliation: Neutral, leaning on evil

Summary: There's nothing worse than being in a cramped area with a killer. And even in the distant future, this still applies. For no matter how complex or tight your rocket-ship is made out to be, there's something in space that will use it as the setting for a very bloody game of cat-and-mouse.

History: IT has killed before, and IT would kill again. Mars had become a truly barren red planet at one point where there were once Martians due to a terrible event, but IT survived as the monster you see here. In the early 1970s, a space expedition to Mars ended with just about all the crew dead and/or missing, with the captain, the sole survivor, framed for it all. Alas, when the second expedition came with him on board, history repeated itself, albeit with even worse results. This time, the vampiric alien monster known as IT secretly boarded the rocket as a stowaway as it left the red planet. It wasn't long before IT began to pick the crewmates off one by one.

Notable Kills: Nothing special.

Final Fate: After menacing the crew for the umpteenth time, IT is greeted with one of the crewmates opening the main hull airlock, causing a decompression that suffocates the alien to death.

Powers/Abilities: IT is so strong he can bend metal. He is also immune to bullets and electricity, and has incredible lung capacity so that he can live on Mars.

Weakness: IT absolutely HATES bright lights. And as the film demonstrated, like all creatures, IT cannot survive in the vacuum of space.

Scariness Factor: 4-Not only is IT nigh-invulnerable, but he is mostly shot in very dark areas, looking like a dark phantom most of the time. He also has a rather gnarly face for a 50s alien.

Trivia: -It is often said that this film was a direct inspiration for Ridley Scott's "Alien".

-The reason IT always looks like he's sticking his tongue out? The mask didn't fit on his actor, Ray Corrigan, so they just painted his large chin to look like a tongue.

Image Gallery

Yeah. Money well spent, director.

"What? I can't hear you!"

A brave new world awaits our vampiric friend.
Please, put that finger somewhere else.

"Still can't hear you!"

Because a spaceship full of morons isn't enough.

Killface? Did Dr. Zaius do something to you?

"Well, gotta jet. This ship's 'bout ready to fall apart."

It gets a bit grabby when the going gets tough.
Boo! Go back to being green!

Our hands shall extend in-GAAAH!

Forget the rocket launcher! The blowtorch is the only hope!

"Hey, guys. Am I late?"