You could argue that this film makes the most of its obviously limited budget and it does feel as if they either used up the funding too quickly or had it cut abruptly! At the start we see parachutists in the air, helicopters taking off and landing and a variety of locations but, as the story progresses we spend more and more time in studio. Dialogue and not special effects leads the way and even the alien spaceship had to be rented from the Daleks*.
But there’s a quality cast who do their best to keep things going, hampered as they are by a patchy plot that desperately wants to achieve far more than it actually does. You can’t really dislike such a film: its intentions are good and it does have some splendid sixties skirts, cardigans and slacks along with shots of the Red Arrows to redeem itself even if its ideas eventually collapse in on themselves due to a lack of aliens with motivation…
|Allan Cuthbertson and Sally Faulkner|
|A special effect|
|Patrick Allen and Carol Hawkins|
|Bob sets his sights on the attractive scientist... (Neil realises it's all Sean's fault...)|
Meanwhile Bob has taken up digs in a local pub at which he shares a few doubles with a landlord called Mrs. Thatcher (Shelagh Fraser) – if only she could have been snatched and used to replace the other Mrs. T… the school milk would still have been taken away but it would have been replaced by gin.
|Don't worry, Julie's only being knocked mildly unconscious...|
The answer – it seems – is to send Bob up in a special radiation-proof costume to see if he can avoid the teleportation and discover more about the process and the people involved.
|Bob is assailed by alien rays!|
Dusty verdict: Gerry Levy directs this patchy affair with efficiency – probably his only way forward in the circumstances and his actors keep straight faces in their attempt to make a drama out of the crisis of the script. The music by Reg Tilsey is also good value; providing dramatic impetus when the lack of effects begins to intrude…
|Patrick Allen and George Sanders|
The film is now available on good value DVD from Odeon Entertainment from MovieMail or Amazon – but I think I’ll keep hold of my old VHS.
*Re-used from the Doctor Who film Daleks Invasion Earth: 2150AD
|The Red Arrows!|
|A woman of mystery...|
|Joanna's had enough...|
|Neil impersonates Sean...|
|Stranger on the shore|
|Spot the difference: Dalek ship on the right|