Terror in the Midnight Sun (1959) reviews and overview

 
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Terror in the Midnight Sun – aka Rymdinvasion i Lappland [“Space Invasion of Lapland”] – is a 1959 Swedish-American science fiction horror film directed by Virgil W. Vogel. It stars Barbara Wilson, Sten Gester and Robert Burton. John Carradine narrated the US version.

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The film is known by many different English titles such as Horror in the Midnight Sun and Invasion of the Animal People. For the American release, low-budget producer/director Jerry Warren added additional scenes of his own to the film.

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Plot:

After a herd of reindeer are mysteriously found dead following a meteor crash in a remote part of Sweden, soldiers and a geologist are called out to investigate.

Just as they discover that the meteor is actually a spaceship, a hideous monster destroys their plane and kills the soldier guarding it.

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As the geologist – along with his figure skater girlfriend – try to ski to safety, the monster attacks again and kidnaps the helpless woman…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

Terror actually turns out to be a pretty good show. There’s plenty of action, good f/x, a unique twist on the alien visitor plot, and the Nordic locations have an eerie, otherworldly look. Wilson has never looked sexier than she does here; she’s helped a bit by doubles, of course, for her scenes involving skating, skiing, and a surprising nude scene.” Brian Thomas, Cinescape

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“Even if the Stockholm scenes are a bit talky and stiff, the fun starts fast when they arrives to Lapland. A quite unexpected shower-scene and a performance by legendary Swedish singer Brita Borg (not at the same time of course) and the fantastic locations make it a unique old school sci-fi.” Fred Anderson, Ninja Dixon

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