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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on 1953 Mock Doc Alien Invader Film 'Phantom from Space'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood April 25, 2013 at 12:46PM

This week at Trailers from Hell, B-horror director Joe Dante introduces W. Lee Wilder's "Phantom from Space" (1953).
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'Phantom from Space'
'Phantom from Space'

This week at Trailers from Hell, B-horror director Joe Dante introduces W. Lee Wilder's "Phantom from Space" (1953).

"From the files of the Central Bureau" comes this terminally uneventful, stock footage-laden docu-style alien invader film, one of a series of on-location sci fi cheapies from director W. Lee Wilder. Insomniacs might try double billing this with "The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues" for a restful night.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.