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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on 'Teenagers from Outer Space,' Featuring Ray Guns and Spray-Painted Flying Saucers

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood November 19, 2012 at 12:07PM

I Was a Teenage Thanksgiving Turkey! week begins at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing cult classic "Teenagers from Outer Space" from 50s indie filmmaker Tom Graeff, who had just completed grip work on a Roger Corman picture before striking out on his own.
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"Teenagers from Outer Space"
"Teenagers from Outer Space"

I Was a Teenage Thanksgiving Turkey! week begins at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing cult classic "Teenagers from Outer Space" from 50s indie filmmaker Tom Graeff, who had just completed grip work on a Roger Corman picture before striking out on his own.

Indie filmmaker Tom Graeff, inspired to make his own movie after completing a grip job on Roger Corman's Not of This Earth, convinced monster maker Paul Blaisdell to design the dime store ray gun mirror-reflective gags and the beat-up spray-painted flying saucer shell with the visible crack in it for his magnum opus, which has belatedly attained cult status. Graeff is onscreen in a small role as a reporter. A five minute cutdown of this has been a staple of The Movie Orgy since forever.

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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.