Terror in the Midnight Sun/Invasion of the Animal People [DVD] [1958]

This disc couples Sweden's first science fiction film Terror in the Midnight Sun with its re-edited American counterpart Invasion of the Animal People. Both films are presented full frame (standard) and have Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono) soundtracks. The print for Terror is physically in good shape though a bit dark. However, the print for Animal People, though essentially the same film, is in a lot worse shape with noticeable fading and loss of detail. The disc is fully loaded with supplemental material. The trailers for these Swedish films are included: The Cats, Love Swedish Style, Maid in Sweden, Sappho Darling, Sweden Heaven and Hell, and To Ingrid Love Lisa. There are also two bizarre, mondo-style short films included -- Lapland Reindeer Ritual and Swedish Teens Run Wild. There is also an episode of a Swedish TV show entitled 13 Demon Street hosted by Lon Chaney Jr. The black-and-white Outer Limits-style production is entitled "The Girl in the Glacier"; it runs approximately a half hour and is directed by Curt Siodmak (The Wolf Man and I Walked With a Zombie). Also included is a five-minute animated still and poster gallery for Terror with a soundtrack of songs from the film. The final supplement is a commentary track for Terror by the film's producer Bertil Jernberg. The track is very matter-of-fact -- unfortunately he is not a great storyteller. All in all a nice disc, with the supplements providing more interest than the actual feature films.
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Overview

Synopsis

Rymdinvasion i Lappland
A meteor crashes into the frozen mountains of Northern Sweden, though the Laplanders who witness the event swear that it flew horizontally for hundreds of feet and left skidmarks in the snow. American scientist Dr. Vance Wilson (Robert Burton) is called overseas to help investigate, and joins dashing young geologist Erik Engstrom (Sten Gester) in Stockholm to discuss the phenomenon. Erik meets Wilson's niece, Diane (Barbara Wilson), an Olympic ice skater in training, and the two of them begin flirting heavily both on the slopes and the dancefloor. The scientists are called to the scene of the interstellar accident when an entire herd of reindeer are found mutilated nearby, and Diane stows away on their plane to get close to the action. When Erik and Dr. Wilson examine the meteor closely, however, it's clear to them that it's actually some sort of vessel from outer space. Before they can fly back to the city and alert the authorities, a 20-foot tall behemoth with shaggy fur and gruesome fangs kills a guard and destroys their airplane. Erik and Diane ski off for help, but she injures her knee and finds herself a captive of the enormous monster. Strangely, the creature treats her with gentleness despite her screams. What is the origin of this unearthly beast, and what is its connection to the alien spacecraft? This Swedish-made sci-fi picture was purchased by American producer Jerry Warren, who changed the narrative with new footage and released it to state-side audiences as Invasion of the Animal People in 1962. ~ Fred Beldin, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Sten Gester
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    Barbara Wilson - Diane Wilson
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    Bengt Blomgren - Col. Robert Bottiger
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    Brita Borg - singer
  • Åke Grönberg
    Åke Grönberg - Dr. Henrik
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