Lights Out: “KRONOS” (1957)

Jeff Morrow and Barbara Lawrence stare agog at the mammoth piece of interstellar IKEA firniture that threatens to destroy the world in "Kronos".

Jeff Morrow and Barbara Lawrence stare agog at the mammoth piece of interstellar IKEA furniture that threatens to destroy the world in “Kronos”.

    The proliferation of Sf films in the 1950′s saw a redundancy of Mankind menaced by atom bomb generated gigantism, though there was also a hefty amount of dangerous invaders from space whose intent also was to destroy Mankind (Was it something we said?), obviously not having availed themselves of the opportunity to see all of the films made about marauding radiation mutants or disgruntled Martians, notating that such plans of conquest and annihilation were fairly fruitless and not worth the gas to get here. However, with the Kurt Neumann film “Kronos”, world domination- if not outright extinction of the human race -was precipitated not by a species or living organism directly, but in the form of a mechanical emissary sent by that same interstellar species, not to contact the human race, but to, in effect, shove a very sophisticated hose into our fuel tanks and suck us dry of energy; thus making it clear that we are worth the gas, just not the personal attention: with the conquering aliens laying waste to Earth civilization with the galactic version of a roach trap. This effectively eliminates the need of wasting time in discussing a negotiated peace (while simultaneously placing our armored weaponry in strategically useless formations) and leaping forward directly to the inevitable military bombardments and destructive special effects set pieces.

    “Kronos” concerns the abrupt arrival of an immense extraterrestrial accumulator which collects the energy in any power plant within walking distance of the device’s rather odd piledriver momentum, which seems practical for well digging but hardly useful in forward propulsion.. Naturally, a few select scientists and the military join forces to annihilate this complete foreign technology which no one can possibly understand, initially stupidly using an atomic bomb to stop the monolithic giant; a rather brainless stratagem since Kronos merely sucks up all of the resultant energy and grows stronger, and although it affords the film makers to the opportunity to make use of some fairly standard but inexpensive bomb test stock footage, the easy absorption of atomic energy begs the question as to why a galactic civilization would waste its time sucking the life out of meager power plants when there are equally approachable stars with incalculable amounts of energy to be lifted?  (And no where in the film is the suggestion made to incapacitate the device by diverting  the machine to Washington D.C., where the widespread lack of energy surely would have irreversibly weakened the device. Now that would be a movie!) The film also traverses the familiar route of 1950′s menaces more often than not erupting in the Southwest: in this case, Mexico and Southern California, a geographic region which the majority of alien civilizations seem to find an enticing region for invasionary vandalism, probably due to the summery climate.

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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2 Responses to Lights Out: “KRONOS” (1957)

  1. tashpix says:

    Definitely one of your most entertaining reviews. 🙂

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