Edgar G. Ulmer, the Edgar Allan Poe of B (and C and D) movies, concocted one of the first alien-visitor plots for this low-budget sci-fi film (1951). It isn’t one of his more personal projects, but it’s full of his bleak spirit—the catatonic acting, the breakaway sets, the cramped exteriors, all contributing to Ulmer’s harrowingly consistent vision of a blasted, barren world. You’ll need a microscope to find the art in this film, but it’s there. The no-star cast includes Robert Clarke, Margaret Field, and William Schallert.