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Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (1965)

Directed by Robert Gaffney

Science Fiction | Action

Most recently watched by sleestakk

Overview

When an atomic war on Mars destroys the planet’s women, it’s up to Martian Princess Marcuzan and her right-hand man Dr. Nadir to travel to earth and kidnap women for new breeding stock. Landing in Puerto Rico, they shoot down a NASA space capsule manned by an android. With his electronic brain damaged, the android terrorizes the island while the Martians raid beaches and pool parties

Length 79 minutes

Actors

Bruce Glover | James Karen | Lou Cutell | Marilyn Hanold | Nancy Marshall | David Kerman | Robert Reilly | Robert Alan Browne | Susan Stephens | Lucy Fabery | Peggy Rivera | Daisy Ramos | Iris Figueroa

Viewing Notes

This is as if the producers watched PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE and decided they make something similar and almost as awful in a weird, charming way. All the exchanges between the aliens on their ship look like they pulled from PLAN 9. The Frankenstein is really an android created to be the perfect astronaut for a space mission and he’s named Frank. He gets shot down by a UFO that has come to Earth to abduct young women to repopulate Mars or whatever planet they’re from. They also have a monster on board.

The final conflict is Frank fighting the Monster. But there’s also a massive military strike on the alien ship that is all stock footage that flips back and forth between the fighter jets which is amusing. I don’t know all the names of the jets but they are distinctly different but supposed to be the same. Was neat to identify James Karen immediately as one of the primary scientists in charge of Frank the android.

Perhaps the neatest sequence is a scooter ride thru the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico. I’ve walked down some of those streets and it’s wild how little has changed. It really is a beautiful old city.

Overall a dopey yet fun movie that deserves to be shown at B-Fest if they actually cared about their programming. Or maybe they wouldn’t since they already show PLAN 9 and this movie would be too much of the same.

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