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Robot Monster (1953)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 25 June 1953 (USA)
The monstrous Ro-Man attempts to annihilate the last family alive on Earth, but finds himself falling for their beautiful daughter.

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Ro-Man, an alien that looks remarkably like a gorilla in a diving helmet, has destroyed all but six people on the planet Earth. He spends the entire film trying to finish off these survivors, but complications arise when he falls for the young woman in the group. Love that bubble machine! Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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$16,000 (estimated)

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$1,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The scenes on the view screen presented by Ro-Man come from a variety of sources: among them, the shots of New York in apocalyptic ruins are matte paintings by Irving Block from Captive Women (1952) (RKO, 1952); the shots of the headquarters of the Great Guidance (a rocket ship in launching position) was originally created for Rocketship X-M (1950) (Lippert), also painted by Block. See more »

Goofs

As is well known, this film was shot entirely in Bronson Canyon. In at least one shot, both the top of the canyon and a house are visible. What's more, the house's resident (a woman wearing a housedress) can be seen standing in her driveway watching the film crew shooting the strange sci-fi movie below. See more »

Quotes

Ro-Man: Great Guidance, I have a favorable report. I have already eliminated one of them.
Great One: Good.
Ro-Man: Force was necessary. It was a simple matter of strangulation. That leaves four.
Great One: [buzzer sounds] Error! Again! Five!
Ro-Man: Four - and one more on whom I have made an estimate in relation to our strategic reserve. The plan should include one human being for reference in case of unforeseen contingencies.
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Automatic Billion Bubble Machine by N.A. Fisher Chemical Products, Inc. See more »

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Ultra Low Budget Nonsense!
8 September 2004 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Robot Monster" has got to be one of the all time turkeys. It was apparently filmed in 3-D and it appears that that was where most of the meager budget went. The "monster" of the title is is the now legendary someone in a gorilla suit wearing what appears to be a diving helmet.

The story involves the monster being sent to earth from God knows where, to eliminate the remaining humans in advance of the ultimate take over of earth by the Robot Monsters. You see, the Robot Monsters have destroyed civilization except for a family of five people (and one boy friend), who are immune to detection by the monsters due some kind of cure all anti-biotic.

The family includes the father (John Mylong), the mother (Selena Royle), a scientist daughter Alice (Claudia Barrett), her boy friend Roy (George Nader) and two younger kids, a boy Johnny (Gregory Moffat) and a girl Carla (Pamela Paulson).

We're supposed to believe that the monster and his chief "The Great One" (no not Jackie Gleason) control the entire world from an isolated cave with incredibly cheap looking "scientific" instruments. And then there's those flashbacks to dinosaurs and lizards made to look like dinosaurs. The same sequences (from stock footage no doubt) are repeated a couple of times. I guess if you saw this film in 3-D it might hold some bit of interest. But in 2-D nothing.

George Nader actually survived this turkey and went on to bigger and better things at Universal as a contract player.

Absolutely awful and well deserving of the dreaded "1".


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