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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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Moon monsters launch attack against Earth! How can science meet the menace of astral assassins? New Science Fiction Thrills! See more »

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$16,000 (estimated)

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$1,000,000 (USA)
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Is considered to be the first science-fiction film with stereophonic sound. See more »

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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 »

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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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1+ hour advertisement for the billion bubble machine
25 May 2005 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

It's an old theme, and one particularly pertinent to the cold war. Aliens conquer the earth, and earthlings are too small minded to put aside their grievances, so all is lost. However, in the case of Robot Monster, the aliens are big guys in ape suits and old-school scuba gear (odd concept of a robot, IMO), and all the action in the film appears to be either stock warfare footage or scraps of bad sci-fi films found on the cutting room floor, spliced in with some pathetic burning miniature rocket ships, and all not even loosely tied into the "plot".

George Nader, who helped Frankie Avalon ruin the masterpiece of garbage cinema "Million Eyes of Sumuru", is the star, but the only people who act in this film are Claudia Barrett and John Brown (the Ro-Man), and even so, they're not very good at it. As a man well aware of his limits, Nader doesn't usually bother with acting. Like most of the cast members of Robot Monster, he simply recites his lines and adds a smile, a chuckle, or a gesture here and there.

It gets worse. I am a professional archaeologist, and though I appreciate the credit this film gives my profession, I sincerely doubt that any archaeologist will ever develop a serum that makes humans immune to every possible form of disease. Furthermore, I have ethical concerns about the fact that he tests it on HIS ENTIRE FAMILY, even if doing so allowed them to be the only survivors of the alien holocaust brought about by Ro-man! I guess this makes Robot Monster a pioneering cyberpunk film since the entire plot takes place after the destruction of most of earth's life. Most of the plot is incoherent, utterly ridiculous and unexplained.

You continue to watch because, despite the mediocre cinematography, worse than mediocre directing and script, you want to see just how much worse it can get. In that sense, this film is no disappointment. It gives Manos a run for its money, but in the end does no harm, and its a lot more fun, so I gave it a two (the extra star is for being harmless). This is an amazingly goofy and silly film, comparable in its absurdity to Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Go for it if you're into that kind of thing, or if you harbor a secret desire to see George Nader get married without a shirt in a ceremony performed by a German archaeologist.


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