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The Astounding She-Monster (1957)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  1957 (USA)
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A scientist and a gang that has kidnapped a rich heiress come up against a beautiful but lethal alien who has crash-landed her spaceship on Earth.

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A pair of crooks (Kenne Duncan and Jeanne Tatum) take over the country house of a geologist (Robert Clarke) and his trusty dog. They have kidnapped an heiress (Marilyn Harvey) where they plan to hold her until the ransom is collected. Soon they hear an explosion in the woods nearby that turns out to be a spaceship containing a sexy blonde alien with a skintight metallic suit, high heels, lipstick, and incredible eyebrows (Shirley Kilpatrick). Don't let her touch you in any way! The plot is advanced by an off-screen narrator. Written by alfiehitchie

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A creature from beyond the stars. EVIL... BEAUTIFUL... DEADLY...!

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$18,000 (estimated)
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During filming, Shirley Kilpatrick's costume ripped, and since the film was done on a low budget and on a tight schedule she couldn't get a new one - this is why she walks backwards as she leaves a room. See more »

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When Dick (the geologist hero) rushes out of the shack clutching the flask containing acid bomb he has just made, the bottle in the exterior shot is a different shape to the one he has in his hand when he leaves (and in the next shot returns to) the interior. See more »

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Nat Burdell: The way you keep puttin' your foot in your kisser, it's a wonder you don't get athlete's mouth!
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I Smell Wood!
5 December 2006 | by (North Hollyweird) – See all my reviews

Others have commented upon the similarities between this and an Ed Wood film. I submit to you that these are more than mere similarities...

First of all, the box copy on the DVD from Image states: "Producer-Director Ronnie Ashcroft's first feature film venture guided by his friend and mentor Edward D. Wood Jr., whose "uncredited" help gives this film that unmistakable "scent" of Wood." Quote by Wade Williams. The box also states: "Consultant: Edward D. Wood Jr. (uncredited)."

Just what exactly are we trying to say here, Mr. Williams? Just come out with it! Could it have anything to do with the fact that Ed Wood stock player Kenne Duncan appears here? How about the film's writer, the alleged Frank Hall? He has no other credits at all on the IMDb. Could that be one Edward Wood under a pseudonym? Ed almost always put his own name on films he either directed or wrote, but he was known to use pseudonyms on many of the paperback novels he wrote in the 1960's and 70's.

I have not checked Ed's biography for any possible information on this film, but could it be that this film was actually written by the Anti-Master himself? And what does Wade Williams have to say on this theory? Clearly, the matter needs further investigation.

Anyway, this is a hilariously bad film. If Ed didn't write this film, it's right in his wheelhouse. Ridiculous dialog and lots of scenes with no dialog at all since they were shot with no sound. Lots of scenes that drag on (did I say drag? In a discussion about Ed Wood? That was a bad pun, I guess) and on and go nowhere. In other words: prime Badfilm.

Ed Wood fans, be aware. You may want to give this one a spin in the old machine. Normal people will not enjoy it though. If you are normal, stay away.


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