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The Cape Canaveral Monsters (1960)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Johnson ...
Hauron
Katherine Victor ...
Nadja
Harriet Dichter ...
Woman Scientist
Chuck Howard ...
Maj. Gen. Hollister
Bill Vess ...
Captain Martin
Joe Chester ...
Dr. Meister
Gary Travis ...
Bob Hardin
Billy Greene ...
Dr. Von Hoften
Scott Peters ...
Tom Wright
Linda Connell ...
Sally Markham
Tom Allen ...
Cpl. Wilson
Thelaine Williams ...
Brain F. Wood ...
Elmer Wesson
Flori Jo Johnson ...
Switchboard Operator
Lyle Felice ...
Deputy Chief (as Lyle Felisse)
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When a couple are killed in an auto accident their bodies are immediately inhabited by extraterrestrial beings. Taking refuge in an underground cave, the aliens attempt to sabotage the U.S. space program. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Linda Connell, who plays Sally, was the daughter of Director of Photography W. Merle Connell who shot this film. It was her only film role. See more »

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The film is set in Cape Canaveral, Florida and yet the terrain reveals mountains and desert settings. See more »

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Unfortunately, it's not among Phil Tucker's worst!
27 June 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The man who made this film, Phil Tucker, was one of the worst film directors in history. He was responsible for such travesties as "Dance Hall Racket" and "Robot Monster"--the latter of which was among the films in Harry Medved's book "The Fifty Worst Movies of All Time". Incompetence, bad acting and crappy budgets--all hallmarks of this film legend. So, when I saw that "The Cape Canaveral Monsters" was also made by Tucker, I had to watch it, as I occasionally like a terrible movie. After all, with over 12000 reviews to my credit, I need a few truly horrible films now and again after watching artsy, foreign or silent films. Unfortunately, while "The Cape Canaveral Monsters" is very bad, it never comes close to being as bad as "Robot Monster".

The film is supposedly set around Cape Canaveral, Florida. But, being a Floridian, I was amazed to see LOTS of very, very high hills with caves and not a trace of a palm tree or alligator. Frankly, if there WERE caves around Canaveral, they'd be filled up with water, as the land is swampy and very wet. The location was about as un-Canaveral like as you can get--short of filming it in Alaska!

The plot involves two bad actors who have stolen human bodies killed in a car accident. Following their assumption of the bodies as their own, the pair destroy rocket test after rocket test, as their planet does not want the humans venturing into space. They also want to collect a few human specimens to take back to their home planet. Two young folks who work for a professor in charge of the rocket program stumble upon these two undead aliens. Can they stop them or is the Earth royally screwed? The story idea is pretty typical of the genre--and isn't that different from Ed Wood's "Plan 9 From Outer Space". And, like "Plan 9", the film has a lot of bad acting, crappy props and the like. Bad movie buffs will love watching the Professor deliver his lines as if he's suffering from a traumatic brain injury. They will also love the one-armed guy who clearly has his arm tucked inside his jumpsuit! But the overall level of badness isn't uniform. The male lead isn't a terrible actor and the editing and direction occasionally don't look horrible. Not exactly glowing endorsements, I know, but things that make the film less attractive to those who seek out the very worst! Bad but not quite bad enough is how I see this one.


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