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Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster (1965)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 22 September 1965 (USA)
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. ... See full summary »

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Marilyn Hanold ...
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Dr. Adam Steele (as Jim Karen)
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Dr. Nadir
Nancy Marshall ...
Karen Grant
David Kerman ...
Gen. Bowers
Robert Reilly ...
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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. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Warning! Beware their stare!

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In their book "Son of Golden Turkey Awards", Harry and Michael Medved award this film the Golden Turkey for "Most Ridiculously Inane Rock 'n' Roll Lyrics Used in a Motion Picture". (For "To Have and To Hold" by the Distant Cousins) See more »

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When Steele, Nancy and the general fly off to Puerto Rico to search for Frank, they are seen leaving in a B-52 bomber. However, the plane they land in is a Boeing C-135. See more »

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Dr. Adam Steele: Gentlemen, we have just returned from our last meeting with our science advisors, and I'm happy to report that the launch is ready to go on schedule. The countdown will begin at 0800 tomorrow. And now, gentlemen, I want to introduce the astronaut chosen for this mission... Colonel Frank Saunders. Colonel Saunders will answer any questions that you might have. Frank?
[shows Frank to the podium]
Col. Frank Saunders: Dr. Steele is an optimist. What he means is I'll *try* to answer your questions.
Reporter #1: Colonel, aren't you ...
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That's the Way It's Got to Be
by The Poets
Courtesy DVX Records,
A Bob Crewe Production
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While a terrible film, it doesn't quite sink to the lowest depths of awfulness!
9 December 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

As you can tell by my summary, this isn't among the finest films ever seen! However, I just couldn't give it a score of 1 because there are just so many terrible films that are even more terrible than FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE SPACEMONSTER. In fact, the worst thing about this silly film is probably the title--as there is no Frankenstein in the film at all!! Of course, the over-use of grainy and pointless stock military footage didn't do a lot to make this a film worth seeing, nor did the horrid makeup on the alien men.

These horny men have extremely cheesy makeup (complete with bald wigs with obvious seams and ears made of cardboard) but at least they are smarter than the usual aliens in films. They have come to Earth to steal pretty women for use as sex slaves since the only woman they seem to have left is their leader, Marilyn Hanold (who was the Playboy Playmate of the Year in 1959). Plus, this is a much better use of people than the usual anal probing, so as I said, these aliens aren't so dumb (just dumb looking).

At about the same time these aliens land in Puerto Rico (yes, I did say 'Puerto Rico'), NASA sent a rocket to Mars that was piloted by a super-realistic looking robot (who the press and the rest of the world think is a real man). When the aliens make this ship crash, the astronaut is still functional but his face is severely burned--hence the name 'Frankenstein'--though he in no way acts like the monster and looks less like Franky but more like a cheesy actor with glop dumped on half his face. In the end, the cybernetic astronaut and a monster that the aliens have brought aboard their ship have a big fist fight and everything ends happily ever after for the Earth.

By the way, there are a few things to look for in this film. First, the amazing acting ability of most of the women kidnapped by the horny aliens. Most of these ladies do great imitations of pieces of lint, though they have less charisma or acting talent. Second, the crappy alien spaceship (you've got to see it to believe it) is about 20 times bigger inside than outside! I guess it's like a Tardis (from "Dr. Who") or maybe it's just due to lousy production values (I'll let you decide). Third, while most everyone in this film were no-name actors, Jame Karen was in one of the leading roles. While his is not a household name, he has a face most will immediately recognize from other films and television--so apparently this terrible film didn't ruin his career!! Fourth, for anyone who is a fan of Disney World, extensive clips from this film are shown to patrons while they eat at the Disney-MGM park's restaurant, Sci-Fi Dine-In. So it's a bad film, but one not so bad that it will ruin your appetite or induce vomiting!


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