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22 September 1965 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Marilyn Hanold ... Princess Marcuzan

James Karen ... Dr. Adam Steele (as Jim Karen)

Lou Cutell ... Dr. Nadir
Nancy Marshall ... Karen Grant
David Kerman ... Gen. Bowers
Robert Reilly ... Col. Frank Saunders / Frankenstein
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Alan Browne ... Martian Crewmember (uncredited)
Robert Fields ... Reporter (uncredited)

Bruce Glover ... Martian Crewmember / The Monster (uncredited)
Susan Stephens ... Blonde Surf-bather (poster girl) (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Gaffney 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
R.H.W. Dillard  story (uncredited)
George Garrett  story
John Rodenbeck  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Stanley P. Darer .... associate producer
Alan V. Iselin .... executive producer
Robert McCarty .... producer
Cinematography by
Saul Midwall (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lawrence C. Keating 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
Makeup Department
John Alese .... special monster makeup (as John D. Alese)
Production Management
Ben Berk .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Berk .... assistant director
Art Department
Charles Bailey .... set designer
Mickey Bradley .... set construction
Sound Department
Maurice Rosenblum .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Miguel Nazario .... assistant camera
Sol Negrin .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Monte Schwartz .... assistant editor
Other crew
Isele Bennett .... script supervisor
Michael Flaherty .... assistant to producer
Everett Shazam .... title designer
Nancy Solomon .... production secretary

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USA:79 min
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Sound Mix:
UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Unrated
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James Karen's film debut.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1 min) If you look to the inside of the purification chamber you can see it is made of plywood.See more »
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While a terrible film, it doesn't quite sink to the lowest depths of awfulness!, 9 December 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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