A mad scientist uses his army of mechanical monsters to control people who have Type O blood.

Director:

(as J. Franco)

Writers:

(original screenplay) (as J. Franco), (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Venus in Furs (1969)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A musician finds the corpse of a beautiful woman on the beach. The woman returns from the dead to take revenge on the group of wealthy sadists responsible for her death.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: James Darren, Barbara McNair, Maria Rohm
Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Woman seeks to avenge her father's death by using a local dancer, with long poisonous fingernails, to do her bidding.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Estella Blain, Mabel Karr, Howard Vernon
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A mad scientist creates a hideous monster to carry out his murderous plans.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Hugo Blanco, Agnès Spaak, Perla Cristal
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When violent crime strikes a tiny hamlet, the townsfolk suspect the distant relative of a sadistic 17th century baron who cursed the village.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Ana Castor, Howard Vernon, Paula Martel
Labios rojos (1960)
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Two girl detectives known as "Labios Rojos" ("Red Lips") outwit both criminals and a bumbling police inspector.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Javier Armet, José Canalejas, Lina Canalejas
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A nightclub singer is haunted by the ghost of her late father. The dead man summons her through a mirror, forcing her to commit a series of violent crimes.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Emma Cohen, Robert Woods, Françoise Brion
The Ghost (1963)
Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them.

Director: Riccardo Freda
Stars: Barbara Steele, Peter Baldwin, Elio Jotta
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Vogel, an important trafficker, betrayed two of his accomplices, Castro and Smith. The first was shot by police, while the latter was imprisoned. Fifteen years later Smith comes back for revenge.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Conrado San Martín, Danik Patisson, Perla Cristal
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

A London slasher pack the suitcases of his victims before stabbing them to death in this adaptation of Edgar Wallace's 'Secret of the Black Suitcases.'

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Horst Tappert, Fred Williams, Barbara Rütting
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A lawyer finds out that a young couple convicted of murder was in fact framed for the crime and goes to the prison with the hope of freeing them and learns the events that happened to the two from a fellow prisoner who helped them escape.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Andrés Resino, Geneviève Robert, Dennis Price
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1913 a family of traveling musicians goes to the house of a rich marquise. Lolita, daughter of one of the musicians, encounters the son of the wealthy lady.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Mikaela, Yves Massard, Dora Doll
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Ms. Pendleton is the commander-in-chief of a women's training camp for western spies, recently established in Turkey. CIA agent Leyton receives a mission, to discover and destroy an ennemy ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Eddie Constantine, Diana Lorys, Anita Höfer
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Françoise Brion ...
Lady Cecilia Addington Courtney
...
Sir Percy
Mara Laso ...
Girl from Lisbon (as Mara Lasso)
Dina Loy ...
Automat
Aida Power ...
Automat (as Aida Powers)
Lemmy Constantine ...
X-3
Alfredo Mayo ...
Baxter
Marcelo Arroita-Jáuregui ...
Olsen (as Marcelo Arroita)
Vicente Roca ...
Lee Wee
Ricardo Palacios ...
Hermes
Ramón Centenero ...
Oscar Hawkie
Antonio Padilla ...
Monsieur 8
Gene Reyes ...
Chang-Howe
Sophie Hardy ...
Cynthia Lewis
Edit

Storyline

A mad scientist uses his army of mechanical monsters to control people who have Type O blood.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

27 April 1966 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Attack of the Robots  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Al Pereira gets off the bus upon his arrival in Alicante, an audio report in Spanish, likely on radio, is advertising the Alicante release of the movie 'Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965)' mentioning it's "by Jean-Luc Godard, the director of 'À bout de souffle (1960)' and that it stars Eddie Constantine and Anna Karina. Since Constantine is also the star of this film, this breaks the fourth wall. See more »

Goofs

The story depends on a made-up fact that some people, instead of having a blood type of "positive" or "negative," are neither. The term they used for this was "Rhesus zero," which doesn't really exist. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Viaje a Bangkok, ataúd incluido (1985) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

CARTAS BOCA ARRIBA aka ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS (Jesus Franco, 1966) **1/2
10 October 2004 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Enjoyable early Franco film (which I watched via a recording off Italian TV), an espionage tale with tongue-in-cheek and the first of Franco's several Al Pereira adventures.

It is given an extra edge by the presence of tough-guy Eddie Constantine who effectively parodies his image here, and seems to be having a ball doing it! Another major asset to the film was the screen writing credit of Jean-Claude Carriere who contributes intermittent touches of wacky humor, satirical barbs and wonderful dialogue – as in the scene where the Chinese statue 'speaks' to Al, and he thinks he may be hearing voices like Joan of Arc; or when his superiors showcase the various improbably lethal devices he will have at his disposal on his mission, and he quips that it's evident they've been watching the James Bond movies a lot lately! Robert Monell's 'Dark Waters' review captures this essence extremely well, I think:

'ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS is a Spanish-French co-production made by the same creative team responsible for THE DIABOLICIAL DR Z (1965). Both movies were given a tremendous boost by the imaginative screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere (who had worked for the great Luis Bunuel on many of his French productions). This perhaps explains the sarcastic French-style humor in ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS, which differentiates this from the more slapstick orientation of Franco's later Eurospy efforts (such as LUCKY THE INSCRUTABLE and KISS ME MONSTER [both 1967]). For instance, the opening assassination scenes include the murder of an ambassador and then a high church official, scenes that are staged with a slightly absurd, surreal touch which anticipates similar scenes found in future Carriere-Bunuel projects, THE MILKY WAY [1969] and THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE [1972].'

Unfortunately, the film loses steam around the middle where the basically dreary (and fairly silly) plot takes center-stage. In fact, the 'robots' are the film's least successful element: amusingly attired but also lacking a distinct air of menace; this was perhaps intentional but I felt it weakened the suspense considerably, because in this way Pereira was never really in any danger! Still, there are plenty of other diversions on hand, not the least of which are the film's two leading ladies – Francoise Brion and Sophie Hardy – who manage quite a nice contrast between them, apart from providing the obligatory (albeit chaste in this case) eye-candy!

Curiously enough, the film was shot in color but released outside Spain in black-and-white (which fact is given away by the plot-point of having the robots change their skin color when they die, but this element obviously does not register on-screen!). Still, as it stands, the film elicits comparison with any number of internationally-produced film noirs of the 50s and early 60s, and especially the work of Orson Welles as well as Jean-Luc Godard's almost-contemporaneous ALPHAVILLE (1965) – no doubt Paul Misraki's scoring credit was no mere coincidence – which also starred Constantine as another detective, Lemmy Caution, who was featured in a long-running series of films on the big screen.

The climax is hurried and hardly exciting (despite some lavish interiors, the film's production was all-too-obviously a cheapjack affair) – but the sight of super-villain Fernando Rey (not quite in his element here) getting his just desserts Moreau-like is reasonably satisfactory, in my opinion. Put simply, CARTAS BOCA ARRIBA is good, unpretentious fun most of the way and I certainly would not turn down an opportunity to watch some of the other films Franco made featuring his favorite detective – Al Pereira!


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Cartes sur table (1966) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?