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Assignment Terror (1970)

Los monstruos del terror (original title)
Aliens from a dying world plot to conquer earth by praying on man's superstitions. Bringing two dead scientists (Michael Rennie and Karin Dor) back to life, they use their knowledge to ... See full summary »

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(as Tulio Demichelli), (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

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(story) (as Jacinto Molina Alvarez)
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Maleva Kerstein
Craig Hill ...
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Patty Shepard ...
Ilsa (as Patty Sheppard)
Ángel del Pozo ...
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Waldemar Daninsky (as Paul Naschi)
Manuel de Blas ...
Count Janos de Mialhoff
Peter Damon
Ferdinando Murolo ...
Diana Sorel
Gene Reyes ...
Tao-Tet (The Mummy)
Luciano Tacconi
Ella Gessler
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Aliens from a dying world plot to conquer earth by praying on man's superstitions. Bringing two dead scientists (Michael Rennie and Karin Dor) back to life, they use their knowledge to re-animate various earth monsters, including the werewolf Waldemar Daninsky, Frankenstein's monster (both played by Jacinto Molina), the mummy Tao-Tet, and the vampire Count de Meirhoff. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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24 February 1970 (France)  »

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Assignment Terror  »

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ESP 11,604,193 (Spain)
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Monster Mash without Much Entertainment
1 October 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Assignment Terror (1969)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Michael Rennie, in his last film role, plays an alien who comes to Earth when his planet is dying off. He hopes his group can start living on Earth but before that can happen he must bring back several monsters so that they can help kill off all the humans. You have to give it to a film that combines aliens, Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, the mummy and the werewolf in the form of Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy). You'd think that a film that brought all these monsters together would at least either be so bad it's good or a campy fun time. Sadly, the film is neither as the production had all sorts of issues ranging from script changes to simply running out of money. Naschy's screenplay is clearly borrowing or paying homage to HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and even the opening here with how Dracula is discovered is a complete rip. Sadly, unlike that film, this here doesn't have all that much going for it. The entire thing has an incredibly cheap feel to it and I personally think it's always a bad idea trying to mix Gothic characters with science-fiction elements. Even worse is that the monsters really aren't used as well as they should have been. The Dracula character appears to be drunk throughout the film and his blue-ish skin just doesn't work well. The Frankenstein monster is without question one of the worst looking in the history of cinema has it appears the producer's simply threw on some sort of bad skull cap on the actor. The mummy isn't too bad looking and the werewolf character also looks good but Naschy writes this role simply as a supporting one. The highlight of the film is without question the fight between the mummy and the werewolf but the alternate title, Dracula VS FRANKENSTEIN, is pretty much a lie as those two never fight. I'm going to have to say sadly yet again but this turned out to be Rennie's final film, which is a shame.


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