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Lobster Man from Mars (1989)

A movie mogul in search of a tax shelter screens a space parody about a young woman, a mad scientist and a space monster.

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Stanley Sheff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Foreman ... Mary
S.D. Nemeth ... The Dreaded Lobster Man
Anthony Hickox ... John
Dean Jacobson Dean Jacobson ... Stevie Horowitz
Tony Curtis ... J.P. Shelldrake
Mindy Kennedy Mindy Kennedy ... Tammy
Phil Proctor ... Lou
Tim Haldeman ... Marvin
Barry Hansen Barry Hansen ... Narrator (voice) (as Dr. Demento)
Bobby Pickett ... The Astrologer / King of Mars
Richard Wright Richard Wright ... The Bearded Slave
Ava Fabian ... The Queen of Mars
Sage Whitfield Sage Whitfield ... Beautiful Martian Maiden
Erica Evans Erica Evans ... Beautiful Martian Maiden
Robert Breeze Robert Breeze ... Another Slave
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Storyline

Movie mogul J.P. Shelldrake discovers he's in desperate need of a tax write-off to keep the Internal Revenue Service off his back. Young writer, producer and director Stevie Horowitz walks in the studio with his homemade space parody "Lobster Man From Mars". What follows is one of the most bizarre and funny film within-a-film send-ups: Mars suffers from a severe air leakage, and the King of Mars sends the dreaded Lobster Man to Earth to steal its air. The Lobster Man's plot is foiled by a mad scientist, an army colonel, and a young and innocent woman. Shelldrake buys the movie, which makes a huge profit and sends Shelldrake to tax prison, with Stevie taking his place as the studio mogul. Written by <stanley@brainex.com>

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He's nasty, snappy... and well past his sell-by date. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre langosta See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Trivia

Bobby Pickett, who rose to the top of the Billboard chart with his hit single The Monster Mash in 1962, reprises his trademark Boris Karloff impersonation in the role of the Martian Astronomer. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Sledge: It means that either he escaped, or he walked backwards from the horizon to commit suicide in this bonfire.
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No lobsters were harmed during this production, only eaten. See more »

Connections

References It Came from Outer Space (1953) See more »

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Rock Lobster
Written by Kate Pierson (uncredited), Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland (uncredited), Cindy Wilson (uncredited) / Ricky Wilson
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Lobster Man from Mars
23 July 2018 | by ryan-10075See all my reviews

Oh boy! With a title like that you can probably already guess. Is it cheap, super cheesy and have complete sub-par effects? Yes. But, is it also funny and slightly inspirational? Yes. This is not trying to be a B-movie, this is trying and quite successful at aiming at being a Z-grade movie. Everything in this movie is intentional and sucked right out of those cheesy 50s horror/sci-fi flicks that everyone gets a good chuckle at when viewing.

Tony Curtis plays mega-millionaire film producer J.P. Shelldrake who has just found out he owes more than 4 million to the government. He needs a total flop at the box office to act as a tax write-off. In steps Stevie Horowitz a young filmmaker who has tried his best to get Shelldrake to see one of his movies. Let me tell you a young Orson Welles he ain't. Shelldrake thinks there might be a stinker present so he watches the film. It is the story of Lobster Man being sent to Earth to get air for Mars. Soon human beings are attacked by gorillas in space helmets, possessed hand puppets and of course Lobster Man.

It keeps going back to Curtis' reaction to the movie and he does an amazing job of showing his dissatisfaction of the film before going back to the wonderful trashy film. I do give Tony Curtis credit for being in this movie. I mean being in great classics like SOME LIKE IT HOT, SPARTACUS or THE DEFIANT ONES this is quite a step in the opposite direction. Main thing to remember about this movie is don't take it seriously and just try and enjoy yourself.

Also has some great music done by Sasha Matson and has a great title song 'Rock Lobster' from the B-52's.

Certainly gets a thumbs up from me and quite a clever and enjoyable spoof. Also starring Deborah Foreman (from Waxwork), Patrick Macnee (also from Waxwork), Anthony Hickox (who directed Waxwork) and Billy Barty (who sadly was not in Waxwork).


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