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First Man on Mars (2016)

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The countdown to terror has begun. Astronaut Eli Cologne became the first man on Mars, but something went horribly wrong. Infected by an alien organism, he returned to Earth a savage monster with an unquenchable thirst for human flesh.


Mike Lyddon


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Credited cast:
Kelly Murtagh ... Porscha
Candace McAdams ... Kimmy K.K.
Benjamin Wood Benjamin Wood ... Eli Cologne / Roger
Christian Walker ... Justin Hooper
Jeffrey Estiverne ... Deputy Jordy Sample
Robert John Gilchrist ... Mission Control Scientist 2
Sam Cobean ... Scientist 2
Roy L. Jackson Jr. Roy L. Jackson Jr. ... Fritz Leiber
Andy Reboul ... Mission Control Scientist 1
Marcelle Shaneyfelt Marcelle Shaneyfelt ... Dr. Martine Munro
Joey Harmon Joey Harmon ... Scientist 1
Kirk Jordan Kirk Jordan ... Sheriff Ruffman
Tressler Burton Tressler Burton ... Girl Fishing
Chris Sharpes Chris Sharpes ... Justin Hooper (voice)


A secret mission. A horrifying discovery. The countdown to terror has begun! In 2003 billionaire astronaut Eli Cologne began his journey through space to become the first man on Mars, but something went horribly wrong.. Infected by an alien organism on the red planet, he returned to Earth a crazed, savage monster with an unquenchable thirst for human flesh. The space craft crashed undetected in a remote part of Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina, and he's been hunting both human and animal prey in the swamps for years. Beautiful yet domineering scientist Dr. Martine Munro was in charge of the Mars Mission and Eli Cologne's secret lover. Now that she's received a signal from the transmitter on the lost space craft, she and a few bumbling, nerdy scientists head to the sleepy town of Black Bayou in search of the lost astronaut. For small town sheriff Dick Ruffman, it's a race against time to find the man-turned-monster before he kills again in this horrifying and hilarious satire of low ... Written by The producer

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27 September 2016 (USA) See more »


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$14,000 (estimated)
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Color (Super 16mm)
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The main characters in 'First Man On Mars' first appeared in Mike Lyddon's (with John R. Woods) 1980 super-8 horror-comedy 'Mutilation Maniacs'. In that film, 'Dick Ruffman' was the Chief of Police, rather than the Sheriff. The coroner in 'First Man On Mars' is named Fritz Leiber. In 'Mutilation Maniacs', the virtually identical character is named Fred Sadizmo. FMOM's deputy 'Jordy Sample' was a character developed (with that name) for an unmade sequel to 'Mutilation Maniacs' called 'Invasion Of The Water Devils'. 'Mutilation Maniacs' was released as an 'extra' on Lyddon's 'Night For Nixie' DVD. See more »

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They understand 60's-70's trash cinema
5 November 2016 | by raul espinozaSee all my reviews

Do not see this film if you don't know 60's and 70's b-movies, you'll probably hate it. Watch a few Roger Corman, Larry Buchanan and early Troma flicks before you see First Man on Mars. It is not only a satire of those films but an homage to those filmmakers and they hit the nail on the head. Spot on acting and just enough stilted direction to convey that "Lasterblast" kind of vibe, but it's the effects that really bring it home. The miniatures are perfectly "miniature" and the makeup effects are so over the top that it appears they were designed for comic relief. There is a disembowelment scene and the guy's intestines are ridiculously over-sized, and the flute in the eye gag had me crying tears of comic joy. Sure it's a pretty cheap ass movie, but that's the point. Highly recommended for lovers of retro trash movies.

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