Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (1965)

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Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (1965)

Post  BoG on Tue Jul 27, 2010 3:23 pm

There is a space monster in this one; but  Frankenstein or his monster? Well, let's see... there's an American astronaut named Frank (Robert Reilly). Now, Frank is not all he seems. Before a space launch, Frank is trotted out to meet the press but he freezes at one point - a freeze frame, btw  Laughing. It turns out, Frank is actually an android. Frank is the pet project of Dr. Steele (James Karen), as a measure to circumvent the risks taken by real men in outer space.
And, there are certainly risks involved here. Some hostile alien race, whose members look like Nosferatu, has arrived to get some of our females (that old trick). Their space monster, kept in a cage, is a mutant - the result of their nuclear war, I think. Their last surviving female is a ruthless princess (Marilyn Hanold) who is sadistic towards her own soldiers. Her little viceroy, Dr. Nadir (Lou Cutell) likes to say "maximum energy" when he's destroying Earth's spacecraft. The latest target, on its way to Mars, is Frank's ship.
So Frank crash-lands and then is targeted again by the alien soldiers; he gets half his android face blown off and wanders off, his interior mechanisms damaged. The alien soldiers, meanwhile, collect a number of nubile Earth females here-and-there. What makes this a little confusing is that the aliens wear outfits which make them look like American astronauts - I guess these were the only costumes available for the film. The only times the film registers any energy, however, is with these aliens running around, capturing females, and Frank running into a hapless vacationer.
Otherwise, it's very slow, not helped by pointless musical cues and stock shots of NASA craft lifting off or going into the upper atmosphere (easier to use than building actual alien model ships). There is one full sized mock-up of an alien ship as it sits. In fact, I wonder if the filmmakers had all this stock footage on hand (such as shots of actual astronauts walking to the lift-off rocket) and got the idea to write a story around these. The story concludes with the inevitable clash between android Frank and the space monster - but you might be snoozing by that point.
BoG's Score: 3 out of 10
Space Trivia: one of the aliens is played by Bruce Glover, more famous for his later role as assassin Mr. Wint in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Of the other actors, lead James Karen did go on to a prolific career as a character actor.
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