director Robert Gaffney
Second of all…do you still need a second of all?
Filmed around San Juan, Puerto Rico and parts of Florida, this is a pretty marvelous bad movie. These space aliens, with their titular monster in tow, have come to Earth to seek women to help repopulate their planet diminished by nuclear war. Earth, in the meantime, has started sending cyborgs into space as part of the space program, a “sort of Frankenstein”, who gets blown up but falls back to our planet to get his face blasted by the Martians.
Really, our hero is a robotic First Man into Space (1959) kind of thing, his wiring gone awry and his face melted into burnt toast, he attacks almost as many people as the aliens. Only, he does recognize his former nurse, an abductee of the visitors, and helps the enslaved women and her escape, fight the space monster, and blow up the ship.
There’s a pretty groovy 1960’s garage rock soundtrack provided by The Poets and The Distant Cousins, giving the film its additional flair and character, if the black-and-white beaches and Old Town San Juan weren’t enough, we’ve also got a young veteran actor James Karen as Dr. Adam Steele (you know him as the guy who didn’t bother moving the bodies for the tract housing in Poltergeist (1982).
I watched this with the kids on the pure silliness of the aliens. It is a tad slow. But Clara kept asking me “What makes this a bad movie?” And all I could tell her was that it was a little boring and the monster didn’t fight “Frankenstein” til the very end. Frankly, it’s biggest shortcoming might be that it’s not quite as campy as it could have been. Still, it’s pretty cool.