B-Movie Review - Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster (1965)

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A barren Martian Princess travels to Earth with her personal evil physician with the intention of kidnapping women as breeding stock on Mars, until their plans are disrupted by a mentally ill
American space android.

Submitted: September 08, 2018

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Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster (1965)
 
Director
Robert Gaffney
The Main Players
 
Marilyn Hanold
Princess Marcuzan
Lou Cutell
Dr. Nadir
James Karen
Dr. Adam Steele
Robert Reilly
Col. Frank Saunders / Frankenstein
 
Synopsis: 
A barren Martian Princess travels to Earth with her personal evil physician with the intention of kidnapping women as breeding stock on Mars, until their plans are disrupted by a mentally ill American space android.
 
Review:
This one is right up the alley of some others we’ve looked at so far. I’d have to say the one I find most similar to Franky would have to be Curse of Bigfoot. The main reason for this is just like COB, Frankenstein never actually shows up in this movie. It turns out Franky is a complex type of android made from transplanted human parts. Think Robocop but far less sophisticated and no cool gun. Franky is our man, sort of, with gigantic radio tubes sticking out of his brain with a mission to visit Mars and let us know what’s going on there.
The Princess Marcuzan along with the incredibly creepy Dr. Nadir are on a mission to find some girls to bring back to Mars when they accidentally mistake Franky’s rocket for a missile attack. Franky winds up ejecting and making it back to Earth, but the Princess and Nadir are after him to make sure he doesn’t ruin their plans; I guess. Their landing team catches up to Frank and shoots him. They don’t kill him but manage to damage his head badly turning him into a homicidal maniac/monster. Meanwhile, back at NASA Adam and Karen, Frank’s support team are searching to find him in case he survived. Word comes in that Frank’s capsule landed in Puerto Rico with other reports of violence in the area as well; off to San Juan.
Soon the aliens grab their first hot 1960s’ beach babe and they aren’t disappointed. The princess examines her long enough to bring her sexual orientation into question. With their superior alien intelligence and technology they realize the bikini is the single determining factor for breeding suitability, so it’s off to pool parties and the beach. Nothing says the 60’s like groovy music accompanied by bikini go-go dancing, and it makes it a lot easier for aliens looking for girls, to find them.
Eventually Adam and Karen catch up to Frank, and like the great novel Karen is able to sooth the beast calming him her tender touch. She needs to go for help and stuff that doesn’t really matter leaving Frank with Adam. On her way she is captured by the alien space thugs because there seems to be only two roads in all of P.R. unless they need to use stock footage. Once Karen is in the clutches of the Princess and Nadir, only then do we finally get to meet the space monster. I’d like to say it was worth the wait but I’d be lying. I won’t be giving anything away when I say Karen gets rescued by Frank, and then he deals with the bad guys and monster. Is that a spoiler?
You really should check this one out. I own it but you can watch it on YouTube if you search for it. If not for the pure entertainment, then watch it just to see what passed for entertainment back then. I can only guess that in some places, the miracle of pictures coming to life on the screen was enough to mesmerize these simple folk. Or it could be that it was just so boring then that kids would go see anything, or in this case nothing if you take out the girls in bikinis.
 
Lessons Learned:
  • Aliens always wear helmets to conceal their identity and to cut down on casting costs.
  • Space monsters are all bark and no bite.
  • Pointy ears do not make everyone seem smarter.
  • Are all alien space ships a lot bigger on the inside than they look on the outside?
  • If Mars really did have a population and they had a war that killed almost everyone off, now we know why.
  • This movie makes alien abduction look like fun.


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