Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster

December 7, 2014 at 9:42 pm (5 Heads, Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster) (, , , , )

Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster – 1965 – United States

A haughty alien princess and her impish crony visit Earth to kidnap women as “breeding stock”. You see, their planet was ravaged by atomic war and all the women were eradicated. On their villainous campaign, the aliens inadvertently shoot down Frank, Earth’s first android astronaut. Charred and disfigured, Frank rises from the wreckage as Frankenstein, now a murderous psycho. In the climax, Frankenstein battles a hairy skull-faced alien monster.

Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster utilizes the same kitchen sink approach as Robot Monster (1953) and Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959). Wacky ideas are mixed haphazardly together and the result is ridiculous with little logic or coherency. Why are some of the aliens human-like while others are monstrous ghouls? Why does the android astronaut go berserk? Do the aliens and Earthlings even have compatible sex organs?

Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster’s best asset is its weird and occasionally beautiful visuals. Frankenstein’s melted face is iconic, as is the insect-like skull of the alien monster. Frequent stock footage depicts rockets, electronics, and military vehicles, but often with jarring effects such as freeze frames and slow motion. The film was shot in Florida and Puerto Rico, and its most scenic locations are highlighted by a lengthy and relaxing scooter riding scene. Also, the rock music soundtrack is totally groovy.

If the title Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster intrigues you, then you will love this film. Like Ed Wood’s best efforts, Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster has wildness and panache that elevates it above other equally cheap and stupid flicks. “For the first time, see Earth horror versus space terror.”

Rating: 5/10 Shrunken Heads. The last word in both Earth horror and space terror.

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