Great Bad Movie – ROBOT MONSTER
ROBOT MONSTER is pure uncut What the Crap!?!?
“Overwhelming! Electrifying! Baffling!” promises the trailer, and to their credit they’re absolutely 1/3 correct. The movie begins with some very impressive sounding chit-chat between two gorillas in diving helmets – i.e. aliens – communicating via TV screen/bubble machine. The earthbound alien, Ro-man, recounts the destruction of all of humanity – a thing which he just did just now. Of course there’s a spunky young tyke eavesdropping outside his cave, so we know Ro-Man’s boasts are a bit premature, and Supreme commander corroborates this when he says “in the 22nd category there is error of 16 billionths” – which means 8 people are still alive – these aliens with their fancy English! Anyway, this all happens in the first 10 minutes, and the rest of the movie is even sillier, including some uncomfortable family dynamics as mother and son take on a surrogate father rather quickly and awkwardly. By movie’s end the filmmakers have succeeded in what I believe is their greatest lasting accomplishment: making Ed Wood look like Stanley Kubrick.