I'm back watching some of the SF films that I've been seeing on YouTube. First up Flesh Eaters From Outer Space. It's a 1989 alien invasion movie written and directed by Warren F Disbrow. It's the second of 7 movies he's written and directed since 1982. It's super low budget and filmed in Keyport New Jersey. It's put out by Troma and most of their movies are available for free on YouTube. I'm always interested in seeing these amateur pictures in the hope that I might find of of those little gems that occasionally turn up. Occasionally didn't happen today.
A spaceship is seen in Earth orbit. The monstrous alien comes to New Jersey and starts killing people. We follow some teens, a shuttle pilot, a psychic woman who sees the alien attacks, and a few other random victims as the alien chomps his way through their throats.
It's not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, why someone would give it a 10 on the IMDb I can imagine, but I can barely give it a 3. I would have given it a 2 but it has a fairly decent monster going for it. The guy making the monster failed and they had to start from scratch 2 weeks before they started shooting. Disbrow did most of the monster making too. Still, that monster isn't enough to make up for the rest of the movie. It was shot on Super VHS and dubbed to 3/4inch Umatic so it looks pretty soft and square. A minor quibble. The script is a mixed bag, some scenes are watchable and others make me cringe. Same with the photography and the amateur actors. I'm not one to watch this sort of movie to make fun of it, I can easily forgive low budget film making when there's an interesting story or it's fun to watch. This wasn't either. It's not something I'll need to watch again and I won't be getting the DVD.
Frankenstein Meets The Space Monster is a 1965 alien invasion movie.It's the only film from director Robert Gaffney. He had a brief career and his one interesting credit is as uncredited director of photography for the Monument Valley scenes in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Writer George Garrett only wrote a couple of other movies before he stopped.
Princess Marcuzan and her bat eared Martian henchmen have come to Earth to steal women to repopulate their species. That's her, played by Marilyn Hanold, in the middle. The guy on the left is her second in command Dr Nadir, played by Lou Cutell, and the other guy is Bruce Glover, father to Crispin.
The aliens kidnap women in bikinis and bring them back to the ship. The military work to put a stop to that. There's also a plot line with a android space pilot that the US has created. His space ship gets shot down by the aliens and he crashes in Puerto Rico. He's all screwed up after that and he starts to attack the citizens.
The pilot, nicknamed Frankenstein eventually fights the space monster that the Princess has brought along. It's all pretty goofy and it makes you think, "What were they thinking?" We'll probably never know, the writer and director are dead, life goes on. I've certainly seen worse, today even, and I'd only recommend either movie to those die hard fans who like a SF move of pretty much any kind.