Robot Monster (in 3-D)
It’s the end of the Hu-Man race as we know it! Alien visitor Ro-Man (regular gorilla impersonator George Barrows, wearing a hairy ape suit and a deep-sea diving helmet), wipes out most of the Earth’s population with his “awesome calcinator death ray.” There are six survivors who have taken a neutralizing serum: a scientist, a professor, the professor’s wife, and their three children. Ro-Man receives instructions from the leader of his planet, “The Great One” (also played by Barrows), on how to kill the survivors, but love gets in the way when Ro-Man falls for the professor’s comely eldest daughter. With echoes of King Kong, Ro-Man’s lustful desire makes him want to be Hu-Man too, and this will lead to his downfall. Made for a budget around $20,000, this cheapie camp classic just gets more ludicrous – and fun – with every sequence. Part of the first wave of 3-D releases in early 1953, Robot Monster’s excellent stereoscopic effects have been lovingly restored by 3-D Film Archive in honor of the movie’s 70th anniversary.
1953, USA, 66 minutes, Unrated, Directed by Phil Tucker
“A man in a gorilla suit with a diving helmet and a bubble machine. Trash nirvana.”– Ken Hanke, MOUNTAIN EXPRESS
“One of the most hackneyed, and lowest-budgeted, science-fiction films ever made.”– T.V. Guide
“A really terrible monster movie, but a really entertaining viewing experience.”– Rob Thomas, CAPITAL TIMES
“It’s cheesy, it's stupid, it's cheap, it’s nearly inept, but, by golly, it's a hoot to watch.”– Bob Bloom, JOURNAL AND COURIER