Monster of the Day #421

Note the cameo appearance by the film’s real star, The Visible Man.

  • Flangepart

    ” I got the boogie fever…BOOGIE!”

    Remake of ‘Astro Monsters’, right? 

  • The Rev.

    Looks like the original to me.
    Thanks to B-Fest I’ve now seen this.  I’m glad they played it early, because I don’t think even the powers of Tura Satana and the Visible Man could’ve kept me going.

  • Ericb

    You know maybe it’s time for Hollywood to make a Visible Man movie.  Could it be any worse than a Stretch Armstrong movie?

  • Flangepart

    Hummm…could be the original, Rev. Maybe Ken got a better print to copy from?
    Ya know, if Mr. Sardonicus had a love child with a ‘Grey’ space alien and a Mr. Coffy…this might be it.
    I think the left hand button if for French Roast.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    I remember having real problems staying awake during this one.  

  • Ah, yes, THE ASTRO ZOMBIES. How can a film with this choice of a cast and this much berserk action be so boring??!!! My introduction to this little number was a video version retitled “Space Vampires”!!! (The cover art had a woman emerging from a stasis tube on a space-ship!) I had no idea what it was, but it had Carradine and Corey in it, so I rented it. That version of the film had been edited slightly (and to positive effect) so it didn’t drag quite as badly. They even tweaked the lighting in spots, so Francho dragged that one guy’s body away from the car crash at night instead of broad daylight. They also darkened the titles to make the warring toys in the driveway a little less obvious. Weirdly, it was a superior cut to the full film. It really should have been included as a special feature on the Image DVD release. I understand the original release in ’69 DID rake in a considerable amount, though, despite the many flaws. Jack H Harris does it again!

  • This is off topic, but I thought you might like to know this. I found some large scans of the four page 1976 theater giveaway GODZILLA VS MEGALON comic book, and I have them posted on Baker’s Log if you’d like to see them (you just have to scroll down past my PROM NIGHT review and a couple of drawings). It’s weird, Megalon looks really good, Gigan isn’t bad, but Godzilla looks so crude! Somebody must have forgot to tell the artist that Mr. G was the star of the picture!

  • Anonymous

     Rock, checked it out the other day. Pretty cool comic- kinda confused on why they changed all the names around though.

  • Anonymous

     Funny, I dug this out and watched it just last Friday. If this film were any slower it would run in reverse.

    If there is a remake or sequel the Visible V-8 should make an appearance! 

  • Anonymous

    Will this movie just stop freaking talking and DO SOMETHING already!!!

    Sorry, just had to get that out of my system.

  • All I can think (and this doesn’t make much sense either) is that they were working from an untranslated Japanese press kit, so they looked at the stills and guessed at the actual plot. They knew the title, and could figure out who was Godzilla and who was Megalon, and then had to fill in everything else. That’s my theory, at any rate.