Monster of the Day #432

And so we kill off Alien Factor. However, I realized that the earlier shot of the Zagatile didn’t show it off to effect, as it looked normal sized the way it was framed. Couldn’t find a decent color shot, but here’s a nice B&W still.

All I could think of was, ‘What a pain in the ass it must have been to film this thing in a basement!’ Seriously, why would you even bother? I can only assume they wrote the script that way, but once you saw how tall the suit was, wouldn’t you rework something?

  • MrTongoRad

    Filmed during the ‘Age of Impressive Belt Buckles’, no doubt (notice that the ostensible hero has one, but the monster doesn’t have a belt!). I remember those days- every mall had a number of stores where you could get one tailored to your own personal needs- it really brings me back.

  • Ericb

    How did that thing even make it into a basement?  It looks only maginally better at handling stairs than a 1960s era Dalek.

    Also, why is an alien wearing blue jeans?

  •  Because he was in the process of creating his human disguise, and also it was far cheaper to make half a suit.

  • God bless The Alien Factor!

  • Ken_Begg

     Chicks, man, it’s always about the chicks.

  • The Rev.

    All right, all these critters have convinced me I need to dust that 50 DVD collection off and watch this ASAP.  Especially the stop-motion Sleestack/Rhedosaurus critter.

  • Gamera977

    Well, you guys have convinced me I have to pick up a copy of this movie now. How can I can lived for so long without seeing this???

  • Gamera977

    I think the alien needs pants so it can wear an awesome belt buckle. I mean you could wear a belt without pants but even a monster knows that would just look silly.

  • Ericb

    And it’s comforting to know that even aliens have “casual fridays”.

  • sandra

    It appears to have three legs !

  • Ken_Begg

    That’s what *she* said!

  • The top fella is the one who made the cover of Famous Monsters. Although I’d raise issue with the “monster” label for this particular character.

  • Flangepart

    Notice the feet? Must have been a bear (Ahem) to walk in. Catch a ‘heel’ on a rug, and do a face plant in a Kleeg light stand.

  • I know it was pretty obscure for a long time. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s I was pretty much convinced I’d never get to see it. Then, about five years ago, my brother buys a copy! Happy day!

  • michael kotschi

    OK, there was the Zagatile (the Bigfoot like creature), the Inferbyce (Insectoid), the Leemoid (invisible stop-motion creature) but what was the hero aliens name? Did he have an actual name outside of his human disguise? By the way I love this movie, first saw it along with Starship Invasions about winter of 1980, and it scared my 10 year old self spitless.