A Battle for the Ages – Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (1965)

For pure entertainment value, there is nothing better or more atrocious than Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster. It is so absolutely insane at times that you cannot help but love every minute of it, especially when it comes to that final, climactic scene between the titular monsters when they battle it out like a clash between titans. While ‘space monster’ accurately describes the creature from the alien ship, Frankenstein’s monster the other creature is frankenstein-meets-the-space-monster-19not, though in a general sense, you could say he is, at least in the fact that he seems to be some sort of weird patchwork man though near the beginning of the film, he is revealed to be an android.

The plot revolves around some aliens including the Princess Marcuzan who have come from Mars to abscond with the women of Earth as all of theirs have died out. A solid plan that would have worked had the Earth not various armed forces to deal with such a threat, nor would they have just rolled over and let a number of the populace be taken against their will. The most interesting part of it all is not the fact that aliens have come to Earth but that the U.S. army is employing androids in their service. Where and when this came to be might have made just as enjoyable a film as the one that was captured, but suffice it to say, it is quite a feat for them to pull off. While it might seem like the aliens are going to win out in the end, especially with the creature named Mull aboard, the good guys pull one out and everybody goes frankenstein-meets-the-space-monster-27home happy. Except the Martians.

Shot on a sixty thousand budget, the film actually looked really good with the special effects and costumes holding up really well. Mull looked quite fearsome though not especially scary, that honour would go to the android as played by Robert Reilly. The moment when the men in charge first cracked open the Colonel’s skull, because the android is a Colonel, was quite disturbing in how realistic it looked. Adding to the horror of the android’s appearance would be his scarred up face after getting shot down by the Martians. Frightening though the monster and the threat might have been, it was the good guy that gave you the only chills to be found in this picture.

Making it as bad as it was fell on one thing for the most part and that was the acting by all of the players involved. There was not one single performance which could be classified as good. At times, it was almost painful to listen to the actors recite their lines, but when it came right down to it, it only made the picture all that much better. Z-grade though it might have been, Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster is a classic example of the ‘so bad it’s good’ genre.

3 out of 5

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