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Frankenstein Meets The Spacemonster (1965)

When it comes to movies, you would hope that the marketing department and the screenwriter put together a title that is enticing, exciting and descriptive of what the movie is about.

“The Mummy”, for example, certainly does have an undead priest of Egypt as the main character.

“The Giant Gila Monster” will show you, through the magic of special effects, a desert dwelling gila monster that seems to be the size of a dang house.

“Frankenstein”, however seems to cheat a bit, in that the title could be talking about the Doctor, the Baron or the Modern Prometheus, as Mary Shelly subtitled her novel.

In this month’s movie, “Frankenstein Meets The Spacemonster” well, the filmmakers pretty much lie to our faces.

There is no Frankenstein, be it Doctor, Baron or Monster.
But there is a guy named Frank.
And, he seems to be made up, not in pieces of bone, muscle and flesh, but of diodes, wires and blinking lights.
And, there is a space monster, but unfortunately, our Frankenstein doesn’t meet him until the last 5 minutes of the movie.

Between the now and then, there are gruff generals, brave scientists, brunette assistants full of unrequited love, exploding missiles, flying geodesic domes and of course, bald bat eared Martians that want to kidnap and mate with our beautiful teen bikini wearing women.

The Episode

The Review

Over at Moira, Richard Scheib has a wonderful review of Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster, and tells us nothing that we don’t already know about this film.

Much of the fun to be had in the film comes from the aliens. The most entertaining performance in the film is the one given by Lou Cutell as the alien scientist Dr Nadir. Made up with bald wig and rat-like ears, Cutell elocutes the part and underlines everything with an evil gleam that gives the impression he was having the time of his life. As Princes Macuzan, Marilyn Hanold plays with an appropriately haughty coldness. The scenes with the aliens abducting women (who are oddly all Caucasian instead of Latino considering that we are supposed to be in Puerto Rico) have an amusing softer-than-softcore exploitation absurdity to them.

Overall, Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster is not THAT bad of a film, in that Waffle House isn’t that bad of a breakfast.

There are moments that are effective and unique, and the one thing I want to call out again is the sound and music.  The minimalist music at the beginning and the incessant beeping of Frank’s brain are pretty cool, and if you’re looking for a movie to just eat popcorn and Milk Duds with, then this is a fine little treat for a rainy Saturday afternoon.

The Links

Stream “Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster” for free on Amazon Prime

Buy the DVD for “Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster” on Amazon

Watch it for free on YouTube

Wikipedia, Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB, and Letterboxd

Discussion over at the Classic Horror Film Boards

Review at The Monster Shack, and Moria

Interview with star James Karen over at the DVD Savant

The Credits

I am very grateful to be able to use the music and sound effects of so many wonderful creators.
You can find a list of all music used, and all sound effects used, and links, here, on our Credits page.

The Pitch

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