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4 stars for laughs
on 13 January 2006
"Robot Monster" is a laugh a minute and easily worth the modest price of this DVD. A no frills presentation (sadly not in 3D!), but the film itself is worthy of your attention without fanfare - as long as you are aware that you are in for one of the silliest sci-fi stories ever commited to film. I won't go into details of the plot, as many internet sources have detailed this film's many, many hilarious failings - most notably "Jabootu's Bad Movie Reviews" website, who's article on this film had me in stitches.
If you can spare the 60 or 70 minutes time to sit through this humble offering, you'll soon be enjoying incredible scenes of genuine no-budget 1950's sci-fi nonsense, all lovingly played 100% straight by the earnest cast, not to mention the titular "monster" itself which is a man in a gorilla suit wearing a diving helmet on his head. Enjoy the pretentious script, backtrack to see the cracking bloopers a second time, there's loads to enjoy. What a shame this film was intended by it's creator to be a masterpiece or futuristic suspense, the poor man apparently never lived down the humiliation.
All we need now is an official DVD release of "The Giant Claw", and both the daftest monsters in movie history will be preserved for another generation. How about it?