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Ship Of Monsters, The (La Nave De Los Monstruos) (1960)
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Ship Of Monsters, The (La Nave De Los Monstruos) (1960)

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"The Ship Of Monsters" (La Nave De Los Monstruos) (1960) (Rogelio A. Gonzalez)

Two voluptuous Venusian women in bathing suits and a giant retro cubist Robot come to Earth on one of those "our opposite sex is dying,….can we have some of yours?” errand missions, that it seems space women ("Devil Girl From Mars" (1954), "Invasion Of The Star Creatures" (1962), plus too many, many more), and sometimes men ("I Married A Monster From Outer Space" (1958), "Mars Needs Woman" (1967), etc, etc.), go on often. The best Earth has to offer, it appears, is Lauriano, the singing cowboy who tells lots of lies at the local bar to impress others (he also plays an accordion and falls off his horse a lot). Lauriano introduces the space girls to his son, his ranch and his “earth ways”, but before anyone can have too much fun the space field trip gets subverted and sidetracked when one of the Venusians turns out to be some sort of cosmic Vampire. She, the bad one, unleashes their frozen spaceship cargo of male species samples from various other planets; which is in this case a buffet of beautiful, surreal rubber-suited monsters. Some of the weirdest, fun-looking monsters in filmdom! Contents Include: an exposed brain, bulb-headed blood-sucking Tiki man / a furry, telescoping claw appendage Cyclops / an upright, bipedal saber-toothed cowtiger talking skeleton / and a space spider. The monsters attack, Lauriano cracks jokes and fights back, the space women are divided and everyone manages to get in a few song and dance numbers before it is all said and done; including a grand finale duet between the Robot and his new lover, a jukebox, aboard the spaceship as it takes off for the Robot’s home planet.

This well-regarded Mexican Sci-Fi/Horror/Comedy/Western/Musical/Monster movie classic really delivers the goods, namely monsters, and plenty of ‘em. It is actually a well-made, somewhat self-aware genre (or non-genre) goodies machine, that never steps too far in either direction of clueless atrocity or forced ersatz kitsch kamp, and rides the fun train right down the line into monster junkie heaven. It’s the kind of era rubber monster movie your midnight fever-dreamed subconscious seeks out with tickling grasps. (And if the astronaut space walk rocket ship scenes look good it's because they were yanked from the pioneering Russian sci-fi docufilm "Doroga K Zvezdam" (Blazing A Trail To The Stars) (1958) (supposedly an inspiration for Kubrick on 2001) by overlooked Russian filmmaker Pavel Klushantsev who also made the equally footage plundered "Planeta Bur" (1962).)

Directed by Rogelio A. González, who also made the Conquest Of The Moon (El Conquistador De La Luna) (1960) and the lesser known "Skeleton Of Mrs. Morales" (1960) and "Dos Fantasmas Y Una Muchacha" (1959) in the same one-year period! He also directed many other films like; "Dr. Satan Versus Black Magic" (1968) later on and before. Shot by hugely prolific, and good, studio cinematographer Raúl Martínez Solares, who shot over 250 films, as many did under the studio system.

1960 / 83mins. / Original Aspect Ratio (1.37:1) / Spanish Language w/ NO English Subtitles / B&W / Mexico

Picture Quality: A- (Source: DVD)

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