MISSILE MONSTERS (1958)
Feature Version of serial FLYING DISC MAN FROM MARS (1950)
Article 2362 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-13-2007
Posting Date: 1-30-2008
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Featuring Kent Fowler, James Craven, Gregory Gaye
Martian combines forces with industrialist to take over world. Heroes try to prevent them. Fistfights.
What it is: Feature version of a serial, in this case, FLYING DISC MAN FROM MARS.
Gets a point for the fact that a copy finally manifested itself after having been on my hunt list for years.
Gets a point for keeping the running time below eighty minutes.
Loses ten points for having been edited from a fairly weak serial to begin with.
Loses ten points because it has no monsters and precious little in the way of missiles.
Loses ten points for having the Martian spend most of the movie in earthling garb.
Loses ten points for being what it is in the first place.
Gets a point for having one person credited on IMDB as “Workman Overheard Talking About Bomb in Kent’s Plane”
Loses ten points for proving that nonstop action can be as dull as dishwater.
Loses ten points out of spite.
Total: not worth the investment of your time.
Tomorrow: a movie that doesn’t consist entirely of archive footage.