Cape Canaveral Monsters (1960)

Article #160 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 8-23-2001
Posting date: 1-6-2002

Aliens take over the bodies of two earth people and use a giant bazooka to sabotage the space program. Two teens come to Earth’s rescue.

Phil “ROBOT MONSTER” Tucker was responsible for this low-budget science fiction thriller, and even though it is quite awful, I can’t help but wonder about it a little bit. It’s a lot nastier in many ways than other SF fare of the time, what with the dead people that were taken over having been victims of a car crash (and they don’t look good), plus a running joke (if it is a joke) about the man’s arm (it keeps falling off). In fact, I wonder whether the movie might not actually be a comedy; an extremely dark comedy, but a comedy nonetheless. Some of the dialogue gives me that impression, particularly a scene where the alien tells his prisoner exactly what he needs to know to escape. Also, it has one of those dark twist endings that became pretty common during the seventies, but was pretty rare at this point of time. I wonder if Phil Tucker may actually have been a little bit ahead of his time.

On a side note, two actors that appear in this movie are Katherine Victor (a regular of Jerry Warren’s) and Al Adamson himself (as Lyle Felisse). So we have a movie here that connects the dots between Phil Tucker, Jerry Warren and Al Adamson.

I think it’s time to lie down for a while.

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