Missile to the Moon (1958)

Article #1209 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-6-2004
Posting Date: 12-3-2004
Directed by Richard E. Cunha
Featuring Richard Travis, Cathy Downs, K.T. Stevens

Five people blast off in a rocket to the moon, where they encounter a race of moon women with designs on the Earth.

I’m not a fan of Richard E. Cunha’s science fiction movies, but GIANT FROM THE UNKNOWN at least has an unusual story, and FRANKENSTEIN’S DAUGHTER and SHE DEMONS both have a certain sleazy energy to them. This one is a remake of CAT WOMEN OF THE MOON, and unless you’re really impressed that most of the cast consists of beauty pageant nominees and you can’t resist the parade of pulchritude, you’d be well-advised to steer clear of this lunar expedition. The only improvements it makes on the original are 1) the presence of some interesting looking rock creatures, and 2) the fact that it doesn’t rush the ending. The pace is incredibly slow here, and the acting is even worse than that of the original. As for the women of the moon, their main acting tool consists of elaborate eyebrow makeup. At least Elvira (who hosts the tape I have of this one} appears to be having fun.

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