Saturday, March 29, 2008

Jason falls into a Vortex and sees "Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonsters"

It's been a while since I've been to the Vortex Room, and it was nice to come back. A comfortable place where you can have a few drinks and watch some "classic" movies.

Like, for example, "Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster" (1965). The planned trip to Mars is too dangerous for a human being, so the government creates a sort of artificial cyborg with a robot brain to fly the mission--alone. They pass him off as a human astronaut, and the doubts about his lack of backstory are quickly dismissed as "he's shy". Unfortunately, he doesn't even leave earth's orbit before he's shot down by Princess Marcuzan and Doctor Nadir, evil alien monsters traveling to earth with an army to capture "breeding stock". That's fortunate, because instead of having to shoot a space movie, now they can shoot it in Puerto Rico. And it makes the spacemen kidnapping bikini-clad babes actually integral to the plot. Everyone wins! But more specifically, Frankenstein wins.

I didn't stick around for "Godzilla vs. Monster Zero", because I had to catch the BART home. But I'm sure that would've been fun, too.

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