The Astounding She-Monster

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The Astounding She-Monster
Theastoundingshemonster.jpg
Theatrical film poster by Albert Kallis
Directed by Ronald V. Ashcroft
Produced by Ronald V. Ashcroft
Screenplay by Frank Hall
Story by Frank Hall
Ronald V. Ashcroft
Starring Robert Clarke
Kenne Duncan
Narrated by Scott Douglas
Cinematography William C. Thompson
Edited by Ronald V. Ashcroft
Production
  company
Hollywood International Production
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 1957 (1957) (United States)
Running time 62 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $18,000[1]

The Astounding She-Monster is a 1957 science fiction horror film starring Robert Clarke and directed, written and produced by Ronald V. Ashcroft. The film focuses on a scientist and a gang who have kidnapped a rich heiress and their encounter with an alien who has crashed to Earth. In the UK, it was released as Mysterious Invader.[2] It was released by American International Pictures as a double feature with The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent.

Plot[edit]

A group of criminals who have kidnapped an heiress take over a geologist's home in a secluded forest to hide in. Then a UFO crashes nearby and out emerges an alien resembling a beautiful woman- however, she's highly radioactive and can kill with her bare touch. She starts stalking and killing the other characters. In the end, the alien herself is killed, but not before the scientist realizes she was only trying to ask for help, apparently unaware of how dangerous she was to humans. He fears what the reaction of her race will be towards Earth after the incident.

Cast[edit]

  • Robert Clarke as Dick Cutler
  • Kenne Duncan as Nat Burdell
  • Marilyn Harvey as Margaret Chaffee
  • Jeanne Tatum as Esther Malone
  • Shirley Kilpatrick as The She-Monster
  • Ewing Miles Brown as Brad Conley
  • Al Avalon as Radio Newscaster
  • Scott Douglas as Narrator

Production[edit]

The movie was picked up for distribution by AIP and issued as half of one of their double feature programs. Edward D. Wood, Jr. was an unofficial "consultant" on the film.[1]

Reception[edit]

The film was financially successful. Robert Clarke says he was paid $500 salary to act in it plus 4% of the producer's profits and ended up making a couple of thousand dollars.[3]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gary A. Smith, The American International Pictures Video Guide, McFarland 2009 p 15
  2. ^ The Astounding She-Monster at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Gary A. Smith, American International Pictures: The Golden Years, Bear Manor Media 2013 p 73

References[edit]

  • David Wingrove, Science Fiction Film Source Book (Longman Group Limited, 1985)

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