Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster

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Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster
Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster.jpg
Film poster for Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster
Directed by Robert Gaffney
Produced by Stanley P. Darer
Alan V. Iselin
Robert McCarty
Written by R.H.W. Dillard
George Garrett
John Rodenbeck
Starring James Karen
Marilyn Hanold
Lou Cutell
Robert Reilly
Music by Ross Gaffney
Cinematography Saul Midwall
Edited by Lawrence C. Keating
Distributed by Futurama Entertainment Corp.
Release date
  • September 22, 1965 (1965-09-22)
Running time
79 min.
Language English
Budget $60,000 (estimated)

Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (sometimes stylized as Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster) (1965) is a science fiction cult film, directed by Robert Gaffney and starring Marilyn Hanold, James Karen, and Lou Cutell. It was filmed in Florida and Puerto Rico in 1964[1]

The film was released in the United Kingdom as Duel of the Space Monsters. It is also known as Frankenstein Meets the Space Men, Mars Attacks Puerto Rico, Mars Invades Puerto Rico, and Operation San Juan. Released by the Futurama Entertainment Corp., it was released on DVD by Dark Sky Films in 2006. In the United States, it was initially released on a double bill with Curse of the Voodoo. The film tells the story of a robot who combats alien invaders. Despite the title, neither Dr. Frankenstein nor Frankenstein's monster appear in the film.


All of the women on the planet Mars have died in an atomic war, except for Martian Princess Marcuzan (Marilyn Hanold). Marcuzan and her right-hand man, Dr. Nadir (Lou Cutell), decide they will travel to Earth and steal all of the women on the planet in order to continue the Martian race. The Martians shoot down a space capsule manned by the android astronaut Colonel Frank Saunders (Robert Reilly), causing it to crash in Puerto Rico. Frank's electronic brain and the left half of his face are damaged after encountering a trigger-happy Martian and his ray gun. Frank, now "Frankenstein", described by his creator as an "astro-robot without a control system", proceeds to terrorize the island. A subplot involves the Martians abducting bikini-clad women.

The space monster of the title refers to the radiation-scarred mutation named "Mull" brought along as part of the Martian invasion force. The Frankenstein android and Mull confront one another at the climax.



The film was ranked #7 in the 2004 DVD documentary The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made.[2]

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  1. ^ p. 131 Jenkins, Greg Chronicles of the Strange and Uncanny in Florida Pineapple Press Inc, 15/10/2010
  2. ^ The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made on Internet Movie Database

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