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Title: Robot Monster
Post by: Andrew on October 29, 1999, 12:55:34 AM
A classic b-movie!  Ro-Man is the perfect b-movie monster, because he is a man in a gorilla suit who is wearing a deep-sea diving helmet with antenna.

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Title: Robot Monster
Post by: paul westbrook on November 08, 1999, 12:18:48 PM
Truly a formidable rival for Plan 9 from Outer Space as far as being the worst film ever made.

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Post by: Art on February 24, 2000, 05:05:29 AM
I absolutely adore this horrible movie!  The first time I saw it I sat with mouth agape--what the heck does it all mean!!?? Dream?  Premonition?  Flashback?  Just great 1950s at its worst.

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Post by: James B. on March 07, 2000, 09:39:02 AM
This is, without peer, the greatest movie EVER! I don't watch any other movies....what's the point?

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Post by: barry on May 24, 2000, 09:06:56 PM
Awesome multi-train disaster to. the nth degree! Think of the carefully crafted teamwork that went into this (Elmer Bernstein soundtrack?). Up there with Ed Wood classics, Mesa of Lost Women, and The Creeping Terror.Twelve stars!

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Post by: Yodie on June 12, 2000, 09:22:06 AM
Cool movie, (well, you know what I mean)>

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Post by: Mdb on March 14, 2001, 08:01:46 AM
Don´t cry little Johny, of the best scene´s in the movie,I´ve seen alot of bad movies but this one is really great.

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Post by: peter johnson on October 10, 2000, 02:09:02 PM
You have the soundclip of my/our favorite line from the film:  You're so bossy, you ought to be milked!  This said by a young man to a young woman with one of those '50's pointy bras.  We ran this on the big screen a few years back at the Boulder Theatre, along with PLan 9.  HUge, enthusiastic audience response!!  Just a wonderful waste of celluloid--enjoyable on every level.  Even Salvador Dali didn't give us an image of that roborilla sitting happily amidst his Lawrence Welk champagne BUBBLE MACHINE!!!

Title: Robot Monster
Post by: crazyjerseygirl on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
My best friend and i use this film to test our boyfriends.
if they are too stupid to find these 3 things wrong with it out they go! (strangly nobody has yet mentioned these things on any sight that ive seen, perhaps out of respect???
1.) Johnny: can i have just a little bit of water mom???
Mom: sure honey
(large splash akin to the sound of a hippo diving into a
swimming pool from 30 feet.)
3.) the pornographic scene where alice is being tied up by ro-man and he pulls her shirt down.  rather then re-film this section the director opted to instead place a big black  censored bar across her chest...smooth.

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Post by: Brenton McIntosh on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
If there was ever a film crying out to be remade this is it... but then again would the big studios ever be able to get that perfect mix of poorly selected stock footage, unattractive child actors, truely wierd plot twists and bubble machines? I think not.

This film is a testiment to the human spirits ability to ignore the blantently obvious (witness the mother's faith in finding a peaceful solution once the creature that wiped out every other living creature on the planet once they get to know each other) and the downright impolite (the hero doesn't even bother to put his shirt on for his own wedding). GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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Post by: Big Dave on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Another fact I've read is that the Gorilla Suit/Diving Helmet costume is a result of the budget not being able to afford a robot costume.

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Post by: lostmissy on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
somehow the gorilla suit and space helmet just made it seem so real ...this movie is a primal screamer for me..but I never have quite got the "dinosaurs" thing

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Post by: Jia on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I haven't seen this on video only on the big screen and I laughed and laughed at the outstandingly bad special effects.  Cigarette smoke for clouds rocket ships with sticks and hands propelling them through the heavens, fantstically tight tops, communcications consoles that looked like an old dresser with the silver peeling of the mirror and that fantastic alien suit, makes the early Trek aliens look convincing.  Just when I thought it couldn't get any sillier Plan 9 was the last feature in the twenty four hour sci fi fest i was watching but thats another story.

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Post by: Horvendile on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Robot Monster aka Monsters from the Moon, aka Monster from Mars, is my all-time favorite bad film. For years I thought I had missed about 20 minutes of the movie, I didn't know it just had no continuity.

Some classic awfulness:
The house they live in is just the foundation for a house with no roof. The ruins the go to is a perfectly good house with a woman standing outside of it.

You can see the hand holding the string spinning the space platform around.

Great Dialogue.
Guidance Roman: You want to be like a hu-man, good, you can die like a hu-man.

Robot Monster: I must but I cannot. How do you calculate that? Where on the graph do must and cannot meet? Yet I must but I cannot.

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Post by: Bill C on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
The pinnacle of stupid filmaking. Horrible acting, awful costumes, no continuity - it has it all! Ro-man has to be the most hilarious villain in film history. I laughed my butt off when I first saw him. He's supposedly killed billions, but can't detect people hiding 5 feet from him behind a rock. He stumbles around the countryside like a drunk bear using the high tech method of strangulation to get rid of the remaining hu-mans. The dinosaurs scenes are the worst non-sequitor I have ever seen. And what's with the bubbles? Then there's the hand...

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Post by: Swamprat on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
One of the first, if not the first, reputable bad movies I ever saw. I'd read about it and heard about it for years. When I finally saw it, I was disappointed. It was so bad it wasn't that good. Like a lot of films with such reputations it seemed much funnier when being read about or told about. With Plan 9 you can see the feeble attempt to make a movie...Robot Monster just seems like a home movie. That just isn't that entertaning unless you personally know somebody who was involved in it or is at least up there making an ass of themselves on the screen. I read in one of my bad movie books that Phil Tucker swore no one could've done as well with as little money as he had...well, okay...but couldn't you have made it a little worse? It just kinda lays there and groans...I think this movie has been far too over-hyped over the sucks far too much to be aworded the title of "Bad"'s just a bore.

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Post by: Roman on February 03, 2002, 09:50:10 PM
What made this film great for me is that my real name is Roman!

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Post by: TonyJ on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I've never laughed so hard in my life, my friends and I watched Robot Monster on Halloween because there were no other movies to watch, and this movie definately was the greatest movie I've ever seen.  We must have picked out every fault there was in the movie, most if not all of them were ridiculously obvious anyways.  Great movie

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Post by: Nate on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
The absolute greatest movie of all time.  I was laughing so hard I couldn't breath when the dinosaurs started fighting and Ro-Man emerged from his cave.  I really wish someone would explain why he kept adjusting the antennae on his Ro-Man issue bubble spewer.  And his name is Ro-Man, he's a Ro-man, and he's from planet Ro-Man, how cool is that!

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Post by: Kitty Robotochan Monster on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
You have to love this film, in a way you pitty a dying dog. I was so inspired but its "honesty and innocence" (yeah right) I named my company after it!

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Post by: B-gone on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
  From my childhood, I clearly remember the day I crawled out of the movie theater teary-eyed and with my stomach-wrenched with the thought that I had thrown away my $.25 admission (from collecting $.02 bottle returns) on this piece of trash. To make things worse the movie was re-released months later (because of poor box-office sales) as "The Beast with a Million Eyes" (or was that a "Thousand" or "Billion Eyes") and we kids were duped into re-experiencing our traumatic emotional events in a second viewing.
  It is pure hilarious trash like this that over the years has found a way into my heart and film collection and I would be happy today to pay $10.00 to see it on the big screen again.

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Post by: Writer on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Do you guys realize that this gorilla with a fish bowl on his head was one of Stephen King's childhood inspirations? No really, it's true! It says so right in his book "On Writing," page 21! "I felt this was art of quite a high nature." Ah ha ha ha!

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Post by: slycooper on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
"To think like the hu-man! to be like the hu-man! that is non-ro-man!" I think this movie's main issue in a warped sense of way, is that all our national problems commited by war mongerers, terrorists, and angry political leaders, are actual the doing of evil space gorillas. The 'Ro-Men' come to Earth, destroy all 'hu-mans. All except the remaining five, which lived within a 3 mile radius of ro-Man's lair. (Gimme a break. -_- Destroyer of the world forgot to kill the people right next to him. Dumb 'Ro-Man'!) Ro-Man is easily among the most amusing alien to watch, and you will laugh your butt off at him rather than fear him. He especially looks goofy strolling up and down hill like a cartoon bear walking on his tip-toes. Toss in a batch of heroic white people (including your average brilliant 'German' scientist, your 50's woman who depends on men to carry her, your strapping shirtless hairy scientist, annoying brat kids and useless wife)and one goofy looking space gorilla..voila!! Instant B-movie material!! (And let's not forget the flimsy plot device at the end, and the confusing sequences from other movies thrown in. Don't miss the cheapest special effect either. A  shot of a toy rocket with a sparkler fuse being jolted in smoke, where you can clearly see the hand holding it. I love movies with virtually no budgets. They are the pinnacle of B-movies. Robot Monster is one of them.)

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Post by: Ryan on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
This flick is so bad it's GOOD!  Not unlike William Shatner's acting.  It definitely gives "Plan 9" a run for its money...actually, the only thing that could have possibly made "Robot Monster" funnier would be if Tor Johnson were cast as Ro-Man.  Can you imagine him croaking out "To be like the hu-man" in his inimitable style?  I saw this film for the first time on MST3K, and while it's definitely MST-worthy and Joel and the Bots did a great job on it, this is one of those films that is just as much fun to watch without the MSTing.  The moment I completely lost it and fell on the floor laughing was when I first saw the "space platform"...looks like they took a model kit of a Century series fighter plane (looked like an F-105, but I can't be certain), slapped it together without painting it, stuck a sparkler up its tailpipe and tied it to a stick, and lit the whole works off!  This makes the saucers in Plan 9 look like Lucasfilm!  I know a film has moved me when I start to think how I could build a model of a character or vehicle from it...while I watched this one, I actually started a mental list of the things I'd need to make my own Ro-Man action figure.  Maybe the director wouldn't have tried to kill himself if he'd have seen that a new generation of B-movie fans have embraced it!  

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Post by: KaWraith on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
My friend brought this movie to a party with about 20-30 people. If you think terrible movies are funny by yourself, try them with a group... it was downright hilarious. we now have inside jokes based on ro-man.
anyone who says this movie is so bad it's boring aught to get some friends along to watch it.

definately worth watching once in a large group (probably not worth watching a second time)

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Post by: Tony C on January 14, 2004, 02:10:35 PM
I feel sorry for the poor son of a gun that played the Ro-man.  For filler, the creators of this movie showed that poor guy wandering around southern California in a gorilla suit and a metal helmet.  If the dippy male lead spends half of the movie without his t-shirt, how hot was it in that gorilla suit?

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Post by: RD on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
I hate to say it but this movie actually scared the crap out of me when I was 5 or six!!! I would start to cry when I saw the bubbles!!!

I am so grateful to because it was soooo long ago (45 years?) that I thought the memories of this movie were just memories of bad dreams!!!

Those bubbles.....

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Post by: Dane Carlson on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
The best of all bad movies. Each page of dialogue bordering on brilliant. The director was distraught after being slammed for this, the man is a genius! The great one's speech to earth ro-man; Alice's speech about mankind; the dialogue as they fix the radio whatsit. Damn this movie is good.

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Post by: mahone on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I’m a long-time sci fi fan, in my fifties, and remember seeing Robot Monster in my formative years.  Then, it was just plain boring, not funny.  Even at the age of seven I remember thinking, “Wait, that ain’t right!” and realizing I’d been ripped off.  Now, after purchasing the DVD and seeing it again, I realize what a cinematic jewel it is.       
Well, the good (really bad) stuff has been covered.  So let's talk about sex.  Remember the scenes where the hot chick is shown working on a circuit board, holding a long phallic-looking soldering iron.  As she works her and the hunk carry on a conversation laden with sexual innuendo, (paraphrased) “Here, let me hold it, I don’t think you’re putting it in right.  Let me have it.  Ah. . . that’s better.”  Check all that out for sublimated sexual content.  Then there is the fetish angle. Ms. Hotchick is seen in bondage not once, but twice.  And there is the virile scientist wiping his sweaty, hairy, manly chest with his T shirt–which has artfully designed tears in it and which prompts another question: how come everybody else’s clothes look so nice?  And how come–through the cosmic death rays, atomic holocaust, and giant gators and lizards rolling around the terrain, have the women  managed to keep their hair dos in place and their makeup on?  It’s important to look good at the apocalypse, I guess.
Final point: why in the hell would anybody go on a picnic in a barren, tree-less, un-scenic, rock-strewn waste? And how could they fall asleep in the bright sun, with no shade for miles.

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Post by: on May 01, 2005, 05:46:18 PM
Like another poster, my name is Roman and I wanted for a long time now to wipe out humanity, so this movie is near and dear to my heart. I felt obliged to ask my father to watch it with me, after all, he was the one who rented Plan 9 From Outer Space for me, so I had to return the favor.

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Post by: kentuski on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
There is MORE things you should look out for!

When the ship is flying with all the smoke, there is a flash and you see the guy's ARM FLYING THE PLANE ON A STICK!

Also, when Roboman captures Alice, you see that she's not tied up and when you look back at her, SHE'S TIED UP HEAD TO TOE!

Another one is how many times the scene is shown when Roboman puts the attena over the box-thing.

A 4th one is when he talks at the screen that the glowing light comes from the wall and not the screen.

Another is when Roboman walks up the hill and it's just inverted to make it look longer.

I love this movie! I always show it too my friends. It's so bad, it's FUNNY!

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Post by: Comrade Conrad on January 11, 2005, 09:48:48 PM
A F**king bad one! that is why i love it so much! i was watching this movie for the first time and my freind was over (friday bad movie night) and i was eating a chip, and i see earth ro-man for the first time and laugh so hard i choked on a chip. my friend thumped me on the back and the chip came out a i was still laughing... honestly a gorilla suit?

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Post by: michael e. on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I just watched it for the first time in many years...the dialogue is hilarious! The speeches...wait, can't breathe. OK---Which would you choose: the painless-surrender-death, or the horror-of-resistance-death?
I guess it was all just a dream---there are comic books under the credits---a dream of a kid who reads too many comic books, but wait---the shock ending! Ro-man comes out of the cave again after they all leave! Eeeyaaahhh!!!

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Post by: Doug G. on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
This is one of the best laughs I ever had.  I love the part at the very beginning where the mom has everyone take a nap immediately following the picnic.  On cue the entire group passes out in the dirt.  --Gives a new meaning to "take a dirt nap".

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Post by: Stephen James on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
The thing that made the alien creature Roman so unique was is low slung hanging crotch that totally inhibited his ability to move at any great speed, in fact I think a sloth could have moved faster! I just loved his crazy name I wonder if he's any relation to that other alien Dereck from Teenagers From Outer Space!

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Post by: Bob the mutant chicken on March 08, 2006, 03:52:58 PM
This movie stinks. PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE was far better then this garbage

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Post by: rob r on September 13, 2006, 08:06:48 PM
okay so this is a bad movie, but listen to the dialogue, it is strangely articulate and contains some arcane refrences( no life above lepidoptera level remains). i just love this movie and find yet more crazy details in every viewing. my daughters cringe when they hear the music. just figured out the pantomime of love chapter, poor roy, haha.

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Post by: Gabe on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Lots of negative comments and I suppose this movie may deserve it but.....
all I know is that as a little boy and watching it on TV at night during the late 50's it had me afraid of the dark and to go to sleep alone.

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Post by: Johny Bottom on March 21, 2008, 07:20:02 AM
This is hands down the GREATEST movie ever made. Along with ROman, the bubble machine, the hand propelled rocket, the X-ray effect death ray, my favorite scene is Alice when she talks on the view screener "Surrender Roman, but surrender with honor." She looks so sexy and seductive when she says that.

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Post by: Mike on July 31, 2008, 05:40:53 PM
One of the things my friend and I noticed when we watched was, at the end when we find it was all the boy's dream, what does that say about the little boy? He dreams of his sister getting strangles and his older sister making out with a hairy guy, than half molested by the ape that killed his little sister? Not to mention all the dialogue sounding like sexual innuendo, including when they buried tha little girl. I belive the father said something like 'We enjoyed her while she was with us,' (or something to that extent). Creepy little incestious kid. Freud would have a field day.

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Post by: Pervect_Qlu on May 12, 2009, 12:52:29 AM
Saw this movie this last weekend.  Loved the comment about a kid dreaming all this and how messed up he must have been.

So my thoughts?  Well, first off, I think if I were that surviving family, and I knew that Ro-Man was just over the next hillside, I would probably just pick up and move.. to another country.  :)   You know, get some distance between him and me.

And when going on a honeymoon, I would not do it out in the open on the other side of that hill from where the Ro-man is.  That was just insipid.

And if I'm a kid facing the Ro-man and I'm holding a gun, what are the things NOT to do:
1) Throw gun away
2) Stand there while Ro-man is walking towards me
3) stick out tongue at Ro-man.
4) All of the Above.

When fighting Ro-man hand to hand
1) Hit it on it's ape like chest?
2) Hit it on it's fish bowl head.
3) Attempt to knock off one of the fragile looking antenea hopefully knocking out it's ability to connect with its power source.
4) None of the above, run away, if hydrogen bombs didn't stop this guy, what luck do you think your fists are going to have anyway?

And finally, I just thought it funny how Ro-man is trying to hit it off with the beauty in the movie, manages to undo the shirt, and the DAMNED PHONE keeps ringing off the wall.  I mean what guy couldn't relate there.  You almost feel for the guy and almost hear him say in his fishbowl head "Damnit!  I'm trying to score here, who could be calling THIS TIME?"  :P

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Post by: Mr Reptilian! on August 29, 2009, 09:18:23 AM
When Roman throws the man off the cliff was that him screaming or the lady LOL!  Look closely at the womans face when Rit looks like she was trying to keep from too hard:cheers:

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Post by: Mr Reptilian! on August 29, 2009, 09:23:19 AM
Sorry my computer froze before I finished.What I was trying to say was when Grodd picks  her up it looks like she was trying to keep from laughing!

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Post by: Flu-Bird on September 20, 2009, 03:11:29 PM
Wow they certianly are funny looking i mean a big hairy gorrila wearing a space helmet with little wiggly antanues stict the top and lumbering about the countryside and it looks like they had borrowed LAWRENCE WELKS bubble machine

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Post by: SPazzo on September 28, 2009, 08:58:38 PM
That was an amazing film.  I want to see it in 3D now...

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Post by: El Misfit on September 29, 2009, 09:21:02 AM
it is actually an astronaut helmet :teddyr:

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Post by: KryptoTSD on September 30, 2009, 05:31:00 PM
I loved this movie, too!  It's as bad(good) as Plan 9 From Outer Space...

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Post by: Havard on December 29, 2009, 02:23:16 PM
I managed to get a VHS copy of "Robot Monster" in 3-D.  Perhaps the limited 3-D effects saved the movie from being included with my All-Time Worst candidates.  The very worst movie of all time is probably "ZaAt", which is actually so bad that I really couldn't stop watching it - I was mesmerized - maybe its just that I'm such a fan of "The Creature from the Black Lagoon (also in 3-D)" and kept wanting the movie to somehow get better.  It never did.  It is uniformly bad, from the very beginning to the very end.  "Robot Monster" is pretty bad, too, though.

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Post by: Bones on July 09, 2010, 03:16:32 AM
This movie is something a 4th grader might dream up and did. The ending floors me, I swear they just ran out of money and decided to kill the movie. Why does no one ever walk away from the Ro-man instead of just standing there waiting to be molested? Why does the boy in the story constantly imagine adults getting it on? Why does the main dude get his shirt off for no reason whatsoever? He doesn't even put a shirt on for his wedding!

I loved watching Ro-man go through his repetitive routine again and again, my flat mates and I were all cackling away every time he would come out of his cave, move the aerial to the top of his machine, turn around to his viewing screen where we get the same footage of his commander gesticulating and telling him what to do.

The parenting in this movie is terrible, it is known that there is a Ro-man wandering the valley nearby eager to kill all hu-mans yet the parents fail to supervise their children who constantly wander off to be done over by Ro-man, hell they even willingly sacrifice their son so they can sneak into his cave. Like they need a distraction to do that...

I try to tell myself this movie is actually genius but I think I somehow want to take something positive from this movie other than the laughs at how bad it is.

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Post by: ArmyOfMachines25 on September 17, 2010, 09:11:44 AM
This movie is so great in the best/Worst cheesiest way imaginable. plan 9 from outer space is better though

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Post by: El Misfit on October 23, 2010, 10:15:21 PM
i would like to say at the clip's picture, you can vaguely see the actor's face :wink:

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Post by: gman9627 on February 02, 2011, 11:54:59 PM
his is hilarious
i just watched the movie and everything u said is spot on. Some more thins that quite don't make much sense are:
Why would the family rush in front of the screen when Ro-man "calls" them, they're practically telling him how many of them there are and what they plan to do.
When the professor is showing off his family the communicator thing shows a wide shot of the family then an individual shot of each person, how can that camera do that?!   
Can Ro-man hear every single thing that is outside the wires?
Why didn't king ro-man just use his special powers in the beginning and be done with it
What is Ro-man doing in that cave
there are probably so many more confusing things about this movie it ws hilarous

Title: Re: Robot Monster
Post by: bob on February 23, 2011, 11:21:10 PM
Easily one of the best B movies ever. I'm particularly fond of the scene where you can see the hand moving a plane or something.

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Post by: 1ring2rulethemall on December 20, 2011, 07:11:31 PM
To get the full effect of the bubble machine you need to see this film as originally released in 3D.