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Monster a Go-Go

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In this sci-fi classic from director and producer Bill Rebane, a space capsule crash-lands, and the astronaut aboard disappears. Is there a connection between the missing man and the monster roaming the area? This Special Edition includes a restored version of Monster a Go-Go, the theatrical trailer, an interview with Bill Rebane, audio commentary, a special collectible Scary Monsters article and a short film from Bill Rebane titled Twist Crazy.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Phil Morton, June Travis
  • Directors: Bill Rebane
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WQ5C8O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,478 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 7, 2015
Format: DVD
After the ultra-fabulous theme song, MONSTER A GO GO (aka: TERROR AT HALFDAY) begins! Important-sounding, idiot narration tells us that a satellite is missing, and a team has been dispatched to locate it. Soon, tragedy strikes! The spacecraft has been found, crashed in a field! Its pilot is horribly disfigured! Nearby, a group of youthful party-goers is twisting the night away (this is the A GO GO portion of the movie), when an amorous couple in a car is attacked, and horribly massacred! Horribly! Next, a scientist is annihilated, left shriveled, like sun-dried bacon! At this crucial point, the hideous killer is revealed! It's the missing astronaut, now transformed into a giant, mutated creature w/ inverted facial pimples! Meanwhile, experts discuss, debate, and converse heatedly. As a mere science fiction film, MONSTER A GO GO would be an abject failure. Thankfully, this is so much more! The overall absurdity, buttressed by the dim-bulb dialogue, extraordinarily feckless "acting", and general dullness, raise / lower this one into the hyper-schlock stratosphere! Truly, one for the ages!...
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Monster A Go Go(1965) is one of the worst movies ever made. It uses stock footage from movies filmed by directors Bill Rebane and Hershell Gordon Lewis. The film pretends that it has a plot and nothing happens in the film. Even the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 had a hard time watching this film. It shows a tall, mutated astronaut preying on people. There is footage of people in a bar dancing to go go music. There's a scene where a nice guy helps a woman with car trouble. This film is slow and it has pacing problems. As with most low budget movies from the early 1960's, it's filmed on black and white filmstock. Gordon Lewis "finished" the film so he could show it on a double bill with Moonshine Mountain. The footage shot by Rebane was filmed in 1961 or so. In the "plot" for Monster A Go Go, the government recovers an astronaut who morphs into a radioactive giant. I remember a scene where he scares some teenage girls. Monster A Go Go is a mess. It is worse than Plan 9 From Outer Space(1959) and Manos The Hands of Fate(1966).
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Far worse than the cinematic oeuvre of Ed Wood, the no-budget "Monster A-Go Go" (1965) is painfully amateurish on all levels. Instead of schlocky fun, the "finished product" offers nonstop boredom. Watch the hilariously misleading trailer and skip this glorified home movie — you'll be glad you did.
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WARNING: This movie was featured on "Mystery Science Theater 3000," where it caused two robots to have meltdowns and cry.

That gives you an idea of the kind of movie "Monster a Go-Go" is -- it's one of those pretentiously bad sci-fi movies that doesn't make any sense and is full of disastrous plot holes. The worst part of all: the ending... which doesn't really exist because the filmmakers didn't bother to really create one. Spoilers below.

A space capsule has crash-landed on the Earth, but the pilot is apparently nowhere to be seen. After his widow is told about this (and his stepson.... is NOT), they find a helicoptor pilot horribly burned to death (not shown). Then a couple making out in their car is assaulted by a horrible monster... wait, it's not a horrible monster, it's basically Lurch with a bad case of herpes.

So basically the astronaut has been turned into a radioactive mutant creature that goes on murderous rampages whenever he doesn't have his radiation "antidote"... which also causes him to become MORE radioactive. So now the vaguely-defined Good Guys must stop him before he kills more... or maybe they won't.

You know, I just realized that I don't even know what the movie title means. And that is just one of the many thought-provoking questions this movie inspires: What does "Monster A Go Go" mean?! Why isn't there a monster? Why are there giant silvery legs dancing at the beginning and end? Why is the ending so abysmally brain-meltingly stupid?

I'd comment on the acting in this movie, but honestly it's difficult to single out one boring, bland, petrified actor from the herd as being worse or better than the others.
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Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of This Iconic, Cult Favorite, Voted `The Worst Movie Ever' by Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and Just About Everyone Else)!

Just in Time for Halloween, on DVD Oct. 19th
It's so Bad, it's Good!

NEW YORK -- Oct. 1, 2010 -- For Immediate Release -- In celebration of the film's 45th anniversary, a special DVD collector's edition of the iconic cult favorite Monster A-Go Go is being released just in time for Halloween, Oct. 19, from Synergy Entertainment.

Originally released in 1965, it was billed as "The picture that could set our space program back at least 50 years." Voted "The Worst Movie Ever" by Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and just about everyone else), it's so bad it's good!

Directed by Bill Rebane (who also brought you 1975's The Giant Spider Invasion) and Herschell Gordon Lewis (known for his exploitation films and often referred to as the "Godfather of Gore"), Monster A-Go Go was initially released in 1965.

Originally titled Terror at Halfway, the film stars June Travis (the final appearance of the '30s siren film star, who worked with such stars as Bette Davis, Natalie Wood, Ronald Reagan, Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Lucille Ball and James Cagney), Peter Thompson (who worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Tony Curtis, Dean Martin, Janet Leigh, Van Johnson, James Mason, Ray Milland, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello and other iconic screen stars, before becoming a recognized character actor in '50s TV westerns) and Phil Morton (one of just two acting jobs before embarking on a production career that included several years at Saturday Night Live).
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