LOBSTER MAN FROM MARS (1989) Reviews and overview

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Lobster Man From Mars is a 1989 comedy film directed by Stanley Sheff and starring Tony Curtis. It is a spoof of low-budget sci-fi films from the 1950s.

Filmmaker Stevie Horowitz (Dean Jacobson) eagerly awaits a meeting with big shot Hollywood film producer J.P. Shelldrake (Tony Curtis). Shelldrake has been desperately searching for a way to avoid problems with the IRS and unpaid millions owed them in back taxes. His brilliant yet overpaid accountant (Phil Proctor) devises a scheme to allow the producer to write off the expenses of his next movie release, but only if the film is a box office flop.

Armed with his foolproof plan, Shelldrake agrees to meet with Stevie and screen his film “Lobster Man From Mars” (financed by Stevie’s jailed con man Uncle Joey).

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Inside Shelldrake’s private screening room the “film within the film” begins. They watch the weird plot unfold: Mars suffers from severe air leakage. The King of Mars (Bobby Pickett of “Monster Mash” fame) commands the dreaded Lobster Man and his assistant Mombo (a gorilla wearing a space helmet – a reference to Robot Monster) to pilot his flying saucer to Earth then steal its air. Once landed, the Lobster Man wastes no time transforming hapless victims into smoking skeletons.

On a lonely road, John and Mary, a young and innocent couple (Deborah Foreman and Anthony Hickox) discover the hiding place of the flying saucer in a dark and mysterious cave. They attempt to warn the authorities but are ignored. Successfully contacting Professor Plocostomos (Patrick Macnee), a plan is created to lure the Lobster Man to Mr Throckmorton’s (Billy Barty) Haunted House that just happens to be surrounded by boiling hot springs.

Once lured, it’s simply a matter of pushing the Lobster Man into the hot water where he will be boiled to death. The plan is interrupted by Colonel Ankrum (Fred Holliday) and his troops. The house is shelled and destroyed, the Lobster Man flees to his cave, taking Mary with him.

She manages to escape, but the Lobster Man follows…


“The thing about good genre work is that it generally ages well. The scenes in the studio here were unimaginative to begin with and look still weaker now, but if you skim past them to what seems to be the film Sheff really wanted to make all along, you’ll find that it retains the power to delight.” Eye for Film

” …what may sound funny and clever in concept does not always reflect what ultimately comes out on the screen. The film relies too heavily on lame, corny humor as well as broad caricatures to propel it. Cheesy B-movies and Hollywood studio bigwigs are easy targets that have been satirized many times before and this parody fails to supply any new spin to it.” Scopophilia

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