Monster a-Go Go – USA, 1965 – reviews of one of the worst films of all-time

Monster a-Go Go is a 1965 American science-fiction horror feature film directed by Bill Rebane (Blood Harvest; The Demons of Ludlow; The Capture of Bigfoot; The Giant Spider Invasion) and Herschell Gordon Lewis (uncredited). The movie stars Phil Morton and June Travis. It is generally considered to be one of the worst films ever.

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The film had an unusual production history. Director Rebane ran out of money while making the film. Lewis, who needed a second film to show with his own feature, Moonshine Mountain, bought the existing footage, added a few extra scenes and some dialogue, and then released it, creating an odd, disjointed film with little continuity.

Rebane had abandoned his feature in 1961; Lewis did not finish his version until 1965 and so was unable to gather all of the original cast, resulting in almost half the characters disappearing midway through the movie to be replaced by other characters who fill most of the same roles.

Plot:

A spaceship is sent into orbit to investigate mysterious satellites. The ship returns to Earth but crashes in a remote field. The astronaut is missing and the helicopter pilot who investigates the crash landing scene is found dead.

Other victims are soon found, seemingly having been”cooked to death” in a horrible manner. It seems that the astronaut has metamorphosed into the enormous, strange mutated creature (played by real giant Henry Hite) responsible for the grisly deaths…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“It takes a true connoisseur to find anything of the slightest interest in Monster a Go-Go. The casual viewer will see only an uncommonly inept example of a genre five years past its expiration date, an Amateur Night fiasco that makes even The Beast of Yucca Flats look accomplished in comparison. And of course, they’ll be right about that.” 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting

“You would expect more from a movie that was directed by two people, one of which being the great H.G. Lewis, but it still sucks. Everything from the terribly recorded sound to the monster, who’s just a tall guy with some bad skin who hugs people to death.” Video Dead

Monster A Go-Go is definitely not the worst movie of all time, that dubious distinction is better served with many of the fan films shot on VHS and phone cameras on the half dozen Pendulum Pictures 50 Movie Packs released from Mill Creek.” Oh, the Horror!

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“For once, the hype is accurate, every bit of it. The Chicago-based Monster A-Go Go really is one of a kind — a movie so god-awful it’s almost “anti-art,” in a way that might appeal more to appreciators of David Lynch and underground art cinema than to fans of such entertaining “bad” cult movies as Plan 9 from Outer Space and Robot Monster. The Bloodshot Eye

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” …the horrible sound quality that had me worried something was wrong with our new flat-screen TV and the crappy photography which has faces washed out of the scenes in a bright solarized glare or has all the action lost in darkness. The acting is non-existent and while there is a story here it is just too baffling to follow.” The Uranium Cafe

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“It is undoubtedly a spectacle of how to do everything wrong in making a movie. From an academic perspective, that makes the movie kind of fascinating. On the other hand, it lacks much of the entertainment value that people expect from “good-bad” movies.” Misan[trope]y

Cast and characters:

  • Philip Morton … Colonel Steve Connors (as Phil Morton)
  • June Travis … Ruth
  • George Perry
  • Lois Brooks
  • Rork Stevens
  • Peter M. Thompson … Doctor Chris Manning (as Peter Thompson)
  • Robert Simons
  • Barry Hopkins
  • J. Stewart Taylor … Truck Driver (as Stu Taylor)
  • Lorri Perry … Girl at Dance
  • Del Clark
  • Art Scott
  • Leonard Gelstein
  • Aviva Crane … Convertible Driver
  • Dean Tompis

Filming locations:

Chicago, Illinois

Technical details:

  • 70 minutes
  • Black and White
  • Aspect ratio: 1.37: 1
  • Audio: Mono

More Herschell Gordon Lewis:

Blood Feast

The Gore Gore Girls

The Gruesome Twosome

Two Thousand Maniacs!

The Wizard of Gore

6 Comments on “Monster a-Go Go – USA, 1965 – reviews of one of the worst films of all-time”

  1. Not too terrible when considering the sleazy and uninspired story of how it was put together. Sometimes its even fun in how unfinished it looks and feels, and of course, thats because it wasnt even completed.

    1. Agreed. On a side note, Henry Hite was part of a late vaudeville team called “Lowe, Hite, and Stanley”. There was Hite, of course, an average-sized man (Lowe), and a dwarf (Stanley). I’ve seen footage of their act, and surprisingly, it was bad, considering some the more successful vaudeville acts.

      1. Isn’t vaudeville something we’d all like to forget? Like British music hall.

        Ok, not that bad. Obviously, a lot of American comedy cinema legends honed their acts in vaudeville. Such as Abbott and Costello and The Three Stooges. Oh.

    2. Now there’s a challenge: sit through Monster a-Go Go AND The Creeping Terror… together. Without an alcoholic drink. Or several alcoholic drinks. Tough.

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