Monster a Go-Go is a 1965 American science fiction horror film directed by Bill Rebane (Blood Harvest; The Demons of Ludlow; The Capture of Bigfoot; The Giant Spider Invasion) and Herschell Gordon Lewis (uncredited). It is generally considered to be one of the worst films ever.
The movie stars Philip Morton, June Travis, George Perry, Lois Brooks, Rork Stevens, Peter M. Thompson, Robert Simons, Barry Hopkins, J. Stewart Taylor, Lorri Perry, Del Clark, Art Scott, Leonard Gelstein, Aviva Crane and Dean Tompis.
In 1961, director Bill Rebane ran out of money while making the film which he’d titled Terror at Half Day. Herschell Gordon Lewis, who needed a second film to show with his own feature, Moonshine Mountain, bought the existing footage, added a few extra scenes – almost half the characters disappearing midway through the movie to be replaced by other characters who fill most of the same roles – and some new dialogue, and then released it, creating an odd, disjointed film with little continuity. The title on the print – Monster A-Go Go – is also grammatically incorrect.
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…
“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!
“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
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