Monster A-Go Go (1965) (part 6 of 8)

Then we abruptly cut to some women sunbathing on blankets in a park. Gosh, I wonder where this is going. Oddly, most of the sunbathers are fully clothed [?!], except for one girl in a bikini. Anyway, with very little fanfare, Frank Douglas, Mr. Oatmeal Face himself, comes stalking out of the trees. The “sonar + crunching” noise is heard again as he strolls towards the camera. As expected, we switch to his POV as he bears down on the women on blankets, and almost as if on cue, the four women suddenly sit up in unison [!] and start screaming their lungs out. Without a moment’s thought, they all just run away. End scene. Wow, that was suspenseful. And very entertaining. Yes, this is definitely one great Francis Ford Coppolla flick.

Monster A-Go Go (1965) (part 6 of 8)

“Wait! Don’t run away! Aw, shucks… I was hoping they could recommend a good dermatologist.”

Then we cut to a phone on somebody’s desk and it rings. And by “rings”, I mean a guy on the soundtrack is pretty obviously going “Brrrruh” [!!!]. Oh man. I shudder to think of how much things went wrong in post-production that some guy was forced to make a “phone” sound effect with his mouth. It turns out that we’re in some kind of control center, with big bulky computers and an easel. Nora is here, as is Col. Connors. (At first I wasn’t sure it was Nora, because her hairstyle has completely changed since her last scene [?].) Connors answers the phone and gets a report of the attack on the Blanket Party. He points to the site of the attack on a map of the Lake Michigan area, and Nora notes that it’s right near Ruth’s house. Which, by the way, is a fact that will never become important.

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Multi-Part Article: Monster A-Go Go (1965)

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  • guest

    OMG. I had to suffer through this entire movie because I had to caption it as part of my job! Thank you. If it had not been for this site, I would have DIED! This web page was the ONLY thing that kept me from losing my mind. Also, this was the only humorous interlude to break the monotony. Bless you for going through the whole thing. 

  • Strelnikov

    It’s obvious to me that H.G. Lewis did a rush-edit of Rebane’s footage and the footage he shot; for example, the restaurant scene where June Travis and “Chris Manning” are talking and she mentions music that should have been dubbed in. There is also the early scene where “Dr. Logan #1” is talking to Phil Morton; anybody else would have redubbed that sequence because of the bad audio, but Lewis needed the movie RIGHT THEN and ran with all the flaws. Speaking of the first “Dr. Logan”, his “death” out in the weedy fields of Chicago is the point where Bill Rebane’s footage runs out and Lewis starts frantically shooting to finish the film because that’s when the cast mostly changes….though that weird space-y sound-effect “music” when “Dr. Logan #2” goes to inject the creature also appeared in Rebane’s Giant Spider Invasion, it might have been raw audio left over when Lewis bought the footage and edited into the sound mix.That “25 dollars” thing Lewis mentions is probably per theater/drive-in, not just one piddling sum.

    Unfinished films that are ended by another film-maker always never work; if the hackjobs of Japanese TV shows Sandy Frank did seem rushed and confusing then doing what Lewis did was doomed from the start (which is why he tried to pass the film off as a “spoof.”)