The ultimate lobster...
by firstname.lastname@example.org on 9/20/2003
An incredibly funny piece of cult silliness, Lobster Man From Mars is a treat for fans of classic Grade Z science fiction flicks. A modern shrine to the old drive-in masters, this movie will bring pleasant memories for those who long for the bad old days of bad old movies. Odds are that if the title didn't scare you away from the get-go, you'll most certainly enjoy yourself.
If, on the other hand, the title alone made you cringe, then you should probably just back away slowly and look for something in the "drama" section, and leave Lobster Man from Mars to those of us who can truly appreciate the fine art of the trashy science fiction film.
Also included on this special edition DVD, "Lobstervision Commentary" with the director and Star Trek's George Takei, plus quite a bit of additional material including the short film "Sinister Flesh" --- a must see!
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by Maxwell DeMille on 10/21/2003
An incredible piece of cult silliness, "Lobster Man From Mars" is a treat for fans of classic Grade Z science fiction flicks. A modern shrine to the old drive-in masters, this movie will bring heavy snickers and pleasant memories for those who long for the bad old days of bad old movies. Odds are that if the title didn't scare you away from the get-go, you'll certainly enjoy yourself. Lobster Man From Mars actually has quite the pedigree. The great Orson Welles himself came up with the title (no kidding!), and had agreed to appear in the picture before his untimely death. (He is remembered in the closing credits, and his role was played by the legendary Tony Curtis.) However, pedigree is probably the last thing on the minds of this film's target audience, save for the repressed giggles of recognition upon hearing the voice of legendary radio schlock jock Dr. Demento as the movie's narrator or discovering that the Martian astrologer is played by Bobby "Boris" Pickett, the man who gave the world "The Monster Mash." The "picture within a picture" that is "Lobster Man From Mars" is a brilliant shrine to the classic days of bad movie making, from cheap alien movies to teenagers-save-the-world flicks to wiseguy private eye films. The great clichés are all lovingly reproduced in such a manner that it is obvious that great care was taken in their selection and placement, along with many of the bad filmmaking conventions that many modern directors might have forgotten to include. The awful young English actor (Anthony Hickox, Hellraiser II) playing the hero, the oddly domestic yet independent blonde girlfriend (Deborah Foreman, Valley Girl) who's the true brains behind the outfit, The Brilliant Scientist (Patrick Macnee, The Avengers) and, of course, the Dreaded Lobster Man (S.D. Nemeth, RoboCop) and his helmet-wearing simian sidekick, Mombo (officially uncredited) are all composites of the best cliché characters that the Grade Z classics have to offer. No detail is missed, and no silly effort spared. To those who don't appreciate the bad old days of genre drek, all of this art and attention to craft will pass right by and indeed seem like little more than cheap silliness, but for those who truly love the classics... this is reverential art done well. Includes lots of extra features plus an onscreen running commentary with Star Trek's George Takei (Captain Sulu) with director Stanley Sheff.
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