Lobster Man from Mars!



eBay’s Buy It Now price is $5.98, but before you say, “Even that’s too much,” you should know that this baby was nominated for an award at its Sundance Film Festival premiere. In addition to featuring Tony Curtis (who later wrote that he did the film for $100,000 so he could make his child-support payments), it also stars Patrick Macnee of Avengers fame, and little person Billy Barty as a psychic. Orson Welles came up with the title and was going to play Curtis’s part, but died before production started.

The story is a film within a film (and owes much to The Producers), as well as a loving spoof on 1950s horror films. Essentially, Mars has an oxygen leak, and the king (not a lobster) sends his lobster axeman to Earth to steal our air. They don’t say how this will be accomplished, but apparently it involves rayguns and rubber vampire bats. It has a PG rating.

Joe Bob Briggs gave the movie four stars, but don’t read his review on the film’s website (music warning), because it is FULL of spoilers. Of course, in 1989, that term may not have been invented yet. Do watch the trailer.

If you watch Lobster Man from Mars and enjoy it (it’s available on Netflix, too), then I highly recommend Psycho Beach Party, written by the lovely and brilliant Charles Busch, who has a supporting role. (This film also had a Sundance premiere, and won two awards at other film festivals.)



Bonus Trivia: To find out Tony Curtis’s birth name, highlight the blank space after this sentence> Bernard Schwartz


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5 Responses to “Lobster Man from Mars!”

  1. LiJuun Says:

    Well, the look on the girl’s face rather sums it up for me. WTF?

    And yet . . . it’s oddly tempting. Don’t tell anyone I said that.

  2. Esri Rose Says:

    Your secret is safe with me.

  3. LiJuun Says:

    The more I think about it, the more I think I’m prolly going to put on my ninja mask and take a trip down to Blockbuster to rent it. I have a weakness for movies that actually try to be bad. Some are really quite clever.

    Pondering the Psycho Beach Party, as well. 🙂

  4. Esri Rose Says:

    I can’t vouch for Lobster Man yet, but Psycho Beach Party is TREMENDOUS.

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