A pair of crooks (Kenne Duncan and Jeanne Tatum) take over the country house of a geologist (Robert Clarke) and his trusty dog. They have kidnapped an heiress (Marilyn Harvey) where they plan to hold her until the ransom is collected. Soon they hear an explosion in the woods nearby that turns out to be a spaceship containing a sexy blonde alien with a skintight metallic suit, high heels, lipstick, and incredible eyebrows (Shirley Kilpatrick). Don't let her touch you in any way! The plot is advanced by an off-screen narrator.
Robert Clarke ... Dick Cutler
Kenne Duncan ... Nat Burdell
Marilyn Harvey ... Margaret Chaffee
Jeanne Tatum ... Esther Malone
Shirley Kilpatrick ... The She-Monster
Ewing Miles Brown ... Brad Conley (as Ewing Brown)
This is one of those so horrible they are awesome horror/scifi movies from the late 50's. I remember watching this on the Friday night Horror movie "Dimension 16", 10:30 Friday nights based out of Joplin, Missouri-"Do you know where your children are....HA HA HA" (scary laughter) anyway, this movie as a child scared the pants off of me, the sight of the glowing She Monster from outer space lurking around in the woods was pretty heady stuff when you are 6 years old. I was able to get it when it came out on DVD and while as an adult I can see how thin the plot is, how bad the acting is and how low budget and the sets are, it still brought back wonderful memories of hiding under the blankets with my sister after watching the eerily sexy She Monster. I read somewhere that the female lead was actually a stripper and the reason you always see her backing away from the camera (no ass shots) is that the costume was so tight she split the rear end out and the budget was so low they couldn't or wouldn't repair the costume. Don't know if that's a true story but I hope it is as it makes this campy little classic even campier.
One of the most amusing aspects of watching these low budget-to-no budget pieces of hackwork from the past is watching the director and the costume and set designers struggle to make their limited funds stretch far enough to make something palatable on screen. Plot, script, blocking, makeup, editing, special effects (or lack of them), performances, 2nd or 3rd takes...can all go through the most fantastic contortions to make up for lack of big bucks (or decent ideas) and to try to entice the viewer to accept the proceedings as a 'real' movie.
"Astounding She Monster" twists, bends and slithers like a Slinky going down a flight of stairs in an attempt to disguise the fact that it was shot with practically no budget, and absolutely no talent.
ASM has exactly two classy elements done right: the movie poster (which looks as if it might have been done by Kelly Freas) and the double-exposure effect on the girl in the silver leotard, which is pretty cool for a film from that time. It's at LEAST as convincing as any special effects from a Republic Serial series or a K. Gordon Murray Mexican/English hybrid film like "Robot Vs. the Aztec Mummy".
Unfortunately, you can't watch a movie poster, and the one little special effect can't carry a film for 62 minutes. And every other aspect of the film is hilariously, blitheringly incompetent.
I suggest you play the following drinking game while watching ASM:
1)Take a drink every time the cast steps outside the one room shown in the movie in an attempt to leave the area, but then are forced to go back inside that room (for whatever reason); and 2)Take a drink whenever the She Monster crashes back into the room through the apparently unlock-able door, and attacks yet another cast member.
You will be completely smashed by the time the film ends, and thus much more bemused by the astounding idiocy of what you are watching.
In short, a classic piece of crap, worth watching to see just how stupid movies movies from this time could get.
I recently watched The Astounding She-Monster and found it quite enjoyable, despite the very low budget and fairly poor acting.
A rich woman is kidnapped by a gang of robbers and taken to a log cabin in a forest and she is then held hostage there, along with the geologist who is living there. At the same time, a strange meteor shaped craft lands nearby and its occupant is a deadly, alien woman who is also luminous and radioactive. One touch from this woman results in death. The gang members are gradually killed off by her and there are just two survivors, the rich woman and geologist, who fall in love through all of this. The alien is also killed at the end and that is when we find out the reason for her coming to Earth.
The acting in this movie certainly isn't very good, but despite this, I enjoyed it. It is not unlike an Ed Wood movie.
The cast includes Robert Clarke (The Man From Planet X, The Hideous Sun Demon), Kennie Duncan and Shirly Kilpatrick as the She-Monster.
Watch this if you get the chance, a must for 1950's sci-fi fans.
# During filming, Shirley Kilpatrick's costume ripped, and since the film was done on a low budget and on a tight schedule she couldn't get a new one - this is why she walks backwards as she leaves a room.