Hero, Recycled

The subtitle of Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein is The Modern Prometheus. Victor Frankenstein mirrored Prometheus by upsetting the natural order of things: He reanimated a bolted-together collection of body parts to show that death was something we could avoid. His punishment? His creature grew to hate him and eventually sought revenge on his family. The moral? Don’t play God – or else. But what if – just for the sake of argument – Mars needed “female breeding stock” because of a nuclear war, and a Martian princess came to Earth with a really ugly monster of her own seeking our women (who all happen to be wearing bikinis)? Wouldn’t you want some scientific mutant to defend you? That’s what you get in Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster. Rather than a reanimated cadaver, though, this Frankenstein is an “astro-robot” who works for NASA. His craft is shot down by the invaders, and he’s damaged and mutated. At first he goes on an indiscriminate rampage, but he’s patched up by his creator and turned on his Martian counterpart. (You can probably guess how it ends.) Stick around for the second feature, 1957’s The Incredible Melting Man. Wonder what he did to incur nature’s wrath?
Thu., Oct. 28, 9 p.m., 2010

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