Monday, January 16, 2012

SPACE MASTER X-7 / Regal Films - 1958

Welcome to Monster Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. Tonite we have a real rarity in monsterdom, a little blob flick from the producers of SHE DEVIL, KRONOS and THE UNKNOWN TERROR and directed by Dungeon favorite, Bernard (QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE) Bernds! It even had a whopping budget of $125,000 and was paired with THE FLY for release. When I saw THE FLY (freaked me out) with my dad in 1958, Space Master was not the second feature.

The story goes like this... A space probe returns to Earth covered with a strange fungus. The fungus is then accidentally tinged with human blood and transforms into an ever-growing blob, dubbed "Blood Rust." It's up to two government agents to find the one woman who can stop the thing from spreading and taking over the world! One tagline sez... Satellite Terror Strikes The Earth!

The stock music is by Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin, Geordie Hormel and William Loose. You can recognize music from THE ATOMIC BRAIN in the theme.

Letz bring in our fuzzy little Dungeon helper and button pusher, Ralphie The Tarantula!.. He's here to start the show, so, push the big red 'GO' button there by the acid pit, now, Ralphie! Here's our soundclip for... SPACE MASTER X-7!

After the rocket, Space Master X-7, returns to Earth, it has some unknown substance from space attached to it, so, they take it to a lab to be examined.

Doctor Numbnuts takes the stuff to his house for the weekend, then, gets in a big fight with his wife over the kid, as they're separated. The dude really is a total ass!

He manages to get some blood on the sample and it starts mutating!

So, the contamination squad has to show up and torch the place to assure that there is no remaining trace of the ever-growing menace!

Then, they get to take a decontamination shower!

Moe Howard never even seen that lady before, he's all by hisself, nudge, nudge, wink, wink... Trouble is, she has some of that goop in her suitcase because it got on her dress in the lab!

Then, they find even more contamination!

Time to break out the flame throwers again...

The cops finally get Moe to cooperate and he discribes her to the sketch artist.

The lady with the suitcase watches as they show her sketch on TV and explain that the authorities are trying to locate her for national security reasons!

She has dyed her hair dark so that she can evade detection as she boards an airplane.

They find the suitcase, full of yetch!

Here's a little reminder that we're stuck up in the air with a monster, like in IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE.

Major Tom checks in with ground control.

If you're trying to get some info out of a hot chick, it helps to look cool, so, you light one up!

Just like in THE TINGLER, it's really scary when something creepy gets under your seat!!

But, do you really need a Regalscope shot of this lady? It's hard to explain that $125,000 budget!

Hey, at least this poster is decent!


Aaron said...

Good poster. Dig the soundclip, too.

Exeter said...

I did get to see this with "The Fly" on a double bill..
A list I've got says it is on a VHS cassette somewhere, but it is one of those plentiful "un-numbered" ones, that can be really tough to locate in this mess.
Thanks for the great writeup!

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