New Release: Monster A-Go Go DVD

In celebration of its 45th anniversary, cult film favorite Monster A-Go Go was issued in a special DVD collector’s edition on Oct. 19, 2010, from Synergy Entertainment on the Cultra Label. It carries a suggested retail price of $9.99.

Billed as, “The picture that could set our space program back at least 50 years,” when it was released theatrically in 1965 and later voted “The Worst Movie Ever” by Mystery Science Theater 3000, Monster A-Go Go is, well, deliciously bad.

Directed by Bill Rebane and Herschell Gordon Lewis and starring June Travis, Peter Thompson and Phil Morton, the science-fiction movie concerns an astronaut who’s being prepped for his galactic voyage by being injected with doses of “radiation repellent.” But, unknown to anyone else, the astronaut’s doctor begins using a version of the formula previously tested only on animals. As the mission ends and the space capsule parachutes back to Earth, it crash-lands in a field and the astronaut aboard disappears. Is there a connection between the missing man and a monster wreaking havoc in the area?

Like so many terrible movies, Monster A-Go Go is so bad that it’s good, and it’s certainly worthy of some attention at a time when there are so many movies that are so bad that they’re, er, just bad.

Special features on the DVD include the following:

  • commentary by director Bill Rebane
  • two short films: 1961’s Twist Craze and 1962’s Dance Craze
  • 24-page booklet with a reprint of a 1965 Scary Monsters magazine


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