|Missile to the Moon|
|Riffers||Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett|
|Date Released||February 17, 2009|
Missile to the Moon is an independently produced 1958 black-and-white science fiction film directed by Richard E. Cunha that was distributed by Astor Pictures; it is an even lower budget remake of 1953's low budget Cat-Women of the Moon. RiffTrax released their riff in February 2009.
Description and Full RiffEdit
Two escaped convicts, Gary and Lon, are discovered hiding aboard a rocket by scientist Dirk Green, who then forces them to pilot the spaceship to the Moon. Dirk, who is secretly a Moon man, wants to return home. Dick's partner, Steve Dayton, accompanied by his fiancé June, accidentally stowaway on board just before the rocket's launch. Moon man Dirk is later killed in a meteor storm during the lunar trip. Once they land on the Moon, the spaceship's reluctant crew encounter an underground kingdom of beautiful women and their sinister female ruler The Lido, giant lunar spiders, and mysterious surface dwelling, slow-moving, bi-pedal rock creatures. Production
The Moon spiders seen during the film are obviously the same large prop spider being wire-controlled from overhead. The supposed lunar landscape used in the film is Vasquez Rocks located near Los Angeles, a popular television and feature film shooting location.
Those lunar surface exteriors were clearly shot in regular Earth daylight and gravity; no attempt is made to convince the viewer the Moon is an airless void where humans would weigh one-sixth their normal Earth weight: When one of the Earth convicts is forced by a Moon "rock creature" to step into direct sunlight, his spacesuit bursts into flames from the supposedly very high temperatures.
The Moon rock creatures appear to be heavily influenced by the character design used for Gumby of the popular syndicated stop motion clay animation kid's show of the same name, which ran on television for 233 episodes for nearly five decades.
Cast and CrewEdit
- Richard Travis as Steve Dayton
- Cathy Downs as June Saxton
- K.T. Stevens as The Lido
- Tommy Cook as Gary
- Nina Bara as Alpha
- Gary Clarke as Lon
- Michael Whalen as Dirk Green
- Laurie Mitchell as Lambda
- Leslie Parrish as Zema