Invasion of the Star Creatures (1962)

“Invasion of the Star Creatures” is simply one of the dumbest films I have ever seen. Despite the star creatures looking completely ridiculous and about as scary as a bowl of tapioca, the film is NOT dumb because of this but due to the two lame stars of this travesty, Robert Ball and Frankie Ray. They are among the worst comedy teams in film history–even edging out Allen and Rossi (from “Last of the Secret Agents?”). To put it bluntly, they are the perfect comedy duo for anyone who finds the Three Stooges or Ritz Brothers too mentally taxing. Perhaps the only comedian(??) who could equal the badness of Ball and Ray is Cash Flagg (from such classics as “The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies”). Yes, they are THAT bad!

The film’s plot is a lot like a traditional space monster invasion film combined with “Abbott and Costello Go To Mars”. Ball and Ray stumble upon an alien invasion (though there are only two actual aliens–two very tall and hot space ladies). The ladies use star creatures (you have to see them to believe them) to do their bidding and it’s up to the boys to escape and get help. Unfortunately, being subhuman idiots, they have a hard time convincing anyone that the planet is about to become enslaved. Fortunately, their commanding office has the intelligence of a gopher–so perhaps they stand a chance!

To sum it up, the film is horribly written, acted and is just plain stupid and cheap. However, it’s so bad and makes no pretense about it and never takes itself seriously. So, while I’d normally give such an annoying and stupid film a 1, I give it 2 for at least realizing it was a bad film as they made it! Because of this, it could be a good party film–one for you and your friends to watch and make cracks at–sort of like your very own episode of “Mystery Science Theater”. You’ve gotta see this one to see just how bad it could be.