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Conquistador de la Luna

Conquistador de la Luna (1960) Movie Poster
Mexico  •    •  80m  •    •  Directed by: Rogelio A. González.  •  Starring: Antonio Espino, Ana Luisa Peluffo, Andrés Soler, Óscar Ortiz de Pinedo, Ramiro Gamboa, Alberto Pedret, Alicia Moreno, Alejandro Reyna, Victorio Blanco.  •  Music by: Raúl Lavista.
        The owner of an automated house is romancing the daughter of an inventor whose brain-child is a spaceship that uses a revolutionary cheap fuel. While playing with the controls he accidentally launches the ship and he and the girl end up on the moon. The local inhabitants (who are telepathic and can make themselves invisible) are ruled by a mad Martian who tries to destroy the Earth by sending a flying saucer armed with an atomic bomb.


Image from: Conquistador de la Luna (1960)
Gonzalez directed two of the movies that I feel most strongly about when it comes to classic Mexican science fiction and horror: The Ship of Monsters and Dr. Satan vs. the Black Hand. Both of these movies refuse to play by any rules of the genre and mix humor with outright shocks. They also make frugal use of their budget to craft truly fantastic vistas that some would say were impossible to craft for the money.

This film, however, is a vehicle for Mexican comedian Antonio "Clavillazo" Espino, who plays a bumbling fix-it man who finds himself on a rocket for the moon and up against four-armed aliens that look way more frightening than this simple film would deserve.

The aliens are led by an even more intimidating creature, a large brain that floats around on its own power that would have scared the absolute pants off of me had I seen this as a kid. More of the brain! More of the aliens! Less of the hijinks!

Review by BandSAboutMovies from the Internet Movie Database.