While exploring a cave (which is never shown), scientists at the Jackson moon base have found a long dead alien plant.
Unfortunately, once exposed to warmth and air in the station, the plant wakes up and kills one of the crew with a sudden spray of deadly spores.
Only he isn’t quite as dead as we think, either, and before long he’s turned into a…
…Oh, you guessed already?
Is Christopher R. Mihm finally reaching the mainstream?
For years now, about the only way to see his films has been either a few, limited theatrical showings; a handful of late night horror host shows; or buying the videos. But now, most of his films have suddenly become available on Amazon video — and you can even watch most of them for free with a Prime subscription.
For those of you just tuning in, Mihm makes some of the best Faux-Fifties SF and horror films. They’re the kind of films which consist mostly of cardboard, duct tape and love — and, unlike most retro films these days, they have a lot of respect for those films.
His films move at a more deliberate pace than we are used to (as did those Fifties films), and their painfully limited budgets are fairly obvious (although one suspects that they are even lower than they appear). They tend to be a bit talky, and, like a lot of low budget films, often don’t show some of the more expensive things, like scientists exploring a cave. But they are always a treat for those of us who love the old SF films.
And this is one of the best films he’s made.
It is a somewhat familiar storyline, with a handful of survivors trying to reach safety, as more and more people get taken over and become plant people (a wonderfully silly costume with big googly eyes and a covering of leaves). But Chris handles it well, dumping one new obstacle after another in the survivors’ path. While there are often slow moments in his films, there aren’t any here — and he even has a little playful fun with the scenes setting up his characters before the aliens arrive.
Mihm’s films are all loosely tied together into what he calls the Mihmiverse, with a host of familiar characters (or familiar actors playing new roles) and references to past films thrown in. Here, of course, the moon base is named the heroic Professor Jackson of The Monster of Phantom Lake, who has since become president, and a major character reminisces about the events in Terror Beneath the Earth.
I particularly enjoyed one in-joke, when we finally discover whether Michael G. Kaiser, who has played the monster in so many of Mihm’s films, can actually speak.
Attack of the Moon Zombies is not just for Mihm’s diehard fans, but is a film that should be loved by everyone who enjoys old SF and horror films…
Particularly the ones they made back in the Fifties.
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