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Planetary Giants

Mexico 1967
produced by
Emilio Gómez Muriel for Estudios América
directed by Alfredo B. Crevenna
starring Guillermo Murray, Adriana Roel, Rogelio Guerra, José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla', José Gálvez, Jacqueline Fellay, Carlos Nieto, Daniel Villaran, Irma Lozano, Mario Orea, Nathanael León (as Frankenstein), Evita Munoz 'Chachita', Antonio Padilla Picoro
story by Alfredo Ruanova, screenplay by Emilio Gómez Muriel, Alfredo Ruanova, music by Antonio Díaz Conde

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Apparently, aliens are already on earth and are committing acts of sabotage. And apparently, the aliens look just like us, which makes it hard to spot them, right? So professor Daniel Wolf (Guillermo Murray) suggests to have eccentric professor Walter (Mario Orea) to build a rocketship to fly to the galaxy of Romania and fight the aliens on their home turf. Professor Walter is killed though before he can oblige, but somehow he has a rocketship built anyhow. Alien assassins though want to get their hands on the blueprints of the rocketship, even though they have clearly mastered the art of interplanetary travel. Daniel on the other hand has no idea where the galaxy of Romania is, otherwise he'd fly there right away ... so he figures he poses as a gambling scientist in desparate need for money to baid the aliens - and soon enough, he has really attracted the attention of Mara (Jacqueline Fellay), a pretty alien girl who tries to charm the hell out of him ... but he uses her to get his hands on an alien homing device, and then it's off to the galaxy of Romania, together with cheating boxer Marcos (Rogelio Guerra) and his manager (José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla'), who have replaced the real astronauts while on the run from their audience, and of course Daniel's own girlfriend Silvia (Adriana Roel), who has joined the expedition against his will.

On the home planet of the aliens, our heroes meet "the Guardian" (José Gálvez), an intergalactic dictator who has set his sight on earth. Weirdly enough, he has a disintegrator gun that could wipe all of humankind off our planet, a fleet of UFOs, and plenty of spies on earth, but he still needs the blueprints of professor Walter's rocketship ... which Daniel for some weird reason finds aboard the rocketship, and not even well-hidden. Now Daniel pretends to sell the fate of humankind for his own sake, but there are plenty of rebels on the planet who look through his pretense, and they gang up with our earthpeople to topple the tyrant ... but are all found out and incarcerated - all but boxer Marcos, who has fallen in love with an alien girl (Irma Lozano), and together the two manage to free their friends and sabotage the Guardian's ultimate attack in the nick of time. And after the Guardian is incarcerated, the planet's taken over by its rightful benevolent ruler (Daniel Villaran), who promises everlasting peace with earth ...


There's plenty to like about this film in a so-bad-it's-good way, including fun miniature effects, hilarious spaceship interiors, and of course totally out of place ancient Greece-style architecture on the alien planet - plus many irresistible pulp mainstays driving the story throughout. And yet, Planetary Giants is a definitely less than perfect piece of schlock, it's story is just too harmless, not wild enough to keep the audience interested for too long, too far fetched to really engage the viewers, and also not particularly well-paced. And some plotholes are just too big to even be considered as amusing.

Well, not a total loss, there's still plenty to laugh at, but definitely less than a trash gem.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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