By Mark Thomas McGee, R. J. Robertson
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This picture has everything — Sonny Tufts, 3-D, the Hollywood Cover Girls, and a giant spider — but no ending. The spider was rented from Western Costume and it was still there, four years later, in a corner, and gathering dust when Astor Pictures decided to remake the movie. Hey Ed, come here. Look at this. Am I losing my mind or is that the same damn spider we used in that crappy "Cat-Women" picture we made a few years back? I’ll bet you five bucks it is. I can’t believe somebody hasn’t set fire to it.
She asked with some surprise. Yes, we told her, it had. ” To someone weaned on the likes of Stars Wars and Jaws, something as impoverished as War of the Satellites was completely incomprehensible. Frankly, I’m grateful that she didn’t ask us why we were watching it again. Today, obscene budgets are lavished on sci-fi films, and armies of technicians slave over the special effects. In the fifties, there were one or two guys doing the effects, and the budget for the whole movie was $65,000 or less.
What nobody knows is that Van Ponder has been replaced by an alien saboteur. But how was this masquerade possible? Somebody must have found Van Ponder’s corpse or nobody would have known that he was dead. And if the aliens hadn’t sent the phony Van Ponder to the United Nations, their worries would have been over, and the program would have been scrapped. But, like we said, Corman never promised the movie would make sense. Five-foot-five-inch Dick Miller — a regular in Corman films — was the hero of the piece.