Retro Love: George Nader in Robot Monster (1953)

Published February 28, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan
So this is how gay men dressed to get married in 1953! Love it!!

So this is how gay men dressed to get married in 1953! Love it!!

Nowadays, they party afterwards with the Bear Community. Back then it was Gorilla Robots!

Nowadays, they party afterwards with the Bear Community. Back then it was Gorilla Robots!

There is nothing Big Gay Horror Fan adores more right now than Phil Tucker’s Robot Monster from 1953! Starring homosexual matinee idol George Nader, this glorious mess features cheap desert locales, the use of stock dinosaur footage and rabidly passionate non-acting from much of its cast. (Although the matriarch is played by an actress named Selena Royle. That’s a moniker 1000 drag queens could have a field day with!) The hunky Nader, who was best friends with Rock Hudson in real life, spends much of the film’s 62 minute running time shirtless, as well.

Of course, much of this exercise’s camp appeal comes from the hilarious inappropriateness of its main alien villains – two guys in gorilla suits crowned with silver space helmets. Still, there are a couple parallels to better pictures that may give this film’s viewers a moment of pause. In a moment of Frankenstein solemnity, the film’s youngest heroine meets her downfall at the hands’ of one of the Ro-Man’s. Meanwhile, the film’s focus on the young Jimmy (Gregory Moffett) ultimately has many correlations with the arc of The Wizard of Oz‘s Dorothy.

003Still, one has to wonder what was harder for the masculine Nader – keeping a straight face while filming this Golden Turkey winner or having to play straight to meet Hollywood’s ultra-aggressive ‘Code of Honor’? Unfortunately, I am guessing it was probably the latter.

Still, you can’t complain too much about the silly glories of Robot Monster! Check the trailer below!:

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Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

2 comments on “Retro Love: George Nader in Robot Monster (1953)

  • I remember watching this on Saturday mornings as a kid. Even as a 6-year-old I recognized that Robot Monster belonged in a special category of cinema reserved for the likes of The Creeping Terror.

    Thanks for the flashback!

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