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Shot on a shoestring, this black-and-white digital video (2002) parodies no-budget 1950s sci-fi, though the watery image quality puts it in the embarrassing position of looking even cheaper than the movies it's ribbing. Writer-director Larry Blamire stars as a square scientist who acquires an asteroid coveted by space aliens and by the title creature, who languishes in a cave and barks out orders to another scientist in its thrall. Aside from some choice dialogue (“I don't want to frighten you folks, but a farmer nearby was horribly mutilated”) this didn't make me laugh much, but I liked the music, a patchwork of samples culled from the various atomic-monster epics. PG, 82 min. Also on the program is a lovely digital transfer of Ub Iwerks's seven-minute color cartoon Skeleton Frolics (1937).

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