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El Futuro Está Aquí: Sci-Fi Classics from Mexico

Thursday, June 24, 2010
7:30 p.m. The Ship of Monsters
Rogelio A. González (Mexico, 1959)

(La nave de los monstruos). Venus needs men! When the last one dies, the planet’s ministers dispatch two beautiful, bathing suit–bedecked Venusians, Gamma (Ana Bertha Lepe) and Beta (Lorena Velázquez), and their robotic sidekick Tor, to scour the galaxy for bachelor bioforms. They collect four gnarly specimens, one an exposed brain, another a drooling bug creature, and on down the singles food chain, until they reset course for home. Near Earth, the rocket, containing its testosterone test cases, conks out and crash lands in—where else?—Chihuahua. Surveying the alien countryside, Gamma of the great gams and Beta, who’s even better, come upon Laureano the singing cowboy, and so begins the war of the worlds. While the vavavavooms from Venus act like it’s ladies night at the Lunar Lounge, the mateless monsters decide to hit on the entire globe. Will love conquer all? Or will it be a bad morning after for planet Earth?

—Steve Seid

• Written by José Maria Fernández Unsaín, Alfredo Varela. Photographed by Raúl Martínez Solares. With Eulalio “Piporro” González, Ana Bertha Lepe, Lorena Velázquez, Consuelo Frank. (81 mins, In Spanish with English subtitles, B&W, 35mm, From Filmoteca de la UNAM)