Film Review: Project Moonbase (1953)

Release Date: September 4th, 1953
Directed by: Richard Talmadge
Written by: Robert A. Heinlein, Jack Seaman
Music by: Herschel Burke Gilbert
Cast: Ross Ford, Donna Martell, Hayden Rorke, Larry Johns, Herb Jacobs, Barbara Morrison, Ernestine Barrier

Galaxy Pictures Inc., Lippert Pictures, 63 Minutes


Project Moonbase is one of those films that no one would know about today, if it weren’t for appearing on Mystery Science Theater 3000. That’s probably a good thing, as it isn’t one of those “it’s so bad, it’s good” flicks, it is actually just awful with no real redeeming qualities.

I’ve seen dozens upon dozens of low budget 50s sci-fi films and with many of them, I have seen awful costumes. Project Moonbase doesn’t even try though. The space-faring characters of this movie just wear short shorts, a t-shirt and a skull cap that looks like a felt football. Hell, an elementary school kid could have shot this in a gym locker with his friends in their gym clothes and we may have gotten a better looking movie.

The special effects are bad but that should go without saying. The acting and direction aren’t any better and while the film has a hokiness to it, it just doesn’t have that endearing quality old hokey sci-fi movies usually have.

Project Moonbase is also incredibly short but that is probably a benefit when considering the quality of the film. Although, it would be better to just not watch it, unless you want to check out the MST3K version of the film. But its really short length means that even MST3K had to throw two Commando Cody serial episodes in front of it to meet the proper episode length for the show.

Rating: 2/10