Directed by: Michael A. Hoey
Starring: Mamie Van Doren, Anthony Eisley, Billy Gray
I love the title of this film. To be fair, it’s not the ENTIRE navy versus the “night monsters”, and also the “night monsters” are more triffids than anything really monstrous, but still. THE NAVY VS THE NIGHT MONSTERS! It sounds so epic, while at the same time completely lackluster. It’s brilliant.
A navy plane crashes on a remote island outpost where like, seven people are housed, and half of them are secretaries who don’t even seem to be in the navy at all. Anyway, it crashed because it brought back some plant samples from Antarctica and, of course, they turn out to be horrible monsters that spit acid at people, etc etc. Wait, maybe that isn’t an “etc etc” point. Okay, well the evil plants only attack at night, so the three people which constitute “the navy” set up christmas lights all over the base and eventually just set fire to everything outside the little log cabin which is also the navy base on this island. Which I guess is uninhabited otherwise. Why did the navy make the world’s smallest navy base here again?
For a 60’s B-movie about monsters, The Navy vs. the Night Monsters fills its purpose quite nicely. It’s corny as hell, it’s got cheap-ass monsters that are so goofy the director refused to even shoot any scenes with them and they had to bring in an AD to do them, it’s got the standard cast of soap opera characters who are all in love with each other… it’s really everything you could want from a movie like this. Now, as far as being a GOOD movie goes… well, it isn’t. One. Of those. No.