Robot Monster

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Robot Monster is a 1953 film about the monstrous Ro-Man who attempts to annihilate the last family alive on Earth, but finds himself falling for their beautiful daughter. It is widely regarded as a cult film and one of the worst movies ever made.

Directed by Phil Tucker. Written by Wyott Ordung.
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  • I cannot - yet I must. How do you calculate that? At what point on the graph do "must" and "cannot" meet? Yet I must - but I cannot!
  • Your people were getting too intelligent. We could not wait until you were strong enough to attack us; we had to attack you first.
  • The child is impertinent.
  • I will re-calculate. Your deaths will be indescribable.
  • Show yourselves, and I promise you a painless death.
  • Hu-mans, listen to me. Due to an error in calculation, there are still a few of you left


  • Carla: Is Alice going on a date with Ro-Man?
  • Johnny: [to Ro-Man] You look like a pooped out pinwheel.
  • The Professor: [Roy walks up to the group and collapses] He's dead, and there's nothing we can do.
  • The Professor's Assistant: I'm bossy? You're so bossy you oughta be milked before you come home at night.


Great One: Have you made the correction?
Ro-Man: I need guidance, Great One. For the first time in my life, I am not sure.
Great One: You sound like a hu-man, not a Ro-Man. Can you not verify a fact?
Ro-Man: I meshed my LIP with the view-screen auditor, and picked up a count of five.
Great One: Error! Error! There are eight!
Ro-Man: Then the other three still elude me. Is it possible they have a counterpower?

Great One: Attention. Attention, extension XJ-2. Attention. Attention, extension XJ-2.
Ro-Man: We hear you, Great Guidance.
Great One: Earth Ro-Man, you violate the laws of plans. Fact: you have captured the girl and not destroyed her. Fact: you have delayed accepting the surrender of the orders. this verges on failure.
Ro-Man: There is one thing you do not understand, Great Guidance.
Great One: You reject the plan?
Ro-Man: I wish to make an estimate of my own.
Great One: To think for yourself is to be like the hu-man.
Ro-Man: Yes! To be like the hu-man! To laugh! Feel! Want! Why are these things not in the plan?
Great One: You are an extension of the Ro-Man, and a Ro-Man you will remain. Now, I set you into motion. One: destroy the girl. Two: destroy the family. Fail, and I will destroy you!

Johnny: I think you are just a big bully, picking on those smaller than you are!
Ro-Man: Now I will kill you.

Ro-Man: I am ordered to kill you. I must do it with my hands.
Alice: How is it you're so strong, Ro-Man? It seems impossible.
Ro-Man: We Ro-Mans obtain our strength from the planet Ro-Man, relayed from individual energizers.

Ro-Man: Great Guidance, I have a favorable report. I have already eliminated one of them.
Great One: Good.
Ro-Man: Force was necessary. It was a simple matter of strangulation. That leaves four.
Great One: [buzzer sounds] Error! Again! Five!
Ro-Man: Four - and one more on whom I have made an estimate in relation to our strategic reserve. The plan should include one human being for reference in case of unforeseen contingencies.

The Professor: He's impervious!
Alice: Unless we find his weak spot!


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