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The article shows how Robot Monster deals with existential themes and concepts that were discussed in American culture during the early-Fifties, and how it does this through the language of "bad" science-fiction/horror cinema.

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The article addresses the problematic relationship between film and philosophy and offers an approach that unites the two via a cultural approach.


Writing this article was a great experience and I was able to have a lot of fun with the topic. It was a great feeling to be able to take the topic of "bad" horror films seriously whilst never losing that sense of joy that fans get from these films.

Daniel Tilsley
University of East Anglia

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This page is a summary of: The meaningful art of one of the ‘worst movies of all time’: Phil Tucker’s Robot Monster (1953) as an existentialist critique of American modernity, Horror Studies, April 2022, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/host_00044_1.
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