The Creation of the Humanoids (1962)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Robert Firsching

This vastly over-rated camp/cult item got a lot of free press as "Andy Warhol's favorite movie." Wesley Barry's sci-fi film takes place after World War III and follows the development of robot technology from the R-1 to the R-20, and finally the R-21 -- the humanoid robots or "clickers," as they are often disparagingly called. Many humans are mean to the clickers, harassing them and using them as slave labor, but the robots have their own creation in mind. The R-96 is a much more humanoid robot which will enable the clickers to outnumber humans, finally taking them over because those people still left alive after the bomb are sterile. Dudley Manlove of Plan Nine from Outer Space -- a much funnier bad movie -- appears as a robot reluctant to proceed with the plan. Warhol probably liked this movie because of its absolute artificiality. It all appears to take place on one set which looks suspiciously like a theatrical stage. The people and dialogue are almost surrealistic in their utter failure to approach anything close to believability, and the entire venture is akin to sitting through a bad grade-school play.