To inaugurate its new series of Thursday night movies, UPN proudly presents a remake of the 1958 potboiler "I Married a Monster From Outer Space." Those behind UPN's only slightly less ludicrously titled version, "I Married a Monster," have thrown in a few cleverly subtle touches, but the result lacks both the requisite pulse-pounding moments and the campy laughs it seeks.
Oh, well, at least it's not set in the Lincoln White House.
"I Married a Monster" stars Richard Burgi and Susan Walters as Nick and Kelly, insipid small-town sweethearts on the eve of their wedding when something bizarre involving low-budget lighting effects happens to Nick. On his wedding day, he's not himself--but who is?--and Kelly's a little slow on the uptake regarding his peculiar transformation.
Unfortunately, Kelly seems to be the brightest bulb in this backwater light bank, for no one in town assigns credibility to her concerns. Soon, though, the town seems to have been transformed into a bunch of Stepford husbands, and the womenfolk are mighty concerned because . . . the men have all quit drinking alcohol!
Director Nancy Malone's most inspired touch here is in how the casting informs the film's visual style. Your typical Hollywood casting director throwing together something like this would likely hire generic pretty faces like Rob Estes and Alyssa Milano. With his receding hairline and lived-in face, Burgi is hardly the guy you'd expect to play a newlywed in a movie like this today, and Walters has been made up in a fashion that thoroughly blands-out her looks.