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Missile to the Moon
Riffed by RiffTrax
Riffers Mike Nelson, Fred Willard, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett
Series None
Date Released October 23, 2007
February 17, 2009

Missile to the Moon is an independently produced 1958 black-and-white science fiction film directed by Richard E. Cunha that was distributed by Astor Pictures; it is an even lower budget remake of 1953's low budget Cat-Women of the Moon.

RiffTrax released their riff in October 2007 with special guest Fred Willard, then a revised version (with the regular cast of riffers) in February 2009.

Description and Full Riff

Two escaped convicts, Gary and Lon, are discovered hiding aboard a rocket by scientist Dirk Green, who then forces them to pilot the spaceship to the Moon. Dirk, who is secretly a Moon man, wants to return home. Dick's partner, Steve Dayton, accompanied by his fiancé June, accidentally stowaway on board just before the rocket's launch. Moon man Dirk is later killed in a meteor storm during the lunar trip. Once they land on the Moon, the spaceship's reluctant crew encounter an underground kingdom of beautiful women and their sinister female ruler The Lido, as well as giant lunar spiders and mysterious surface-dwelling, slow-moving, bi-pedal rock creatures.


The Moon spiders seen during the film are the same large prop spider being wire-controlled from overhead.

The supposed lunar landscape used in the film is Vasquez Rocks located near Los Angeles, a popular television and feature film shooting location. Those lunar surface exteriors were clearly shot in regular Earth daylight and gravity; no attempt is made to convince the viewer the Moon is an airless void where humans would weigh one-sixth their normal Earth weight.

Cast and Crew

  • Richard Travis as Steve Dayton
  • Cathy Downs as June Saxton
  • K.T. Stevens as The Lido
  • Tommy Cook as Gary
  • Nina Bara as Alpha
  • Gary Clarke as Lon
  • Michael Whalen as Dirk Green
  • Laurie Mitchell as Lambda
  • Leslie Parrish as Zema



  • Two versions of this RiffTrax were produced - the first features Mike Nelson and special guest riffer Fred Willard. The second features Mike, Kevin and Bill, using mostly the same jokes. Purchasers could also choose between a restored black and white version and a colorized version.

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