Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

 
Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Thursday, Jun 20, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: Godzilla's lesser-known cousin raises a little havoc in Varan the Unbelievable

Alternative titles: Night of the Iguana-Like Thing


POSITIVES:
Another great Toho monster, this one with spikes and wings (sort of).
Better-than-usual model work and effects.
Atmospheric, King Kong-esque “lost valley” sequence sets things up well.
Pretty good acting.


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Thursday, Jun 13, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: A petty crook with an alibi you can see through spices up The Amazing Transparent Man.

Alternative title: Heart of Glass


POSITIVES:
Tight, quickly-pacd noir thriller.
Good performances and little melodrama.
Cool special effects.
There’s a hamster.
Everybody’s double-crossing everyone else (except the hamster, and I’m not totally sure about him).


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Thursday, Jun 6, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: Japan suffers from some seriously bad luck -- plus a giant killer armadillo robot -- in The Mysterians.

Alternative title: Mars Needs Japanese Women


POSITIVES:
Gigantic robot armadillo thing from space!.
Gigantic robot armadillo thing from space shoots pulsar destructo-beams!
Twists and turns and double- (and triple-) crosses.
Nifty, “Now what?” ending.


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: little tiny critters grow up to be great big monsters in THEM!

Alernative titles: Get the Raid; Ants in My Pants


POSITIVES:


Terrific opening scene, with nicely understated cops and little girl.


Atmospheric sequences in New Mexico—spooky Joshua Tree landscape.


Sense of impending doom throughout.


Claustrophobic underground scenes in New Mexico and L.A.


Nice performances by James Whitmore and a fine ensemble cast.


A rare film that manages to effectively use child actors (!)


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: a one-woman invasion force strikes Scotland in Devil Girl From Mars.

Alternative titles: Nymphos From Space; Women Are From Mars, Men Are Stuck Here on Earth Wondering What the Hell Is Going On 


POSITIVES:


Starts with a bang (unexplained for the rest of the movie).


Multiple plotlines involving alien nymphos, ex-cons, wee bonny lads, forbidden love, sophisticated models, drunken Scotsmen, killer robots and MUCH MUCH MORE.


Devil girl looks like illicit offspring of Darth Vader and Mr. Spock. And she does that raised-eyebrow thing that kills me.


Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.