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Thursday, Oct 3, 2013
Welcome to our ongoing field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: Little blood-sucking pests become enormous blood-slurping nightmares in Attack of the Giant Leeches.

Alternative title: Attack of the Things That Don’t Look Very Much Like Leeches of Any Size


POSITIVES:
* Sassy blonde hillbilly she-cat in revealing outfits!
* Movie’s victims are nasty otter poachers.
* Only 63 minutes long.


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Thursday, Sep 26, 2013
Welcome to our ongoing field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: giant invertebrates grow a little backbone in Attack of the Crab Monsters.

Alternative title: I Dismember Mama.


POSITIVES:
+ Mayhem starts early.
+ Philosophical Europeans lend that “profound” feel.
+ Things just get more and more twisted.
+ Lots of uneasy moments, creeping dread and a few real shocks.
+ One of direcor Roger Corman’s best from the ‘50s.


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Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
Welcome to our ongoing field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: Allison Hayes gives new meaning to the term "full figured" in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.

Alternate titles: Excuse me, Do You Have This Pink Lacy One in a 86-ZZZ?


POSITIVES:
Charismatic actors give scenery-chewing performances.
Much unintentionally funny dialogue.
Crisp 66 minutes keep moving right along.


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Thursday, Aug 29, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: dead mobsters just don't know how to stay dead in Creature with the Atom Brain.

Alternative titles: The Incredibly Dumb Creature with the One-Atom-Sized Brain; Gangster’s Pea-Brained Paradise
 
POSITIVES:


+ Great first scene.
+ Inventive premise.
+ Glow-in-the-dark fingerprints! Wish I had ‘em! (Hmm, maybe not).
+ Benji-type terrier has wires running out of its head.
+ Impressive scenes of mass destruction and weird zombie guys.


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Thursday, Aug 22, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: An ugly Himalayan Yeti encounters an even uglier American researcher in The Abominable Snowman.

Alternative titles: Nature Vs. Nurture; The Thinking Person’s Monster Movie


POSITIVES:


It has Peter Cushing in it (and a good cast all around).


Good cinematography and location shooting.


Attempts to make human story and character as important as shock, unease and terror.


Excitement level ramps up in the last 30 minutes.


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