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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.


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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 (!)


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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.


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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: an island haven turns into a horrible nightmare in Terror Is a Man.

Alternative titles: The Island of Dr Girard; The Scientists Are Revolting!


POSITIVES:


Helpful “warning” tells you to close your eyes when you hear the bell.


Atmospheric location shooting in the Philippines.


Nifty POV camera work & inventive angles throughout.


Solid no-nonsense performances.


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Friday, May 3, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: Peter Cushing gets wrapped up in an ancient curse in The Mummy.

Alternative title: Walk Like an Egyptian


POSITIVES:


Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are back again in Hammer remake.


Ancient Egyptian outfits were just too cool.


The Mummy is, as a monster concept, pleasantly bizarre. Think about it.


Colorful support from talented cast of Brit character actors.


Slow start gives way to energetic conclusion.


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