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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: humanity reels from a threat it can’t see in Invisible Invaders

Alternative titles: Plan 10 From Outer Space; Attack of the Badly-Suited Zombies
 
POSITIVES:


Good performances from solid B-list cast, though John Carradine is underutilized.


Cool “invisible cross-country skiing” effects.


Clever use of newsreel footage suggests worldwide catastrophe.


Nifty anti-nukes subtext.


Inventive way of capturing and studying aliens.


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Thursday, Apr 18, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: planet Earth ain't big enough for the five of us (plus a few more) in The Day the World Ended.

Alternative titles: It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and Roger Feels Fine); The Day After the Day After.


POSITIVES:


Starts with a bang, literally, and ends with a great onscreen caption.


Claustrophobic and surprisingly tense character study.


Cult director Roger Corman does a lot on a tight budget.


Shadowy hints of monster effectively build suspense.


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Thursday, Apr 11, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: "animal cruelty" gets a whole new meaning in The Wasp Woman.

Alternative titles: Invasion of the Bee Girl; Me So Hornet


POSITIVES:
Campy movie benefits from straight-faced performances.


Interesting subtext re: societal pressures on women to look “young”.


Straight-talkin’ receptionists provide fun change of pace.


Old-to-young metamorphosis is startling without being overdone.


Good pace once it gets going, but…


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Thursday, Apr 4, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: we sail clear off the edge of the map in Two Lost Worlds.

Alternative titles: One Lost Movie; Attack of the Pirates/Giant Lizards/Cattle Rustlers/Annoying Little Kid


POSITIVES:


Weirdness is almost European in its postmodern blend of sea adventure, cowboy romance, costume drama and very large lizards.


Helpful narrator ensures you don’t miss any of the “action”.


At just 61 minutes, nothing bad lasts too long.


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Thursday, Mar 28, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: it's time to start prayin' fer mercy from The Deadly Mantis.

Alternative titles: Say Yer Prayers; The Manly Dentist
 
POSITIVES:


A praying mantis is so cool—and it’s the only insect that can turn its head on its neck, like you or me! (True fact).


Monster effects are generally okay, though fleeting.


At least there’s no little kid.


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