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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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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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