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Thursday, Mar 21, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: those crazy kids are at it again in Teenagers From Outer Space.

Alternative title: Earth Girls Are Easy


POSITIVES:


A camp-filled fun fest.


Good pace throughout; hefty 85-minute runtime rarely flags.


Exposition-filled beginning and good surprise at the end.


Surprisingly high body count.


Alien monster thing is a lobster. No shit, a lobster.


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Thursday, Mar 14, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: ugly Americans get their comeuppance in Cult of the Cobra.

Alternative titles: The Snake Gets All the Lines


POSITIVES:


Offbeat story.


Interpretive dance as only those colorful Asians can do it!


Snake-point-of-view shots add a degree of warped charm.
     


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Thursday, Mar 7, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: killer robot football players threaten to wipe out humanity in Target Earth.

Alternative titles: Where Have All the People Gone?; Defensive Linemen from Hell


POSITIVES:


Cracking good start.


Sense of unease and tension effectively conveyed in first half.


Character “revelations” in latter half of the movie are fairly well done.


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Thursday, Feb 28, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: Zsa Zsa Gabor rules with a velvet fist in Queen of Outer Space.

Alternate titles: Zsa Zsa Va Va Voom!; There Once Was a Lady From Venus


POSITIVES:


Pleasantly goofy in fully saturated color.


It’s fun to spot the stuff ripped off from other movies.


Giant spider appears to be a sofa cushion with legs sewn on.


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Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: humanity gets an offer it can't refuse in The Day the Earth Stood Still

Alternate titles: True Gort; Love One Another as I Have Loved You or I Will Reduce Your Planet to a Burned-Out Cinder


POSITIVES:


Great performances, even from the little kid.


Sci-fi thriller evokes tension with a minimum of gimmickry.


Effective use of light & shade—moody as hell.


After a slow 1950, the decade really kicks off here.


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