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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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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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