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Thursday, Aug 14, 2014
This week in our ongoing field guide to '50s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them: those crazy kids save the world from marauding grape jelly in The Blob.

Alternative titles: Steve McQueen’s Blaze of Glory; The Young and the Boneless


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Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014
This week on our ongoing field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them: things get spicy south of the border in The Aztec Mummy, known to Telemundo viewers as La Momia Azteca

Alternative titles: Montezuma’s Other Revenge; Hey, Does This Look Infected?


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Thursday, Nov 21, 2013
Welcome to our ongoing field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: alien invaders take a long hard look at Switzerland in The Crawling Eye.

Alternate titles: The Eyes Have It; The Creeping Cleavage


POSITIVES:
* Well acted, with good scenery in the Swiss Alps.
* Great first scene involving three mountain climbers (who soon become two mountain climbers).
* “Hero” Forrest Tucker isn’t a studly 20-something but a fortyish accountant type with a receding hairline.
* Spacey Janet Munro looks like she’s lost her contact lenses.
* Good climactic scenes with icky-looking plastic eyeball monsters doused in kerosene and set on fire.


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Thursday, Oct 31, 2013
Welcome to our ongoing field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: it's Mother India versus Mother Nature in The Jungle.

Alternative titles: A Passage From India; The Furry Elephant Man


POSITIVES:
* The only 1950s movie to feature prehistoric mammals, not dinosaurs.
* It’s in India!
* Sepia tone has that “Raj” feel to it.
* Cesar Romero leads a capable cast through silly material.


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Thursday, Oct 17, 2013
Welcome to our ongoing field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: mysterious goings-on in the desert can only mean one thing in It Came From Outer Space.

Alternative title: The Invasion of This Earthly Island by the Body Snatching Things from Another World


POSITIVES:
* Superior special effects and good performances.
* Cool spaceship design and alien point-of-view shots.
* Quick start.
* Effective use of southwest setting anticipates films like Them! and Kronos.
* Aliens leave glitter trails!


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