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Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
Welcome to our ongoing field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: Allison Hayes gives new meaning to the term "full figured" in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.

Alternate titles: Excuse me, Do You Have This Pink Lacy One in a 86-ZZZ?


POSITIVES:
Charismatic actors give scenery-chewing performances.
Much unintentionally funny dialogue.
Crisp 66 minutes keep moving right along.


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Thursday, Aug 29, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: dead mobsters just don't know how to stay dead in Creature with the Atom Brain.

Alternative titles: The Incredibly Dumb Creature with the One-Atom-Sized Brain; Gangster’s Pea-Brained Paradise
 
POSITIVES:


+ Great first scene.
+ Inventive premise.
+ Glow-in-the-dark fingerprints! Wish I had ‘em! (Hmm, maybe not).
+ Benji-type terrier has wires running out of its head.
+ Impressive scenes of mass destruction and weird zombie guys.


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Thursday, Aug 22, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: An ugly Himalayan Yeti encounters an even uglier American researcher in The Abominable Snowman.

Alternative titles: Nature Vs. Nurture; The Thinking Person’s Monster Movie


POSITIVES:


It has Peter Cushing in it (and a good cast all around).


Good cinematography and location shooting.


Attempts to make human story and character as important as shock, unease and terror.


Excitement level ramps up in the last 30 minutes.


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Thursday, Aug 15, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: things heat up in the icy Arctic waters surrounding our Atomic Submarine.

Alternative titles: Run Silent, Run Deep, Run Around in Circles; It’s Not Just a Blob, It’s an Adventure


POSITIVES:


Starts briskly, maintains a crisp pace throughout.


Plenty of fun-but-cheesy model work and underwater effects.


Layers of mystery—shipwrecks, feuds, frogmen—are piled on.


Surprisingly little stock footage used.


Some attempt to introduce ideas about duty, peace, war and courage that fall outside the mainstream for most monster-mashes.


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Thursday, Aug 8, 2013
Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: the North Pole gets even chillier than usual in The Thing From Another World.

Alternative titles: Vampire Carrots from the Unknown; The Best Movie of the Decade (Maybe).


POSITIVES:
* Well-paced, intelligent thriller.
* Terrific dialogue with plenty of snappy banter.
* Isolated Artic locale, complete with sled dogs.
* Science vs. military vs. journalism tension throughout.
* Good suspense and action sequences.


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