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The Incredible Petrified World (1957)

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

The Incredible Petrified World is a 1958 science fiction movie directed by Jerry Warren and starring John Carradine.

Professor Millard Wyman’s (John Carradine) sends a crew of two men, Paul Whitmore (Allen Windsor) and Craig Randall (Robert Clarke,) and two women Lauri Talbott (Sheila Noonan) and Dale Marshall (Phyllis Coates,) down to ocean depths never before explored. But, there’s a technical problem during the launch and the mission is believed lost.


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Curse of the Swamp Creature (1966)

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Curse of the Swamp Creature is a 1966 American film directed by Larry Buchanan.

John Agar as Barry Rogers
Francine York as Pat Trent
Jeff Alexander as Dr. Simond Trent
Shirley McLine as Brenda Simmons
Cal Duggan as Ritchie

Texas-based cult director, Larry Buchanan, made this low-budget horror oddity starring John Agar as Rogers, a geologist who travels through the swamps to see a scientist named Simon (Jeff Alexander.) What Rogers doesn’t know is that Simon is quite mad and is experimenting on the local voodoo-practicing natives in order to create a mutant being, disposing of the corpses in a pit of alligators. Capturing Rogers’ traveling companion, the treacherous Brenda (Shirley McLine), Simon turns her into a hideous monster with more evil in store!

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Eegah (1962)

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Eegah! (also known as Eegah! The Name Written in Blood) is a 1962 horror film starring Arch Hall,Jr., Arch Hall Sr., Marilyn Manning and Richard Kiel. Also directed by Archie Hall Snr.

One night after shopping, Roxy Miller (Marilyn Manning) is driving home through the California desert when she nearly runs her car into Eegah (Richard Kiel), a giant cave man. She tells her boyfriend Tom Nelson (Arch Hall, Jr.), and her father Robert Miller (Arch Hall, Sr.) about the giant. Her father, a writer of adventure books, decides to go into
the desert to look for the creature and possibly take a photograph of it. When he fails to show up at his designated pickup time, Tom and Roxy go into the desert looking for him.

Roxy is soon kidnapped by Eegah and taken back to his cave while Tom searches for her. In Eegah’s cave, Roxy is reunited with her father, who tells her that he has begun to communicate with the caveman and has developed a theory as to the creature’s astounding longevity. When a frisky Eegah expresses what seems to be romantic interest in Roxy, her
father, fearful that the creature may kill them both if he is rebuffed, suggests she put up with as much of it as she can bear. Eegah never tries anything too explicit, though, and Roxy even ends up giving him a shave before the pair is able to escape. Crushed, Eegah follows them back to civilization, and a final confrontation ensues.

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Revolt of the Zombies (1936)

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Revolt of the Zombies is a 1936 horror film directed and produced by the Halperin Brothers which stars Dean Jagger and Dorothy Stone.

On the Franco-Austrian Frontier during World War I, an oriental priest, chaplain of a French colonial regiment, is condemned to life imprisonment because he possesses the power to turn men into zombies. In his prison cell, the priest prepares to burn a parchment containing the location of the secret formula. Colonel Mazovia (Roy D’Arcy) kills the priest and takes the partially-burned parchment. After the war, an expedition of representatives from the Allied countries with colonial interests are sent to Cambodia to find and destroy forever the so-called “Secret of the Zombies”. The group includes Colonel Mazovia; a student of dead languages, Armand Louque (Dean Jagger); Englishman Clifford Grayson (Robert Noland); General Duval (George Cleveland); and his daughter Claire (Dorothy Stone.)

Armand falls in love with Claire, who accepts his proposal of marriage to spite Clifford, whom she really loves. Later, when Claire runs to Cliff for comfort following an accident, Armand breaks the engagement, leaving her free to marry Cliff. Further accidents caused by Mazovia result in the natives refusing to work, forcing the expedition to return to Phnom Penh. Armand finds a clue which he had overlooked before and returns to Angkor against orders.
After viewing an ancient ceremony at a temple, Armand follows one of the servants of a high priest out of the temple, through a swamp, to a mysterious bronze doorway. When the servant leaves, Armand goes through the door to a room paneled in bronze, with an idol holding a gong. He accidentally strikes the gong, and a panel in the wall opens, revealing a small metal tablet. He translates the inscription and realizes that it is the secret for which they have all been looking. He alone now has the power to make zombies out of people, and begins with a practice run on his servant before using his zombie powers in an attempt to coerce the fickle Claire in the movie’s climax.

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King of the Zombies (1944)

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

King of the Zombies is a 1941 film directed by Jean Yarborough.

During World War II, a small plane somewhere over the Caribbean runs low on fuel and is blown off course by a storm. Guided by a faint radio signal, they crash-land on an island. The passenger, his manservant and the pilot take refuge in a mansion owned by a doctor. The quick-witted yet easily-frightened manservant (Mantan Moreland) soon becomes convinced the mansion is haunted by zombies, and confirms this with some of the doctor’s hired help. Exploring, the three stumble upon a voodoo ritual being conducted in the cellar, where the doctor is trying to acquire war intelligence from a captured US military official. But the interruption causes the zombies to turn on their master.

The role of Dr. Victor Sangre was intended for Bela Lugosi. When he became unavailable, negotiations ensued to obtain Peter Lorre for the part, but a deal could not be reached. Veteran character actor Henry Victor was signed just prior to the date of filming.
In the press kit for this film, Monogram advised exhibitors to sell “it along the same lines as Paramount’s The Ghost Breakers (1940).” The Bob Hope horror/comedy was a runaway hit at the time.
Produced and released prior to U.S. entry into World War II, the film seems to portray Nazi Germany as the enemy behind the scenes. The villain claims to be from Austria, radio traffic is spoken in German and there are spoken references to spying, although neither Germany or Nazis are overtly mentioned. The plot, described in the press kit, describes the evil Dr. Sangre as “a secret agent for a European government.”

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Son of Ingagi

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Son of Ingagi is an unusual film made in 1940 and directed by Richard Kahn about a mad doctor who keeps a monster in the basement. It’s unusual for two reasons, one being the mad doctor is a woman, which is strange for the time, and the other is the fact that the film has an all-black cast, especially for this kind of movie.

Eleanor and Bob Lindsay inherit the house of the doctor, Helen Jackson, who has been killed by the monster after drinking a potion provided by the doctor that turned him wild with anger!

Having inherited the house the Liinsay family soon notice strange goings on caused by the monster’s presence and it’s only a matter of time before he emerges from the basement.

Zack Williams as Ingina
Laura Bowman as Dr. Jackson
Alfred Grant as Robert Lindsay
Daisy Bufford as Eleanor Lindsay
Arthur Ray as Zeno Jackson
Spencer Williams as Nelson
Earl J. Morris as Bradshaw
Jesse Graves as Chief of Detectives
The Toppers as themselves

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The Phantom Creeps (1939)

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

The Phantom Creeps FROM 1939 is everything an old classic B sci-fi is supposed to be.

It features Bela Lugosi (as Dr. Zorka,) a mad megalomaniac

scientist who attempts to rule the world by creating various elaborate inventions. However, foreign agents and G-Men try to seize the inventions for themselves.

It was adapted in DC’s Movie Comics #6, cover date September-October 1939, the final issue of that title.

Stock footage was used from The Invisible Ray (look closely and you’ll see Boris Karloff,) including scenes of Dr Zorka finding the meteorite in Africa. The music came from the Frankenstein films. The Phantom Creeps’ car chase was itself used as stock footage in later films. Newsreel shots of the Hindenburg disaster were used as part of Dr Zorka’s final spree of destruction after his robot, which is supposed to destroy the human race, is stopped by a single shot seconds after being unleashed.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind

Béla Lugosi as Doctor Alex Zorka.

Robert Kent as Captain Bob West, G-Man

Dorothy Arnold as Jean Drew, reporter

Edwin Stanley as Doctor Fred Mallory, Doctor Zorka’s former partner

Regis Toomey as Lieutenant Jim Daley, G-Man

Jack C. Smith as Monk, Doctor Zorka’s assistant

Edward Van Sloan as Jarvis, foreign spy chief

Dora Clement as Ann Zorka

Anthony Averill as Rankin, a foreign spy

Hugh Huntley as Perkins, Doctor Mallory’s lab assistant

Ed Wolff as The Robot

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Zontar, the Thing from Venus

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Zontar, the Thing from Venus also known as Zontar: The Invader from Venus is a 1966 science fiction film, directed by Larry Buchanan and based on the teleplay by Hillman Taylor and Buchanan. It is a remake of Roger Corman’s It Conquered the World (1956.)

Dr. Curt Taylor (John Agar) meets an alien from Venus, who claims to have come to the earth to solve its problems. But Zontar has secret plans.

He begins causing worldwide blackouts and controlling people’s minds. Taylor now knows that Zontar is seeking world domination and things go from bad to worse when Zontar disables the power supply of the entire world!

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The Atomic Submarine

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The Atomic Submarine is a 1959 science fiction film starring Arthur Franz, Dick Foran and Brett Halsey, with John Hillard as the voice of the alien. The film was directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet, the script was adapted by Orville H. Hampton from a short story by Jack Rabin and Irving Block. The film is an alien invasion story that showcases the then new technology of nuclear submarines.

This film was made at a time when nuclear submarines were very new, shortly after the USS Nautilus made the first undersea crossing of the polar ice cap in 1958. Atomic submarines caught people’s imagination as the embodiment of the idea of harnessing the power of the atom.

The trailer and movie posters for the film suggested that it was a more traditional military action movie by playing down the science fiction elements and focusing primarily on the novelty of the nuclear submarine. The extraterrestrial spacecraft is alluded to only obliquely

as the unspecified dire threat to the world which the crew of the submarine must overcome, but it is not clearly seen or called a flying saucer or UFO in the trailer. The movie’s few futuristic elements include cargo-freighter nuclear submarines and a mini-sub within a submarine. The impression conveyed was that the events in the film take place in the very near future.

The 1950′s are often called the Atomic Age because people were very enthusiastic about the promise of atomic power. The word “atomic” meant ”high-tech and powerful”, even if it was used to describe breakfast cereal. People of the day imagined a bright future where nuclear reactors would allow for electric power to become extremely cheap and

plentiful. It must have been very topical at the time to imagine nuclear submarines that were inexpensive enough to be used to carry freight (and indeed, large numbers of civilian passengers) under the North Pole.

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The Last Woman On Earth

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Produced and directed by Roger Corman in 1960, this epic production relates the tale of the survivors of a mysterious apocalpse which seems to have destroyed all human life!

Hariold Gem is a New York businessman fresh from his legal travails. Him and his wife Evelyn are on holiday in Puerto Rico with his lawyer friend Martin Joyce.

During a scuba diving expdetion they realise something terrible has happened to their surroundings whilst they have under water! They appear to be the only three survivirs left, perhaps in the whole world and they try to figure out what has gone so terribly awry.

They attempt to adapt to life in this new world without other human beings but soon the three surivors start to find it more and more difficult to exist together with devastating consequences.

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