Sunday, February 27, 2011

Monday Movie

One of my favorite Sci-Fi films from the ‘50s is Invaders From Mars. The combination of stark, almost surrealistic sets, an overwhelming sense of growing menace, an occasionally haunting soundtrack, the story unveiled mostly from the view of a small boy in a typical small American town, everything comes together to form a gem of a movie.

Speaking of movies, Richard McEnroe brings us the latest in Hollywood stupid.


Anonymous said...

Good choice, Paco

One of my favourites is,
"Man with The X Ray Eyes", made in 1963 and starring the incomparable Ray Milland.



Yojimbo said...

You....passed....on....I Married a Teenage Monster From Outer Space!

How dare you, just how dare you. It came out on a twinbill with The Blob. How much more credence can you ask for?

Yojimbo said...


"How much more" is not too muy bueno good. Tears of regret abound.

That movie made a young whippersnapper that I know very well jump out of his seat. The Blob never made me, er, that young whippersnapper that I know very well do that.

Paco said...

YoJ: Um, maybe I'll get around to that one some day.

Now, if you want to talk really awful sci-fi movies, try The Creeping Terror, in which the monster looks like two guys under a rug crawling around on all fours. I actually saw this stinker on late-night TV when I was a kid. Peewwww!

richard mcenroe said...

For an example of a textbook perfect B-movie, check out "Beyond the Time Barrier." Shot in a week on the site of a future fair in Texas, bad science, cheesy stock footage, everything you could ask for.

Creeping Terror has a huge cult following online. Trivia note: there's no dialogue because the sleazeball who made it tried to stiff the sound lab and they withheld his tracks, so he had to go back into recording with a piano, a snare drum and a copy of the scrit to read over the action.

Paco said...

Richard: that business about the dialogue (or absence of same) was one of the most hilariously awful things about the movie.

Anonymous said...

No mention of "Plan 9 From Outer Space"? How about the 1988 version of Issac Asimov's "Night Fall"? One of the only movies I've ever walked out on.

Might get in trouble for this one, but...anything with mega marine life on Syfy. Like a train wreck that you can't turn away from.

Deborah Leigh

Yojimbo said...

Hey, you want mega marine life, I'll give you mega marine life.

Creature From the Black Lagoon, one of the first of its genre.

It featured a future governor of Hawaii in Richard Denning.:) (Hawaii Five-O)
It also featured one of my favorite actors of that era in Richard Carlson. He played the lead in a very early television series called I Led Three Lives, a story of espionage and counter-espionage. This was the start of the Cold War. It also featured Julie Adams, everyones love interest in the '50s.

Paco said...

YoJ: One of my favorites!

Minicapt said...

I much preferred: "The Infantry Battle Group: The Deliberate Attack".