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Although these films are important to many who grew up with them, either seeing them during their first runs in the movies or later on Chiller Theater, some newer viewers may not see them in the same light (many younger people won't bother watching them for the simple fact that they're not in color). But then again, these newer viewers will never know of that magical time when these flicks were lighting up the huge screens in Movie Palaces and Drive-In theaters throughout the country.
It will be the true enthusiasts of this genre who will see this set as a home run, especially at these prices. Kill the lights, then hold tightly onto your honey and enjoy!
1.The Giant Claw= The last word on monster fx's. You can see the strings and the "bird" looks laughable, but the movie is still great fun if you let it be.
2.The Werewolf= An "atomic" twist on the old werewolf legend and really pretty good
3.Zombies Of Mora Tua= Silly and very funny.
4.The Creature With The Atom Brain= Brain dead fun
Not for all taste but some fun for anyone who loves these old cheesy movies like I do.
It haunted me for a long, long time. When I saw it again as an adult those childhood chills came right back. Glad these classics are getting a top notch release replacing the terrible copies made from poor prints.
I watched the film many times during the next 10 years, first at matinees, then on the late show (it used to be a staple of late-night horror broadcasts). Then the film virtually disappeared, until recently when TCM showed it now and then. Although the movie doesn't have quite the same impact on me today as it did when I was 10, I still think it's damn scary. And now FINALLY it's available on DVD.
Although the transformation scenes and the werewolf's appearance are frightening enough, the great things about this film are the acting (Steven Ritch in the title role gives a wonderful performance), the plot and script, and the location photography. Also, it's one of the first films to combine horror with sci-fi. And it's played straight--there's none of the silliness and self-parody that mars more recent entries in the werewolf genre.
I urge everyone who loves werewolf movies to check this one out. And remember--in its day, this was one terrifying film!
These four are from 1955-1957. "Creature with the Atom Brain" (1955) has an ex-Nazi (wow, were these guys into *every*thing!) creating atomic-powered zombies, complete with glowing serum in their veins. These middle-aged creeps stalk their victims to help a typical crime lord take over the city. They're hard to spot, except for the flip-top skulls. Story by Curt Siodmak, who sure came a long way downhill from his brilliant "I Walked with a Zombie".
The following year (and 10 movies later!), "The Werewolf" jumps out. No full moon needed here - he's a radioactive werewolf! (See a trend?) Poor guy gets in an auto wreck and some helpful docs fix him up with an experimental serum. You can guess the rest.....
"Zombies of Mora Tau" is certainly original - these zombies are amphibious! They're the remains of a ship's crew, guarding a treasure of diamonds in the underwater wreck.Read more ›
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LOVE this quartet of black and white 50's sci-fi / horror flicks.
THE GIANT CLAW
This film sports one of the silliest movie monster ever. Read more
Thought it would be better. Mid fifties type werewolf - just wanting to kill people - none of this stuff making him a metaphor for misunderstood teenagers or non conformists. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Doug
Four silly but fun science fiction/horror films from the fifties. Check your brain cells at the door and enjoy the ride.
The Giant Claw is especially funny! Read more
The "Sam Katzman: Icons of Horror Collection" is a two DVD, four movie set from one of the great B-movie producers of the 1950's. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert I. Hedges
FUn movies presented pretty clearly for only a DVD. This is a fine set of offbeat and forgotten genre films.Published 8 months ago by RPM