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Essential Monster and SciFi Flix of the 50's

Thomas R. Burke
 
Them! (Snapcase Packaging)
Them! (Snapcase Packaging)
"Mystery!  Suspense!  Giant ants!! The best of the best."
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
"Greatest paranoia film of all time. You'll never look at Mom the same way again."
The War of the Worlds
The War of the Worlds
"Beautiful and exciting film. Special effects hold up even today."
The Thing from Another World
The Thing from Another World
"Great dialogue. Lotsa suspense! Lame monster."
Godzilla King of the Monsters
Godzilla King of the Monsters
"Very dark and moving. They coulda left out Perry Mason though."
Quatermass 2
Quatermass 2
"The scariest movie I saw as a kid.  Blocking the pipes with human pulp!"
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
"Terrific Harryhausen dinosaur and overall SFX for the time."
Creature From the Black Lagoon
Creature From the Black Lagoon
"A classic!  If only they hadn't emasculated the creature in the third film."
Fiend Without a Face (The Criterion Collection)
Fiend Without a Face (The Criterion Collection)
"Brains sucking brains!  It don't get any better than this."
The Monster That Challenged the World
The Monster That Challenged the World
"There's just something creepy about monsters lurking beneath the calm surface of the Salton Sea."
The Blob (The Criterion Collection)
The Blob (The Criterion Collection)
"Great movie if you can accept 30 year old teenagers."
Tarantula (1955) [VHS]
Tarantula (1955) [VHS]
"Second best big bug movie of the 50's. Hey, it's got John Agar!"
The Black Scorpion
The Black Scorpion
"If only they hadn't run out of money before they finished the effects.  Those featureless black sillouettes just don't cut it."
Deadly Mantis [VHS]
Deadly Mantis [VHS]
"Maybe not the best but it was the BIGGEST bug of the 50's."
Rodan
Rodan
"Buy it for the beginning - very creepy."
Quatermass Xperiment [VHS]
Quatermass Xperiment [VHS]
"Great British treatment of sciFi. It just doesn't seem to let up in terms of suspense."
When Worlds Collide
When Worlds Collide
"Beautifully photographed and engaging characters.  Barbara Rush is the most beautiful woman of all time."
It Came from Outer Space
It Came from Outer Space
"Richard Carlson. Barbara Rush. 'nuff said,"
It Came From Beneath the Sea
It Came From Beneath the Sea
"Got to give credit to someone who can pull off a giant Octopus as a threat to San Francisco."
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
"Harryhausen is god."
Attack Of The Crab Monsters
Attack Of The Crab Monsters
"You just have to fit in a Roger Corman picture somewhere."
The Abominable Snowman
The Abominable Snowman
"It's what you don't see that scares you most."
This Island Earth
This Island Earth
"I dunno.  Just a neat flick."
Kronos
Kronos
"Underrated classic."
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