Phantom from Space (1953)

Directed by W. Lee Wilder Written by William Raynor, Myles Wilder In a nutshell: A radioactive alien menaces Santa Monica…but oh, it’s invisible, so don’t get too excited. Run Time: 73 minutes Tagline: “His secret power menaced the world!” Classic Quote: Dr. Wyatt : My theory is that this space ship, or whatever it was [...]

The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955)

Directed by David Kramarsky Screenplay by Tom Flier Effects by Paul Blaisdell Run Time: 78 minutes The Monster Shack happily presents a guest review by Randy Landers. Summary: In an inhospitable wasteland far from civilization, a powerful alien touches down and begins tampering with nature, turning calm animals like birds and chickens into violently aggressive [...]

Unknown World (1951)

Directed by Terry O. Morse Written by Millard Kaufman Run Time: 74 minutes Tagline: Drilling into the forbidding depths of the Earth! Dr. Morley (Victor Kilian)The man behind the miracle…but will he survive the ardous trip? Wright Thompson (Bruce Kellogg)Big Daddy Deep Pockets comes through with the cash…but only if he can tag along. Dr. [...]

Kronos (1957)

Directed by Kurt Neumann Run Time: 78 minutes Tagline: PLANET ROBBER TRAMPLES EARTH…STEALING ENERGY FOR OTHER WORLDS! Kronos is a little 50’s sci-fi treat that I somehow missed earlier in my misspent life. And since I thoroughly enjoyed it I’m going to feel a little guilty as I make fun of it. So I want [...]

From Hell It Came (1957)

Directed by Dan Milner Written by Richard Bernstein Run Time: 73 minutes Tagline: Frightmare! Born of Jungle Witchcraft! Created by a Curse! Dr. William Arnold (Tod Andrews)Mandatory Good Guy, Will refuses to let anything come in between him and the object of his desire: Dr. Terry Mason. Even an Earth shattering scientific find like a [...]

I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

Directed by Gene Fowler Jr. Written by Herman Cohen and Aben Kandel Tagline: "The most amazing motion picture of our time!" Run Time: 76 min Other titles: "Blood of the Werewolf " Before I watch a movie, I feel it is very important to do a little background research first. It is far too easy [...]

Terror from the Year 5000 (1958)

Written and Directed by: Robert J. Gurney Tagline: “From Time Unborn … A Hideous She-Thing!” Run Time: 66 min Other titles: "Cage of Doom ", "The Girl from 5,000 A.D." Summary: Scientist break the "time barrier" and bring back an unexpected visitor with sparkling fingernails and spacey high-heels. Recap: Two scientists, Prof. Erling and Victor, [...]

Teenagers From Outer Space (1959)

Written, Produced, and directed by Tom Graeff Tagline: "Thrill-Crazed Space Kids Blasting the Flesh Off Humans!" Run Time: 86 min Other titles: "Invasion of the Gargon" Our current feature presentation, “ Teenagers from Outer Space” was horribly written and directed. The, ahem, special effects are truly some of the worst I have ever had the [...]

The She-Creature (1956)

Directed by Edward L. Cahn Written by Lou Rusoff Tagline: “Hypnotized! Reincarnated as a monster from hell!” Run Time: 77 min “A creature out of time…the first life form of someone living today…over a million years old!”- Detective Sergeant We open by seeing the mysterious Dr. Carlo Lombardi (Chester Morris), circus hypnotist and all around [...]

Santa Claus (1959)

Written and Directed by Rene Cardona Tagline: “See All the Weird and Wonderful Characters of Make-Believe! The Fantastic Crystal Work-Room of the Happy Elves! The Fabulous Realm of the Candy-Stick Palaces!” Run Time: 94 min “This is Santa’s Magic Observatory. What wonderful instruments! The Ear Scope! The Teletalker, that knows everything! The Cosmic Telescope! The [...]

The Robot Vs. the Aztec Mummy (1958)

Directed by Rafael Portillo Written by Guillermo Calderon Tagline: “See the relentless machine battle the gruesome corpse!” Run Time: 65 min Other Titles: "La momia azteca contra el robot humano " “Stop and think about this: an army of robots obeying me! The human species…sheep obeying my orders! A new theory that man has not [...]

Robot Monster (1953)

Directed by Phil Tucker Written by Wyott Ordung Tagline: “Moon monsters launch attack against Earth! How can science meet the menace of astral assassins? New Science Fiction Thrills!” Run Time: 66 min “I cannot. Yet I must. How do you calculate that? At what point on the graph do ‘must’ and ‘cannot’ meet? Yet I [...]

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

Written and Directed by Ed Wood Jr. Tagline: “Unspeakable Horrors From Outer Space Paralyze the Living and Resurrect the Dead!” Run Time: 79 min Original Title: “Grave Robbers From Outer Space” You may be wondering how I could pick on poor, old,Plan 9…probably the one movie that has been ridiculed, reviewed, and dissected more than [...]

The Mole People (1956)

Directed by Virgil Vogel Written by Laszlo Gorog Tagline: “Terrifying monsters from a lost age!” Run Time: 77 min “Do you think anybody’s ever tried to smoke dried mushrooms?”- Dr. Roger Bentley This snoozer is another in a long line of 1950′s sci-fi flicks that seem to be merely going through the motions of being [...]

Missile To The Moon (1958)

Directed by Richard E. Cunha Screenplay by H.E. Barrie and Vincent Fotre Tagline: "Adventure into the Unknown" Run Time: 78 min “Don’t think, honey…just be beautiful!”- Gary This horrid, contemptible, shameless rip-off of Cat-Women of the Moon is a lovely example of a truly awful sci-fi flick. Almost every aspect of CWOTM has been "borrowed" [...]

Mesa of Lost Women (1953)

Directed by Ron Ormond Written by Herbert Tevos Tagline: "A race of deadly spider-women luring men to their death!" Run Time: 70 min Other titles: "Lost Women of Zarpa" “In the continuing war for survival between man and the hexapods, only an utter fool would bet against the insect.”- Narrator Imagine an alternate universe if [...]

King Dinosaur (1955)

Written and Directed by Bert I. Gordon Tagline: " SEE…A prehistoric world of fantastic adventure come to life!" Run Time: 63 min Nora:"What time would you say it is?" Dick:"Say it’s about 3 o’clock Earth time here." Nora:"Except that we don’t know how many hours are in the daily cycle here. You know this place [...]

It Conquered the World (1956)

Directed by Roger Corman Written by Lou Rusoff Tagline: "Every man its prisoner…every woman its slave!" Run Time: 71 min “This superior intelligence happens to be a personal friend of mine…”- Dr. Anderson “Stupidity restrains mankind’s progress…I’ve been a continual victim of it myself.”- Dr. Anderson I’m certain that the one thing that most people [...]

The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

Written and Directed by Ray Kellogg Tagline: "Only Hell could breed such an enormous beast. Only God could destroy it!" Run Time: 63 min “This is the kind of movie where simple continuity between day and night proves to be a problem…”- James Kendrick , Q NETWORK FILM DESK Review “And the Lord said, laugh, [...]

The Giant Claw (1957)

Directed by Fred Sears Written by Paul Gangelin and Samuel Newman Tagline: "Flying beast out of prehistoric skies!" Run Time: 75 min “An electronics engineer, a radar officer, a mathematician and systems analyst, a radar operator, a couple of plotters. People doing a job, well, efficiently, serious, having fun, doing a job. Situation: normal. For [...]