The X from Outer Space (1967)

Other Titles: (Giant Space Monster: Guilala (宇宙大怪獣:ギララ) Director: Kazui Nihonmatsu Producer: Wataru Nakajima Screenplay:    Eibi Motomochi    Moriyoshi Ishida    Kazui Nihonmatsu SFX: Hiroshi Ikeda Art Direction: Shigemori Shigeta Music: Taku Izumi CAST:    Toshiya Wazaki – Captain Sano    Peggy Neal – Lisa    Itoko Harada – Michiko    Eiji Okada – Dr. Kato    Franz Gruber – Dr. Berman    Shin’inchi [...]

Kong Island (1968)

Directed by Roberto Mauri Written by Roberto Mauri and Walter Brandi Run Time: 82 minutes Tagline: From the forest came the terror of… Other Titles: King of Kong Island "I can hardly wait to find out if there really is a sacred monkey." – Diane Yes, I know: sorry about the screen-shot quality. This movie [...]

The Giant of Metropolis (1961)

Directed by Umberto Scarpelli Written by Gino Stafford, Sabatino Cuiffini, Oreste Palella, Amabrogio Moltaeni, Umberto Scarpelli, and Emimmo Salvi (whew!) Run Time: 92 minutes Tagline: See! The Dwarfs of Death! See! The City Destroyed by Cataclysm! See! Women Who Live Forever! [NOTE: There are no women who live forever in this movie.] Memorable Quote: “Only [...]

The Green Slime (1968)

Directed by Kinji Fukasaku Written by Bill Finger and Ivan Reiner Run Time: 90 min Tagline: "The Green Slime is coming!" Other Titles: Death and the Green Slime, Gamma #3 Big Military Space Operation (Japan) Classic quote: Doctor Lisa Benson looking over a bloody, smoking, charred body: "He’s dead." The Green Slime is an odd [...]

It’s Alive (1969)

Written and Directed by Larry Buchanan (based on the story "Being" by Richard Matheson) Run Time: 80 minutes Tagline: Trapped In a Cave of Terror! Wayne Thomas (Tommy Kirk)Wayne Thomas, the intrepid and self-proclaimed “assistant professor of paleontology”, helps Leilla and Bella fight for their lives against Greely and his evil rubber-suited monster. Will Wayne [...]

They Saved Hitler’s Brain (1963)

Directed by Dave Bradley Written by Steve Bennett, Peter Miles Run Time: 91 minutes Tagline: The most incredible plot to conquer the world! Phil Day (Walter Stocker)The most incompetent CID Agent the world has ever seen. Nevertheless, Phil is sent to Mandoras to save the world. Thank goodness he drags his wife along with him [...]

Latitude Zero (1969)

Directed by Ishiro Honda Run Time: 89 minutes Tagline: Discover the incredible world of tomorrow…15 miles straight down at LATITUDE ZERO! The sci-fi world of the late 60’s saw a number of weird Anglo-Japanese mutations spring to life, like the terrifying space-born menace, The Green Slime. And just as wondrously, the 1969 fantasia about an [...]

Attack of the Monsters (1969)

Directed by Noriaki Yuasa Run Time: 82 minutes Other Titles: "Gamera vs. Guiron", "Gamera vs. the Devil-Beast Guiron" Yes, he’s back. Everybody’s favorite giant, flying, fire-breathing, child protecting, space turtle: Gamera. Created by the wild minds at Daiei Studios in an effort to cash in on Toho’s successful Godzilla series, Gamera has graced the silver [...]

Attack From Space (1964)

Directed by Ishii, Akira Mitsuwa, Koreyoshi Akasakai Written by Ichiro Miyagawa Tagline: “When evil Space Nazis from the Sapphire Galaxy seek to destroy the earth, only a Japanese man of steel in white tights can save us!” (OK, I made that up. I couldn’t find an official tagline.) Run Time: 76 minutes 1957 was a [...]

The Wild World of Batwoman (1966)

Written and Directed by Jerry Warren Tagline: Her thrills rip forth in wide wild adventure! Run Time: 102 min “We’re vampires alright…but only in a synthetic sense.”- Vampire girl After the release of The Wild World of Batwoman (WWOBW from now on), director Jerry Warren was promptly sued by the owners of the "Batman" character. [...]

The Slime People (1963)

Directed by Robert Hutton Tagline: “Up from the bowels of the Earth!” Running time: 76 min Other titles: “Tomorrow You Die” As the tag line states: “Up from the bowels of the Earth!”…Indeed. This lovely little slime-ball of a film was directed by actor Robert Hutton (who coincidentally stars in it, who would have thought…). [...]

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

Directed by David Quaid Written by Paul Jacobson Tagline: “Blast off for Mars… with Santa and a pair of Earth kids!” Run Time: 81 min Other titles: "Santa Claus Defeats the Aliens " Just the title is enough to make my tooth fillings ache. I picture a hairy-armed goon strapping me into a chair and [...]

Ring of Terror (1962)

Directed by Clark L. Paylow Written by Lewis Simeon and G.J. Zinnerman Run Time: 71 min “All monuments, from the simplest to the most elaborate, stand erect on the closed books of the lives of our dearly departed.”- Cemetary caretaker OK, first, sorry for the fuzzy screen shots. Some of these movies I review are [...]

Reptilicus (1961)

Written and directed by Sidney W. Pink Tagline: “A prehistoric beast born 50 million years out of time!” Run Time: 81 min To give you an idea of just how bad this movie is, consider that the film’s American distributor, the infamous American International Pictures (AIP) (who would distribute anything as long as they could [...]

Monster A-Go Go (1965)

Written and Directed by Bill Rebane / Herschell Gordon Lewis Tagline: “An Anstronaut Went Up — ‘Guess What’ Came Down!” Run Time: 69 min Other titles: "Terror at Halfday" What do you get when renowned B-movie schlock-meister Bill Rebane (Director of The Giant Spider Invasion) runs out of money half-way through a movie, and a [...]

‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate (1966)

Written and directed by Hal Warren Tagline: "It’s beyond your imagination!&quote Run Time: 74 min Other titles: "The Lodge of Sins&quote Necking kids:"Awww…we aint doing nothing…"Sheriff:"Well, whatever it is you’re not doing, go don’t do it somewhere else." No. I did not misquote that second line. That’s as clever as this movie ever gets. So [...]

The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-up Zombies!!? (1964)

Directed by Ray Dennis Steckler Tagline: "SEE: the dancing girls of the carnival murdered by the incredible night creatures of the midway! SEE: the hunchback of the midway fight a duel of death with the mixed up zombies! SEE: the world’s first monster musical!" Run Time: 82 min Other Titles: "Diabolical Dr. Voodoo", "The Incredibly [...]

Horrors of Spider Island (1960)

Written and Directed by Fritz Bottger Tagline: "Shock upon shock! Terror upon terror!" Run Time: 77 min Other Titles: "Ein Toter hing im Netz" “The boys will be surprised when they see how we’ve dressed ourselved up in our island costumes! They promised us real whiskey!”- Hot babe rejoicing at her rescue This horrid German [...]

Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster (1965)

Directed by Robert Gaffney Tagline: “Warning! Beware their stare!” Run Time: 79 minutes Other titles: “Mars Attacks Puerto Rico” Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster is low-budget, bottom of the barrel drive-in theater filler. Despite its enticingly lurid title, the film is listless, lazy, and should be avoided. From the dark void of outer space approaches a [...]

Destroy All Planets (1968)

Directed by Noriaki Yuasa Run Time: 75 minutes NOTE: This review assumes that you are already familiar with Gamera, the gigantic, flying, fire-breathing turtle. If that concept is new to you and makes you uneasy, or the thought of giant turtles battling giant squid-birds frightens you, then you should skip this review. OK, fine. In [...]