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 [...]

The Day Time Ended (1980)

Directed by John "Bud" Cardos (Yes, John "Outlaw of Gor" Carlos…) Run Time: 79 minutes Tagline: THEIR LIVES BECAME A LIVING HELL! Grant: "Steve, you know what this is don’t you?…It’s a Time Space Warp!" Steve: "I’m not sure I know exactly what that is." Grant: "I don’t suppose anybody really does." —————— Why? That [...]

District 9 (2009)

Written and Directed by Neill Blomkamp Run Time: 112 minutes Tagline: You are not welcome here Peter Jackson’s latest production District 9 is an wonderfully ironic look at man’s inhumanity to man, and man’s inhumanity to inhumanity. Basically: What if alien refugees sort of, well, parked their spaceship at our planet and couldn’t leave? Yes, [...]

War of the Worlds (2005) (plus bonus review! Independence Day (1996))

ATTACK OF THE SCI-FI SOAP OPERA SERIALPART THREE By Sean Ledden War of the Worlds – or – quality time with the kids And now, regrettably, we come back full-circle to Monsieur Spielberg. Remember how I complained in Close Encounters of the Third Kind of our long immersion into Neary household trauma? Well, now that [...]

The Thing (1982)

Directed by John Carpenter Story by John W. Campbell Jr. (Screenplay: Bill Lancaster) Tagline: “Man is The Warmest Place to Hide” Run Time: 109 min “We’re not getting out of here alive…but neither is that thing…“- MacReady I remember when "The Thing" first came out in the theaters. (Yes, I’m that old.) My father had [...]

Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe (1940)

Directed by Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor Tagline: "Zooming Off the Earth!" Run Time: 12 episodes for a total of c. 195 min A movie walk-through for the Rogue Reviewers “Hunky Heart-throbs” Round Table, Feburary, 2005 Character Round Up: Larry “Buster” Crabbe as “Flash Gordon” Carol Hughes as “Dale Arden” Charles Middleton as “Emperor Ming” [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Pumaman (1980)

Directed by Alberto De Martino Written by Luigi Angelo Run Time: 90 min Jane:"Have you ever made love in the air?"Puma Man:"How else would you make little Puma Men?" Pain takes many forms: Headaches, broken bones, tooth aches (of which I actually have one right now), hangovers (I have one of those too), and so [...]

Pod People (1983)

Directed by Juan Piquer Simón Tagline: “Men were not ready to meet these…” Running time: c 80 minutes Other titles: “Los Nuevos Extraterrestres” Ask any movie lover what they consider to be the the worst movie they’ve ever seen. I’ll give you even odds that they say either “Pod People” or “Manos: The Hands of [...]

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 [...]

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" [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Creeping Terror (1964)

Directed by Arthur Nelson Written by Robert Silliphant Run Time: 75 min Other Titles: "Dangerous Charter" It’s not everyday that we come across a film comparable to Manos: The Hands of Fate or Monster A-Go Go in terms of sheer ineptitude and laziness, not to mention that elusive quality that is often referred to as [...]

The Galaxy Invader (1985)

Written and Directed by Don Dohler Tagline: “Alien menace terrorizes trailer-trash rednecks!” Run Time: 79 minutes Oh, and yes, the title shot is off center in the film. I owe a quick shot of thanks to Karl for generously gifting me a wonderful cache of crappy films, namely, the 50 film Sci-Fi <cough cough> Classic [...]

The Brain From Planet Arous (1957)

Directed by Nathan Juran Written by Ray Buffum Run Time: 70 min “I’ll be turning your simple little will off and on…like a key in a lock”- Gor A popular topic in sci-fi films is, of course, intelligent, disembodied brains. As a result, there is a slew of "brain" movies out there, but they all [...]

Being From Another Planet (1982)

Directed by Tom Kennedy Written by Tom Friedman Run Time: 83 min Other Titles: "Time Walker" “Professor, could you move over here and smile at the mummy?”- Photographer Well, another bad mummy movie. But with a twist…the mummy is actually an alien that happened to crash land in Egypt way back when. Wow! Cool! Director [...]

Contact (1997)

ATTACK OF THE SCI-FI SOAP OPERA SERIAL PART ONE by Sean Ledden PROLOGUE A couple of weeks ago my trusty TV of 14 years died a quick and unexpected death. Grief-stricken, I rushed out to buy a new flat-screen LCD and celebrated by watching some of my favorite old wide-screen spectacles, including Close Encounters of [...]