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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

[…]

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 […]

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’ […]

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 […]

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” […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]