Rattlers (1976)

Directed by John McCauley Written by Jerry Golding, John McCauley Run Time: 82 minutes 25 Words or Less: Rattlesnakes get pissed off when the military dumps toxic waste on them. Hi Lites Stack FootagePlenty of stock footage from ancient nature reels, complete with defects in the emulsion; I even think I remember seeing one or [...]

The Swarm (1978)

Directed by Irwin Allen Based on the novel by Arthur Herzog Jr., Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant Tagline: “It’s more than a speculation – it’s a prediction!” Run Time: 156 minute Director’s Cut (Yeah, baby! 2 and a half hours of cheese!) “I never dreamed that it would turn out to be the bees…They’ve always been [...]

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 [...]

Megaforce (1982)

Directed by Hal Needham Tagline: “When the force was with them, NO-ONE stood a chance!” Run Time: 99 minutes Megaforce is, I must admit, a guilty pleasure from my long lost past that I’m still able to enjoy as a jaded adult. (My other guilty pleasures from that era are now impossible to re-experience at [...]

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 [...]

Hobgoblins (1987)

Written and directed by Rick Sloane Tagline: "Be careful what you wish for…you just might get it!" Run Time: 92 min “We have to get out of here! Something wild and uncontrollable is loose!”- Daphne Wow. I’m getting old. I’m going to make a confession: I graduated from high-school in 1987. It was a time [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Cloverfield (2008)

Produced by J. J. Abrams Tagline: “Some Thing Has Found Us” A guest review by stalwart contributor Sean Ledden Most of the movies ridiculed, I mean critiqued, at the Monster Shack are prehistoric artifacts from a murky past. Born from the swampy fringes of a by-gone Hollywood, they lumbered across the land seeking to thrill [...]

Beginning of the End (1957)

Directed by Bert I. Gordon Written by Fred Freiberger Tagline: "New thrills! New shocks! New terror!" Run Time: 76 min “Working with radiation can be dangerous.”- Ed The 1950′s were indeed a dangerous time for us poor humans. Never before had we be subjected to so many attacks by giant critters: insects in particular. After [...]