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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kronos (1957)

Directed by Kurt Neumann

Run Time: 78 minutes


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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."


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 […]

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), […]

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 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! […]

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’ […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.”– […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 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, […]