20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)

I enjoy this film so much it’s almost embarrassing how much I could write about it. I’ll restrain myself. The basic premise introducing the film can be lifted from the Wikipedia article on Jules Verne’s source book: “In the year 1866, ships of...
Angry Red Planet (1959)

Angry Red Planet (1959)

Touted by vintage cinema buffs as a favorite piece from director Ib Melchior (R.I.P. this last week), The Angry Red Planet nevertheless has widely disparate reviews. Many of these discussions seem to hinge on whether the special effects are “so bad they’re...
The Fly (1958) – and The Fly (1986)

The Fly (1958) – and The Fly (1986)

As per my (new) Letterboxd persona, I briefly reviewed versions of the sci-fi horror The Fly. Both films are great, and I’m so glad I watched them back-to-back. The original film, directed by Kurt Neumann, is a simple story; it reminded me of a “Twilight...
October 7th: Horror of Dracula (1958)

October 7th: Horror of Dracula (1958)

This post is the seventh in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. 1958’s Horror Of Dracula – alternate title, Dracula – is the second in the famous Hammer Horror films, and Christopher Lee’s first turn as Count Dracula (he’d go...
Tuesday, September 9th: The Giant Claw (1957)

Tuesday, September 9th: The Giant Claw (1957)

Tonight we say, “gobble! gobble! gobble!” as we belly up to the all-you-can-eat buffet of turkey featured in 1957’s The Giant Claw. From a reviewer on rottentomatoes.com: “This movie is amazing… It’s like like Plan Nine…only...