Horror Half-Week, Day 1: Invasion of the Saucer-Men (1957)

It’s aliiiive! TMP’s Halloween series Horror Half-Week returns for a seventh year. I didn’t choose any themes this year — just did some mood-watching of spooky and strange things. There will be reviews today through Tuesday, with a special “Favorite Things About…” post on Halloween itself. Happy Horror Half-Week! Joan Hayden (Gloria Castillo) and Johnny Carter (Steve Terrell) are a small-town couple getting ready to … Continue reading Horror Half-Week, Day 1: Invasion of the Saucer-Men (1957)

Tarantula (1955)

Matt Hastings (John Agar) is a doctor on a mission. After being refused an autopsy on a highly unusual corpse by the sheriff, Dr. Hastings is determined to figure out what caused the corpse’s apparent sudden acromegaly. Hastings calls on Dr. Gerald Deemer (Leo G. Carroll), who had a hand in refusing the autopsy. As it turns out, Deemer knows there’s something odd going on. … Continue reading Tarantula (1955)

The Monolith Monsters (1957)

“The desert is full of things that don’t belong.” In the California desert, a meteorite has crashed into the Earth. This isn’t an entirely unusual event, but it is good reason for geologist Ben Gilbert (Phil Harvey) to collect a few rock fragments for study. That night, a container of water is knocked over near the rock, which causes the rock to grow — killing … Continue reading The Monolith Monsters (1957)

Monster on the Campus (1958)

Curious paradox, isn’t it, gentlemen? After a million-year climb up the evolutionary ladder, man’s great discovery is the way to undo his accomplishments and turn himself into a beast again. The great temptation of our time, to let the beast triumph over the seeker for truth.” Dr. Donald Blake (Arthur Franz) is a paleontology professor at Dunsfield University, receiving his latest specimen for research, a … Continue reading Monster on the Campus (1958)

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

“So close, the infinitesimal and the infinite.” Scott Carey (Grant Williams) is enjoying a sunny afternoon on a boat with his wife, Louise (Randy Stuart). When Louise heads into the cabin to get a couple of drinks, Scott is troubled to see a large cloud moving over the surface of the water toward the boat. It engulfs the boat, but passes just as Louise emerges … Continue reading The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Planet of the Vampires (1965)

Two interplanetary ships, the Galliott and the Argos, are attempting to land on a strange, foggy planet. When the Argos lands, the crew has trouble finding the Galliott. Once they do find the ship, they discover that the entire crew is dead — fallen victim to an odd, fatal, hypnotic state which their own crew only avoided thanks to the resistance and leadership of Captain … Continue reading Planet of the Vampires (1965)

The Alligator People (1959)

“This is a troubled house. Real, deep, big trouble.” -Lou Ann (Ruby Goodwin)   Psychiatrists Dr. Lorimer (Bruce Bennett) and Dr. McGregor (Douglas Kennedy) have given one of their nurses a drug that will knock her out (temporarily) and force her to tell the truth. Jane Marvin (Beverly Garland) has been through a great trauma, but due to a bout of amnesia has been able … Continue reading The Alligator People (1959)

World Without End (1956)

Dr. Eldon Galbraithe (Nelson Leigh) is leading a crew on a Mars-orbiting mission in space. Aboard the rocket with Dr. Galbraithe are engineer Henry Jaffee (Christopher Dark), scientist John Borden (Hugh Marlow), and radio operator Herbert Ellis (Rod Taylor). When the men lose radio contact with Earth, think they can still make it home. After plotting their journey, they set out for Earth, but unexpected turbulence … Continue reading World Without End (1956)

HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 2: The Giant Behemoth (1959)

The time of the spooks is upon us! Happy almost-Halloween to my fellow classic fanatics. Halloween on TMP means Horror Half-Week, a four-day celebration of eerie films from the early to mid-20th century. Today we’ve got a monster flick — The Giant Behemoth (1959)! Yesterday’s review: The Walking Dead (1936) American marine biologist Steve Karnes (Gene Evans) is visiting London to speak at a conference … Continue reading HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 2: The Giant Behemoth (1959)

One year, one film: 1956 – Forbidden Planet

One year, one film: 1956 The film: Forbidden Planet, dir. Fred McLeod Wilcox Starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, and Leslie Nielsen Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Forbidden Planet is one of the most beloved examples of mid-century sci-fi, and a truly enduring classic, all for very good reason. In vibrant color and with plenty of special effects, the film tells the story of … Continue reading One year, one film: 1956 – Forbidden Planet