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THE BLOB (1958)
THE BLOB (1958) directed by Irwin Yeaworth. Produced by Jack Harris. Filmed in and around Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, THE BLOB was “the little picture that could”, made for $110, 000, and grossing over $4 million ! A very young Steve McQueen must’ve been kicking himself, because he took a payment of $3000 for his part, in lieu of a smaller upfront sum and 10% of the gross! Appearing with McQueen was future girlfriend of Sheriff Andy Taylor in Mayberry, Aneta Corsaut. Ingenious low-budget special-effects kept the cost of the movie down, and made it such a mega success.
THE SPIDER,aka EARTH VS THE SPIDER, aka EARTH VS THE GIANT SPIDER. (1958) produced written and directed by Bert I Gordon
EARTH VS THE SPIDER (1958) produced, written and directed by Bert I Gordon
Featured on a double bill with THE BRAIN EATERS, Bert I. Gordon’s THE SPIDER,aka EARTH VS. THE SPIDER, aka EARTH VS.THE GIANT SPIDER (1957) . Although this film is no masterpiece, I feel it’s far superior to the other crap that Bert I. Gordon put out. Very moody, with a pretty eerie score by Albert Glasser, the film delivers more than the usual share of sure spooky moments and laughs.
Favourite moment: at one point in the movie, the giant spider is supposedly “killed” by gigantic amounts of DDT. For who knows what reason, the sheriff and the high school science teacher have the body of the giant spider brought back and put in the school gymnasium. “We” we know ,of course, that the spider is only stunned, because were only halfway through the film. A local rock band just happens to be practicing in the gym and, a bunch of students decide to come in and dance. As the music plays on, the giant spider starts coming back to life and everyone runs out of the gym shrieking-except for the drummer, who’s so caught up in his music, he doesn’t even notice and keeps playing.
Directed produced and written by. Bert I Gordon. Music by Albert Glasser. Starring…oh, who cares.THE SPIDER is the real star!
The only thing better than a 3 Musketeers bar, is a bunch of 3 Musketeers bars!
What we should do with all DVD copies of VARAN THE UNBELIEVEABLE.
VINCENT PRICE: “So tell me, Kermit the Vampire Frog, now that I’ve shown you VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE, what do you think?”
An American lobby card set from the travesty that is VARAN THE UNBELIEVEABLE (1962)
GIANT MONSTER VARAN (1958) [Japanese title]
VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE (1962) [American release title]
This movie is an enigma. If you notice the difference between the release dates, it’s because it took an American film producer/hack some four years to totally chop up the original film and rerelease into an “unbelievable” mess - full of chopped out scenes, re-edited sound effects and music, insertion of some pathetic American B movie actor , an so on, ad nauseum. Also, despite the title the dubbed actors in this mess don’t even refer to the monster as Varan, but rather something else.
I say this movie is an enigma, because I only originally saw part of the American version on VHS, and it was so dark that whole scenes were totally indefinable. There is a “Tokyo Shock” DVD out there of the original Japanese version, but because private collectors/hoarders have driven the price of the DVD way up, nobody can afford to buy it. (one seller in the UK is actually charging $3773 for this piece of #%*^)
So, I actually don’t even know what this monster is supposed to be. From the pictures, which aren’t all that clear, it looks like a giant lizard/flying squirrel hybrid.
Inspired by the original ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN (1957)
ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN (1958) directed by Nathan Juran. Starring Allison Hayes, William Hudson and Yvette Vickers. Although a classic stinker, this movie has gained a Cult following over the years, and has led to several “unofficial” remakes .
#5 in a series of movie posters of that are 100 times better than the actual film. If only the movie lived up to this fantastic poster by illustrator extraordinaire, Reynold Brown.
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