Review of “The Magnetic Monster ” (1953)

This is our Saturday pizza and bad movie offering, the first of three movies following the doings of the (fictional) “Office of Scientific Investigation” (OSI). The two other later flicks are Riders to the Stars (1954) and Gog (1954). Plot: The opening narration tells the viewer about “new dangers” facing humanity’s existence: sound frequencies thatContinue reading “Review of “The Magnetic Monster ” (1953)”

Review of “Yongary, Monster from the Deep” original title “Taekoesu Yonggary”(1967)

This is our Saturday pizza and bad movie offering, a Mystery Science Theater gem of a Godzilla imitator from Korea—except there’s more than meets the eye. Time for a glass of prosecco. Plot:The movie begins with a wedding between Astronaut Yoo Kwang-nam (Soon-jae Lee) and the lovely Yoo Soon-a (Jeong-im Nam). As they depart forContinue reading “Review of “Yongary, Monster from the Deep” original title “Taekoesu Yonggary”(1967)”

Review of “The Beast of Hollow Mountain” (1956)

For our Saturday pizza and bad movie night, we once again turned to Mystery Science Theater 3000. They did not disappoint. This was a color 1956 Claymation monster flick involving a love triangle, vaqueros, bad dudes, a fistfight in the town square smashing a lot of honest vendors’ stalls, and the heroics of (*sigh*) theContinue reading “Review of “The Beast of Hollow Mountain” (1956)”

Review of “Blood of Dracula” (1957)

This week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering is a black and white vampire tale set in a girls’ school that involves not even a whiff of Dracula. Forbidden topics include cigarette smoking. The trailer hints at lesbianism, but the movie was made in 1957—you know, before such things existed. An interesting ploy. Plot: Eighteen-year-oldContinue reading “Review of “Blood of Dracula” (1957)”

Review of “War of the Colossal Beast” (1958)

This week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering is a sequel to 1957’s The Amazing Colossal Man. It’s worth a second glass of wine to dull the pain. Plot: The dramatic over-the-top opening score with piccolos and tympani lets the viewer know within a few frames that this movie will be chock full of melodrama.Continue reading “Review of “War of the Colossal Beast” (1958)”

Review of “How to Make a Monster” (1958)

This was this week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering. We watched this with Svengoolie and polished off the good chardonnay. Plot:Pete Dumond (Robert H. Harris) and his assistant Rivero (Paul Brinegar) have been creating monster make-up for the movies for twenty-five years. He has just finished an excellent (…it’s in the eye of theContinue reading “Review of “How to Make a Monster” (1958)”

Review of “From Hell it Came” (1957)

This week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie night offering fit the bill in spades. The pizza was good. Plot:Staked to the ground, spread eagle, is Kimo (a Saturday matinee idol lovely Gregg Palmer), the son of the late chief of an unnamed South Pacific Island. For some reason, chickens stand watch around the unfortunate youngContinue reading “Review of “From Hell it Came” (1957)”

Review of “The Black Scorpion” (1957)

I had never heard of The Black Scorpion before we watched it for our Saturday pizza and bad movie night. It promised to be a winner, and it did not disappoint. The chardonnay wasn’t half bad either. Plot: The movie opens with shots of a volcano erupting and demolished buildings. Locals kneel in prayer, notContinue reading “Review of “The Black Scorpion” (1957)”

Review of “Earth vs. the Spider” (1958)

This is this week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie night movie. The pizza was good, the movie was hokey. Plot: In the opening sequences, a man (Merritt Stone) drives down a lonely road at night. He opens a small jewelry box containing a bracelet and a note: “To Carol with Love, Dad.” Something ahead startlesContinue reading “Review of “Earth vs. the Spider” (1958)”

Review of Island of Terror (1966)

As promised, monsters and cheesy specials effects. Saturday night pizza and bad movie night with Svengoolie. Plot: On isolated Petrie Island off the Irish coast, Mrs. Bellows (Joyce Hemson) notices her husband Ian (Liam Gaffney) hasn’t come home. She contacts Constable John Harris (Sam Kydd) and asks him to go look for him. Meanwhile, oncologistContinue reading “Review of Island of Terror (1966)”