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King Kong

King Kong (1933) starring Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong To be clear, this is the original King Kong movie, not the 1976 remake, or the more recent remake by Peter Jackson. Both remakes are enjoyable in their own right although I strongly prefer Jacksons this is the...
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King Kong Escapes

King Kong Escapes (1967) starring Mie Hama, Rhodes Reason, Linda Miller, Hideyo Amamoto
King Kong Escapes (1967) starring Mie Hama, Rhodes Reason, Linda Miller, Hideyo Amamoto King Kong Escapes is, in fact, one of the cheesiest monster movies of all time — with special effects by Rankin-Bass. No, seriously. It’s enjoyable, cheesy fluff that doesn’t take itself very seriously, which is a good thing. The...
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King Kong vs Godzilla

King Kong vs Godzilla DVD cover
King Kong vs Godzilla, 1962 No one will mistake  King Kong vs Godzilla for high art — and that’s fine; it doesn’t pretend to be anything other than enjoyable silliness. It’s two men in rubber suits, fighting in choreographed style — shades of professional wrestling. The movie has...
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Them!

Them! starring James Arness, James Whitmore
Them! (1954) starring James Arness, James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon There are certain movie cliches, and the 1950’s is possibly best known for the science fiction “giant monster” movie (ie. Kaiju). It often served as a morality story, about the dangers of atomic energy, unexpected consequences, and fear of...
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The Deadly Mantis

The Deadly Mantis (1952) starring Craig Stevens, Alix Talton, William Hopper
The Deadly Mantis  (1952) starring Craig Stevens, Alix Talton, William Hopper Synopsis of  The Deadly Mantis When a giant, prehistoric praying mantis is released from its’ icy grave, it revives and starts looking for food–and the only food in the Arctic are the various military people and researchers...
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Tarantula

Tarantula! John Agar, Maria Corday, Leo G. Carroll
Tarantula! (1955) John Agar, Maria Corday, Leo G. Carroll   You can run and you can hide but there is no escaping the sci-fi classic Tarantula about a science experiment gone horribly wrong! When biochemist Leo G. Carroll decides to feed the world by using a special growth formula...
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The X from Outer Space

The X from Outer Space
The X from Outer Space (1967) Synopsis of The X from Outer Space  When a scientist crew returns from Mars with some space spores that contaminated their ship, they inadvertently bring about a nightmarish Earth invasion.  After the spores are analyzed in a lab, one escapes, eventually growing into...
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Konga

Konga (1961) starring Michael Gough, Margo Johns
Konga (1961) starring Michael Gough, Margo Johns In Konga  – a doctor returns from Uganda with a carnivorous plant that he can use to enlarge animals – Konga, the chimpanzee, that he turns into a gorilla — and his own personal tool for murder.
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The Mole People

The Mole People (1956) starring John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont, Alan Napier
The Mole People  (1956) starring John Agar, Cynthia Patrick,  Hugh Beaumont, Alan Napier Ignore the pseudo-scientific explanation of how there could be a vast, underground civilization at the beginning of the film–since it really doesn’t have much to do with the movie, and simply serves as padding. There...
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