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The Terrornauts

The Terrornauts DVD cover
The Terrornauts (1967) starring Simon Oates, Stanley Meadows, Zena Marshall In short, The Terrornauts looks and feels like a bad 1960’s episode of Dr. Who — which is disappointing, since the first third or so of the film was very promising.
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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), starring Hugh Marlow, Joan Taylor , special effects by Ray Harryhausen
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers  (1956), starring Hugh Marlow, Joan Taylor, special effects by Ray Harryhausen Synopsis of  Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Dr. Russell Marvin heads up Operation Skyhook, which is tasked with sending rockets into the upper atmosphere to probe for future space flights. Unfortunately, all...
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It Came from Outer Space

It Came from Outer Space (1953) starring Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Russell Johnson
It Came from Outer Space (1953) starring Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Russell Johnson  It Came from Outer Space (1953)  – After seeing a spaceship crash into the desert, a local writer is treated like an insane person – until people start acting out of character, and heading to...
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The Day Mars Invaded Earth

The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1963), starring Kent Taylor, Marie Windsor
The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1963), starring Kent Taylor, Marie Windsor   The Day Mars Invaded Earth isn’t a cheesy monster movie — but a subtle one. It’s an invasion that happens so gradually, that the characters, and the audience, isn’t sure at first that anything is going on....
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World (1960) starring Michael Rennie, Claude Rains, Jill St. John, Fernando Lamas
movie review of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World (1960) starring Michael Rennie, Claude Rains, Jill St. John, Fernando Lamas  This is the Irwin Allen version of the movie, where the “dinosaurs” are plainly lizards with fins and horns attached, making the “frightening” monsters laughable–and that’s a...
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Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet (1956) starring Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis
Forbidden Planet (1956) starring Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis  What can be said about Forbidden Planet that hasn’t been said already? It was a beloved part of my childhood and has become part of my children’s childhood as well.  What makes is such an enduring story?
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Deep Space

Deep Space (1998) starring Charles Napier, Ron Glass, Ann Turkel, Julie Newmar
Deep Space (1988) starring Charles Napier, Ann Turkel, Ron Glass, Julie Newmar  The question is not, is Deep Space a cheesy rip-off of Aliens? — because, of course, it is. The question is, how did these actors get into a movie this bad?
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Journey to the Seventh Planet

Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962) starring John Agar, Greta Thyssen
Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962) starring John Agar, Greta Thyssen Synopsis of Journey to the Seventh Planet   Journey to the Seventh Planet is a campy science fiction movie, set in the “distance future” of 2001. In this utopia, the United Nations now rules the planet, and poverty and war...
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The Land Unknown

The Land Unknown (1957) starring Jock Mahoney, Shirley Patterson, William Reynolds, Henry Brandon, Douglas Kennedy
The Land Unknown (1957) starring Jock Mahoney, Shirley Patterson, William Reynolds, Henry Brandon, Douglas Kennedy  The Land Unknown is one of those science fiction movies where good acting is undercut by truly terrible special effects.  At its heart, it’s The Lost World – but with several interesting twists, including a very different character stranded...
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The Retaliator

The Retaliator, aka. Programmed to Kill (1987) starring Robert Ginty Sandahl Bergman
The Retaliator, aka. Programmed to Kill (1987) starring Robert Ginty, Sandahl Bergman Synopsis of The Retaliator A female, middle eastern, terrorist is captured by the CIA in Greece after an attack on a marketplace. Transported back to the USA, the terrorist undergoes an operation where she is transformed into a...
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