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Zontar the Thing from Venus (1967) starring John Agar

Zontar the Thing from Venus

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Zontar the Thing from Venus (1967) starring John Agar

Zontar the Thing from Venus tells the story of an alien (Zontar) that takes advantage of a brilliant, disillusioned scientist. To make Earth, a paradise, of course. Once Zontar’s conquered it. And killed everyone who stands in the way …

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Daughter of Dr. Jeyll (1957) starring Gloria Talbott, John Agar, Arthur Shields

Daughter of Dr. Jekyll

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Daughter of Dr. Jeyll (1957) starring Gloria Talbott, John Agar, Arthur Shields

Daughter of Dr. Jekyll – a young woman discovers that she’s secretly the daughter of Dr. Jekyll. And shortly after, a series of vicious murders start …

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Revenge of the Creature (1955) starring John Agar, Joan Bromfield, Lori Nelson

Revenge of the Creature [John Agar]

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Revenge of the Creature (1955) starring John Agar, Joan Bromfield, Lori Nelson

Revenge of the Creature. Determined men travel back up the Amazon to capture the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Once found the Creature is stunned by dynamite. Then, the gill-man is transported to Marineland (in Florida) for revival, exhibition and study. Strongly objecting to captivity and jabs from an underwater electric cattle prod, he escapes. However, he tracks down and abducts beautiful lady scientist Helen Dobson. Which sets authorities (led by Professor Clete Ferguson) to dog his heels

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Hand of Death (1962) starring John Agar, Paula Raymond

Hand of Death [John Agar]

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Hand of Death (1962) starring John Agar,  Paula Raymond,  Stephen Dunne

Hand of Death is a B-grade monster movie. It deals with a scientist who creates a paralyzing nerve gas. After a lab accident, his touch becomes lethal.

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The Magic Carpet, starring Lucille Ball and John Agar

The Magic Carpet [Lucille Ball]

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The Magic Carpet (1951), starring Lucille Ball and John Agar

I’ve just finished watching The Magic Carpet with my children, having DVR’ed it earlier.  How can I describe this movie?  The word “cheesy”comes to mind; it’s a very typical Arabian Nights-style story, with an evil man overthrowing (and killing) the Caliph of the land, in order to seize control.  The Caliph’s wife, however, manages to send their baby son to safety on the “magic carpet” where he’s raised by a relative, without knowing his true identity.  He (John Agar) grows up, and on his own leads a Robin Hood-style insurrection against the evil, oppressive Caliph.

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Attack of the Puppet People (1958) starring John Agar, June Kenney, John Hoyt - produced and directed by Bert I. Gordon

Attack of the Puppet People

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Attack of the Puppet People (1958) starring John Agar, June Kenney, John Hoyt – produced and directed by Bert I. Gordon

Attack of the Puppet People is a surprisingly enjoyable film by Bert I. Gordon, who lived up to his initials of B.I.G. A lonely doll maker, who can’t bear to have his friends leave him, has a very unusual way of making sure that they don’t …

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Tarantula! John Agar, Maria Corday, Leo G. Carroll

Tarantula

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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 on plants and animals, he instead creates a spider of mammoth proportions with an appetite to match. Escaping from the laboratory and feeding off cattle and humans, this towering tarantula has the people of Desert Rock, Arizona, running for their lives. Can this horrible creature be stopped or will the world succumb to this over-sized arachnid?

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Century of Science Fiction

Century of Science Fiction

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Editorial review of Century of Science Fiction courtesy of Amazon.com

Century of Science Fiction – Hosted by internationally acclaimed horror-meister Christopher Lee, this remarkable 5-DVD set features the very best of science fiction and fantasy from a century of cinematic magic, told in 26 haunting half-hour shows.

Trace the evolution of the science-fiction film from marvelous early trick shorts such as Melies’ A Trip To The Moon through classic sci-fi like The Day the Earth Stood Still and War of the Worlds to more recent mega-hits such as Independence Day and The Terminator.

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Invisible Invaders (1959) starring John Agar, John Carradine

Invisible Invaders

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 Invisible Invaders (1959) starring John Agar, John Carradine, Jean Byron, Philip Tonge, Robert Hutton

When stock footage attacks! Actually,  Invisible Invaders is a better movie than that.  It’s clear upon watching that it was done on a shoestring budget, with ample use of stock footage, footage from documentaries, etc.  The basic plot has literally invisible invaders.  Aliens, who previously ignored Earth, but have now taken notice since the atomic age.  And they demand surrender to their invisible empire.  Or they will animate corpses and use them to cause vast devastation while being immune to any damage. A small group of scientists and one military man need to band together, find the aliens’ weakness, and fight back.

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