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My B-Movie Reviews

It Came from Outer Space (1



This is a true class sci-fi movie and one of my dear late Mom’s favorites and mine too! This movie has an outstanding cast. My review will be posted soon.


Night of the Blood Beast (1958)Night of the Blood Beast movie poster 2

Key Cast Members
Michael Emmet plays Maj.John Corcoran
Angela Greene plays Dr. Julie Benson
John Baer plays Steve Dunlap
Ed Nelson plays Dave Randall
Tyler McVey plays Dr. Alex Wyman
Georgianna Carter plays Donna Bixby
Ross Sturlin plays The Creature

Night of the Blood Beast_cast
Production
Writers – Gene Corman (story); Martin Varno
Director – Bernard L. Kowalski
Production Company – American International Pictures; Balboa Productions
Release Date – August 1, 1958

Night of the Blood Beast_the creature attacks a man_larger photo

The Plot In a Nutshell
This so-bad-it’s good B-movie was directed by Bernard L. Kowalski, who also directed the fabulous B-movie, Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) and the pilots for TV shows such as Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957), N.Y.P.D. (1967) and The Monroes (1966).

Night of the Blood Beast was produced by Gene Corman and the Executive Producer was his brother, Roger Corman, both of whom produced and directed plenty of wonderful B-movies such as Beast from Haunted Cave (1959), Monster from the Ocean Floor (1954), and many, many more!

Night of the Blood Beast_group examines dead astronaut
Astronaut Maj. John Corcoran crashes back to earth in his rocket ship and lands near the station where his co-workers Steve, Dave, Alex, Donna and his fiancé, Julie, are working diligently to track his launch. They find John in the ship and sadly determine that he didn’t make it. But, wait….he’s not dead! John is revived by alien beings that are living and growing in his stomach. He might make history by being the first man to give birth to alien babies! Ha! Ha!

Fluoroscopy machine
To complicate matters, a strange alien creature is lurking around at night outside the station and then it breaks in and kills one of the group! John tells his co-workers to trust the creature and give it a chance to explain what it wants. However, they think the creature has bamboozled John, and it really wants to use his body as a host to grow alien babies so it can take over planet Earth!

Night of the Blood Beast_the creature attacks Donna
What’s even more frightening is when the hapless group realizes that the alien has cut them completely off from communication with the outside world. Not even Cape Canaveral can get through to them! Will the group of scientists, military personnel and a photographer make it through the scary night? How can they, while the creature lurks right outside?

Can they summon their courage to face the creature when it beckons them to meet it at the caves near the station? Will mankind be taken over by alien beings? Well, my friends, you’ll just have to watch this groovy space age B-movie clunker to find out!

Night of the Blood Beast_the creature emerges from the cave


Some of My Favorite Quotes from Night of the Blood Beast (1958)
“I seemed to be floating in a warm, black mist.”
— Maj. John Corcoran

“It’s unbelievable, things like this just don’t happen!”
— Steve Dunlap

“If what you say is true, and I’ve been dead, I don’t know what this means for us, but I haven’t changed in my feelings.”
–Major John Corcoran

“Even with these cocktails, I’m not anxious to tangle with that creature!”
— Dave Randall
 

Why I Think It’s Worth Watching

  • The music, by Alexander Laszlo, is eerie and cheezy, all at the same time.
  • The creature, aka The Blood Beast, casts scary shadows as it creeps along outside the tracking station.
  • This movie was filmed at the Bronson Caves, at Bronson Canyon in Griffith Park and I’ve been to the caves! They’re neat!Bronson Caves 2
  • This movie was filmed in just 7 days! Wow!
  • A “dead” rocket man comes back to life and he has baby aliens living inside him!Rocket Radio
  • There is a nifty looking fluoroscopy X-ray machine that operates on a radium cathode tube! When John gets in it, the machine reveals the aliens who live in his stomach!Fluoroscopy_procedure_1909
  • The creature, aka The Blood Beast, aka the alien, has long, curving, sharp claws, big, bulging eyes and a bird-like beak!Night of the Blood Beast_the creature
  • The group uses guns that look like they came from the Civil War….but it’s 1958!Night of the Blood Beast_guy with a gun
  • The overacting by the cast is lots of fun!
  • The creature, aka The Blood Beast, gives a rousing speech at the end of the movie!

What Happened on August 1, 1958, the Movie’s Release Date?
The USS Nautilus, the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine, submerges under the Arctic ice cap.

USS Nautilus

 

The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)
The Brain from Planet Arous (1957) movie poster

 Key Cast Members
John Agar plays Steve March
Joyce Meadows plays Sally Fallon
Robert Fuller plays Dan Murphy
Thomas Browne Henry plays John Fallon

Sallly and Steve

Production
Writer – Ray Buffum (screenplay)
Director – Nathan Juran
Production Company – Marquette Productions Ltd.
Release Date – October 1, 1957

The Plot In a Nutshell
This entertaining Atomic Age B-movie is directed by the fabulous Nathan Juran (aka Nathan Hertz), who also directed such excellent movies as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958); 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) and Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1958).

Gor, an evil brain from the planet Arous, crash lands near the White Sands Proving Ground in the New Mexico desert. Gor is up to no good, but he can only wreak havoc on planet Earth by inhabiting the body of a human. So, he decides to use Steve March for his host body. Steve is a nuclear scientist associated with the Indian Springs Atomic Energy Commission, near Alamogordo. The next thing you know, after Gor takes over Steve’s body and free will, Steve threatens to destroy the capital cities of the Earth unless world leaders bend to Gor’s evil scheme of world domination.

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As Gor continues to control him, Steve goes from a mild-mannered scientist to a crazy, possessed sex fiend, and frightens his sweet, good natured fiancé, Sally Fallon, and her scientist Dad, John. However, there is hope in sight when Vol, a kind-hearted and good brain from the planet Arous, arrives just in time to help them. Vol temporarily inhabites the body of George, Sally and Steve’s lovable dog. While he uses George as his host body (no harm is done to George), Vol explains to Sally and her Dad that Gor is a wanted criminal on the planet Arous, and that he’s traveled to Earth to bring Gor back to Arous to face jail time.

Steve and Dan at Bronson Canyon
Can Sally, John, and Vol work together fast enough to destroy Gor before he completely annihilates planet Earth? Well, my friends, you’ll just have to watch this totally cheezy cosmic B-movie to find out!

Steve and Dan in Bronson Caves
Some of My Favorite Quotes from The Brain from Planet Arous

“Boy, when I think I could have studied accounting, and worked in an air conditioned office!” – Dan Murphy

“Oh, you know Dan, a playboy at heart. One week in the mountains and he has to go to Las Vegas to recuperate.” – Steve March

“I am Gor. I need your body as a dwelling place while I am here on your Earth.” – Gor, the brain from planet Arous

Steve March, possessed by Gor

Why I Think It’s Worth Watching

  • The musical score is creepy and dramatic and perfect for this B-movie!
  • A giant brain with spooky eyes floats in the air!
  • You can clearly see the strings from which the brain is hanging, ha! ha!
  • The movie was filmed at the famous Bronson Canyon and Bronson Caves in Los Angeles, and I’ve been to both locations!
  • Gor, the giant brain, has the hots for Sally!
  • Sally and her Dad live in a groovy, mid-century modern house!

What Happened on October 1, 1957, the Movie’s Release Date?
“In God We Trust” first appeared on U.S. paper currency.

In God We Trust on 1957 U.S. dollar bill

 

 

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

X-The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, movie poster


Key Cast Members
Ray Milland plays Dr. James Xavier
Diana Van der Vlis plays Dr. Diane Fairfax
Harold J. Stone plays Dr. Sam Brant
John Hoyt plays Dr. Willard Benson
Don Rickles plays Crane

Ray Milland and Diana Van der Vlis

Production
Writers – Robert Dillon (screenplay); Ray Russell (screenplay & story)
Director – Roger Corman
Production Company – Alta Vista Productions
Release Date – September 18, 1963

The Plot In a Nutshell
This psychedelic and amazing B-movie is directed by the multi-talented Roger Corman, who also directed wonderful movies such as Little Shop of Horrors (1960); Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961); War of the Satellites (1958); The Young Racers (1963); The Haunted Palace (1963) and many more!

Dr. James Xavier, a well-known benevolent scientist, wants to help improve human eyesight. So, after many experiments, he’s able to develop eye drops that give him x-ray vision. He can see through walls, clothes, people and even into the very core of the universe! However, the drops’ effects prove to be too strong and when he closes his eyes to sleep, he can still see, day or night!

X-The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, Ray Milland with Dark Glasses

So, the good doctor starts to lose his marbles and through a series of mishaps, he runs afoul of the law and goes on the run. Can his friends, Dr. Diane Fairfax and Dr. Sam Brant, save him before he goes completely off the deep end? Well, my friends, you’ll just have to watch this ahead-of-its-time groovy B-movie to find out!

Some of My Favorite Quotes from X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

“My dear friend, only the gods see everything.” – Dr. Sam Brant

“My dear doctor, I’m closing in on the gods!” – Dr. James Xavier

Why I Think It’s Worth Watching

  • This movie has a wonderful, creepy soundtrack!
  • The opening credits are full of fun, psychedelic graphics!
  • Scientists actually smoke in their lab, and use a Bunsen burner to light their cigarettes, Ha! Ha!
  • Don Rickles plays a sleazy carny worker named Crane.
  • Ray Milland plays the benevolent scientist, Dr. James Xavier, and later in the movie, he plays a psychic in Don Rickle’s cheezy carnival show!X-The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, Ray Milland as a phony psychic
  • Dr. Xavier plays slot machines in Las Vegas, and he has creepy monster’s eyes!
    X-The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, Ray Milland with Monster Eyes
  • Dr. Xavier goes to a swinging cocktail party and he can see people through their clothes, because of his x-ray vision!X-The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, Ray Milland at the coctail party
  • There’s a cool-looking retro coffee machine!

What Happened on July 1, 1959, the Movie’s Release Date?
The Patty Duke Show, starring the very talented Patty Duke, premiered on ABC TV.
The Patty Duke Show

 

 

 The Alligator People (1959)
The Alligator People movie poster

Key Cast Members

  • Beverly Garland plays Joyce Webster
  • Bruce Bennett plays Dr. Eric Lorimer
  • Lon Chaney Jr. plays Manon
  • George Macready plays Dr. Mark Sinclair
  • Frieda Inescort plays Mrs. Lavinia Hawthorne
  • Richard Crane plays Paul Webster
  • Douglas Kennedy plays Dr. Wayne MacGregor

Joyce Webster and Manon
Production
Writers – Orville H. Hampton (screenplay & story); Charles O’Neal (story); Robert M. Fresco (uncredited)
Director – Roy Del Ruth
Production Company – Associated Producers, Inc.
Release Date – July 1, 1959

The Plot In a Nutshell
This super cheezy and very entertaining B-movie is directed by the wonderful and versatile Roy Del Ruth, who also directed silent movies such as Asleep at the Switch (1923), Eve’s Lover (1925), and talkies such as Blond Crazy (1931), Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) and many more.

Joyce Webster and her new husband, Paul, are on a train, taking their honeymoon trip, when Paul receives a mysterious telegram. He immediately gets off the train at the next stop…without his new bride! So, Joyce begins to look for him in earnest, and her search leads her to a spooky old mansion, called The Cypresses, nestled in the swamp lands of Louisiana.

Joyce Webster and the AlligatorThe mistress of the manor, Mrs. Lavinia Hawthorne, claims she’s never even heard of Paul Webster, but spunky and smart Joyce knows Lavinia is lying. So, it’s up to Joyce to piece together the riddle of why Paul’s last known address before going away to college is indeed the creepy old mansion. When she hears a piano playing in the living room, and goes to investigate, she runs into a man who looks and acts suspiciously like her new husband, Paul, with one exception…he has scaly skin that makes him look like an alligator!

Joyce Webster at The Cypresses
Can Joyce figure out what’s really going on at the haunted mansion, and at the laboratory down the lane, run by a mad scientist, Dr. Mark Sinclair? Will she ever locate her husband, Paul? Well, my friends, you’ll just have to watch this way-out B-movie to find out!

Some of My Favorite Quotes from The Alligator People

“There was something sinister about The Cypresses. As night darkened the house, all the doubts and fears which had haunted the long, lonely miles of my search returned.”
— Joyce Webster

“Your patients are turning into…alligators!” – Joyce Webster

Why I Think It’s Worth Watching

  • There are lots of scary swamps with even scarier alligators!
  • Lon Chaney Jr. is menacing with his hook hand!
  • A mad scientist drives an amphibious swamp buggy!
    Swamp Buggy
  • A mad scientist has a space age laboratory with a gamma ray/cobalt radiation machine!
  • A man who is half-man and half-alligator plays the piano like Chopin!
  • A man who has an alligator head runs around the swamps!

What Happened on July 1, 1959, the Movie’s Release D