Queen of Schlock! Bert I. Gordon

Who wants to go down a Bert I. Gordon rabbit hole with me! I see you out there! Raise your hands! That’s better. Here we go!

Bert Ira Gordon is an American filmmaker, producer, writer and visual effects artist. He is best known for writing and directing science fiction and horror B-movies such as King Dinosaur (1955), The Amazing Colossal Man (1957), Earth vs. the Spider (1958), Village of the Giants (1965), and Empire of the Ants (1977). {source Wikipedia} As of posting this, Bert is 98 years old.

Many of the movies he created, whether it be as a producer, writer or creating the special effects, can be found on many streaming services and in most cases are public domain. I’ve seen most of his movies, (and more than once) either on YouTube or from one of the many b-movie box sets I own. I find his movies to be extremely entertaining and I’m never disappointed. We’ve even shown a few at Killer B Cinema and I know we will continue to do so, once it’s safe for us to resume our monthly movie night.

Bert I. Gordon’s style of movie making has inspired many others and you will see him being thanked often in the credits. His movies are also a favourite for programs such as MST3K and Rifftracks. We also have a lot of fun with commentary when watching.

1957 and 1958 seemed to be the year that many movie makers decided to release low budget creature features. Many of these movies included giant bugs. One of my favourite Bert I. Gordon produced movies is The Beginning of the End, which is about monster size, radioactive locust attacking the United States.

I am going to post a few of his movies below, most of these were made in 1957. They are all on YouTube. There are so many more Bert I. Gordon movies out there, these are a few of my all time favourites. What is your favourite Bert I. Gordon movie?

The Beginning of the End (1957)

Cyclops (1957)(trailer)

The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) Trivia: there is a tribute to H.G. Wells. Keep an eye out for it.

War of the Colossal Beast (1958)

Earth vs the Spider (1958)

Attack of the Puppet People (1958)

Each month I run a b-movie night called Killer B Cinema. Join Lizzie Violet & Zoltan Du Lac for a monthly evening of b-moves from the 1950s to 1990s! Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

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