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Queen of Schlock! Oh Canada!

Oh Canada! How we forget about the amazing and amazingly bad movies you’ve made! The thing is, we shouldn’t be forgetting about the movie industry of our truly wonderful country. Some of my all time favourite movies have been made here and I think I need to talk more about them. I’ve decided to add a new series to Queens of Schlock called Oh Canada. For this post I am going to give an overview of some of my favourites and then upcoming, I will talk about specific movies, actors or directors.

What sparked this? We recently watched Frankenstein On Campus. A gem from 1970 that was shot in Toronto. It stars Robin Ward. Robin Ward was a favourite of mine when I was a kid. I will have an upcoming post about him as well. The thing is, we live in a country with so, so many talented film makers and actors. We need to be watching way more Canadian content than we actually do. I remember watching a lot of Canadian horror in the 1970s and 1980s and being so much more creeped out by it than our American counterparts. One of my all-time favourite Christmas horror movies to watch is Black Christmas. I watch it every single year!

As someone who tried her hand at acting and who has many friends in the film industry, it is high time we start talking a lot more about Canadian film. The Good. The Bad. And The Ugly.

Click here for a list of a few dozen movies you should be checking out!

Currently, these are some of my top Canadian made films. Much of it is low budget, but all if it is awesome! What are your favourite Canadian made movies? What classic Canadian films do you suggest I watch?

Frankenstein On Campus (1969) This movie stars one of my all-time favourite Canadian actors, Robin Ward.

Blood & Donuts (1995)  is a 1995 Canadian super natural comedy horror film directed by Holly Dale, written by Andrew Rai Berzins, and starring Gordon Currie and Helene Clarkson. David Cronenberg plays a cameo role as the local crime boss.

Black Xmas (1974) This is part of my yearly Yule tradition. I watch this movie, every single year!!!

Cannibal Girls (1973) There are lots of recognizable faces in this movie, especially if you are a fan of SCTV and the Hilarious House of Frightenstein. Anyone recognize Andrea Martin, Eugene Levy and Fishka Rais. 

The 1970s and 1980s were also huge for Canadian horror movies, especially those made by David Cronenberg. Below is a list of a few of my favourites. (no all are by Cronenberg)

Scanners (1981)

Rabid (1977) This movie freaked me out as a kid.

Dead Ringers (1988)

Videodrome (1983)

The Brood (1979)

The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane (1976) Raise your hand if you recognize a young Jody Foster.

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! There will also be trivia with prizes & much more! Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Queen of Schlock! Bad Ass Women: Tura Satana

Tura Satana. Oh how I love thee. Let me name the ways. I love your badassery in Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, your martial arts prowess in The Doll Squad and your careless whimsy as you off your enemies in Astro Zombies (though… sadly not my favourite of your movies), not to mention that amazing pink cutout dress! Your style, your flare, your sass.

For those who don’t know who this badass woman is (how dare you), here is a little blurb from Wikipedia.

Satana was born Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi in Hokkaidō, Japan. Her father was a Japanese silent movie actor of Filipino descent, and her mother was a circus performer of Native American (Cheyenne) and Scots-Irish background. After the end of World War II and a stint in the Manzanar internment camp in Lone Pine, California, Tura and her family moved to Chicago.

Tura Satana studied martial arts since she was a child (sadly, due to being sexually assaulted as a child – she later sought out all of her attackers and got revenge), as a teenager she formed a girl gang and as a result was sent to reform school, at the age of 13 she was forced into a marriage to a 17 year-old boy by her parents, at the age of 15 she moved to Los Angeles and using a fake I.D. she became a burlesque dancer, was romantically linked to Elvis and was convinced by Harold Lloyd (yes that Harold Lloyd – silent screen star) to become an actress. Tura was an incredible and fascinating woman. I would have loved to have met her.

In my own opinion, I always hoped that Tura Satana had a longer career. Her screen presence was undeniable. After the movie The Doll Squad, she lived through the tragedy of a former lover shooting her. She stopped acting for a few decades because of it, returning in 2004 to make a couple more Astro Zombie movies. Thankfully, she did the comicon circuit, allowing new generations to appreciate her! There is a documentary being made about her and I hope it gets released one day.

A few of her other roles were in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E., Irma La Douche, and the sequels to Astro Zombie.

My two all time favourite movies are Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and The Doll Squad. She is beyond a total badass in both of those movies. We recently had a movie night in our backyard, a way to get our Killer B Cinema fix, while socially distancing with our neighbours. It was a first time viewing of Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! for everyone else who joined us. If you haven’t seen either of these movies, go do it now! I’m posting either trailers or full movies below.

The Astro Zombies (1969)

The Doll Squad (1973)

Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

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! There will also be trivia with prizes & much more! Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Queen of Schlock! The Movies I Just Can’t Get Through

We all have them. Books we couldn’t read to the end, television series we quit watching partway through a season and movies we just can’t watch to the end. I watch a lot of movies and I make every effort, no matter how bad the movie is, to watch it all the way through. No. Matter. How. Bad. It. Is! I love bad movies. I especially love really bad movies. However, there are a few I cannot, no matter how hard I try, finish watching.

I also want to make it clear that I’m not slagging the makers of these movies. I’m sure when they were making the movie, that they had a hit on their hands. I love movie makers who are so incredibly dedicated to their craft that they see it through to the end. It’s why I love Ed Wood Jr. so much. I find movie makers like this inspiring. It’s just… some movies are just not watchable. At least the ones I talk about below, are not watchable for me. If you loved them, kudos. We all have different tastes.

Chai Lai is a 2006 Thai action film about five female top-secret crimefighters. The movie is a Thai knock off of Charlie’s Angels. I love knock off movies made by other countries. I love seeing their take on the movie. It’s why we show so many Turkish knock-off movies at Killer B Cinema. This one though…. oh boy. It was not good. At one point I asked my husband how much time was left, I thought we must be getting towards the end, and when he said 43 minutes, I told him, I was out. I was so hopeful for this one. It had action and cheese. I love cheese. The biggest issue was it was impossible to follow. Even if it’s a horrible movie, there needs to be something that helps you follow along. Anything! I can make it through a Neil Breen movie and those never make sense, so it says a lot that I couldn’t make it through this one!

The trailer to the movie honestly makes it look like an awesome movie… don’t be fooled by the trailer.

The Wild Women of Wongo (1958) Someone… actually recommended this one to me. They thought since it was so bad, I’d enjoy it. Well, they were right, it’s bad. So bad I was twenty minutes in and stopped watching it. The other night my husband saw it on YouTube and thought it looked fun and as soon as he started watching it, I picked up my phone and started scrolling through Instagram and explained why I wasn’t going to watch it again. That’s usually the sign that I’ve checked out of a movie. He lasted maybe ten minutes. In case you want to give it a try yourself, I’ve posted the full movie below.

Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968) I really, really wanted to like this movie! It stars Mamie Van Doren. I love Mamie Van Doren. It’s also a Roger Corman Production and Roger is another of my favourite filmmakers. Sadly, it was another movie that I lasted about twenty minutes. To be completely honest though, I may not have been in the right frame of mind the day I tried to watch it and I am willing to give this one another try. If I do, I will report back.

Those are three of the recent movies that I couldn’t get through. What movie have you watched that you couldn’t watch to the end?

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! There will also be trivia with prizes & much more! Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Queen of Schlock! The B Movies Queens: Caroline Munro

Everyone’s favourite b-movie bombshell is one of my all-time favourite b-movie actresses. I’ve loved her since seeing her guest role in the Christmas Horror movie classic Don’t Open Until Christmas and fell even more in love when I saw her in movies such as Starcrash and the Hammer sensation Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter. If I ever see her name billed for a movie, I’m watching it! Oh yes, I am!

Who, oh who am I talking about? The illustrious b-movie queen herself, Caroline Munro! I like so many others swoon when we see her grace the screen. Recently, we rewatched her in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and will soon be rewatching her in another Hammer classic Dracula A.D. 1972. Yes, her role is small in this one, and there are bigger stars such as Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, however, I come for the vampires, but always stay for the Caroline Munro!

And let’s not forget the fact that she was a Bond Girl! She played Naomi, Stromberg’s personal pilot, and a would-be assassin in the movie. Her voice was once again dubbed (as in many of the movies she was in), which I never understood. I get it, this happens a lot. They did it to Barbara Steele as well. Both have lovely voices and British accents. Why you would dub over that is beyond me!

Some Caroline Munro Trivia:

*Caroline is a trustee of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.
*In 1977, Munro turned down the opportunity to play villainess Ursa in Superman in favour of Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me.
*Caroline, that’s Ms. Munro to you, continued to work in numerous British and European horror and science fiction films through the 1970s and 1980s.
*Munro’s career commenced in 1966 when her mother and a photographer friend entered some headshots of her in The Evening News‘s “Face of the Year” contest.

Yes, this was mostly me fangirling, but… if you haven’t heard of Caroline Munro. You. Are. Welcome!

For those of you who also love her as much as I do, what is your favourite Caroline Munro movie?

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! There will also be trivia with prizes & much more! Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Queen of Schlock! Wasp Woman of the 1950s and Today.

During COVID we’ve been watching a lot of television shows and movies from the 1950s, especially horror and sci-fi. Though entertaining and revisiting a simpler time of no computers or cell phones is nice, there is a certain way of life that is a consistent thread/trend throughout each of these shows/movies and one that is very, very apparent in The Wasp Woman. Now don’t be silly, I’m not going to give it all away in the first paragraph. Read on dear human. Read on!

The Wasp Woman (a.k.a. The Bee Girl and Insect Woman) is a 1959, independently made, American black-and-white science fiction-horror film, produced and directed by Roger Corman, that stars Susan CabotAnthony EisleyMichael Mark, and Barboura Morris. The film was originally released by Filmgroup as a double feature with Beast from Haunted Cave.[1][2] To pad out the film’s running time when it was released to television two years later, a new prologue was added by director Jack Hill.

The founder and owner of a large cosmetics company, Janice Starlin (Susan Cabot), is disturbed when her firm’s sales begin to drop after it becomes apparent to her customer base that she is aging. Zinthrop has been able to extract enzymes from the royal jelly of the queen wasp that can reverse the aging process. Janice agrees to fund further research, at great cost, provided she can serve as his human subject. Displeased with the slowness of the results, she breaks into the scientist’s laboratory after hours and injects herself with extra doses of the formula. {source Wikipedia} This is where the true horror begins!

I love this movie for so many reasons. My number one reason usually isn’t the script, it’s the monster and in this case the Wasp Woman. The make-up department did an amazing job making her look horrifying (head and hands of a wasp). I, myself have a phobia with wasps and hornets and was uncomfortable not only watching the scenes where they showed real wasps but by the actual wasp woman costuming. The things that scare you the most, right?

What audience was this movie meant for? According to Tim Dirks, The Wasp Woman was one of a wave of “cheap teen movies” released for the drive-in market. They consisted of “exploitative, cheap fare created especially for them [teens] in a newly-established teen/drive-in genre”. {source Wikipedia} Now that drive-in theatres have become popular again due to COVID, I’m hoping one of them does 1950s b-movies and the original double bill of The Wasp Woman and Beast From the Haunted Cave.

I think one of my favourite things about Roger Corman is many of his movies touch on the dark side of humanity. The Wasp Woman is definitely one of them. Another of my favourite things is he is able to make a movie for as little money as possible. The film was made for an estimated budget of $50,000. We are considering making our own b-movies and Roger Corman continues to inspire us. You will also notice that musical score from this movie was used in several other Corman movies including Little Shop of Horrors. The Wasp Woman‘s musical score, written by Fred Katz.

Star Susan Cabot, who I loved in this movie and many others, had a tragic end to her life. In the 1980s, she was suffering from severe mental illness, including depression and suicidal thoughts. On December 10, 1986, Cabot’s only child, 22-year-old Timothy Roman, bludgeoned her to death in their Los Angeles home after Cabot awoke in a panicked state and attacked him. It was a heart-breaking end to Susan’s life.

Someone did an amazing job cleaning up the quality of this version. Give it a watch before it vanishes from YouTube!

Oh yes, the trend I was speaking of. The one where women aren’t allowed to age gracefully, get old and definitely shouldn’t get gray hair or wrinkles. Ya that one. Sadly, not much has changed over the decades. Society still hasn’t learned to stop bullying women about their appearance and continue to set ridiculous standards. Many women still inject themselves with poison and unknown substances just to appear thin and youthful. When it comes to that part of the movie, 2020 is no different than in 1959.

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! There will also be trivia with prizes & much more! Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Queen of Schlock! Japanese B-movies

In October of 2019 my b-movie partner in crime, Zoltan Dulac, and I went to Japan for most of October. You know… back in the before times. While we were there, I made an attempt to find DVD’s of Japanese b-movies, but didn’t have much luck. I seemed to have better luck finding them online. Where we lucked out was finding Japanese Rockabilly and Surf music on vinyl. At some point in the future we will be returning and I will be better prepared next time and will hopefully score big. Gojira big!

Speaking of Gojira! When I was a kid, my first introduction to Japanese cinema was of course Godzilla. Since then I have learned, experienced and loved so much more than just the monster movie master pieces of Toho studios. Though they are some of my all time favourite movies to watch, you haven’t truly enjoyed Japanese cinema until you have feasted your eyes on some b-movies!

Below are some of my favourite all time Japanese b-movies! As always, there are trailers or links to full movies where I can.

Battle in Outerspace (1959) is a 1959 Japanese science fiction film produced by Toho Studios. Directed by Ishirō Honda and featuring special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred Ryō IkebeKoreya Senda and Yoshio Tsuchiya.

The film was released theatrically in the United States in the summer of 1960 by Columbia Pictures. {source Wikipedia}

Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965) is a 1965 kaiju film directed by Ishirō Honda, with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. The film stars Nick AdamsKumi MizunoTadao Takashima, with Koji Furuhata as Frankenstein and Haruo Nakajima as Baragon. The film was a Japanese-American co-production; it was the first collaboration between Toho and Henry G. Saperstein. In the film, scientists investigate a child’s resistance to radiation that makes him grow to monstrous size, while a second monster ravages the countryside.

Frankenstein Conquers the World was released in Japan on August 8, 1965 and was given a theatrical release in the United States on July 8, 1966 by American International Pictures. In 1966, Toho/UPA released a sequel titled The War of the Gargantuas. {source Wikipedia}

Matango (1963) is a 1963 Japanese horror film directed by Ishirō Honda. The film stars Akira KuboKumi Mizuno and Kenji Sahara. It is partially based on William H. Hodgson‘s short story “The Voice in the Night” and is about a group of castaways on an island who are unwittingly altered by a local species of mutagenic mushrooms.

Matango was different from Honda’s other films of the period as it explored darker themes and featured a more desolate look. Upon the film’s release in Japan, it was nearly banned due to scenes that depicted characters resembling victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The film was released directly to television in the United States in a shortened form. Retrospective reviews generally commented on how the film varied from Honda’s other work, with its darker tone. {source Wikipedia}

Latitude Zero (1969) is a 1969 science fiction film. It was directed by Ishirō Honda and written by Ted Sherdeman, based on his radio serial of the same name. The film stars both American and Japanese actors including Joseph CottenCesar RomeroAkira TakaradaMasumi OkadaRichard JaeckelPatricia Medina, and Akihiko Hirata. {source Wikipedia}

Starman Attack From Space (1964) is a 1964 film edited together for American television from the Japanese short film series Super Giant. It is available on YouTube as of June 2020. {source Wikipedia} 

The Green Slime (1968) is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Kinji Fukasak and produced by Walter Manley and Ivan Reiner. It was written by William Finger, Tom Rowe and Charles Sinclair from a story by Reiner. The film was shot in Japan with a Japanese director and film crew, but with the non-Japanese starring cast of Robert HortonRichard Jaeckel and Luciana Paluzzi. {source Wikipedia}

The H Man (1958) Following a routine nuclear experiment, the ship Ryujin Maru II disappeared while in the South Pacific. Days later, another ship, bound for Izu, stumbles upon the craft adrift at sea. Six members of the crew decide to board the ship. To their surprise, they find no one on board at all, only clothes lying around, but in a way that makes them look like the person wearing them simply disappeared. {source Wikipedia}

The Mysterians (1957) is a 1957 Japanese science fiction film directed by Ishirō Honda and stars Kenji SaharaYumi Shirakawa and Takashi Shimura. The film begins with a giant fissure destroying an entire village. This leads to an investigation whereby the source is discovered to be Moguera, a giant robot, who is then destroyed by the military. The remains are analyzed and discovered to be of alien origin. Shortly after, an alien race known as the Mysterians arrive, declaring they have taken some Earth women captive and that they demand both land and the right to marry women of Earth. {source Wikipedia}

Warning From Space (1956) is a Japanese science fiction tokusatsu film released in January 1956 by Daiei, and was the first Japanese science fiction film to be produced in color. In the film’s plot, starfish-like aliens disguised as humans travel to Earth to warn of the imminent collision of a rogue planet and Earth. As the planet rapidly accelerates toward Earth, a nuclear device is created at the last minute and destroys the approaching world. {source Wikipedia}

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! There will also be trivia with prizes & much more! Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Queen of Schlock! Mexican Batwoman

She’s a wrestler, she’s a lover, she’s a super hero! She is Mexican Batwoman!!! Mexican Batwoman is by far one of my favourite movies that we have shown at Killer B Cinema. There is a sexy heroine, bad guys, a crazy creature, Luche libre wresting and great underwater action scenes. You cannot go wrong with this movie! It’s become one of my favourite movies (along with Jaws, and The Creature From the Black Lagoon) to help kick off Summer.

Mexican Batwoman aka Batwoman (1968) was directed by Rene Cardona and stars Maura Monti (a name that will be recognizable to those who love Italian cinema). Rene is a Cuban-Mexican director also known for Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy (1964), Night of the Bloody Apes (1969), Blue Demon y Zovek en La invasión de los muertos (1973) and several Santo movies!

The basic plot for the movie is Batwoman is called to investigate a whacked out scientist that is capturing wrestlers and using their spinal fluid to create a Gill Man. She goes undercover as a wrestler and underwater to infiltrate the sinister plot!

I think one of the things that really makes me happy about this movie, is the lead female character isn’t just eye candy. Oh no. She kicks ass, literally! I love that they don’t hold back in the fight scenes.

This is a really great review of the movie. After you watch it, you will see what I’m talking about.

There are several posters for this movie, these are my absolute favourites!

And we can’t leave out the monster/creature! The Gill monster costume is laughable, but to be honest, we aren’t here for the monster. We are here to watch Batwoman kick some ass!

Here is the trailer from when we showed it at Killer B Cinema. It got such a huge response and due to many requests, once we resume Killer B Cinema again at See-Scape we will be showing it again. When we do, you need to come see it!

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! There will also be trivia with prizes & much more! Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Queen of Schlock! The Car

When I was a kid, I loved going to the drive-in movies. On hot summer nights, my parents would pile the four of us kids into the back of the old, white Pontiac station wagon and head off to Owen Sound’s Twin Drive-In Theatre (sadly, it’s no longer there). Mom would always have plenty of snacks for us, even though we would always beg to go to the snack bar. There would be a variety of Pop Shoppe soft drinks, salt and vinegar or plain potato chips, Whoppers, and sandwiches. To be honest, though tempted by the overcooked hot dogs and dry popcorn of the concession stand, we always fared better.

No matter how hot it was, we would always don our pyjamas before leaving for the twenty minute drive. Our parents would try to pick a double bill that had a kid friendly or as close to…. movie as a first feature, since most of the time we’d be sound asleep before intermission. That didn’t always work out as planned for them.

By the way, I wrote another blog about the Owen Sound Twin Drive-In Theatre a couple of years ago when I heard it was being torn down. https://lizzieviolet.com/category/owen-sound-twin-drive-in-theatre/

Now back to the story… I would have been ten years old when this happened and at this point, was generally immune to horror movies, since I had watched quite a few with my Dad already. Oh, the 1970s… such an innocent time. So… I’m not really sure why this movie bothered me as much as it did, however, The Car (1977) scared the crap out of me!!!

I’m sure by this point of the evening my parents figured the four of us were sound asleep. Little did they know, their eldest was wide awake and taking in every little bit of the movie, including the scenes where the car runs people over and the terrifying first person or maybe it was first demon view coming from inside the car. There was a point that I had to go to the washroom and was pleading with my Mom to take me. I was too afraid to go on my own. I mean, come on! We were in a drive-in theatre filled with cars! Normally, we would go on our own, again… the 1970s… Finally, my Mom relented and took me. She wasn’t pleased that she was missing all of the on-screen carnage. For quite a while after that evening, I would be occasionally startled by passing cars, especially while cycling. (You will understand when you see the opening scene) Eventually, I got over it.

Now, a little bit about the movie.

The Car is a 1977 American horror film directed by Elliot Silverstein and written by Michael Butler, Dennis Shryack, and Lane Slate. The film stars James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, and Ronny Cox, along with real-life sisters Kim and Kyle Richards (as Brolin’s daughters). It tells the story of an unmanned, self-driving mysterious car that goes on a murderous rampage, terrorizing the residents of a small town.

The film was produced and distributed by Universal Studios and was influenced by numerous “road movies” of the 1970s including Steven Spielberg‘s thriller Duel (1971) and Roger Corman‘s Death Race 2000 (1975). {source Wikipedia}

One other movie freaked me out and that was The Amityville Horror (1979), but, all that did was help me become obsessed with haunted houses and thunderstorms. Now that I’ve come to think about it, both movies starred James Brolin. Maybe, I was scared of James Brolin? Movies like The Duel (1971 – which I saw years later) Christine (1983) or Maximum Overdrive (1986) didn’t bother me, so why did this movie? I’ve been rewatching trailers and I still feel tense. Just look at the one below.

I’ve been rewatching movies that freaked me out as a kid and in most cases, they are now laughable… except for clowns… I won’t be rewatching movies with clowns, this one though, chills! We finally rewatched The Car and after viewing it for the second time in my life, I understand why it freaked me out. This movie gets right to it in the opening scene and I mean right to it! When we were kids we cycled EVERYWHERE and that was why the first scene got to me. Also, cars are everywhere, even in the middle of nowhere, there is bound to be a car. There is literally no escape from them in the real world or in this movie! There are even children being terrorized , which was another thing that upset me. One of the kids was my age (at the time). I really, really want you to watch this movie!

If you are interested in watching other movies about murderous cars, check out this article. https://www.treehugger.com/horror-films-featuring-villainous-motor-vehicles-4863697

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! There will also be trivia with prizes & much more! Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Queen of Schlock! The Man From Planet X

I’m a sucker for b-movies with aliens in them. Generally, they are a really good laugh. The aliens are generally entertaining and the story… well… there usually isn’t a great one. Either way, they are a lot of fun. When I found The Man From Planet X, I thought I’d found myself another bad b-movie, but to my surprise, it was actually pretty good. It held my attention for the entire movie (meaning I didn’t pick my phone up to scroll) and trust me, that fact says a lot about a movie.

The Man from Planet X is a 1951 independently made American black-and-white science fiction horror film, produced by Jack Pollexfen and Aubrey Wisberg, directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, that stars Robert ClarkeMargaret Field, and William Schallert. The film was distributed by United Artists.

A scientist is monitoring a mysterious “Planet X” that has entered our solar system and is now near the Earth. A spaceship from the planet lands and a space-suited humanoid emerges who speaks in musical tones. The alien makes contact with a small pocket of humanity in an isolated, fog-shrouded Scottish moor. Meanwhile, the scientist only wants to exploit the spaceman’s specialized knowledge for his own selfish ends. (source Wikipedia)

There is action, some sciency stuff, a love story… there is always a love story and of course a groovy looking alien. Even the space ship was well designed. Don’t expect any top-notch special effects here. It’s the 1950s and they are pretty cheesy.

Do yourself a favour and watch this movie. It’s currently streaming on YouTube, but who knows for how long.

Check out this blog post with a really in-depth break down for the movie. There are spoilers so you may want to wait until after you’ve seen the movie. https://scifist.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/the-man-from-planet-x/

Here is the movie. Enjoy!

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! There will also be trivia with prizes & much more! Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Queen of Schlock! Giant Lizards and Spiders OH MY!

I love, love, love Lizards (all reptiles and amphibians actually) and spiders! As a matter of a fact, we have a few house spiders that keep the fruit flies at bay. Thank you spiders! However, not everyone can deal with one or either of those things. That folks is why they continually show up in horror movies!

As a kid, and to my mother’s dismay, I was constantly picking up frogs and snakes. On several occasions I tried to bring them home. I was really intrigued by them. My sister, on the other hand, was terrified of snakes and being the jerk kid I was, I once threw a green grass snake at her. She STILL brings it up to this day. I can still hear her screams.

Below are my favourite killer lizard and snake b-movies. For fun I threw in a few killer snake and killer frog movies.

The Giant Gila Monster

Giant Spider Invasion (1975)

Reptilicus (1961)

Tarantula (1955)

Earth vs The Spider (1958)

Sssssss (1973)

The Snake Woman (1961)

Frogs (1972)

Venom (1981)

Oh and don’t worry, I didn’t forget the biggest lizard of all, Gojira! AKA Godzilla!

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! There will also be trivia with prizes & much more! Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook!