Monday, August 29, 2011

INVASION OF THE SAUCER-MEN / Malibu Productions - 1957

Welcome to Classical Monster Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. Tonite's offering features master monster maker Paul Blaisdell's great little green BEMs from another world...

Here are the American and British posters. I really dig the British versions of this one, THE WASP WOMAN and THE FLY!! Wow, INVASION OF... THE HELL CREATURES! THE EYE CREATURES is a remake of this film.

The music for our soundclip is the beginning theme, composed by Dungeon Master, Ronald Stein! You can hear how he captures the comedic tone of the flick. This is a redo from an earlier post...

Welp, itz time to bring in our fuzzy lil' Dungeon helper and button pusher, shore 'nuf, Ralphie The Tarantula! Hoo-rah for lil' Ralphie!.. Since he just gave me the high sign, we're going to start the show. Push the big red 'GO' button right there in front of yer 6 tiny eyeballs, NOW, Ralphie. Here's the theme for... INVASION OF THE SAUCER-MEN!

Love these two guys here, Lyn (THE COSMIC MAN) Osborn and Frank (The Riddler) Gorshin! Frank was a real crack up whenever he appeared on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW doing his stand-up comedy routine!

Frank plays Joe Gruen, a loser. While he's driving around looking for some tail, he sees this unbelievable sight in the sky, a for-real flyin' saucer!!.. Model by Paul Blaisdell, of course.

And, looks like it's coming down for an emergency landing!!..

Joe goes and tells his pal, Artie, that he's seen a flying saucer, and, that he should get up and go with him to check it out, maybe they can make some quick cash, being the first dudes ever to come in contact with aliens from outer space and all! Who knows, they could become rich and famous, anything's possible!.. (Tabonga! and Eegah!!) Artie smacks him in the forhead and proceeds to go back to sleep. Joe's on his own with this money-losing adventure.

Joan and Johnny are on a date and end up running over one of the little guys while driving around with their lights off! They're trespassing on Farmer Larkin's property.

This is Steven Terrell and Gloria Castillo as Johnny and Joan, they were headed to their version of Lover's Lane. Steven was in DRAGSTRIP GIRL and Gloria was in REFORM SCHOOL GIRL.

This had to be extra freaky back in 1957, the sinister looking hand rips itself loose from the dead creature's wrist, then, proceeds to scamper off into the shadows! Okay, a weird looking hand with an eyeball runs away and hides in the bushes, at night! Try thinking about it with 1957 Mentality, if you dare!!..

The Army Brass move in on the saucer and take credit for the find, now what?

Now, here's a common occurrance in monster movies from the fifties... Teenagers call the police to tell them that they saw a monster!! So, the cops tell them to quit buggin' 'em because there ain't no such thing as monsters!

Right brfore Joe gets it, he calls Artie and tells him to take everything out of the fridge, he's bringing home something that needs to be put on ice!

The Army's rocket surgeons end up blowing the saucer all the way to Hell! Way to go, Army!!

The creepy hand tries to grab Joan's... err... Well, anyway, all you need to know is that she screams real loud!!

Here are two great shots of one creature and it's staring hand!

This one gets in a tussle with Farmer Larkin's cow and has it's eye gouged with a horn!!

Artie shines his spotlight on the little devils as they creep around in the woods.

Sorry, but, for an ending, this is weak and lame! Come on, bright light?! Seems like stars are pretty bright, when you're out tooling around in space!

Let's end the festivities with this very desirable Mexican lobby card!


Douglas McEwan said...

Lyn Osborn was "Cadet Happy" on 170 episodes of SPACE PATROL, a terrible, cheap, early 1950s Sci-fic series I loved when I was extemely small. (It first went on the air the year I was born.) When he died young (at age 32) when I was only 8 years old, my parents had to break to me gently that beloved Cadet Happy was dead. (A year later, they had to give me the worse news about George Reeves.)

prof. grewbeard said...

we have much to thank Paul Blaisdell for, these Martians are my favorites!

Christopher said...

luv them SOUSer men..

Kev D. said...

HAHA bright lights!

That's like movies where WATER hurts the monster or alien. Good luck with that...

emailsyucky said...

Awesome. thanks!

Greg Goodsell said...

The British one-sheet sort of tells you where THE SIMPSONS swiped their idea for the monstrous aliens, drool coming out of their mouths!

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