Monday, August 14, 2017

10 MOVIES TABONGA! LOVES TO WATCH AGAIN!

Here are a few of my favorite movies I like, err, love, to put on while I'm working on my monster art. Generally speaking, I enjoy the schlocky titles the most because they always put me in my happy place. Born in the late forties, I was there during the atomic bomb tests, the UFO invasion, rockets, etc. I saw 67 horror and sci-fi flicks at the theater from 1953-59 and it influenced me big time. I love rubber space monsters the most, I do not like modern movies, they're too long, have too much story and are too busy, complex and glossy. Give me a simple 60 minute story, so much more enjoyable for me than the overblown crap we have today...

Although THE BEAST WITH A MILLION EYES doesn't even come close to matching the great poster art, this movie has a ton of charm and one I love to watch again! An interesting character is the mute helper, HIM! He likes to look at his girlie mags!

Eegah!! and I saw THE BRAIN EATERS when it came out, it was so whacked out. We didn't think much of it at the time, but, it has grown on me over time and may be the flick I play the most! (I have seen some of these titles like 20 times or more!!)

Damn, we love the Hell out of CALTIKI, director Mario Bava works his magic with the blobs and throws in the creepy character, Max, for a double horror treat!

MISSION MARS is just one of those movies that is so fun to watch! It stars two Dungeon Heroes, Darren McGavin and Nick Adams, and, has the unique Solarite monsters that will toast your sorry ass but good!!

ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS is another story that tickles my horror bone and have watched this one more than any other Corman title! Love this pic of the Crab Monster dicing up our poor victim into little bite-sized pieces!! Saw this one when it came out in 1957.

Love INVISIBLE INVADERS, John Agar is perfect as Major Jay in this wild sci-fi tale. Him and his pals have to capture one of the Invaders and figure out a way to put a stop to their invasion!

MISSILE TO THE MOON is another favorite of mine, it has rock monsters, a giant killer spider and features the beautiful Moon Goddess, Sanita Pelkey. A freakin' ton of fun!!

The Grimaldi Bros. gave us MUTINY IN OUTER SPACE and I thank them for it! This flick is cheap but delivers many thrills and spills as a fungus terror tries to take over a space station...

Paul Blaisdell created the rubber suit worn by Crash Corrigan in this creepy space tale. IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE boards the spaceship on Mars and terrorizes the crew as they head back to Earth!

Saw THE FLAME BARRIER in 1958, lots of creepiness going on here with the space blob in the cave and the skeletons covered in Saran Wrap. Another fun movie I love to watch again!.. Okay, there you go, tune in again Wednesday when we'll have more interesting junk, just for you!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Every one of these a b-movie winner!!! Ah, those UHF late show memories from the '60s and '70s...cheap sci-fi, pizza, root beer, and ice cream! :)

Anonymous said...

Actually, Arthur C. Pierce directed both MUTINY IN OUTER SPACE and HUMAN DUPLICATORS, back-to-back shoots, when Hugo Grimaldi (the credited director of both) froze up on the first day of the two-movie shoot...so somebody had to direct since "time is money", so the co-producer/screenwriter of both stepped in and did the job uncredited.

The budget of MUTINY was $90,000 but DUPLICATORS cost $50k more after they decided to shoot it in color.

A bit of set-trivia from MUTINY: the elevator in all three levels of the space station went on to become the time-ship capsule in CYBORG 2087! They just tipped the elevator tube on its side! And some set-trivia from DUPLICATORS: the rotating crystal on a pylon in Richard Kiel's spaceship was made from 5 glass ashtrays glued together!

Anonymous said...

PPS: 60-minute movies are the BEST! (To be more precise, my favorite films all run from 60 to 80 minutes, and very few run longer!)

TABONGA! said...

As always Anon, thank you for all this interesting trivia - So cool...

EEGAH!! said...

Loving the ashtrays glued together info!!

TC said...

Invisible Invaders had a premise similar to Plan 9 From Outer Space, which came out at about the same time.

And Alien (1979) was basically a remake of It! The Terror From Beyond Space, but with an "A" budget.

I think A.E. Van Vogt alleged that It! and Alien were both swiped from his story Black Destroyer, which had been published in a pulp magazine ca. 1940.

It seems like about half the sci-fi movies in the 1950's starred Marshall Thompson as an Air Force officer, and the other half starred John Agar as an officer or a scientist

Ray "Crash" Corrigan was an actor and stuntman, and played gorillas in jungle adventure movies and horror
films. He was also a cowboy star in "B" westerns, co-starring in the Three Mesquiteers series and the Range Busters series. He owned the Corriganville ranch, where a lot of Western movies and TV episodes were filmed.

Philip Smolen said...

Hi Guys!

FANTASTIC List! I'm with you guys and Anon. B movies like this never get old. "Attack of the Crab Monsters" scared the crap out of me when I was a little tyke. I remember watching it with my two older sisters and running out of the room every time something scary was about to happen. I wouldn't come back in until they told me it was safe! So my younger sister decided to get me and told me it was safe to come back in, and when I walked in I saw the giant crab claw killing Mel Welles! Couldn't sleep that night. Ah yes, memories.

Thanks again guys. Great stuff as always.

Phil Smolen

knobgobbler said...

Oh boy!
Thanks for the list!
There's a few of these I've never seen!
Caltiki is a definite favorite... but I've never seen Brain Eaters, Flame Barrier, Mutiny in Outer Space, Missile to the Moon...
I knew this would be a good blog to follow!

Dr. Theda said...

Caltiki and Crab Monsters we have copies of... nice list ...
have a pleasant week, guys...

TABONGA! said...

Yo NG and Doc - Thanks for checking in, and, both of you have a great week...

Randall Landers said...

Terrific list! I'd have to throw in THE FLESH EATERS with Martin Kosleck just because I NEVER miss it even when it's loaded with commercials and shown at 3:30am on AMC.

TABONGA! said...

Randall - There will be a part 2 coming soon...

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