KAIJU KONNECTION: The Mysterians (1957)

Welcome to another edition of KAIJU KONNECTION. In this entry I will be discussing the 1957 movie THE MYSTERIANS (CHIKYU BOEIGUN in Japanese, translated to Earth Defense Force), that came out a year after RODAN on December 28, 1957. This was the first Toho movie to utilize the new widescreen format known as TohoScope. For this film director Ishiro Honda wanted to take a break from giant monsters and just do a science fiction film. The studio insisted that a kaiju be included though because of the popularity of both GODZILLA (1954) and RODAN (1956).

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FILM BOOK OF FEAR: I Was A Teenage Werewolf (1957)

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American International Pictures put out some of the very best horror and science fiction movies of the 1950s. James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff knew their stuff when it came to marketing. They knew that their target audience were teenagers and as such made films geared toward them on a date night. They were also one of the first film companies to package their own double features to be shown at both drive-ins and regular theatres. Their marketing genius created very profitable films on miniscule budgets; films that have stood the test of time and are still so much fun to watch today.

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THE BASEMENT’S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: The Vampire Skull

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As covered here before, Rhode Island was a hot bed of supposed vampire activity from the late 1700s all the way up to the late 1800s. I covered the cases of Mercy Brown and Sarah Tillinghast in previous blogs and in all cases, consumption, now known as tuberculosis, was thought to be the real cause. But what about the unbelievable case of the vampiric skull found in the late 1940s?

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OFF THE RACK COMICS: “Monster Hunters” by Charlton Comics

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In this entry of Off The Rack Comics I am covering yet another Charlton title. This one is Monster Hunters and it ran for eighteen issues from August of 1975 until February of 1979. This title I do remember reading regularly thanks to my grandmother, who would buy issues for her husband to read that would then be passed along to me.

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