One thing I have always been a fan of is the big-brained alien creatures from the movies, such as INVASION OF THE SAUCER-MEN from 1957. In fact I like them so much, I wrote a whole blog on them (seen HERE). The subject of this blog, The Monitor from Trick or Treat Studios, falls in this category.Continue reading “MONSTROUS MASK REVIEWS: The Monitor by Trick or Treat Studios”
I have always been a fan of the big-brained aliens. There is just something about a creature from outer space who have their brains on the outside. For me, my all time favorite design was that by Paul Blaisdell in the 1957 movie INVASION OF THE SAUCER-MEN. My second favorite design is that of the martians from the trading cards from 1962 and the Tim Burton film from 1996.
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.
Throughout science fiction cinematic history, alien invaders have always been portrayed as vastly superior in intellect and development. Though we almost always thwart them in their attempts to take over the world, their initial attacks are usually spectacular and well thought out. Oftentimes the aliens were portrayed as having larger than usual craniums to represent having a larger brain. But what about the aliens whose heads were actually brain-like in appearance, or were actually a brain?
Digging through the dusty basement today I came across a box of old VHS tapes that I actually forgot I had. While going through it, remembering what it was like to collect and watch these films on videocassette, I came across one of my favorite movies of the 50’s, Invasion of the Saucer-Men, from 1957. This copy, which came out in 1993, is unfortunately the only legal release of this classic film (in fact, most DVD bootlegs of this fun film are made from copying the official VHS release). Of all of the aliens that came out in the 50’s science fiction films, it is the saucer-men that are my favorite, created by legendary special effects artist Paul Blaisdell.