Dinosaurus! (1960)

Engineers using explosives to enlarge a harbour on a Caribbean island discover the bodies of two dinosaurs, which have been frozen in a kind of suspended animation in mud beneath the sea floor. The dinosaurs, a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Brontosaurus, get winched onto the island and are left lying on the beach. In the middleContinue reading “Dinosaurus! (1960)”

The Crater Lake Monster (1977)

Directed by William R. Stromberg, THE CRATER LAKE MONSTER’s original story and screenplay was co-written by William R. Stromberg and Richard Cardella, and the film stars Richard Cardella, Glen Roberts, Mark Siegel and Sonny Shepard. The plot concerns a huge plesiosaur that starts attacking folks near Crater Lake in Northern California. So just how didContinue reading “The Crater Lake Monster (1977)”

Posters for Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

This heroic adventure yarn, about a young farmer who protects a princess from a sorcerer’s monsters in Middle Ages Cornwall, was directed by Nathan Juran, stars Kerwin Mathews, Torin Thatcher, Judi Meredith and Walter Burke, with colourful stop-motion effects provided by Jim Danforth (and others). The film was producer Edward Small’s attempt to emulate theContinue reading “Posters for Jack the Giant Killer (1962)”

Posters for Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS was directed by Don Chaffey, produced by Charles H. Schneer, and featured a great cast, including Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Honor Blackman, Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith, Niall MacGinnis (my favourite Zeus!), Patrick Troughton, Douglas Wilmer, Michael Gwynn and Nigel Green (a really good Hercules!) This is one of Ray Harryhausen’s very, veryContinue reading “Posters for Jason and the Argonauts (1963)”

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

Sinbad visits the kingdom of Charak and soon realises that all is not well. He eventually discovers that Prince Kassim, brother of Princess Farah (who Sinbad wishes to marry), has been turned into a baboon by his evil, magic-wielding stepmother Zenobia! In order to turn Kassim back into a human so that he can beContinue reading “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)”

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)

Sinbad (John Phillip Law), his crew, a Vizier (Douglas Wilmer) and a slave girl called Margiana (Caroline Munro) undertake a voyage to find the legendary Fountain of Destiny in Lemuria, but a master of black arts, Koura (Tom Baker), is also set on acquiring the Fountain’s gifts to conquer the land of Marabia. Directed byContinue reading “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)”

Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

This Columbia Pictures sci-fi film was directed by Fred F. Sears, produced by Charles H. Schneer, and stars Hugh (THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL) Marlowe, Joan (20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH) Taylor and Morris (THE GIANT CLAW) Ankrum. The storyline was suggested by the bestselling non-fiction book ‘Flying Saucers from Outer Space’ by MajorContinue reading “Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)”

Posters for the movies of Brett Piper

Brett Piper is a prolific low budget film maker who has directed (plus written and created the special effects for) films like QUEEN CRAB (2015), A NYMPHOID BARBARIAN IN DINOSAUR HELL (1990) and ARACHNIA (2003). His first film was the ultra low budget sci-fi movie MYSTERIOUS PLANET (1982), which featured a giant, two-headed stop-motion snail.Continue reading “Posters for the movies of Brett Piper”

H.G. Wells’ First Men in the Moon (2017)

Two Victorian gentlemen take a trip to the moon and encounter an underground civilisation created by beings known as Selenites. This is animator Brett Piper’s adaptation of the H.G. Wells science fiction classic – and it is told in just seven minutes. Yikes! The story certainly zips along at a cracking pace. Brett, who hasContinue reading “H.G. Wells’ First Men in the Moon (2017)”

Posters for The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

This was Ray Harryhausen’s first full colour fantasy movie, featuring Arabian Nights hero Sinbad leading an adventurous, incident-filled mission to the monster-filled island of Colossa! Directed by Nathan Juran, produced by Charles H. Schneer, starring Kerwin Mathews, Torin Thatcher and Kathryn Grant, with a rousing score by Bernard Herrmann, the film became a sleeper hitContinue reading “Posters for The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)”