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Issue #5  

Still Watching the Skies: Fearing and Loving the Alien in ‘50s Movies

by Eric Heideman

The space alien movies of the ‘50s, from the great to the good to the godawful, reflect with touching purity a time when our mass culture first realized that we are living in a science fiction world, and invested the alien with our deepest hopes and darkest nightmares.

They Only Wanted to Rule the World: A Celebration of Cinematic Villainy, Part V

by M. Christian

The enablers, however, are literally too smart for their own good or anyone else’s. Their intelligence elevates them above the ‘common’ morality of the protagonists, and their desire to understand the horrible mystery makes them more sympathetic to the cause of the danger than their fellow men. They care more for the monster knocking at the door than the human beings cowering in the cellar.

Klaatu & Gort: Unmasking the Unmaskable

by Michael McGlasson

As of this writing, fifty years have passed since the release of The Day the Earth Stood Still in 1951. At that time, it would have been considered pure nonsense to suggest the existence of a high-tech, extra-terrestrial civilization somewhere in the cosmos. Yet in today’s world, such an idea is not beyond the realms of possibility; in fact, with all the advances in astronomy and cosmology, it now appears to be almost certain. How would the people of planet Earth react today if beings from another world landed in Washington, D.C.

A World Beyond the Stars: A Review of Unearthly Stranger

by Pam Keesey

Many fans of low-budget films will agree: often the charm of “B” classics is their poor production values and lousy acting, somehow making the films more endearing than they would be otherwise. But every once in a while, a true gem comes along—a low-budget sci-fi thriller with a somewhat outlandish plot made plausible, even compelling, by a strong script, powerful direction, and the strength of the characters and the actors who portray them. Unearthly Stranger is one such film.

A Lovable Man-eater

by David Christenson

This is still an easy film to like and even admire, and the comic 1972 sequel and the gory 1988 remake did nothing to stain the reputation of the 1958 original. In 1958, it must have been a breath of fresh air after the wave of back-lot creature features and amateurish drive-in fare that followed The Thing. Criterion, better known as a purveyor of artsy foreign films, did the right thing in restoring this creepy classic.

“There’s Gargoyles in Them Thar Hills”: VCI Home Classics presents Gargoyles

by Emily E. Pullins

Move over Universal’s Monster Classics—there’s a new kid in town! Say hello to VCI HomeVideo’s horror collection, perhaps one of the best low-budget DVD purchases for the horror enthusiast who thought that they had it all. Forget all those extra DVD freebies and games—sit back and enjoy the best of the bargain bin.