Yes, it’s The Black Scorpion. The crazed super-hero flick from Roger Corman? No, but considering the poster snippet we posted above, you’d be forgiven for guessing that. No, instead it’s the 1957 film which brought you giant scorpions unleashed upon an unsuspecting populace by a volcano. The last film directed by Edward Ludwig (the 1940 version of Swiss Family Robinson) and with stop motion FX by Willis O’Brien (the original King Kong), it was not immune to ribbing by MST3K. And for good reason. It’s pretty whacked. But hey, it’s Giant Creatures Attack Night here at 32 Days of Halloween, so this fits the bill perfectly. And I’ve been dying to find the full version online so I could include it in our festivities.
So Turkey Day is upon us. For our many non-American readers, we always defer to Jim Gaffigan to explain what our holidays are really all about.
But yes, the holiday is about being thankful. But the truth is: it’s mostly about eating. And dealing with family, for good or ill. Mix thinking about eating with geekery and what do you get? Eventually you start thinking about meat that you’ll never be able to get a hold of. That’s right, fictional creatures. Assuming they existed and we could have them with a side of fries, what creatures would I definitely want to sample? Good question.
Here’s nine I came up with, in alphabetical order.
The fifteenth movie night of 32 Days of Halloween has dealt in the past with the sprawling mayhem of the “atomic monsters” subgenre. We’re going with Attack of the Crab Monsters, directed by Roger Corman and released in 1957. What happens when one expedition you’ve sent out to research the after effects of atomic testing in the Pacific goes missing? You send another one, of course! Because when you buy expeditions in bulk, it’s cheaper that way.
And is it just me or does the opening scrawl read exactly like the opening briefing you would get in a video game? Corman was a visionary! Enjoy!
Movie Night #11 for 32 Days of Halloween is upon us and we’re staring down the barrel of another themed night: this time, as you might expect, we hit the jolly subgenre we call “When Animals Attack!” That’s right, the notion that nature was going to rise up and–quite specifically–try to kick our species in its collective ass is one that has been addressed since time immemorial.
For tonight’s pick we have the 1974 us vs. ants film Phase IV, which refers to ants suddenly getting a hive mind and going to war with human researchers. The most interesting thing about the film, though, is that it’s the only film directed by designer Saul Bass. He brought you everything from the AT&T globe to title sequences for films like Psycho and West Side Story.
Enjoy this turn into evolution and sci-fi weirdsville!
That’s right, Movie Night #5 of 32 Days of Halloween is reserved for films involving giant creatures trying to kill us all. Because that’s quality. Over the years, we’ve looked at a giant deadly mantis, giant spiders, even giant bunnies and a 50-Foot Woman. But now we move to ants. Specifically the giant ants of Empire of the Ants, ready to take over the world and subjugate humanity. They plan to start with Joan Collins. You know, as you do.
Featuring huge “monster props” and odd FX (even for 1977) it’s a classic of the Giant Mutant subgenre. Enjoy.