Schlockalypse Now (Say THAT three times fast…)

381As noted elsewhere, and for better or worse, the best science fiction and fantasy films reflect their era and cultural environment. Some observers argue that this dictum applies even more strongly to the – how shall one put it delicately – the more offbeat, financially-compromised examples of the genre. Let the viewer be the judge (while acknowledging that not every filmmaker can be Bergman).

Don’t miss this week’s movies:

1761Creature From the Haunted Sea
American crook Sparks Moran sees a chance to make a bundle when a Caribbean island has a revolution.

1754The Giant Gila Monster
A small town in Texas finds itself under attack from a hungry, fifty-foot-long gila monster.

1742White Zombie
A devilish scientist is hired by a man, to change the girl he likes into a zombie so he can marry her, since she truly does love another. But a twist happens when the scientist captures the man as well to turn him into a zombie as well. But there is a happy ending.

1742The Brain That Wouldn’t Die
After a car crash, a man keeps his wife’s head alive in his laboratory. To complicate matters, an evil beast pounds and screams from a locked room adjacent to the lab.

1742Robot Monster
Moon monsters launch attack against Earth! Only science can keep the astral assassins at bay.

1742The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
A man named Francis relates a story about his best friend Alan and his fiancee Jane. Alan takes him to a fair where they meet Dr. Caligari, who exhibits a somnambulist, Cesare, that can predict the future. When Alan asks how long he has to live, Cesare says he has until dawn.

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