Saturday, 12 December 2009

Sci-Fi/Monster Movie Posters III

A giant bird, "as big as a battleship", attacks the earth. Allegedly, star Jeff Morrow saw the film in a cinema in his hometown and left quickly after the audience laughed when the monster appeared on the screen.

A striking poster for a Roger Corman movie about an alien scouring earth for human blood.

Cheapo sci-fi horror in which radiation animates a tree trunk that holds the heart of a wrongly executed South Seas Island prince. The tree trunk runs amok and only two American scientists can save the day. Naturally.

A George Pal production that aimed to tell the realistic story of a manned flight to Mars - as people thought it would be in 1955.

Also known as Invasion of the Flying Saucers. World capitals are destroyed after aliens react angrily to being fired on by humans. Watch out for the Ray Harryhausen-animated flying saucers.

A seemingly cute underwater monster - created by that genre staple, the mad scientist - attacks a cute girl in a bikini in the poster for this low-budget sci-fi shocker.

An author and schoolteacher work hard to convince sceptical townspeople that the meteor they saw was an alien spaceship, but in the end, the aliens are just visiting and leave things as they found them... The movie has its origins in a Ray Bradbury story and was initially shown in 3D.

Giant insects and the odd dinosaur are discovered when humans try to colonise another planet.

Note the woman's swimsuit strap falling over her shoulder as she flees from the flying saucers - in a film that relies more on the threat of terror than actual special effects.

Low budget poster for a low budget Roger Corman movie about a mutant monster trying to destroy the remains of human civilisation after the earth has been devastated by nuclear war. The woman will never get far dressed in those slippers.

Badly-drawn robots from Venus invade Chicago. This time, the pouting prone girl is carried by the hero as the robots advance.

An early sci-fi disaster movie: gas planet Bellus is on collision course for earth and humans must leave for planet Zyra if they're to survive. For the sci-fi buffs out there: yes, you did see two cargo containers with the labels "Bellus" and "Zyra" in the Genesis cave in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Cameron Mitchell flies to Mars and discovers a dying civilisation of intelligent beings that look just like us. Many interior shots of the spaceship and some of the sound effects from Rocketship X-M are reused, though the movies were made by different studios.

Not one, but two sexy blondes in flesh-revealing red outfits scream at radiation-mutated rampaging giant... grasshoppers? Yes. Grasshoppers. Brother of the Thing and future Mission Impossible star Peter Graves featutes in this low budget film notable for its lousy special effects, including close-ups of grasshoppers crawling over photographs of buildings in Chicago!

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