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"The Man From Planet X" At 60

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by Armand Vaquer Without much (if any) fanfare, 2011 marked 60 years since The Man From Planet X was released. The movie was directed by Edgar G. Ulmer (who directed the Karloff/Lugosi classic The Black Cat ) at the old Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, California. The principal players were Robert Clarke, Margaret Field and William Schallert. The Man From Planet X was released on March 9, 1951 in San Francisco. Its general release came on April 27, 1951. William Schallert (right) plays the unscrupulous and ambitious scientist Dr. Mears in the movie. The story involves an alien scout from the dying Planet X who lands in a Scottish moor. He was sent there to set up a wireless relay station in advance of an invasion from Planet X. Below, William Schallert has a reunion with his "The Man From Planet X" co-star at the 2010 Monsterpalooza. Photo by Armand Vaquer. The Man From Planet X is an effective little movie, considering its budget reporte

A Gallery Of Great Monster Movie Posters - Seks Edition

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Movie Info From Wikipedia You wouldn't believe the amount of positive feedback I have received since I started this series of features on classic movie posters last summer. Everyone seems to be in love with the articles so I have no intention of stopping them any time in the future. You seem to love them and I love doing them so there you go. Today I'm featuring six, because this is the sixth installment, posters from six of my favorite all-time movies. Why am I being so selfish this close to Christmas when everyone should be in a giving mood? Well, Friday is my birthday (thank you) so I'm going to make this one about me. I think I deserve it. No, I'm not going to tell you how old I am. You don't need to know that. I'm old ... okay ... not prehistoric but not a young man anymore either...and don't say six because that's today's theme number. Granted sometimes my maturity level is that of a six-year-old but I am working on t

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: Jack Burton (Big Trouble In Little China 1986)

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"Well, ya see, I'm not saying that I've been everywhere and I've done everything, but I do know it's a pretty amazing planet we live on here, and a man would have to be some kind of FOOL to think we're alone in THIS universe. " - Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) (Big Trouble In Little China)(1986) See Also: Celluloid Philosophers - Jack Burton / Big Trouble In Little China (1986)(20th Century Fox)

Los Angeles Comic Book and Science-Fiction Convention January 15, 2012

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by Armand Vaquer I will have a table at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science-Fiction Convention Sunday, January 15, 2012 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium Expo Center at 700 West 32nd St., Los Angeles, CA. I will be selling The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan . The celebrity guests include actor Ron Ely (Doc Savage, Tarzan), actress Yancy Butler (Witchblade) and stars of the Adventures of Superboy . From the show's website: REGULAR ADMISSION is only $8.00, five years and under are free. Show Hours: 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Each attendee receives a Hand Stamp and Ticket which allows all day access to the Convention, so you can go to lunch and come back to continue shopping. EARLY ADMISSION is only $12.00 and shop early like the Dealers starting at 9:10 A.M. PREMIUM ADMISSION is $12.00 and you'll receive a UNDERWORLD AWAKENING MOVIE T-SHIRT AND FULL SIZE POSTER! In addition, the PREMIUM ADMISSION also includes EARLY ADMISSION! GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE (o

It's Time Once Again For Godzilla Christmas

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Inventors Spot / Whyismarko It's the holiday season again and everyone is thinking about buying gifts, eggnog, Perry Como songs, snow, Christmas carols, setting up an enormous light display in front of their house, friends, family, and of course Godzilla. What the hell does Godzilla have to do with Christmas? Well my naive friend quite a lot as you will soon discover. Over the past couple of decades a new Godzilla movie has been released each year just before Christmas much to the delight of monster movie maniacs around the globe. Of course when I say released I mean released in Japan. The connection with these films and the happiest of holidays has not been lost on the people who dwell in the land of the rising sun and every year it seems that the monster is primed to kick Santa to the curb for good. A perfect example of this the Christmas tree at the Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall in Tokyo which is shaped like "the king of monsters"

DANGER 5: THE DIAMOND GIRLS (Part Four)

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If you loved "Planet of the Apes" then you will love today's episode of "Danger 5"! After a quick round of Marconis at the Nassau airport bar, Danger 5 rendezvous with their Nazi liaison and embark on a road-trip to Göring's island getaway. However, Nassau roadways are a dangerous place and Danger 5 soon fall victim to the "Terror of the Streets" ...Italians. Stay tuned for the FINAL instalment Of THE DIAMOND GIRLS: PART 5 "Go To Hell Mario!" DANGER 5: THE DIAMOND GIRLS (Part Three) DANGER 5: THE DIAMOND GIRLS (PART TWO) Danger 5: The Diamond Girls (Part One) Can DANGER 5 Save The World From Nazi Dinosaurs?

FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! - Did You Know?

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Trivia Compiled By: Ken Hulsey Sources: IMDB / Wikipedia It is commonly known that what one person considers to be a great movie may not be so great to others. Many of us have guilty pleasures in the realm of cinema that make others scratch their heads and mutter "wtf"? Certain aspects of a film may speak to one person yet be totally lost on another. One man's treasure is another man's trash and so on. Such a film is the 1965 Russ Meyer classic (?) "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" which to me is one of those afore mentioned type of films. Why do I like it so much? Well ... I can only surmise that it has something to so with cleavage and violence. It may also have something to do with it being a great "quote movie" like "Army of Darkness", "Big Trouble in Little China" and "Shaun of the Dead". "I never try anything. I just do it. And I don't beat clocks, just people! Wanna try me?" Then again there is o

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: Barbarella (Barbarella 1968)

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The Great Tyrant : Do you want to come and play with me? For someone like you I charge nothing. You're very pretty, Pretty-Pretty. Barbarella : My name isn't pretty-pretty, it's Barbarella. - The Great Tyrant (Anita Pallenberg) & Barbarella (Jane Fonda)(Barbarella)(1968)

Godzilla SH Monster Arts Spacegodzilla Action Figure

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Source: Entertainment Earth Godzilla SH Monster Arts Spacegodzilla Action Figure: From the classic movie Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla and the expert craftsmanship of the renowned Godzilla model sculptor Sakai Yuji comes the third installment of the ultimate monster action figure series, S.H. Monster Arts. Space Godzilla is seen here in extreme detail and articulation. The space horn on head and crystals on shoulder have been faithfully replicated in clear parts for added realism. The Spacegodzilla figure measures approximately 6 1/2-inches tall and is rendered with high quality plastic materials and includes special Corona Beam effect parts. Ideal for displaying in battle scenes with other S.H. Monster Arts figures! Order Yours From Entertainment Earth For $83.99 - HERE

Voltron Blazing Sword Comic Con 2011 Exclusive

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Source: Entertainment Earth Voltron Blazing Sword SDCC 2011 Exclusive Action Figure: Voltron from the classic animated TV series! Voltron- Defender of the Universe! A San Diego Comic-Con 2011 exclusive! Completely authentic to the original series, he's the most poseable Voltron figure yet with more than 22 points of articulation! Voltron comes complete with a translucent sword so you can "Form Blazing Sword!" Includes 2x "AA" batteries. Push the button on the packaging to hear Voltron's opening theme from the cartoon! Ages 13 and up. Age: 13+ Batteries Included: Yes Battery Type: 2 x AA Order Yours For Only $34.99 From Entertainment Earth - HERE

Honda Estate vs. Toho: More Information

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by Armand Vaquer Here's a few more details (and confirmation that there is a legal action pending) from Godzilla historian Ed Godzisewski (right) that was posted at the Monster Zero message board: Yes, there is a legal case ongoing in Japan. Has been for a while. I have heard about the case from Ryuji for a couple years. The family has preferred to just quietly pursue the case the way it should be done, in court. It all stems from the Japanese system that gives rights to writers (not directors). The first ruling is due in February. Looks like we won't have to wait too long.

Honda Estate vs. Toho: Delving Deeper

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by Armand Vaquer Above, the Godzilla statue at Toho Studios. Photo by Armand Vaquer. The story of the alleged lawsuit by the family of late director Ishiro Honda against Toho Co., Ltd. over the Godzilla copyright may have some legs after all. Over on Facebook, some of us were mulling over the story. It was asked by one participant: "Couldn't we have somebody in Japan verify if a Complaint has actually been filed? Those are a matter of public record·" Noted Godzilla historian August Ragone replied that he had looked into it and he is currently "writing up something about this now [for his blog]." Once he does, I'll post a link to his blog post. This should be interesting! It appears we may be on the verge of learning something about Japanese copyright law.

DANGER 5: THE DIAMOND GIRLS (Part Three)

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It's Monday again so you know what the means, a brand-new episode of "Danger 5"! Danger 5 have scored themselves a free trip to the Bahamas, but it turns out this holiday package has hidden fees. Looks like Danger 5 will have to make a down payment in bullets. Stay tuned for: PART 4 ... and everyone knows that you can shoot someone through the phone ... duh! DANGER 5: THE DIAMOND GIRLS (PART TWO) Danger 5: The Diamond Girls (Part One) Can DANGER 5 Save The World From Nazi Dinosaurs?

A Special Preview Of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES On IMAX Screens Dec 16th

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Source: Warner Bros Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Dark Knight Rises"—the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy—is one of the most anticipated films of 2012, but moviegoers won't have to wait until next year to see the six-minute opening sequence of the film. The film's prologue will be unveiled exclusively in select 70mm IMAX® theatres worldwide. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. The Prologue will be released in North America on December 16, and in the UK on December 21, 2011. Additional international dates vary by territory and will be announced soon. In making the 2008 blockbuster "The Dark Knight," Nolan was the first to use IMAX® cameras in a major motion picture release, and, as now, audiences were given an advance look at that film's prologue months prior to the Summer 2008 o

Steven Moffat Talks Doctor Who Christmas Special: The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe

Source: BBC Steven Moffat introduces this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special: "The Doctor at Christmas - it always just feels so right. When I was a kid, Santa and the Doctor somehow lived in the same place in my head - two generous madmen that I loved so much. So now that the Doctor is a regular feature of Christmas the world is just that bit more right. "This time we're in England in the 1940s, and recently widowed Madge Arwell hasn't told her children, Lily and Cyril, that their father has died flying his bomber home over the channel, because she doesn't want Christmas to become the day that broke their hearts. "But when they're evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset for the holidays, and meet a mysterious young caretaker in a bow tie, events take an unexpected turn. What could be inside that big blue parcel under the tree? "Soon the Arwells find themselves in a battle for survival in a magical new land. As ever, at

Honda Estate vs. Toho Ramifications?

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by Armand Vaquer Above, yours truly with the Godzilla statue at Toho Studios. The story of the alleged copyright lawsuit against Toho by the heirs of Ishiro Honda over the Godzilla character may have some big ramifications if 1.) the story is true or, 2.), they actually win. The story does not sound Japanese to me. Maybe in America, perhaps (i.e., Bela Lugosi Jr.'s legal actions over his father's image and The Three Stooges). If the story is true and Honda's heirs prevail and win the Godzilla copyright from Toho, could we see Noriaki Yuasa's estate taking similar action against Kadokawa Pictures (the successor company to Daiei) over the Showa Gamera and Shusuke Kaneko over the Heisei Gamera? Who knows what (or who) may come out of the woodwork? It will be interesting to see how this plays out, if true.

A Gallery Of Great Monster Movie Posters - Pentagonal Edition

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Movie Info From Wikipedia It's that time once again ladies and gentlemen, time to take a look at a fine collection of monster movie posters selected by yours truly. Since this is the fifth installment of this feature that I started a few months back I decided to go a little cerebral this time around. In other words I decided to make all of you think for change. Hope you don't mind? As a author and webmaster of a fine Internet destination it is my job to both educate and entertain, and that's exactly what I intend to do today. Don't freak out it will be fun! Since this is the fifth (or pentagonal) edition (ah-ha see!) I have selected five posters (and the sum of them will be five). Four of these posters share one element in common. The fifth one does not. See if you can figure out what that fifth poster has, or doesn't have, in common with the others? Once you get it, post a response or tell all your friends how damn cool and smart y

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: Gigantis The Fire Monster (1959)

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- "Horrors in the world of science are part of nature's plan." - Gigantis the Fire Monster (1959) "Kobayashi... we beat Godzilla for you!"

Ishiro Honda Family Suing For Godzilla Copyright

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by Armand Vaquer Above, yours truly with Toho's (or is it Honda's?) copyrighted Godzilla character. It has been reported that the family of Godzilla director Ishiro Honda is suing Toho Co., Ltd. for the copyright to the Godzilla character. According to this article in Ridersrangersandrambles.com: In a past case, the copyright for Godzilla was supposed to belong to the Honda estate, but Toho insists on having at least the merchandising rights to the character. Personally, I don't see how Ishiro Honda or his family has any claim to the rights to the character as Honda was a staff director of Toho, unless there is some codicil in his contract with the movie studio giving him some rights. Then again, there may be something in Japanese law or case law that provides this. To read the full article (with links to Japanese sites), go here .

Holiday DVD And Blu-ray Gift Ideas For The Monster Movie Fan In Your Home

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Amazon.com Yes we are well into the holiday gift buying season and as it happens every year we are all running around like fury little idiots trying to find the right gifts for the right people. It can be quite a daunting task, so much so that you may be tempted just to buy everyone a bag of cookies and be done with it. Then again ... who do I give the chocolate chip ones to and who gets the peanut butter? Argh it can be maddening! Well if you have a monster movie buff or just a movie buff in general on your holiday shopping list, and if your reading MIN that's a safe bet, hopefully I can be of some assistance. I have taken the time to compile a selection of DVD and Blu-ray titles that will make any monster movie nut pop a yule log come Christmas morning. TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Hammer Horror (Horror of Dracula / Dracula Has Risen from the Grave / The Curse of Frankenstein / Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed) Hey with this one you get

SHAUN OF THE DEAD - Did You Know?

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Trivia Compiled B y: Ken Hulsey Sources: IMDB / Wikipedia I'm certain that I am not alone when I say that the movie "Shaun of the Dead" is one of the greatest comedies of all time. The collaboration between director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is a perfect parody of zombie movies that serves as a spot on social commentary as well. Who are the real zombies in the film? Anyway the movie is one of my all-time favorites and I felt that is was about time that we took a closer look at this modern classic! Did You Know? In some markets, the film was released as Zombies Party. Many of the Zombie extras are fans of the TV series Spaced, which also starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and was also directed by Edgar Wright. They were recruited through the Spaced Out fan web site to be in the film. The phrase "fried gold" originated behind the scenes of Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes and Edgar Wright's sitcom Spaced and was mentioned several