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Day 11-October 11th
Perhaps the oddest double feature of them all. Boris and Zsa Zsa together.

Queen of Outer Space (1958) It stars Zsa Zsa Gabor. No she is not the queen, although the trailer claims she is. The actual queen is a scarred woman wearing a mask. The male lead is Eric Fleming, who one year later, would play trail boss Gil Favor on
Rawhide. One scene shows Eric entering Zsa Zsa's laboratory, where she is wearing an evening gown and earrings. One can imagine Zsa Zsa telling the director, "Oh dahling, I can't wear this white lab coat, with my gown and earrings!"

Frankenstein 1970 (1958) Boris Karloff as a mad scientist. There's a switch. Usually he is the end result of a mad scientist's experiments. The movie's trailer announces: "The most blood draining of them all!"


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Day 12- October 12th

The Spider (aka Earth vs the Spider, 1958) A giant spider terrorizes a town. In Japan, it's always Tokyo. Here in the U.S. it's usually a small midwestern town. The movie trailer warns us: Teenagers terrified!" It's a 1950's monster movie. What do you expect teenagers to be doing, if they are not dancing to music, or riding in their hot rods? I saw this movie at a drive-in theater in Florida, in the early 1960's along with The Blob (1958), The Fly (1958) and The Bat (1959). The drive-in advertised that it was a "Bug-a-thon", even though blobs and bats are technically not really bugs.

The Brain Eaters (1958) The trailer warns; "From worlds unknown, they come!" Aliens from outer space, take over the brains of humans. In some cases, that may be for the best. The movie trailer ends by claiming, "It's an adventure that will burst your blood vessels with suspense!"

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Day 13- October 13th
This has to be the shortest and cheapest double feature of all times. The 2 movies run for a total of 2 hours and 8 minutes, and were made for a combined total of $83,000.
Viking women: 66 minutes, $65,000 She monster: 62 minutes, $18,000. How on earth do you make a movie for $18,000?

Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (aka The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent, 1958). Viking women go in a boat to search for their missing men. A sea serpent destroys their boat, and they wash up on the very same island, that their men did, and who being held prisoners. Sounds like a Danish soap opera.

The Astounding She Monster (1958) Surprise, she's from outer space. We are warned in the trailer: "If you are not too afraid, make a date with the woman, you'll never forget."


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Day 14- October 14th
I owned both of these movies back in the days of VHS tapes.

Horrors of the Black Museum (British-American, 1959) I found this movie very frightening as a child of 9. It stars one of my most favorite British character actors, Michael Gough (pronounced goff). When you watch his performance in this film, it's obvious that he seems to relish playing slimy villains. The movie's trailer tells us: "Blood curdling thrills in the heart of London."

Here's some photos of Michael Gough. See if you remember him.
grognardia.blogspot.com/2011/03/rip-mich...gough-1916-2011.html
www.findagrave.com/memorial/67034423/michael-gough

The Headless Ghost (British, 1959) A 63 minute black and white horror comedy, made so it could be the 2nd half of a double bill in the U.S. Three silly people (British, French, American) decide to spend the night in a haunted castle. The original theatrical trailer is in terrible condition. Obviously no one thought it was worth preserving.


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Day 15- October 15th A 2 hour and 25 minute double feature.

I Was A Teenage Werewolf (1957) Stars a 20 year old (yes, I know that's not a teenager) Michael Landon. He plays the boy with the facial hair problem. Way before there was that silly 1985 teen wolf movie, there was the original teen wolf, Little Joe Cartwright. Best thing about this werewolf being a teenager, is that we are spared another painful and dreary Lon Chaney Jr performance. The theater trailer for this 76 minute movie, shares with us a line that we hear in almost every werewolf/wolf man movie, "He was killed by a werewolf."

Invasion of the Saucer Men (aka Invasion of the Hell Creatures, 1957) A silly 69 minute science fiction comedy. The saucer men look more like little brains walking around on legs. This film proves that intentionally combining comedy and science fiction, just doesn't work.


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Day 16- October 16th A 2 hour and 22 minute double feature.

I Was A Teenage Frankenstein (1957) Karloff he's not. The movie trailer asks the question: " Teenager or terrifying beast?" Some might argue that they are one and the same. The trailer also claims: "Hydronic high tension horrors!" I know, it didn't make much sense to me either. The trailer also promises: "The bloodiest of bone flesh shockers!" The trailer may be more entertaining that the actual movie. (74 minutes)

Blood of Dracula (1957) There's no sign of Dracula in the movie. A female vampire is killing off teenagers. After watching horror and science fiction films from the 50's and 60's, all of my life, I have come to realize that movie monsters don't care much for teenagers. I guess that proves that there is a little good in everyone. (68 minutes)


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Day 17- October 17th

How To Make A Monster (1958) This is a follow up to the last 2 teenage monster movies. The actor who played the young Frankenstein, reprises his role. However Michael Landon, the teenage werewolf, did not. He landed a role in Bonanza. A monster movie make up artist is fired after his movie studio decides not to make any more horror movies. To get revenge, he uses hypnosis to control two young actors in make up, as two movie monsters, to kill all of those who wronged him.

Teenage Caveman (1958) This film has a surprise twist at the end that makes it different from the usual dinosaur/cavemen movies. Yes, I know. Dinosaurs and cavemen didn't exist at the same time. Try explaining that to Hollywood.
Two years before Robert Vaughn was in The Magnificent Seven, and six years before he played secret agent Napoleon Solo in
The Man From U.N.C.L.E., he was a well groomed, clean shaven, English speaking caveman, fighting dinosaurs and giant armadillos.


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Day 18- October 18th

It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955) One of my most favorite science fiction movies from the 1950's. The giant octopus only had 6 tentacles, because according to Ray Harryhausen who created the special effects, the budget didn't allow 8 tentacles. The movie's trailer promises us: "A title wave of terror engulfs the screen!"

Creature With the Atom Brain (1955) Zombies work for a crime boss. This was before George Romero (Night of the Living Dead), turned zombies into flesh eating cannibals. The theater trailer announces: "Devastating passion magnified by a billion volt brain."


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Day 19- October 19th I saw this double feature at the Strand Theater in Brockport, NY.

The Brides of Dracula (British 1960) My all time favorite Hammer Horror movie, as well as my favorite vampire movie). David Peel actually plays the vampire. At movie's beginning, we are told that Dracula is dead, but his disciples live on. Peter Cushing of course plays Doctor Van Helsing. Also in the cast were two great British character actors. Michael Ripper, who appeared in more Hammer Horror films than any other actor, and Miles Malleson (Old Joe in A Christmas Carol aka Scrooge, 1951)

Michael Ripper
www.petercushing.co.uk/michaelripper.htm
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The Leech Woman (1960) Black and White American Movie. Gee, the British one was in color. A woman recaptures her youth, at the expense of men's lives.

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Day 20- October 20th All of the theatrical trailers can be viewed on You Tube

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) The trailer blares out: "Horror, shock, frenzy devastation, as the most grotesque monstrosity of all breaks loose!" The movie stars Allison Hayes, who made about 7 or so horror and science fiction movies for Allied Artists in the 1950's and early 1960's. A chance meeting with a giant alien, turns a woman into a giant also. In the trailer you see a giant hand grabbing a lot of people
Allison Hayes
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War of the Satellites (1958) movie trailer warns us: "In the awful silence and terror filled void of limitless space, the interplanetary war of the future. Aliens are threatening us with invasion again. Why can't they just leave us alone? Not counting post production, this movie was filmed in ten days.


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