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John on October 24, 2009 at 11:14 am

Over at Big Hollywood, someone named Schizoid Mann has a post up about his love for “B movies.”

When I think about those elements that I love in my favorite sci-fi monster movies, my mind can easily dwell for hours on the creatures themselves, the settings, the art direction, the machinery and technology and everything in between. I never grow tired of that stuff. But I also love, with equal passion the characters that people the story. They are really what it’s all about. So, indulge me as I invite you to take a little trip through my memory, recalling some character moments that stand out for me in the B genre of scifi monster movies.

The Thing half-sheetHe then goes on to list a number of greats starting with The Thing from Another World which he says is one of his favorite films ever. I’ll go a step further and say it’s my favorite film. Period. The poster (autographed by Ken Tobey himself) is hanging above my desk as I write this.

Schizoid goes on to list a litany of B-masterpieces and his reflections on some of their magic. Films he mentions:

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • War of the Worlds
  • The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
  • Them!

He’s right about all of these. They have a special magic. And if not everyone gets it, that’s okay. I get it. Schizoid Mann gets it. John Carpenter, having remade the Thing and Village of the Damned…he gets it. And there’s another guy you may have heard of who loves these movies…Steven Spielberg. He remade War of the Worlds and When Worlds Collide, so I think it’s safe to say he gets it.

If you haven’t seen these films, put them on your Netflix list. I’ll just add one more overlooked B-move masterpiece from the same time period: Curse of the Demon (1957). It’s unbelievable that no one has remade this one yet.

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