The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy

February 14, 2018 at 2:46 am (3 Heads, Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy) (, , , , , )

The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy – 1958 – Mexico

The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy is a sequel to The Aztec Mummy (1957) and Curse of the Aztec Mummy (1957). It features the same actors and characters, and includes an extensive flashback of footage from its prequels. Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy is set five years after Curse of the Aztec Mummy. The Bat, a super scientist and super criminal, still needs money for his animal/human vivisection experiments. His plan, like usual, is to steal the Aztec Mummy’s priceless breastplate. To defeat the invulnerable undead monster, The Bat creates robot with a human head. The robot can shoot atomic rays, but has to move really slowly because it has no knees. Watching the Aztec Mummy smash the pathetic robot to pieces is a delight. Dr. Eduardo Almada, the heroic scientist from the other Aztec Mummy films, appears but doesn’t do much other than talk.

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The Curse of the Aztec Mummy

February 11, 2018 at 2:16 am (4 Heads, Curse of the Aztec Mummy) (, , , , )

The Curse of the Aztec Mummy – 1957 – Mexico

The Curse of the Aztec Mummy picks up shortly after The Aztec Mummy (1957) ends. The Bat, a criminal mastermind, escapes police custody with help from his gangster cronies Lilac and Bear. Once again, he is on a mission to steal priceless Aztec artifacts. His plan involves kidnapping and hypnotizing a reincarnated Aztec priestess. During her past life regression, she leads The Bat to cursed riches hidden in an Aztec temple. Working against The Bat’s plan is a scientist, a kid, a luchador named The Angel, and, of course, the murderous Aztec Mummy. In the end, the Aztec Mummy kills The Bat and his gang and stalks off into the countryside.

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The Snow Creature

November 13, 2017 at 2:53 am (5 Heads, Snow Creature) (, , )

The Snow Creature – 1954 – United States

A botanist, a photographer, and their Sherpa guide explore the Himalayas. When the guide learns of his wife’s abduction by a yeti, he forces the explorers at gunpoint to rescue her. They trek for days through the frozen mountains as the yeti harasses them by causing avalanches. They reach the yeti’s lair too late. The guide’s wife is dead, although no one seems too concerned. However, the explorers catch the yeti and take him to America for study.

The yeti flies to Los Angeles in a refrigerated box that injects him with drugs. He is detained by the Department of Immigration. They insist that the yeti is human-like and shouldn’t be allowed to enter the U.S. without a passport. In the meantime, the yeti escapes. He stalks the sewer system with the police in pursuit. They eventually shoot him dead. In the last scene, one of the policemen becomes a father. Congratulations!

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The H-Man

December 8, 2016 at 12:59 am (6 Heads, H-Man) (, , , , )

The H-Man – 1958 – Japan

When a drug smuggler disappears, police detectives try to track him down. They assume that he was murdered by his underworld connections, but he is actually the victim of radioactive slime monsters. These monsters (called H-Men) are the result of fallout from hydrogen bomb testing. They can transform between humanoid and liquid form, and their touch dissolves people and absorbs them (psyche and all). The drug smuggler’s girlfriend, a young scientist, and the police team up to destroy the H-Men.

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Prince of Space

November 22, 2016 at 1:34 am (5 Heads, Prince of Space) (, , , )

Prince of Space – 1959 – Japan

Dictator Phantom from the planet Krankor plots to take over Earth. Against death rays, caustic gas, and a tank that tunnels underground, Earth’s military has no chance. A shoeshine boy (and foster father of two orphans) transforms into the superheroic Prince of Space. With his laser wand and flying saucer, Prince defeats Phantom and saves the day.

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Attack of the Giant Leeches

October 22, 2016 at 1:13 am (7 Heads, Attack of the Giant Leeches) (, , , , , , )

Attack of the Giant Leeches – 1959 – United States

In the Florida Everglades, redneck poachers are attacked by giant leeches. The victims are kept alive in the leeches’ underwater cave while their blood is slowly drained. A handsome game warden investigates the poachers’ disappearance and eventually discovers that monsters are afoot. He hunts the leeches underwater with a harpoon gun.

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The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow

September 4, 2016 at 9:53 pm (6 Heads, Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow) (, , , , , , , , , )

The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow – 1959 – United States

On their quest for fun, a friendly club of teenage hot rodders struggle with juvenile delinquents, traffic cops, and stodgy parents. After the broke teens are evicted from their clubhouse, they occupy a haunted mansion. Secretly living in the mansion is Paul Blaisdell, who played the monster in The Day the World Ended (1955), It Conquered the World (1956), The She-Creature (1956), and Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957). Upset because he did not get a role in Horrors of the Black Museum (1959), he dresses in a monster suit and menaces the teens.

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I Bury the Living

August 16, 2016 at 2:40 am (8 Heads, I Bury the Living) (, , , )

I Bury the Living – 1958 – United States

Robert Kraft reluctantly takes a job as manager of the Immortal Hills cemetery. On his office wall is a huge map of the cemetery filled with pushpins. Plots marked with white pins have been sold but are unoccupied, while plots marked with black pins contain bodies. Examining the map, Robert accidentally replaces a white pin with a black pin. When the grave’s owner dies the next day, it seems like a fluke .When the same coincidence happens again, Robert suspects the map has supernatural powers. He tells anyone who will listen but no one believes him. Trying to prove his claims to the police, he inadvertently kills others. Wracked with guilt, he attempts to bring his victims back to life by replacing the black pins with white ones. The next morning, Robert finds that the graves of his victims have been mysteriously dug up. This is never really explained. The film’s unbelievable twist ending reveals that the cemetery’s kooky old Scottish caretaker actually murdered most of the map’s supposed victims. The police also faked some of the deaths to make Robert believe in the paranormal map. Somehow this was supposed to trick the caretaker into revealing himself as the killer. Huh?

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The Island Monster

May 10, 2016 at 1:10 am (3 Heads, Island Monster) (, , , )

The Island Monster – 1954 – Italy

On an island resort in southern Italy, gangsters smuggle drugs. Their leader is Don Gaetano (played by Boris Karloff), a kindly old man who runs a “home for sick babies” as a front for his drug operation. A police detective comes to the island. To infiltrate the smuggling gang, he kindles a romance with one of the female gangsters (a sultry nightclub singer). The detective’s cover causes friction with his wife. Things get even more personal when the gangsters kidnap his daughter. After the child is kidnapped, the nightclub singer has a change of heart and quits the gang. She and the detective (with the help of an impossibly smart dog) bust up the drug operation.

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Horror of Dracula

April 1, 2016 at 1:22 am (9 Heads, Horror of Dracula) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Horror of Dracula – 1958 – England

Horror of Dracula (known as Dracula outside of the United States) is the third filmic adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula (1897). It is preceded by Universal Pictures’ Dracula (1931) and Nosferatu (1922), although Nosferatu was an unofficial adaptation which resulted in a lawsuit. Horror of Dracula was produced by Hammer Film Productions and features many Hammer regulars such as actors Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, director Terence Fisher, and writer Jimmy Sangster.

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