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Science fiction is like a box of chocolates. Uou never know what you’re gonna get!
Today we get a shadow that’s evil, people who are slimy, and a creature that’s a she — even though she’s definitely no lady!
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Shadow of Evil (1964) aka Banco a Bangkok pour OSS 117
Kerwin Mathews ("The 7th Voyage of Sinbad") is both likeable and believable as French secret agent OSS 117, hot on the trail of the nefarious Dr. Sinn (Robert Hossein), who plots to purge mankind of its "inferior races" with a selective, specially designed virus.
Bangkok provides the exotic locale, Pier Angeli provides the pretty face, and a pit filled with disease-carrying rats provides white-knuckle tension in a key scene.
Directed and co-written by Andre Hunebelle. Also starring Dominique Wilms and Stuart Nesbitt.
Despite his talent and good looks, Kerwin Matthews never seemed to get worthy roles other than Sinbad in 1958. And yet he always turned in fine performances, even in third-rate features like "Battle Beneath the Earth" (1968) and "Octaman" (1971), the latter of which reunited him with "Shadow of Evil" co-star, Angeli.
The Slime People (1964)
A very low-rated movie which, despite its reputation, has its good points.
The monster suits are fairly original in design (humpbacked reptilemen with solemn, woe begone faces that resemble mutated turtle heads). The monsters plan to take over Los Angeles and modify its climate to suit their own needs. They already infest the sewers beneath the city, and Robert Hutton struggles to warn the unbelieving populace of the danger.
If you brace yourself for less-than-skilled film making, you'll find some enjoyment in this one. Hutton also serves as director. Co-starring Les Tremayne ("War of the Worlds").
Enjoy the trailer or the MST3K version on Youtube.
____________ The Slime People (trailer) 1963
__________________ mst3k The Slime People
The She Creature (1956)
The main attraction here is the elaborate and outrageous monster suit constructed by Paul Blaisdell.
The plot of the movie is equally outrageous. The Great Lombardi (Chester Morris) hypnotizes Mara English and (somehow) conjures up her former incarnation as a weird sea monster. Miss English remains human and comatose during the creature's appearance (which means no transformation scenes were required). The sea creature emerges from the ocean and obeys the murderous commands of Lombardi.
When Lombardi is accused of fakery by psychic investigator Lance Fuller ("This Island Earth"), Lombardi publicly predicts a few murders and then privately sends his monster out to commit them. A wealthy sharp-eyed promoter (Tom Conway) manages to exploit Lombardi's growing fame, but when he goes too far Lombardi decides to eliminate Conway with the monster.
The police finally get wise to the connection between Lombardi and the "predicted" murders, and when they close in on him he summons his monster. The creature battles the police, but it rebels against its master when he orders it to harm Conway, with whom Mara English has fallen in love.
All this sounds a little better than it actually plays out on screen. Directed by Edward L. Cahn, who remade the whole thing one year later as "Voodoo Woman" with the same cast!
Is there no man on Earth who has the wisdom and innocence of a child?
~ The Space Children (1958)