Who would have guessed that behind a movie with the title “The Earth Dies Screaming” sits a hidden gem. To start, yes, the acting is horrible, and the effects of the budgetary constrains are more than obvious. But aside from that this movie has some aces up its sleeve.
The b-movies from the fifties gave us a lot of things to feel scared about. Well true, mostly radioactive monsters. But they didn’t gave us one thing to be really scared about. This gem from the Seventies makes up for it as a population of huge killer rabbits terrorizes the Arizona countryside. Be scared, be fluffy scared!
For movie night it was once again time for a cult classic, and this time one which ticks all the checkboxes for bad 1950 movies. We have a sexy female scientist as a love interest for our hero who really owns the “scream your lungs out damsel in distress” stereotype. A large part of the movie is filled with promotion footage the U.S. Army still had laying around on some dusty shelf. A well known city is in peril. Slow and wooden dialogs. Did I forget something… ah yeah… a giant radioactive octopus.
Sometimes when you start watching a movie, you known within minutes how it’s going to end. ‘The Beast With A Million Eyes’ is such a case, and than some. Not does it only explain the entire plot of the movie during the opening, it also shatters an illusion.
For a few years now I’ve been a dedicated listener off the Film Sack podcast. For those that are not familiar with it, it’s a weekly show in which 4 dudes watch and review a movie from the depths of movie history, a long forgotten horror flick from the seventies, or an under appreciated gem from last year. Last week it featured “The Angry Red Planet”, and I also couldn’t leave this science-fiction vehicle untouched.