Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bob Burns and Paul Blaisdell's 8mm Monster Films from 1960!



These two short 8mm films were made by Bob Burns and Paul Blaisdell in 1960. Blaisdell is known to monster movie aficionados as the man that created the creature suits for the films THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (1956), THE SHE-CREATURE (1956), IT CONQUERED THE WORLD (1956) and INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN (1957). He was usually the person in these clever costumes as well! Before now the only way you could see these two silent shorts was ordering them through the mail from an ad in the pages of the first issue of Fantastic Monsters Of The Films. Bob Burns has now allowed Donald Deveau to post these here for the world to see, taking them out of the incredible rare status they have occupied for decades. Amazing!

3 comments:

Nick Rentz said...

How would you rank his monsters?

Rod Barnett said...

That's tough! I'd have to put the Saucer Men at the top, I guess. They are so iconic and they scared the hell out of me long before I ever saw the film They were part of a silly card set I had as a kid with dumb captions over monster images. The She-Creature is excellent even if the breasts are a little bizarre. The Martian in IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE was pretty great if you can get past the way it ill-fitted the actor.

Nick Rentz said...

It's a shame he became disheartened by the filmmaking business because all of his creations were unique. Even his lesser known monsters like Tabonga, Voodoo Woman, and the barely seen Beast with a million eyes are cool. Out of his big ones, the saucer men are my favorite, then Marty the mutant( love his jagons), It The Terror From Beyond Space, The She Creature, and then Beulah. Roger Corman should have spent the extra money for Blaisdell's Crab Monsters. Missed opportunity right there....