Wednesday, October 11, 2017


I hadn't seen this one in years until today and really enjoyed my return visit. It's far from a great film but it's near perfect example of the typical late 50's low budget monster film. It's silly, padded and often just as wacky as it can be, but it holds together well enough with a slimy villain and a doddering old (thieving) mad scientist keeping the teen angst claptrap from clotting up the flow of fun. The film's most obvious padding is provided by Page Cavanaugh and His Trio who perform the song "Special Date" onscreen during the pool party sequence. In 2017 this section of the movie allows you to encounter the mild, rocking experience of early teen music near the beginning of the rock n' roll explosion. Get ready to snap those fingers! 

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