Horrorfest 2017 Presents: The Manster (1959, George P. Breakston, Kenneth G. Crane)


The Manster is a weird late 1950s movie that seems to be a later, more modernized take on the kind of mad scientist monster movies that Universal Studios popularized in the 1930s and 1940s, and which Hammer Studios built off of around the 1950s. This one isn’t as good as any of those although certain aspects of the movie are entertaining. I mean the finale literally involves a man fighting himself, or a monster version of himself, and the experiments scenes are quite freaky for a 1950s movie. The Japan setting is also really neat and used to good effect, as the scientist responsible for transforming a journalist into an ugly beast is also Japanese. The movie only has a limited number of killings due to being an older movie, plus due to the limited budget, of course.

Larry (Peter Dyneley) is an American journalist who ends up interviewing Dr. Robert Suzuki (Tetsu Nakamura), who’s laboratory is located on top of a volcano, which is very Bond villain to say the least. The doctor and his assistant, Tara (Terri Zimmern) use this opportunity to experiment upon poor Larry and turn him into a creature with two heads! Things get out of hand quickly in this goofy and pretty dumb movie that at least has a decent conclusion. This is another horror movie that if they remade it no one would mind, and one would be best to skip this and watch a Hammer Studios movie instead. I also don’t remember if I watched this on a streaming service or not.

Horrorfest 2018 Presents: The Giant Spider Invasion (1975, Bill Rebane)


Sometimes you discover a movie that is so low budget, you almost give it a pass for being awful. For the first time in years, I actually viewed a B movie before watching the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode making fun of it, and that movie is The Giant Spider Invasion, which was on Shudder. Even Shudder’s description said to check out said episode, which I know of mostly via a funny clip where the show’s trio make Packers jokes, a video I posted after Green Bay won the Super Bowl. After all this film is set in Wisconsin, and well there is actually a giant killer spider that murders its victims and only really pops up later in the movie. The creature effects are hilarious and yet this movie was clearly a homage to 1950s monster flicks, which lead me to at least give it a chance.

Sorry folks, this movie is bad, yet not in a “Utter trash, I hate it” type of way. No its almost so bad its good, and you can tell there were good intentions. However by the end of the movie I was bored senseless, and I don’t have to tell folks to check out the highly underrated Eight Legged Freaks instead, which would not exist if movies like The Giant Spider Invasion had never been made. So hurrah for Bill Rebane, I guess? Or not. Honestly I watched this movie sober and I can barely recall how it even concluded, so I guess its time to watch it again with funny commentary and laugh at cheesy FX and poor acting.

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