The Black Scorpion (1957)

Feb 18, 15 The Black Scorpion (1957)

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The Black Scorpion is an interesting film if for no other reason because the stop-motion animation was directed by Willis O’Brien, the original animator to the 1933 classic, King Kong. Among the animation effects is a battle sequence between the giant scorpions and giant worms. At the climax of the film the singular giant...

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Mark of the Vampire (1935)

Jan 20, 15 Mark of the Vampire (1935)

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This model kit was a straightforward build with no particular problems. All paints were acrylics. Those “wings” of Luna needs some discussions. No where in the actual film does the Luna character appear wearing those wings so why are they there? During the last few minutes of the film, when the characters say (spoiler...

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Gorgo (1961)

Jan 15, 15 Gorgo (1961)

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For many, Gorgo is considered the poor man’s Godzilla. When Gorgo first hit the movie theaters during the early 1960s I was there in the audience enjoying the film. What is unusual about the plot for Gorgo is the monster and her baby both escape unharmed at the end of the film. The building of this diorama was straightforward...

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Captive Wild Woman (1943)

Dec 12, 14 Captive Wild Woman (1943)

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A guilty pleasure 1940s film. A mad scientist (John Carradine) makes a hormonal gland extract which transforms a gorilla into a woman. The Captive Wild Woman, played by Acquanetta, reverts from human form into a sort of throwback primate, neither ape nor human. This model by Alternate Images depicts the half-transformed beast. The...

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Them! (1954)

Nov 29, 14 Them! (1954)

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Them! features those wonderful gi-ants! I seem to watch this film at least once a year. It is a favorite. At a recent Wonderfest at Michael Parks table he had this interesting diorama of Them!. All in all this was a straightforward build with no surprises. Some thought went into the positioning of the legs of the large gi-ant since...

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The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1964)

Sep 24, 14 The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1964)

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The films of Walt Disney are always a favorite. When the film, The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, first aired on the TV show, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, way back in 1964 I was there in front of the TV thoroughly enjoying the event. The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1964) The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1964) The...

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