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MONSTER A GO-GO!
(1965/B.I.& L.) BW.
Credits: Dir: Bill Rebane & Herschell Gordon Lewis; Prod. & Sc: Herschell Gordon Lewis; Mus: The Other Three.
Cast: Henry Height, Phil Morton, June Travis.
An astronaut returns to Earth as a ten foot tall mutated giant.
Lewis purchased an unfinished science fiction film named TERROR AT HALF DAY, re-edited some of the footage, added new scenes, retitled it and released the film under his pseudonym Sheldon Seymour.

THE MONSTER AND THE STRIPPER (1968/Ormond) BW.
Aka: THE EXOTIC ONES.
Credits: Dir. Prod. & Sc: Ron Ormond.
Cast: Sleepy La Beef, Tommy Ormond, Ron Ormond, June Ormond.
A primitive wild man discovered terrorising the folks living in a bayou, is captured and put on display at a strip club in New Orleans. The creature escapes wreaking havoc among the ladies and rips the heads off some chickens.
A cheap one-man production.

THE MONSTER DEMOLISHER (1960) see Nostradamus y el Destructor de Monstruos

MONSTER FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET (1967) see Daikaiju Gappa

THE MONSTER FROM GALAXY 27 (1958) see Night of the Blood Beast

MONSTER FROM GREEN HELL (1956/Gross-Krasne Prod.) 71mins. BW.
Last reel in colour.
Credits: Dir. & Ed: Kenneth G. Crane; Prod: Al Zimbalist; Ex.Prod: Jack J. Gross & Philip N. Krasne; A.Prod: Sol Dolgin; Sc: Louis Vittes & Endre Bohem; Ph: Ray Flin; Sets: G.W. Berntsen; Des: Ernst Fegte; Sfx: Jack Rabin, Louis DeWitt & Jess Davison; Mu: Louis Haszillo; Mus: Albert Glasser.
Cast: Jim Davis, Robert E. Griffin, Joel Fluellen, Barbara Turner, Eduardo Ciannelli, Vladimir Sokoloff, Tim Huntley, Laverne Jones, Frederic Potler.
"Typical wasp markings" - Brady upon noticing huge footprints.
A rocketship containing laboratory wasps is sent out of the Earth's atmosphere to test the effects of cosmic rays on insects. The rocket malfunctions and crash lands in the Green Hell of Africa from where stories emerge of giant wasps killing the natives. The scientist's realise that the wasps in the rocket must have mutated into gigantic creatures and fly to the African jungle to find them. After attempts to destroy the creatures fail, a volcano errupts smothering the monster wasps with red hot lava.
A cheap monster film that manages to entertain with poor effects and an awful script. The last colour reel of a volcano is somewhat of a surprise and seems to serve no other purpose but to display the shoddy editing and lack of funds. The scene of a giant wasp fighting a giant snake remains impressive.
Stock jungle footage was borrowed from STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE (1939).

MONSTER FROM MARS (1953) see Robot Monster

MONSTER FROM THE MOON (1953) see Robot Monster

MONSTER FROM THE OCEAN FLOOR (1954/Palo Alto Prod./Lippert) 71mins. BW.
Shooting title: IT STALKED THE OCEAN FLOOR.
Aka: MONSTER MAKER.
Credits: Dir: Wyott Ordung; Prod: Roger Corman & First Fantasy; Sc: William Danch; Ph: Floyd Crosby; Ed: Edwards Sampson Jr.; Sfx: Bob Baker; Mu: Harry Thomas; Mus: Andre Brummer.
Cast: Anne Kimball, Stuart Wade, Dick Pinner, Wyott Ordung, Inez Palance, Jack Hayes, David Garcia.
On an island off the coast of Mexico, several people disappear during the nights of the full moon. Vacationing artist Julie Blair, (Kimball), and Steve, (Wade), a marine biologist investigate and find that nuclear bomb tests have created a giant protozoa that looks like a large octopus which feeds on the local population. The natives think the creature is an ancient Aztec god, but Steve destroys it by ramming a submarine into it's eye.
Although the cheapness shows, especially with the muffled studio sound dubbing, and the monster is only seen for a very short time, this is notable as the first Corman production. Made in 6 days for a mere $12,000 and sponsored in part by Aerojet General, the manufacturers of the submarine used in the film.

MONSTER FROM THE SURF (1965) see The Beach Girls and the Monster

MONSTER FROM THE UNKNOWN WORLD (1961) see Maciste Nella Terra die Ciclopi

MONSTER IN THE NIGHT (1958) see The Monster on Campus

MONSTER MAKER (1954) see Monster From the Ocean Floor

THE MONSTER MEETS THE GORILLA (1952)
see Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla

MONSTER OF HIGHGATE PONDS (1960) Animated/live action. UK.
Credits: Dir: Alberto Cavalcanti.
Cast: Ronald Howard, Philip Latham.
British children discover an egg which hatches into a monster. After several adventures the creature explains that it must go to Malaya.

THE MONSTER OF LONDON CITY (1956) Germany.
Credits: Dir: Edwin Zbonek. From a story by Edgar Wallace.
Cast: Marianna Koch, Hans Neilson.
A fiendish killer of prostitutes patterns his murders after the legendary Jack the Ripper. An actor portraying the Ripper on the London stage becomes a suspect.
Another in a spate of German Edgar Wallace adaptations that continued into the '60's.

MONSTER OF MONSTERS: GHIDORAH (1964)
see Ghidorah, Sandai Kaiju Chikyu Saidai No Kessan

THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS (1958/Van Wick Prod.) 71mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Irvin Berwick; Prod. & Monster Des: Jack Kevan; Sc: C. Haile Chace; Ph: Philip Lothrop; Ed: George Gittens; Art: Walter Woodworth.
Cast: Les Tremayne, Forrest Lewis, John Harmon, Jeanne Carmen, Frank Arvidson, Wayne Berwick, Don Sullivan, Peter Dunn, Joseph LaCava, Jack Kevan as the monster.
A lighthouse keeper, (Harmon), off the coast of Piedras Blancas in California feeds a seven foot high prehistoric monster, (Kevan), that lives in the caves below the lighthouse because he fears that if he didn't, the creature may attack his daughter Lucy, (Carmen). When the monster decides to embark on a murderous rampage, no one believes the lighthouse keeper's story until several people's heads are ripped off. When Lucy is cornered in the lighthouse by the monster she turns on the beacon that momentarily blinds it allowing her boyfriend Fred, (Sullivan), to hit the monster on the head with his gun, causing the creature to fall to it's death.
Unsubtle and laughable B-movie nonsense.
Jack Kevan salvaged the monster's massive claws from the costume he designed for The Mole People and the large feet made for the Metaluna Mutant in This Island Earth. Kevan also created the creatures appearing in It Came From Outer Space and Monster on Campus.

MONSTER OF TERROR (1965/AIP.) 81mins.
Aka: DIE MONSTER DIE; THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE WORLD.
Credits: Dir: Daniel Haller; Prod: Pat Green; Ex.Prod: James H. Nicholson & Samuel Z. Arkoff; Sc: Jerry Sohl; Ph: Paul Beeson; Ed: Alfred Cox; Art: Colin Southcott; Sfx: Les Bowie; Mu: Jimmy Evans; Mus: Don Banks. From "The Colour Out Of Space" by H.P. Lovecraft.
Cast: Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson, Suzan Farmer, Terence De Marney, Patrick Magee, Paul Farrell, Leslie Dwyer, Shelia Raynor, Billy Milton.
Mr. Whitley's, (Karloff), basement contains a crashed meteorite that mutates plants to gigantic proportions and changes humans into monsters. Stephen Reinhart, (Adams), visits his fiancee Susan Whitley, (Farmer), where he discovers the fate of her mother and rescues his girl from her father when he changes into a glowing green mutant.
An engaging Lovecraft adaptation with some effective moments. Unfortunately Karloff shows signs of the oncoming illness that ultimately lead to his death.

MONSTER OF THE MARSHES (1955) see Bride of the Monster

MONSTER OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1970) see Nightmare in Wax

THE MONSTER OF VENICE (1965) see Il Mostro di Venezia

THE MONSTER ON THE CAMPUS (1958/Gershenson/Universal) 76mins. BW.
Shooting Title: MONSTER IN THE NIGHT.
Credits: Dir: Jack Arnold; Prod. & Mus: Joseph Gershenson; Sc: David Duncan; Ph: Russell Metty; Ed: Ted J. Kent; Art: Alexander Golitzen; Sfx: Clifford Stine; Monster Des: Jack Kevan; Mu: Bud Westmore.
Cast: Joanna Moore, Arthur Franz, Judson Pratt, Troy Donahue, Nancy Walters, Phil Harvey, Ross Elliott, Helen Westcott, Whit Bissell, Eddie Parker.
"Manical Monster on bloody trail of destruction...Every co-ed beauty prey to his fang-slashing passion!"
"Horror that waited 100 miliion years becomes a terrifying reality!"
University professor, Dr. Donald Blake, (Franz), obtains a celeocanth fish that has been preserved with gamma rays for his student laboratory, but as the creature thaws some of the blood causes a dog, who licks it up, to turn into a savage prehistoric beast and a dragonfly that settles on the fish carcass, mutates into a gigantic monster that attacks the laboratory. The students, however, are being killed by a sinister neanderthal man who is revealed to be the professor himself infected by the celeocanth after he cut himself on it's tooth. As a primitive, Dr. Blake kills a forest ranger before setting himself up to be shot by the police.
A cheap marvel. The effects are shoddy, but hugely entertaining in a better than average B-movie.
Jack Arnold's last monster film.

MONSTER SNOWMAN (1955) see Half Human

THE MONSTER THAT CHALLANGED THE WORLD (1957/Gramercy Laven/Levy-Gardner/UA.) 85mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Arnold Laven; Prod: Jules V. Levy & Arthur Gardner; Sc: Patricia Fielder; Ph: Lester White; Ed: John Faure; Art: James Vance; Underwater Ph: Scotty Welborn; Sfx: Ray Harryhausen; Mus: Heinz Roemheld. From a story by David Duncan.
Cast: Tim Holt, Audrey Dalton, Hans Conried, Milton Parsons, Barbara Darrow, William Swan, Harlan Warde, Jody McCrea, Casey Adams, Eileen Harley, Mimi Gibson, Mack Williams, Gordon Jones, Michael Dugan, Marjorie Stapp, Bob Beneveds, Charles Tannen, Dennis McCarthy.
"Crawling up from the depths...to terrify and torture! A new kind of terror to numb the nerves!"
Military detonation tests off the California coast unearth a colony of prehistoric sea snails and their eggs. When the creatures are destroyed, Dr. Jess Rogers, (Conried), places one of the surviving eggs in an incubator, but when a young girl, (Gibson), turns up the heat the egg hatches and the resultant monster marauds to suck the body fluids from it's victims. A race is on to stop the creature from laying eggs in the world's waterways. Cornered, the monster is injured by steam from a vent and destroyed in a hail of bullets.
Although the cheapness shows the plot is intelligent without being hysterical and there are some effective monsters.

MONSTER WANGMAGWI (1967) South Korea.
Aliens dispatch a 400 foot ray-blasting ape creature to conquer the Earth, but it only gets as far as Seoul.

MONSTER ZERO (1965) see Kaiju Daisenso

THE MONSTERS ARE LOOSE (1965) see The Maniacs are Loose

MONSTERS CRASH THE PAJAMA PARTY (1965)
Credits: Dir: Don Brandon.
Cast: Peter James Noto.
A haunted house is beset with an assortment of creatures and monsters.
A poor parody of American International's monster and beach party films. This was understandably obscure for two decades.

MONSTERS INVADE EXPO '70 (1970) see Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga

MONSTERS OF THE NIGHT (1965) see The Navy Versus the Night Monsters

LE MONSTRE AUX YEUX VERT (1961) see Pianeti Contro di Noi

MONSTROSITY (1963/Cinema Venture/Emerson Films) 70mins. BW.
Aka: THE ATOMIC BRAIN.
Credits: Dir: Joseph Mascelli; Prod: Jack Pollexfen & Dean Dillman Jr.; Sc: Vi Russell, Sue Dwiggens, Dean Dillman Jnr. & Jack Pollexfen; Ph: Alfred Taylor; Ed: Owen C. Gladden; Electrical Fx: Kenneth Strickfaden; Mus: Gene Kaver.
Cast: Frank Gerstle, Erika Peters, Judy Bamber, Marjorie Eaton, Frank Fowler, Margie Fisco, Lisa Lang.
A wealthy old lady, (Eaton), hires a doctor, (Gerstle), to transplant her brain into a younger woman, but unfortunately all the doctor's previous patients have resulted in zombies. One woman has her brain swapped with a cat's brain.
A plodding tale that lacks any suspense.

EL MONSTRUO RESUSCITADO (1952) Mexico.
A deformed plastic surgeon creates a brutish monster by putting an underdeveloped brain into a revived corpse that then terrorises a reporter who lives at the doctor's home in the cemetery.
A surprisingly atmospheric production.
Sequel: La Bruja.

LOS MONSTRUOS DEL TERROR (1969/ Eichberg/ International Jaguar) 87mins. Spain/Italy/Germany.
Aka: ASSIGNMENT TERROR; DRACULA VERSUS FRANKENSTEIN (US); OPERACION TERROR; EL HOMBRE QUE VINO DEL UMMO.
Sequel to: LAS NOCHES DEL HOMBRE LOBO.
Credits: Dir: Hugo Fregonese & Tulio Demichelli; Prod: Jaime Prades; Sc: Jacinto Molina Alverez (Paul Naschy); Ph: Godofredo Pachecho; Ed: Emilio Rodriguez; Des: Adolfo Cofiño; Sfx: Antonio Molina; Mus: Franco Salina.
Cast: Michael Rennie, Paul Naschy (Jacinto Molina), Karin Dor, Angel De Pozo, Craig Hill Ferdinando, Gene Reyes, Patty Shepard, Manuel De Blash.
Alien invader Odo Warnoff, (Rennie), from the dying planet Ummo, revives Earth's deceased monsters including Waldemar Daninsky, the werewolf, (Naschy), and the mummy, (Reyes), while a female alien named Maleva, (Dor), possesses the body of a scientist to try and conquer the Earth. The aliens, however, fail to take into consideration the power of human emotions and Maleva falls in love with Daninsky, who as a werewolf foils the invader's plans by slaying the revived monsters, after which he is mercifully shot with a silver bullet by his sweetheart Maleva as he tries to gnaw her to death.
A confused and unwatchable third entry to the Daninsky/werewolf series of films reportedly made in six days.
Michael Rennie died in 1971.

EN MONTE DE LA BRUJAS (1970.Avco Embassy) Spain.
Aka: WITCHES MOUNTAIN.
Credits: Dir: Raul Artigot.
Cast: Patty Sheppard, John Caffari, Monica Randall.
A news photographer is dispatched to the site of a witch execution in the Pyrenees and is beset upon by a plethora of cackling witches.

MOON OF THE WOLF (1972/Filmways) 74mins. TVM.
Credits: Dir: Daniel Petrie; Prod: Everett Chambers & Peter Thomas; Sc: Alvin Sapinsley; Ph: Richard C. Glouner; Art: James Hulsey; Mu: Tom Tuttle & William Tuttle. From the novel by Leslie H. Whitton.
Cast: David Janssen, Barbara Rush, Bradford Dillman, John Beradino, Geoffrey Lewis, Royal Dano, John Chandler.
A contemporary werewolf, (Dillman), preys on the inhabitants of a small Louisiana byou town, but Sheriff Whitaker, (Janssen), must first convince the townsfolk that the creature exists before he can recruit any help to destroy it.
An above average television film with some good performances.

MOON ZERO TWO (1969/Hammer/Warner) 100mins. UK.
Credits: Dir: Roy Ward Baker; Prod. & Sc: Michael Carreras; Ph: Paul Beeson; Ed: Spencer Reeve; Art: Scott MacGregor; Mus: Don Ellis. From a story by Gavin Lyall, Frank Hardman & Martin Davidson.
Cast: James Olson; Catherina von Schell, Warren Mitchell, Adrienne Corri, Ori Levy, Dudley Foster, Bernard Bresslaw.
"The number one space western!"
In the year 2021 the moon is being colonised, but some criminals are attempting to gain control of an asteroid.
Despite an unusual amount of investment by Hammer and a hope of profits in a new genre, the sci-fi script sadly did not live up to the real advances that were being made in space at the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MORIANNA
(1965) Sweden.
Credits: Dir: Anne Mattsson.
Cast: Anders Henriksson, Lotte Tarp, Heinz Hopf.
A horror thriller with elements of the supernatural.

LA MORTE HA FATTO L'UOVO (1967/Summa Cinemat/Corona) 105mins. France/Italy.
Aka: PLUCKED; A CURIOUS WAY TO LOVE (UK).
Credits: Dir: Giulio Questi; Prod: Franco Marras; Sc: Giulio Questi & Franco Arcalli; Ph: Dario di Palma; Ed: Franco Arcalli; Art: Sergio Canevari; Mus: Bruno Madera.
Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Gina Lollobrigida, Ewa Aulin, Jean Sobieski, Renato Romano, Giulio Donnini.
A chicken breeder decides to kill his wife so that he can be with another woman, (Aulin), but his new girlfriend only wants to turn him into chicken mash. A radioactive accident creates headless and wingless chickens, but the chicken breeder eventually dies by falling into a chicken food machine.
This strange film features mutant chickens, but despite this the film still flopped at the box office.

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE (1960/Columbia) BW.
Credits: Dir: Allan Dwan; Prod: Benedict Bogeans; Sc: James Leicester & Philip Rock.
Cast: Ron Randall, Elaine Stewart, Morris Ankrum, Gregg Palmer, Debra Paget, Anthony Caruso.
A man framed for a crime and sent to jail escapes, but during his frantic run from the law he walks into a colbalt bomb blast. This should have killed him, but instead it makes him impervious to bullets allowing him to embark on a vengeful rampage, only to be burnt to dust by a flamethrower.
Emphasis is given on the romantic development between the man and Paget's character.

IL MOSTRO DEL L'OPERA (1964) see Il Vampiro del l'Opera

IL MOSTRO DI VENEZIA (1965/Europix) BW. Italy.
Aka: THE EMBALMER.
Credits: Dir: Dino Tavella; Prod: Christian Marvel & Walter Manley; Sc: Dino Tavella & G. Muretta.
Cast: Maureen Brown, Gin Mart, Elmo Caruso.
A madman dons a frogman suit and stalks modern Venice in search of beautiful women. When he catches them he takes them to his underwater monastary in the crypts, dresses as a monk and embalms them to preserve their beauty. A journalist tries to find out what has happened to the missing women.

MOSURA (1962/Toho) 100mins. Japan.
Aka: MOTHRA.
Credits: Dir: Inoshiro Honda; Prod: Tomoyuki Tanaka; Sc: Shinichi Sekizawa; Ph: Hajime Koizumi; Sfx: Eiji Tsuburaya & Hiroshi Mukonyama.
Cast: Frankie Sakai, Emi Ito, Yumi Ito, Kyoko Kagawa, Hiroshi Koizumi, Ken Uehara.
A 300 foot catapillar living on Infant Island in the Pacific ocean is worshipped by the natives and protected by two six inch high girl fairies, (Ito twins), but when Nelson, a profiteering industrialist captures the two girls the islanders invoke the wrath of the catapillar to journey to Rosilica and the city of Newkirk to rescue them. Most of Newkirk is destroyed by the time that Mosura makes a cocoon in the city and the evil industrialist is shot by the police. When Mosura hatches into a moth the twin fairies are taken to the airport where Mosura flies away with on his back towards their island home.
An introduction to another silly Toho monster, this time, not an actor in a rubber suit. Rosilica is meant to be America and Newkirk City looks very much like New York City.

MOSURA TAI GOJIRA (1964) see Gojira tai Mosura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MOTHER JOAN OF THE ANGELS
(1960) see Matka Joanna Od Aniolow

MOTHER RILEY MEETS THE VAMPIRE (1952)

MOTHRA (1962) see Mosura

LE MOULIN DES SUPPLICES (1960) see Il Mulino delle Donne de Pietra

ET MOURIR DE PLAISIR (1960/ Eger/ Technidrama Documento/ Paramount) 85mins. BW. sequences. France/Italy.
Aka: BLOOD AND ROSES.
Credits: Dir: Roger Vadim; Prod: Raymond Eger; Sc: Claude Br–lé, Claude Martin, Roger Vadim & Roger Vailland; Ph: Claude Renoir; Ed: Victoria Mercanton; Art: Jean Andre; Mus: Jean Prodromidès. Dialogue for English prints: Peter Viertel. From "Carmilla" by Sheridan Le Fanu.
Cast: Mel Ferrer, Elsa Martinelli, Carmilla Stroyberg, Marc Allegret, Jacques-Rene Chauffard, Alberto Bonucci, Serge Marquand, Annette Vadim.
On the day that Leopoldo is celebrating his engagement with Gorgia, (Martinelli), jealous Carmilla, (Stroyberg), is seething nearby. A body is unearthed while preparing for the firework display that looks identical to Carmilla, but it is actually Carmilla's vampiric ancestor called Marcilla whose spirit possesses Carmilla who seduces and vampirises Gorgia.
This tries to be elegant, but becomes tedious instead.
American prints were released without any references to lesbianism.
Posters advertised an "Is she girl or ghoul?" competition for a prize of $5000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MUERTE VIVIENTE
(1968) see La Isla de los Muertos

MUERTOS DE RISA (1957) Mexico.
Aka: DEAD OF LAUGHTER.
Features a giant spider, mummies and ghosts.

LA MUJER MURCIELAJO (1967) Mexico.
Aka: THE BAT WOMAN.
Credits: Dir: Rene Cardona Jnr.; Sc: Alfred Salazar.
Cast: Maura Monti.
A scientist creates some scaley fish monsters in Alcapulco.

LAS MUJERES PANTERA (1966) Mexico.
Aka: THE PANTHER WOMEN.
Cat women meet out revenge for the death of their sorcerer leader Eloim.

IL MULINO DELLE DONNE DE PIETRA (1960/Galatea/Parade Pictures) 94mins. Italy/France.
Aka: DROPS OF BLOOD (UK); MILL OF THE STONE WOMEN; LE MOULIN DES SUPPLICES; HORROR OF THE STONE WOMEN; THE HORRIBLE MILL WOMEN; MILL OF THE STONE MAIDENS; ICON (US).
Credits: Dir: Giorgio Ferroni (English version Credits: Dir: Richard McNamara); Prod: Gianpaola Bigazzi; Sc: Remigio Del Grosso, Ugo Liberatore, Giorgio Stegani & Giorgio Ferroni. From "The Flemish Tales" by Pieter Van Weigan.
Cast: Wolfgang Preiss, Pierre Brice, Scilla Gabel, Dany Carrel, Herbert Boehme, Liana Orfei, Marco Gugliemi, Olga Solbelli.
In Holland during 1912, an art student visits a windmill and a carosel of beautiful statues, but later discovers that the statues are actually the petrified corpses of missing girls, drained of their blood by a mad scientist, (Preiss), trying to revive his dead daughter.
An impressive array of macabre scenes and original ideas filmed in Holland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE MUMMY
(1959/Hammer) 88mins. UK.
Credits: Dir: Terence Fisher; Prod: Michael Carreras; A.Prod: Anthony Nelson Keys; Sc: Jimmy Sangster; Ph: Jack Asher; Ed: James Needs & Alfred Cox; Art: Bernard Robinson; Mu: Roy Ashton; Mus: Frank Reizenstein. From a story by Nina Wilcox Putnam & Richard Schayer.
Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Felix Aylmer, Yvonne Furneaux, George Pastell, Eddie Byrne, Raymond Huntley, John Stuart, Harold Goodwin, Michael Ripper, Dennis Shaw, Frederick Rawlings.
An expedition led by John Banning, (Cushing), to Egypt discovers the tomb of the High Priest Kharis, but as one of their number, (Aylmer), reads the Scroll Of Thoth, the mummy, (Lee), comes to life driving him insane. The expedition returns to Victorian England where a servant of the mummy named Mehemet, (Pastell), has brought Kharis to wreak vengance on those who dared to desecrate his tomb. One expedition member is strangled by the mummy, but when Kharis attempts to slay Banning, Kharis recognises that Banning's daughter, Isobel, (Furneaux), is the reincarnation of his love of ancient Egypt, princess Ananka, and for whom he was buried alive 3000 years ago for trying to resurrect her dead body with the sacred Scroll of Thoth. Kharis carries the girl away towards a swamp to join him death, but as they sink in the mire, the girl crawls to safety and Kharis dies, once again alone.
An entertaining remake with a few changes to the original plot. The typical Hammer touches are present, including a scene showing Kharis' tounge being cut out and some nice colour photography. However, the film fails to capture the magical dusty essence of the 1932 version.

THE MUMMY AND THE CURSE OF THE JACKALS (1967)
Aka: THE MUMMY VERSUS THE WEREJACKALS.
Cast: John Carradine, Anthony Eisley, Robert Alan Browne, Maureen Dawson.
The spirit of an ancient Egyptian Princess possesses an explorer who turns into a were-jackal uless he does the Princess' bidding. The Princess' ancient lover rises from the tomb as a shambling mummy, jealous of the possessed explorer.
Extrme low budget mayhem from south-of-the-border.

THE MUMMY STRIKES (1957) see La Momia Azteca

THE MUMMY VERSUS THE WEREJACKALS (1967)
see The Mummy and the Curse of the Were Jackals

THE MUMMY'S SHROUD (1966/Hammer-7 Arts) 84mins. UK.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: John Gilling; Prod: Anthony Nelson Keys; Ph: Arthur Grant; Ed: James Needs & Chris Barnes; Art: Don Mingaye; Des: Bernard Robinson; Sfx: Les Bowie; Mu: George Partleton; Mus: Don Banks. From a story by John Elder (Anthony Nelson Keys).
Cast: Eddie Powell, Dickie Owen, Roger Delgado, Maggie Kimberly, John Phillips, Andre Morell, David Buck,Elisabeth Sellars, Richard Warner, Tim Barrett, Bruno Barnabe, Michael Ripper, Toni Gilpin, Catherine Lacey. Narrated: Peter Cushing.
"Beware the beat of the cloth wrapped feet!"
"Buried alive for 3700 years! Brought to life to live, love and kill!"
In ancient Egypt, a tutor named Prem, (Owen), is entrusted to protect the young king Kah-To-Bey, but they are both killed. 4000 years later, Hasmid, (Delgado), restores Prem's mummy, (Powell), to life to avenge the desecration of his tomb and the removal of Kah-To-Bey's mummy to Cairo by an expedition of archeologists. The mummy is eventually destroyed when an arcane incantation reduces him to a pile of dust.
Despite the numerous mummy film cliches, the cast and the good production values make this a satisfactory entry to Hammer's mummy series.

MUMSY, NANNY, SONNY AND GIRLY (1970/Fitsroy/Brigitte) 102mins. UK.
Aka: GIRLY.
Credits: Dir: Freddie Francis; Prod: Ronald J. Kahn; Sc: Brian Comport; Ph: David Muir; Ed: Tristam Cones; Art: Maggie Pinhorn; Mus: Bernard Ebbinghouse. From a play by Maisie Mosco.
Cast: Howard Trevor, Michael Bryant, Pat Heywood, Vanessa Howard, Robert Swann, Michael Ripper, Ursula Howells, Imogen Hassell.
A family of active homocidal psychopaths live in an old Victorian house from where the two adolescents kidnap and kill stray males. When a couple happen to visit they kill the woman, (Hassell), and convince the drunken boyfriend, (Bryant), that he was responsible to blackmail him and force him to stay at the house as their plaything. When he seduces one of the psychos it causes discord and destroys the family harmony.
An extremely black comedy that includes axe murders and a scene involving a boiled head.

MUNDO DE LOS MUERTOS (1969) Mexico.
Aka: WORLD OF THE DEAD.
Features Santo the wrestler.

EL MUNDO DE LOS VAMPIROS (1960/A.B.S.A./Cinematografica Calderon) BW. Mexico.
Aka: THE WORLD OF VAMPIRES.
Credits: Dir: Alfonso Corona Blake; Prod: Abel Salazar; Sc: Ramon Obon; Ph: Jack Draper; Art: Javier Torija; Mus: Gustavo César Carrion. From a story by Raul Zenteno.
Cast: Maurico Garces, Guillermo Murray, Silvia Fournier, Jose Baviera, Erna Martha Beauman, José Baviera, Tito Suneo, Rafael Del Rio.
In a subterranean vault, vampire Sergio Sotubai, (Murray), who plays an organ made from human skulls and bones to control his disciples that look like werewolves is opposed by an occultist named Rodolfo, (Garces), who uses soundwaves to vanquish the fiend before pushing him into a pit of snakes.
Also features good looking female vampires.

MUNECAS INFERNALES (1960) 83mins. BW. Mexico.
Aka: CURSE OF THE DOLL PEOPLE; THE INFERNAL DEAD.
Credits: Dir: Benito Alazraki; Prod: William Calderon Stell; Sc: Alfredo Salazar.
Cast: Elvira Quintana, Ramon Gay, Luis Aragon, Roberto G. Rivera.
Midgets in masks are cunningly placed in the homes of people who witnessed a Haitian voodoo ceremony. At night the midgets emerge to seek revenge.

MUNSTER GO HOME! (1966/Universal) 96mins.
Credits: Dir: Earl Bellamy; Prod: Joe Connelly & Bob Mosher; A.Prod: Irving Paley; Sc: George Tibbles, Joe Connelly & Bob Mosher; Ph: Benjamin H. Kline; Ed: Bud S. Isaacs; Art: Alexander Golitzen & John Lloyd; Sets: John McCarthy & Julia Heron; Mu: Bud Westmore; Mus: Jack Marshall. From the television series "The Munsters".
Cast: Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Butch Patrick, Debbie Watson, Terry Thomas, Hermione Gingold, Robert Pine, Arthur Malet, John Carradine, Ben Wright, Bernard Fox, Diana Chesney, Richard Dawson, Jeanne Arnold, Maria Lennard, Cliff Norton.
Herman Munster, (Gwynne), inherits an English title and a big estate from his English uncle, but the English Munsters, led by Freddie, (Thomas), are intent on getting rid of their American cousins as the family are running a counterfeiting organisation from the estate. Several attempts are made on Herman's life during a road race, but he inadvertantly wins in the Dragula Coffin car to uphold the Munster family honour. Herman, Lilly, (DeCarlo), Grandpa, (Lewis), Eddie, (Patrick) and Marilyn, (Watson), foil the gang of counterfeiters and return to America.
An entertaining film with the obvious failing of trying to pad out to feature length a story that would have fared better as a 30 minute television episode. There are no new developements to the characters or even a substantial plot.
Originally this was meant to be a television film, but it was released theatrically at the last minute.
Sequel: THE MUNSTER'S REVENGE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MURDER AT 45 R.P.M.
(1960) 105mins. France.
Credits: Dir: Etienne Perier.
Cast: Dannielle Darrieux, Michel Auclair, Jean Servais, Henri Guisol.
A singer, (Darrieux), and her lover, (Auclair), seem to be haunted by the ghost of her dead husband.
A slow moving thriller helped along by some inventive plot twists.

THE MURDER CLINIC (1966) see La Lama del Corpo

MURDER MANSION (1970) see La Mansion de la Niebla

THE MURDER SOCIETY (1966) see La Lama del Corpo

MUTINY IN OUTER SPACE (1964/Woolner/Crest Films) 81mins. BW.
Aka: SPACE STATION X; ATTACK FROM OUTER SPACE; AMMUNITINAMENTO NELLO SPAZIO.
Credits: Dir: Hugo Grimaldi; Prod: Hugo Grimaldi & Arthur C. Pierce; Sc: Arthur C. Pierce; Sfx: Howard Anderson & Roger George.
Cast: William Leslie, Dolores Faith, Pamela Curran, Richard Garland, Glen Lanagan Jnr., Harold Lloyd Jnr., James Dobson, Susannah York.
In 1980, explorers from Space Station X-7 return to base after collecting samples of a strange fungus found in some lunar caves, but the warmth of the space station causes the samples to multiply and cover the station completely, while some of the crew are turned into monsters. Commander Cromwell, (Garland), refuses to radio for help and possibly jepordise his career, but Dr. Hoffman manages to get a message to Earth that dispatches spaceships to fire icey pellets at the fungus that, in conjunction with a heat reduction within the spacestation finally destroys the menace and the creatures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MY BLOOD RUNS COLD (1965/Warner) 108mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: William Conrad; Sc: John Mantley; Ph: Sam Leavitt; Mus: George Duning.
Cast: Troy Donahue, Joey Heatherton, Barry Sullivan, Jeanette Nolan, Nicolas Coster, John Holland, Russell Thorson.
"Perhaps it is not for the living to know the truth about reincarnation!"
"If you give away the ending, may your blood run cold forever!"
A sinister man, (Donahue), convinces a young woman, (Heatherton), after finding an old diary that they are reincarnated lovers from a previous life. The girl's father and her boyfriend become concerned about the influence the man seems to hold over her.
An intriguing melodrama spoilt by a weak and unconvincing finale.

MY FRIEND, DOCTOR JEKYLL (1963) see Il Mio Amico Jekyll

MY SON, THE HERO (1961) 111mins. Italy/France.
Credits: Dir: Duccio Tessari.
Cast: Pedro Armendariz, Jacqueline Sassard, Tanya Lopert, Antonella Lualdi.
Features the Gorgon, the Cyclops and some living statues.
Originally made as a straight mythological film, but the dubbed English version consists of irritating accents that turns it into a farce.

MY SON THE VAMPIRE (1952) see Mother Riley Meets the Vampire

MY WORLD DIES SCREAMING (1958) see Terror in the Haunted House

THE MYSTERIANS (1957) see Chikyu Boeign

MYSTERIES OF BLACK MAGIC (1961) see Return From the Beyond

MYSTERIOUS INVADER (1957) see The Astounding She Monster

MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1951/Columbia) BW. Serial. 15 episodes. US.
Credits: Dir: Spencer Bennet. From a novel by Jules Verne.
Cast: Richard Crane, Marshall Reed, Karen Randle, Leonard Penn, Gene Roth.
Captain Nemo encounters an active volcano that threatens to explode.

MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961/Columbia/Ameran) 101mins. UK/US.
Credits: Dir: Cy Enfield; Prod: Charles H. Schneer; Sc: John Prebble, Daniel Ullman & Crane Wilbur; Ph: Wilke Cooper; Ed: Frederick Wilson; Art: Bill Andrews; Sfx: Ray Harryhausen; Mus: Bernard Herrmann. From the story by Jules Verne.
Cast: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill, Herbert Lom, Beth Rogan, Percy Herbert, Dan Jackson, Nigel Green.
Some Union soldiers escape from their Confederate pursuers in a hot air balloon, but become marooned on a strange island inhabited by gigantic plants and animals. Although they encounter giant crabs, bees and birds, it always seems that someone is watching out for their lives. They mysteriously discover things that they need in a trunk marked "Nautilus" and realise their protector is the legendary Captain Nemo who owns the island and has created the giant creatures while experimenting to end famine. Nemo wants to save his work from pirates, but an erupting volcano destroys the island, Nemo and his submarine, while the others escape in a pirate ship they raised from the bottom of the sea by inflating their balloon.
A fantasy adventure for the whole family with some stylish direction, impressive monsters and laughable underwater wetsuits.

THE MYSTERIOUS MAGICIAN (1965) 95mins. Germany.
Credits: Dir: Alfred Vohrer. From a story by Edgar Wallace.
Cast: Joachim Fuchsberger, Eddi Arent, Sophie Hardy, Karl John, Heinz Drache.
A series of murders in London leads Scotland Yard to believe that the arch-criminal The Wizard is still at large.
An enjoyable entry to the series of German Edgar Wallace adaptations.

MYSTERIOUS SATELLITE (1956) see Uchujin Tokyo Ni Arawaru

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MYSTERY OF THE BLACK JUNGLE (1956) 72mins. Germany.
Aka: THE BLACK DEVILS OF KALI.
Credits: Dir: Ralph Murphy.
Cast: Lex Barker, Jane Maxwell, Luigi Tosi, Paul Muller.
An Indian jungle adventure featuring idol worshipping natives.

 

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