The Return of Dracula (1958)
Film / Horror

The Return of Dracula (1958)

Paul Landres’ The Return of Dracula (1958) had the misfortune of opening just weeks before Hammer’s Dracula (1958) and, despite having many unquestionable charms of its own, Landres’ film was simply no competition and the film fell under the not inconsiderable shadow of Terence Fisher’s vivid, full-colour re-imagining of the tale. In the UK, perhaps … Continue reading

Blood of the Vampire (1958)
Film / Horror

Blood of the Vampire (1958)

You have to give producers Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman, perhaps best remembered today for their string of hugely popular television series of the 1960s and 70s (either as a team or individually they made The Saint (1962-1969), The Champions (1968-1969), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969-1971), Department S (1969-1970), The Persuaders! (1971-1972) and Return … Continue reading

The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)
Film / Horror / Science Fiction

The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)

This independently produced monster-from-the-depths cheapie owes much to Universal’s Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and perhaps that’s no surprise – producer Jack Kevan had previously worked in the Universal make-up and costumes departments and had a hand in creating the gill-man suit. Tired of the way that Universal treated them, Kevan and former dialogue … Continue reading

Gog (1953)
Film / Science Fiction

Gog (1953)

Gog was the third of producer Ivan Tors’ trilogy of “OSI” thrillers, three films charting the work of the entirely fictional government agency the Office of Scientific Investigation, following The Magnetic Monsters and Riders to the Stars, all made in 1953. Though not perhaps as well known today as other 1950s science fiction films, it’s … Continue reading