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Blu-Ray News #316: It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958).

Directed by Edward L. Cahn
Starring Marshall Thompson, Shawn Smith, Kim Spalding, Dabbs Greer, Ray Corrigan

It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958) provided a clear, if somewhat cheesy, inspiration for Alien (1979). It’s a cool little monster movie, not just an interesting footnote in the history of a blockbuster. It’s also quite effective, making much of what is decides not to show us. Ray “Crash” Corrigan, the B Western star and owner of Corriganville, plays the monster. United Artists sent it to theaters with Curse Of The Faceless Man, also directed by Edward L. Cahn.

Kino Lorber is bringing It! The Terror From Beyond Space to Blu-Ray, where its widescreen (vs. full-frame) framing will make some of that aforementioned cheesiness fall away. Highly recommended.

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Blu-Ray News #299: Universal Horror Collection, Volume 6.

I’m really excited about this one, as Shout Factory’s Universal Horror Blu-Ray series moves into the 50s. This is announced for release on August 25.

The Black Castle (1952)
Directed by Nathan H. Juran
Starring Richard Greene, Boris Karloff, Stephen McNally, Rita Corday, Lon Chaney, Jr., John Hoyt, Michael Pate
You could say this was the last of the true Universal-type horror movies, with all the trapping and a few of the actors we associate with such things. It was Nathan Juran’s first time as director. He was on the film as art director, but was moved into the director’s chair when Joseph Pevney walked.

Cult Of The Cobra (1955)
Directed by Francis D. Lyon
Starring Faith Domergue, Richard Long, Kathleen Hughes, Marshall Thompson, Jack Kelly, William Reynolds, David Janssen
This story of a cult of snake worshippers, a deadly curse and the beautiful, deadly snake goddess (Faith Domergue) making their way to New York went out as the second feature behind Revenge Of The Creature (1955).

The Thing That Couldn’t Die (1958)
Directed by Will Cowan
Starring William Reynolds, Andra Martin, Jeffrey Stone, Carolyn Kearney
Running just 69 minutes, shot by the great Russell Metty and with terrific poster art from Reynold Brown (up top), this played with Hamer’s Horror Of Dracula (1958) in the States. It’s about a telepathic head that’s discovered in a box at a dude ranch.

The Shadow Of The Cat (1961)
Directed by John Gilling
Starring André Morell, Barbara Shelley, William Lucas, Fred Jackson
A cat witnesses a murder, then helps both solve it and bring the culprits to their just rewards. Shot in black & white by Hammer’s ace cameraman Arthur Grant.

Scream Factory has come up with some real gold in this one, and it’s good to see these more obscure Universal horror pictures get a chance to shine. They’ll be seen in their original widescreen aspect ratio, with the exception of The Black Castle, which predates the shift to widescreen. Highly recommended.


Filed under 1952, 1955, 1958, 1961, Arthur Grant, Barbara Shelley, Boris Karloff, DVD/Blu-ray News, Faith Domergue, Hammer Films, John Gilling, Lon Chaney Jr., Marshall Thompson, Nathan Juran, Reynold Brown, Shout/Scream Factory, Universal (-International)

Blu-Ray Rumor: Fiend Without A Face (1958)

Directed by Arthur Crabtree
Starring Marshall Thompson, Kynaston Reeves, Michael Balfour,​ Kim Parker

The word on the street (thanks, John) is that someone is prepping Fiend Without A Face (1958) for Blu-Ray. This British sci-fi picture caused quite a stir upon its release, and it was cut quite a bit for the UK.

I’ve loved this one since I was a kid, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to study the stop-motion effects in hi-def. Will add more details as they turn up.

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