Its a bird, its a plane, HOLY SHITS ITS A FREAKING MONSTER!!!
Wait…is that monster wearing tennis shoes? Does that monster have ketchup for blood?
Ohhh classic science fiction B movies, how I love you. You’ve never let me down. Overly macho protagonists fighting oh-not-so-scary monsters wearing dollar store costumes during a completely see-through plot. Add in a melodramatic damsel in distress and a foreign “doctor” or mad scientist (who usually is the cause of the problem) and I’m SOLD.
This is the first in a series of Creature Feature entries, where every Friday I’ll post about a movie featuring some horrific monster/mutant/martian/any other applicable adversary starting with “M”.
This first movie was actually my introduction to vintage sci-fi B movies. I stumbled upon this movie in high school while channel surfing late one Friday night. How can I resist a show on public access TV called “Scotty’s Drive-In Theater”? From then on, every Friday night I went through great lengths to secure the TV to myself at 11pm. It wasn’t really that hard, actually. I was surprised and mildly offended how fast my family cleared out of the living room the minute I mentioned what this weeks movie was. Seriously, if it doesn’t feature a talking dog it doesn’t merit attention.
This weeks movie is “Beast from Haunted Cave” circa 1959, directed by Monte Hellman.
Ruthless criminals attempt to steal gold from a vault in South Dakota. They plan to set an explosive in a nearby gold mine to act as a diversion for their heist. They succeed in setting the explosive but encounter a beast in the mine.
When will you ever learn that venturing into a dark place with cobwebs and dramatic music is never a good idea?
I love it.