Christmas Treasures

Greetings my most excellent Friends and Fiends!
Ye Olde Dragon here and I can’t help but brag a little about some of the delectable cheesy treasures that a certain rotund sleigh pilot dropped off at the Lair. Not to worry, no reindeer were harmed in the completion of their appointed rounds.
After all any Dragon worth his scales is entitled to some gloating about their horde.
Yesterday I tweeted a picture showing the video cheese I obtained: fourteen Classics of 1950s and 1960s science fiction and horror, spread out over five multi-movie DVDs.

Here’s the terrifying tally:
Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Man from Planet X (1951)
Edgar G. Ulmer’s Beyond the Time Barrier (1959)
The Time Travelers (1964)
Ib Melchior’s The Angry Red Planet (1960)
William Beaudine’s The Face of Marble (1946)
Albert Band’s I Bury the Living (1958)
Edward L. Cahn’s The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959)
Sidney J. Furie’s The Snake Woman (1961)
Dan Milner’s The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1956)
David Kramarsky’s The Beast with 1,000,000 Eyes (1955)
Roger Corman’s Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1957)
Roger Corman’s Teenage Caveman (1958)
Arnold Laven’s The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)
Edward L. Cahn’s It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)

Is that the treasure trove of triteness, or what?
Generally speaking, these multi-movie discs usually tend to be of a very degraded quality. MGM however, has made some fairly decent transfers. Let’s face it, it’s not like any of these are ever going to be part of the Criterion Collection, so get them at a decent price while you can. These were all gotten from Amazon, the most expensive of which was around $15. The primary reason I wanted to take advantage of these inexpensive sets was also a practical one. Between these titles and two other four-movie discs I got for my birthday in October, that’s 22 old VHS tapes that can be dispatched. Seven DVDs sure take up a lot less space.
In case you were wondering what those other delectable delights gracing my movie shelf were, here they are:
Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)
Sidney Pink’s Reptilicus (1962)
E. A. Dupont’s The Neanderthal Man (1953)
Joseph Green’s The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

and from Columbia, this collection of Sam Katzman gems:
Fred F. Sears’ The Giant Claw (1957)
Fred F. Sears’ The Werewolf (1956)
Edward L. Cahn’s The Zombies of Mora Tau (1957)
Edward L. Cahn’s Creature with the Atom Brain (1955)

Can’t you just taste that mouth-watering cheese? Or in the case of The Giant Claw, turkey! Lot of “repeat offenders” in the director’s chair of these, no? Not to mention how many of these ended up being riffed on MST3K.

By all means, grab these goodies while you can. If these go out of print, there’s no telling how much these will cost you then. Right now there are several out-of-print “midnight movie” double feature discs from MGM on sale at Amazon for as much as $50.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a lot of movies to watch.
Hmmm, where am I going to find a bag of chips big enough to handle all that cheese?


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