Thursday, June 9, 2016

Creature features on TCM, June 10 and 11 2016

I find that the B sci-fi stuff of the 1950s and 1960s can be incredibly interesting. Not because it's particularly good, although some of is better than it's given credit for, but because some it can be incredibly bad in an unintentionally funny way.

TCM is running several of them in the next 48 hours, mostly in a block of creature-themed movies airing Friday afternoon. These include The Killer Shrews, which I did a half-length post about back in 2010 and mentioned one other time; that one comes on at 3:45 PM. I think, but am not certain, that it's the only one I've seen of the movies that are airing Friday. The rest of the Friday afternoon schedule:

The Black Scorpion at 2:00 PM, about a giant scorpion that gets awakened from below Mexico by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes;
Beast From Haunted Cave at 5:00 PM, about a bunch of crooks on the run in South Dakota who awaken a giant monster; and
The Reptile at 6:15 PM, in which someone gets turned by a spell into a giant reptile.

Of course, in real life, you could never have such giant insects: insects have exoskeletons, and once you get above a certain size the weight of the exoskeleton would crush the poor little (well, big) insects to death. Reptiles, I suppose, are a different story.

More about Saturday's movies tomorrow, since there's something else on the schedule that I also want to recommend.

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