This is a King Kong/Godzilla mashup of a plot if I ever heard one:
Gorgo is a 1961 British science fiction variation on Godzilla (with hints of King Kong). Directed by Eugène Lourié, it tells the story of an underwater monster’s capture off the coast of Ireland. The monster is taken to London to be featured as a circus attraction.
As per Divers and Sundry, “The Phantom Planet is a 1961 science fiction film about tiny people battling aliens in outer space.” Sold!
A motorcyclist rides his bike through a time warp right into the Wild West. The bad news: apparently it’s when bad SciFi was invented. Stars Fred Ward, Belinda Bauer, Peter Coyote, and Richard Masur.
Oh noes! Aliens try to take over the world by seizing control of Gamera’s brain!
Pass the popcorn, please…
[via The Classic Science Fiction Channel]
Synopsis: After Professor Joseph Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) gives a lecture on Chinese vampire legend, a student informs him that the legend is true and that he knows the location of the village in the legend. The student asks Professor Van Helsing if he would be willing to travel to the village and destroy the vampire menace. Van Helsing agrees and embarks with his son, the student and his six kung-fu trained siblings on a dangerous journey funded by a wealthy widow (Julie Ege). The seven golden vampires, however, are acting under the guidance of Count Dracula himself, masquerading as a mad taoist monk.
Anything that mixes vampires with King-fu can’t be all bad, can it?
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Another great find from Divers and Sundry: The Astro-Zombies!
The Astro-Zombies, a.k.a. Space Zombies a.k.a. The Space Vampires, is a 1969 science fiction horror film starring John Carradine, Wendell Corey (in his final film appearance), and Tura Satana. It was written, directed, and produced by Ted V. Mikels. The plot follows a disgruntled scientist who, having been fired by the space agency, decides to create superhuman monsters from the body parts of innocent murder victims. The creatures eventually escape and go on a killing spree, attracting the attention of both an international spy ring and the CIA.
That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout…
Synopsis: A doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend’s head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body.
Here’s the description of the 1958 film, with a screenplay by Jerome Bixby, author of the wonderful “It’s a GOOD Life“:
Panic is rampant in this acclaimed 1958 science-fiction thriller about a band of space explorers who suddenly find themselves being explored and murdered by a maniacal creature.
[via Brain Plucker]