1941-1966 (PLEASE NOTE: These bundles cannot be used as part of The $98 Special or any other Sinister Cinema sale.) Here's a bundle of SIX fantastic classics, all featuring mad scientists and other science created monstrosities—and all for just $49 postpaid! You get:
1) ISLAND OF TERROR—Anamorphic Widescreen Edition (1966) Edward Judd, Peter Cushing, Carole Gray, Eddie Byrne, directed by Terrence Fisher. Things go terribly wrong in an isolated island research lab off the British coast. The scientists are looking for a way to create microscopic creatures that will attack cancer cells. However, what they end up creating is a new breed of bone-devouring monsters are created. The island is cut off from the mainland and it’s only a matter of time before the creatures suck the bones out of every single human! There are many memorable scenes in this film: one involving Byrne and another involving Cushing's arm. Brrr... A terrific climax has the island's populace crowded into a big meeting hall while the monsters break through windows and doors to devour them! Could have almost been made by Hammer. Cushing and Judd are great. A real wow! Beautiful color, widescreen. 35mm.
2) THE KILLER SHREWS (1959) James Best, Ingrid Goude, Gordon McLendon, Ken Curtis, Baruch Lumet. "And the shrew devours everything. Flesh, bones, marrow...everything." This movie is what low budget, 50's sci-fi was supposed to be all about. Research scientists develop a breed of giant, carnivorous shrews that terrorize a group of people on a small, remote island off the coast of Texas. Things get really hairy when the monsters (dogs wearing apparent carpet pieces) attack during the middle of a hurricane. Some truly terrifying moments for such a cheapie schlock-fest. We LOVE this film. Colorful performances with Curtis playing a wonderful coward (his death scene is a hoot). Gordon McLendon produced this movie along with The Giant Gila Monster for his southern drive-in theater circuit. From a beautiful 35mm theatrical print.
3) THE MANSTER (1959 aka THE SPLIT) Peter Dyneley, Jane Hylton, Tetsu Nakamura, Terri Zimmern, Norman Van Hawley. The well-done, chilling tale of a reporter injected with a strange serum by a mad scientist. He finds himself slowly transforming into a horrible, two-headed monster. The moment where he first sees an human eye coming out of his shoulder is unforgettable. Nakamura gives a great low-key performance as an ambition-driven mad doctor. Zimmern is great as his beautiful love-torn assistant. Dyneley gives a wonderfully broad performance, transforming from a gregarious reporter to a grim shell of a human being. The head-coming-out-of-his-shoulder scene is a gem. Made in Japan with all English speaking cast. Originally played on a double bill with Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus. From 35mm.
4) THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE—Anamorphic Widescreen Edition (1959) Herb Evers, Virginia Leith, Leslie Daniels, Marilyn Hanold. UNCUT! Ludicrous sleazy schlock at its absolute best. A severed head, a gross looking monster, two battling strippers, a mad scientist...all blended together in an unbelievable way. This could be the single greatest piece of drive-in celluloid ever made. A crazed scientist keeps his decapitated fiancée’s head alive in a pan full of strange solutions. Look out for the cone-headed monster in the closet. Other pre-records of this are drastically cut! One of our all time favorites. From 35mm.
5) MONSTROSITY (1963 aka THE ATOMIC BRAIN) Frank Gerstle, Marjorie Eaton, Judy Bamber, Erika Peters, Frank Fowler. Unbelievable! One of the greatest schlockfests of the 1960s. A mad scientist is hired by a millionaire spinster to transplant her brain into the body of a young girl. After deciding to double cross the old broad, he transplants her brain into the skull of a cat instead. Look for some of the original Strickfadden Universal lab equipment from the old Frankenstein films. This is a real party film. Amazing. From a very nice 35mm original print.
6) THE DEVIL BAT (1941, PRC) Bela Lugosi, Dave O'Brien, Suzanne Kaaren, Guy Usher. Bela's giant murderous bats are on the loose, attacking and killing everone wearing a strange shaving lotion concocted by Bela himself. This is one of those priceless 'B' schlockers that has an almost uncanny appeal to it. Lots of great lab scenes, too, with Kenneth Strickfadden's lab electrical paraphenalia firing off in the background. Bela has some great dialogue: "Rub some here, on the tender part of your neck". Low Budget, but great fun. From 35mm.