THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD
1951, Warner Bros., 87 min, USA, Dir: Christian Nyby

Produced by the great Howard Hawks, this is the first alien-invasion film and arguably the first modern horror film - a prototype for everything that would follow, from ALIEN to FRIDAY THE 13th to HALLOWEEN. A fast-moving freight train of a movie, filled with Hawks’ trademark snappy, overlapping dialogue and some of the scariest moments ever on film, it's the STAGECOACH of horror films. It also demonstrates the dangers of electric blankets. With Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan and "Gunsmoke's" James Arness as the Thing.


THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS
1953, Warner Bros., 80 min, USA, Dir: Eugene Lourie

A giant prehistoric creature called a rhedosaurus is awakened from his icy slumber by nuclear testing and travels to New York City, where he takes out his bad temper on the stunned population. Based on a short story by longtime Ray Harryhausen pal Ray Bradbury (they met years earlier as members of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, along with Forrest Ackerman!). Starring Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Kenneth Tobey.


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