War of the Colossal Beast (1958) – Bert I. Gordon

The monster mash continues as I work my way through the Atomic Mutations chapter in DK Canada’s very enjoyable, Monsters in the Movies. Bert Gordon returns to direct the follow-up sequel to The Amazing Colossal Man, but you don’t have to have seen the first one to wtch this one, as there’s a flashback sequence…

Dr. No (1958) – Ian Fleming

I dig into another classic James Bond novel by Ian Fleming this week. Up this time is the sixth novel in the series, and one that served as the basis for the first film. The story stays fairly close to what has been explored in the film, with a subplot involving bird guano and conservation,…

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) – Nathan Juran

Setting aside the obvious whitewashing of the cast, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, the next film in the Dragons & Dinosaurs chapter of DK Canada’s extremely entertaining Monsters in the Movies is a lot of fun. And one that I have a bit of a history with. Growing up we moved around frequently (being in…

Blood of the Vampire (1958) – Henry Cass

There are more mad scientist stories afoot in DK Canada’s horror film tome, Monsters in the Movies, and I dig into another, today with Blood of the Vampire. I’ve either seen too many of these films, or had an uncanny sense of deja vu, because the first twenty minutes of this film I was convinced…

Attack of the Puppet People (1958) – Bert I. Gordon

I dig into some more mad scientist movies as I continue to explore the highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies from DK Canada, this time it’s a ‘classic’ from the 50s that sees a deranged doll-maker Mr. Franz (iconic character actor John Hoyt) creates a machine that shrinks people, something he is keen to do……

The Defiant Ones (1958) – Stanley Kramer

The next big film for me to watch in DK Canada’s informative and entertaining The Movie Book is Bonnie and Clyde, but having reviewed that one previously, I jumped right to the What Else to Watch list and found a title that I hadn’t seen yet, Stanley Kramer’s The Defiant Ones. Boasting a stellar cast…

Ashes and Diamonds (1958) – Andrzej Wajda

Post War Poland is the setting for the next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, as I delve into Ashes and Diamonds from director Andrzej Wajda. Marrying a love story with a post-war thriller, and mixing in some drama, this film is a fantastically made film that delves into the horrors of war…

The Return of Dracula (1958) – Paul Landres

Dracula does California! And it’s gonna be an entertaining (and pretty bad ride) as I dig into the next Vampire title in DK Books’ Monsters in the Movies by director John Landis. A Dracula (Francis Lederer) with some strange powers – like apparating (and not a glimpse of fangs) comes to smalltown California, USA after…

The Hidden Fortress (1958) – Akira Kurosawa

Influencing films like Star Wars, Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress is the next film from the What Else to Watch from DK Books The Movie Book following my screening of Rashomon. A fun, action-filled adventure with dramatic moments, and fantastic performances, the story follows a pair of greedy peasants, Tahei (Minoru Chiaki) and Mastashichi (Kamatari…

Vertigo (1958) – Alfred Hitchcock

Perhaps one of Hitchcock’s best films, Vertigo, is next on the list of recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. With the combined star power of James Stewart and Kim Novak, this romantic thriller defines obsession as well as fear. Stewart is John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson a San Francisco police detective on…

Man of the West (1958) – Anthony Mann

  The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of High Noon is this classic starring Gary Cooper. Cooper plays Link Jones, a former outlaw, who is forced to hook back up with his gang when he is stranded alongside two other passengers when a train robbery…

The Fly (1958) -Kurt Neumann

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles brings me another classic, one I am actually ashamed to admit I have never seen, but I was such a huge fan of the Cronenberg remake that I didn’t want to sully my love of it. This version, lacking Cronenberg’s body horror, is the original incarnation, has a script by Shogun’s…