Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Cult Classics Earth vs the Spider/War of the Colossal Beast|
Actors: Ed Kemmer, June Kenney, Eugene Persson, Gene Roth, Hal Torey
Director: Bert I. Gordon
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 01/10/2006
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Damian M. (ratchet)
Reviewed on 3/11/2009...
Earth vs. the Spider, 1958
Crappy giant bug movie. Wish I would have watched the MST3K version. "Earth vs."? Huh? More like "Small Town of Idiots vs." Nothing like "Them!" or "Beginning of the End" where the threat actually spread. Just boring crap.
War of the Colossal Beast, 1958
A short sequel about a army man who went super-retard after getting nuked and growing 10x his size. He moved to Mexico and lives in the mountains and feeds off Mexican farm deliveries. Then the US Army brings him to the US where he gets out and acts the fool. Seriously about 25% of the movie was from the original movie! Believe it or not I didnt watch the MST3K version of this one either for some dumb reason.
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Creature Double Feature - sort of
joseph Corey | Raleigh, NC United States | 12/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First off, you might be wondering why this isn't the proper double feature - that being the Amazing Colossal Man and War of the Colossal Beast. Well for some odd reason, Sam Arkoff's estate has control of the second film and his AIP partner James Nicholson has the rights on the first film.
Both of the films were made by the amazing Bert I. Gordon. The "I" was for Incredible. Earth Vs. The Spider (1958 - 73m) all you have to know about this film - it's big spider. This was a busy year for Bert because he also gave us War of the Colossal Beast (1958 - 69m) - (along with Attack of the Puppet People - part of MGM's Midnite Movies series). We thought we saw the last of Col. Glenn Manning, a man who grew to 60 feet tall after getting too close to an atomic blast. But now he's back and not looking too good - he really should use more lotion.
Both of these films are Psychotronic gems. I remember seeing both Colossal films on Channel 56's Creature Double Feature in Boston. Do hope the Nicholson estate gets their titles onto high quality DVD releases."
Glad I read the other reviews...
R. Gawlitta | Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA | 02/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"American-International Studios made the most fun movies I can recall. Some even had sparks of genius, but almost all were entertaining. I didn't know that Nicholson & Arkoff had separate control over the various films. Certainly, AIP knew how to market their films, with the drive-in crowd, the brilliant Roger Corman doing Poe, and the Beach Party movies with Frankie and Annette. They even got an Oscar nomination once, for "Wild in the Streets" (Editing). They also had terrific product placement ads, like in "The Spider", promoting Puppet People; Dorothy Malone putting on a record (in "Beach Party") with an AIP label; and more. I agree that the Colossal Man movies should've been put together on a disc; the other "Cult Classics" DVD released by Lions Gate (How to Make a Monster/Blood of Dracula) was wonderful, and I hope they keep doing it. Perhaps now I understand why "Invasion of the Saucermen", "It Conquered the World", "The Day the World Ended", and, best of all, "Not of this Earth", haven't been released. I hope that Mr. Nicholson's estate lawyers will realize that there's a waiting public out here, and they can blood-suck the family quite a bit by suggesting they release these essential gems. Anyone else agree? UPDATE: "Day the World Ended" has been released on a double-bill with "The She-Creature", cheesy but fun. "Day/World Ended" is listed as AIP's FIRST film! Really good, too."
GREAT TO HAVE THE SPIDER BACK
A. C. Cronvich | Planet Zeist | 01/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great giant monster on the loose movie. Originally it was titled simply "THE SPIDER" (The version I grew up with) but was retitled "EARTH VS. THE SPIDER" when it was sold to television in a package deal with "EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS". (The same thing happened when AIP sold "GAPPA: THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER" as "MONSTER FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET" in a TV package with 'VOYAGE TO A PREHISTORIC PLANET" and "DESTROY ALL PLANETS" WITH DESTROY ALL MONSTERS". Get it?)
Anyway its a fun movie and its about as good, or maybe, dare I say it, even better than Universal's "TARANTULA".
It is also a shame that they couldn't pair 'WAR OF THE COLLOSAL BEAST" with AMAZING COLLASAL MAN" But those are the breaks, man."