Eisenhower & The Horror Movies!
Eisenhower and the Hippies by UJ3RK5. This delightfully catchy little tune is from the double-CD compilation “Last Call: Vancouver Independent Music 1977-1988.” Featuring a slideshow of movies that were released during Eisenhower’s presidency (1953 – 1961).
Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States, from 1953 until 1961. Here is a little blurb about Eisenhower I cut and paste from Wikipedia:
A Republican, Eisenhower entered the 1952 presidential race to counter the non-interventionism of Sen. Robert A. Taft, and to crusade against “Communism, Korea and corruption.” He won by a landslide, defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson and ending two decades of the New Deal Coalition holding the White House. As President, Eisenhower concluded negotiations with China to end the Korean War. His New Look, a policy of nuclear deterrence, gave priority to inexpensive nuclear weapons while reducing the funding for the other military forces to keep pressure on the Soviet Union and reduce federal deficits at the same time. He began NASA to compete against the Soviet Union in the space race. Unusually for an American President, Eisenhower strongly and very publicly opposed military moves by Israel, during the Suez Crisis. His intervention in the crisis saved the Egyptian dictator Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser from an Anglo-French invasion. In 1958 he sent 15,000 US troops to Lebanon to prevent the pro-Western government falling to a Nasser-inspired revolution. Near the end of his term, the Eisenhower Administration was embarrassed by the U-2 incident and was planning the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
Please note; this is not a Republican-friendly feature! I am neither a registered democrat nor republican. I live in Canada! We don’t roll that way over here in the great white north eh. This is simply capturing a particular time in history that was inspired as aforementioned by an insanely catchy tune. This further inspired an idea to highlight my favorite horror films during the period. I knew my 1950’s horror film knowledge was probably my poorest of the decades and it sure is!! In my defense, the early 50’s were pretty thin years for horror movies. That said I still had a pretty poor showing. This is really a long-winded introduction to my announcement that I will be reviewing only 1950’s and 1960’s horror films between now and the end of the year! This introduction is so long-winded in fact; I had to break it down into three segments. We’ll begin today with 1953, 54, 55. Each year will feature a list of horror films. The film will be highlighted if it is a title I’ve seen and it will have a link if I have posted a review for it.
Note the amount of Science Fiction oriented horror films; particularly those with nuclear inspired menaces.
Wow! I’ve seen only five films from this list! I don’t have any reviews for the films I have seen so this entire list is eligible for a dungeon review. You better believe I’m on the search for Canadian Mounties VS Atomic Invaders!
House of Wax
The War of the Worlds
Invaders from Mars
It Came from Outer Space
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Still to see: Scared Stiff, Cat-Women of the Moon, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Maze, Man in the Attic, Donovan’s Brain, The Neanderthal Man, Dracula in Istanbul, Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders, Le chevalier de la nuit, El vampiro negro, Ghost-Cat of Arima Palace
Yike! I’ve only seen four films from this 1954 list. That is just sad; but it sure does give me plenty of titles to choose from.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Still to see: Monster Maker, Killers from Space, Target Earth, The Mad Magician, Gog, The Snow Creature, The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters, Phantom of the Rue Morgue, The Golden Mistress, Shame on You, Three’s Company, Yurei otoko, Retorno a la juventud, Gilbert Harding Speaking of Murder, Terrible Ghost-Cat of Okazaki, Das Phantom des großen Zeltes, Weak-kneed from Fear of Ghost-Cat
A little better showing here with nine films. Dementia and Cult of the Cobra are most intriguing and are high on the priority list for this year. I am surprised I have not posted a review for the brilliant Les diaboliques! Definitely a candidate for a re-watch.
It Came from Beneath the Sea
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
The Quatermass Xperiment
Revenge of the Creature
Bride of the Monster
Godzilla Raids Again
The Beast with a Million Eyes
Still to see: Dementia, Day the World Ended, Cult of the Cobra, Creature with the Atom Brain, Three Cases of Murder, Jû jin yuki otoko, Alias John Preston, The Phantom of the Operetta, The Revived Monster, El monstruo en la sombra, Peonies and Stone Lanterns