Thursday, June 30, 2011
ALLIED ARTISTS: HORROR SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY FILMS
In this entertaining trade paperback, Pitts examines the output of Allied Artists, which focused primarily on genre items, exploitation films, and the occasional foreign import. Pitts provides lengthy synopses of each film [these may seem too long for films you're very familiar with, but are quite welcome for those movies you've never seen or even heard of], followed by representative reviews, production notes, and often his own reaction to these movies. You'll find everything here from Attack of the 50 Foot Woman to Invasion of the Body Snatchers with a few Roger Corman films along the way, such as my favorite, Attack of the Crab Monsters. Barbara Steele is represented with more than one movie, and you'll also encounter everyone from Mel Welles to Barboura [sic] Morris to Susan Cabot. You'll love the cover with the poster of The Giant Behemoth, and there are lots of great black and white photos on the inside.
Verdict: You'll want to catch up on many of these movies so start expanding your DVD budget! ***.