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Early “Frankenstein” Restored!

Posted in Horror, Old School, Scarce Films with tags on June 5, 2019 by MONSTERMINIONS

Edison’s 1910 Frankenstein has been restored. It’s worth a look. See link to Library of Congress blog below, with embedded film. It runs a bit over 10-minutes. Here are some screen shots.

Library of Congress Blog

The Cliff Monster (1960)

Posted in 8mm, Old School, Scarce Films, Sci-Fi with tags , , on February 3, 2018 by MONSTERMINIONS

Here’s Youtube link and some screen shots from the Bob Burns and Paul and Jackie Blaisdell home movie film “The Cliff Monster”. This would be the last film of a Blaisdell creation. The monster/puppet used a clock drive mechanism, which anticipated Carlo Rambaldi’s ET and CE3K aliens by near 20 years.

Yes! The Monster of Piedras Blancas

Posted in Cult Movies, Scarce Films with tags on July 7, 2016 by MONSTERMINIONS

Coming in September 2016!

Invisible Man Appears, 1949

Posted in Kaiju, Scarce Films, Sci-Fi with tags on April 12, 2015 by MONSTERMINIONS

Jap Invisible Man_1949 BLACK CROPI scored a copy of this film on a Japanese | Pioneer laserdisc found at the Cinema Wasteland convention, near Cleveland, Ohio. I had never heard of the film, but I was aware of the sequel The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly, 1957 (Tômei ningen to hae otoko), through the B-Movie podcast. Except for the lost films Wasei Kingu Kongu (1933) (which may have never existed) and King Kong Appears in Edo (1938), Daiei Studio’s Invisible Man Appears (Tômei ningen arawaru) (1949) is probably the earliest Japanese science fiction film ever made.  It’s well made too, with special effects supervised by Eiji Tsuburaya.

The film is a very loose adaptation of H.G. Wells classic novel (1897), but adds a bit of intrigue with a jewelry heist and shadowy figures, and scientific mumbo jumbo.  I noticed that some of the score appears to have been heisted from Max Steiner’s King Kong (1933).

Black Sun_Japanese Invisible Man

The story of Invisible Man Appears more closely resembles Universal’s The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944), with crime elements and diamond theft.  The main character looks more akin to Jon Hall’s villain (image below) than Claude Raines in the original classic.


The laserdisc print is fairly faded, grainy and weathered. No restoration or sub-titles here!  Invisible Man Appears is a minor gem and worth seeking out.  They don’t make ’em like they used to.

The Invisible Man Appears_1949 LD

The Invisible Man Appears_1949 LD Back

TIMA_1949 LD Sleeve

The Invisible Man Appears LD Sleeve Art