The Trippy Robot Toys of Yesteryear

Children of the 1950s might have delighted in the battery-powered robots lining their toy shelves, but the real gems are the boxes they came in, depicting alien scenes of our multicolored, sparking, smoking, and missile-launching robot future. » 10/13/09 10:00am 10/13/09 10:00am

Alien Trespass: The Ultimate 1950s Nostalgia Trip

The X-Files helped revolutionize science fiction back in the 1990s. Now X-Files producer R.W. Goodwin is going back to the original source material - 1950s flying-saucer flicks - for his new movie Alien Trespass. » 3/03/09 11:12am 3/03/09 11:12am

An Underground Volcano Symbolizes Our Hobbesian Doom

I kind of love this sequence from 1951's The Unknown World, where a scientist decides to die by underground volcano, because the human race will just self-destruct anyway. It's nakedly political, and dementedly awesome. » 1/09/09 6:15pm 1/09/09 6:15pm

Whatever Happened To Rocky Jones, Space Ranger?

You're always hearing about Flash Gordon this and Buck Rogers that. You see Flash and Buck, snorting their comet-dust and dancing with robots with obscenely shaped heads. But nobody ever thinks about Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, who rocked just as hard back in the 1950s. Did Buck have a comedy sidekick named Winky? Or a… » 6/30/08 5:30pm 6/30/08 5:30pm

Aliens Have Cool Light Shows, But The Government Has Better Drugs

People are always so optimistic in B-movies. Like in this sequence from 1954's Killers From Space, when they inject Peter Graves with truth serum and then the colonel says, "Oh, he'll make sense now!" — right before Graves launches into his crazy yarn about googly-eyed Groucho-browed monsters from outer space who… » 4/08/08 9:00pm 4/08/08 9:00pm