During the 1950s, movie studios created a series of low-budget science fiction films. Many of these films featured outlandish plots, incoherent or bad acting, and special effects. These techniques highlighted Cold War hysteria underscored by the fear of atomic war, the misuse of atomic power, and the potential threat of foreign invasions.
Dr. Gilbert McKenna (Robert Clarke, 1920–2005) is an atomic scientist and an alcoholic. In his laboratory he accidentally exposes himself to a large dose of radiation. The effect of this exposure is catastrophic as he becomes the murderous and lizard-like “hideous sun demon” whenever exposed to light. The movie is a cult classic and marks the directorial debut of Robert Clarke, a popular star of many of the best science fiction films of the 1950s. Clarke wrote, directed, and produced the film.
Two scientists, Ted Stevens (Kent Taylor, 1907–1987) and government agent William Grant (Rodney Bell, 1915–1968), investigate a series of mysterious monster-related murders off the coast of a small fishing village. The scientists discover that the monster is the product of radioactive experiments conducted by marine biologist Professor King (Michael Whalen, 1902–1974). When King realizes he is responsible for creating this destructive monster, he destroys his monster but dies in the process.
Based on the novel by Raymond F. Jones (1915–1994), Jeff Morrow (1907–1993) stars as Exeter, the leader of an alien expedition to earth. After befriending earth scientists held captive by his own people, Exeter decides to sabotage the plan of his superiors to invade and occupy earth. Unlike the traditional alien invasion motif, viewers are made to feel sympathy for the invading aliens who have no other choice but to invade earth, because their own planet has been destroyed by an enemy.
In this man versus blob movie, a lost satellite crashes in the Mexican jungle. This unleashes an invasive alien form which spreads and destroys anything with which it comes into contact. The blob is finally electrocuted and the world is saved.