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It’s Irwin Allen Month!

Irwin Allen was a producer and director most known for fantastical science-fiction television shows like Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and Land of the Giants as well as a string of disaster movies including The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure. For over three decades he thrilled audiences young and old, in their living rooms and in theaters.

I grew up watching his programs in re-run and catching his movies when they came to television. Let me tell you, there’s nothing as frustrating to a kid as waiting through a commercial to see if your favorite aging celebrity would escape fire, flood, or killer bees! His work was a big part of developing my initial entertainment preferences, years before I discovered the joys of cult horror films.

I’d put aside the Irwin Allen canon for decades, but seeing the movie Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea on a 2-fer with Fantastic Voyage a few years ago reignited my passion, and I’ve been enthusiastically rediscovering his productions ever since.

So I dedicate this month to the films of Irwin Allen. Prepare to see an awful lot of moist celebrities!

Review
The Lost World (1960)

Recommendations
Recommended Irwin Allen Films

Trailer Audio
The Lost World (1960)

Mite-y Movie Mention
Flood! (1976)

It’s Island Experiments Month!

Islands are the perfect location for conducting unsanctioned experiments. Little unwanted intrusion, no pesky cel towers, and definitely no inquisitive constabulary. Sure, the shipping costs for supplies are outrageous, but isn’t that worth it for isolation and controlled conditions?

Of course, mad science is never well-controlled. The real importance of an island is so that the characters are trapped. It’s a cheap but effective way to limit their options for escape, assistance, defense, or armaments. Throw in a volcano, and you’re guaranteed a sense of urgency for the finale!

This month we celebrate the mixture of science fiction, horror, and beachfront property. There will be a few topical (tropical?) reviews, some recommendations for further exploration of the theme, and maybe a few related surprises. So join us this month, as we take a 30-day tour of island laboratories. It’ll be more fun than getting beaned by a coconut!

Movie Reviews
Monster Island (2004)
She Demons (1958)

Recommendations
Recommended Films About Island Experiments

Trailer Audio
Monster Island (2004)
Island of Terror (1966)
Shock Waves (1977)
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Mysterious Island (1961)
She Demons (1958)

Collectibles
She Demons Lobby Cards

Mite-y Movie Mention
Mysterious Island (1961)