Friday, October 30, 2009

Creature Features

If you plan to stay in this Halloween weekend, you might want to plug your laptop into your TV, dim the lights and watch one of the many free SF-horror movies featuring terrible (in more ways than one) creatures.

Here are a few to get you started:

Movie: The Killer Shrews (1959) (Google video)
The science fiction setup: A doctor performs experiments to make humans half-size which have the unintended side effect of creating giant, venomous shrews.

Sometimes called one of the worst sci-fi movies ever made, you can get a taste of Killer Shrews from the trailer:

Movie: Giant Spider Invasion (1975) (, US only)
The science fiction setup: "NASA scientists Dr. Langer and Dr. Vance try to save Wisconsin from 15-foot flesh-eating spiders from another dimension."

Movie: Empire of the Ants (1977) (, US only)
The science fiction setup: "An aggressive land developer takes a boatload of prospective buyers to a reclaimed swamp in the southeast. While there, the group is attacked by a swarm of huge ants, the result of genetic mutation after exposure to atomic wastes."

These movies may be more silly than scary, but they'll keep you entertained for a few hours while you are waiting for trick-or-treaters.

You can find more free horror movies at Classic Cinema Online, YouTube, and

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  1. Its horrible ! Hallowe'en horror made sf way !

  2. Attack of the Giant Shrews is actually pretty amusing. It sticks so closely to the tropes of the genre that it's practically a diagram, and the shrews themselves are hilarious.

    Empire of the Ants I found eerily boring.

    But Giant Spider Invasion I haven't seen. I recall hearing that it rocked some Shatner, though. Gonna have to check it out.


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