Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Squid Row

Here's a monster flick good for a yuck
With a mollusk whose suction cups suck
A sad octopod beast
A mad doctor released
In a movie they shot for a buck.

Tor Johnson wrestles with a rubber cephalopod in Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster (1955), a Z-grade cheapie starring an ailing Béla Lugosi as Dr. Eric Vornoff, who conducts experiments to turn people into super-beings through the use of atomic power and a sub-atomic script. Some trivia from the IMDb: The prop octopus was stolen from Republic Studios and was constructed for the John Wayne film Wake of the Red Witch. The motor which controlled the octopus' tentacles was not stolen with it, as is obvious to the casual viewer.

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