Cold War Creatures: Four Films from Sam Katzman (Part 1)

Yes, sometimes a producer could earn ‘auteur’ status making B pictures. A name that’s never going to be uttered in the same breath as Val Lewton is Sam Katzman, who for the 1950s settled into a profitable tenure making Columbia program pictures. They pretty much stayed in the category of ‘obvious junk’ yet include a number of endearing favorites. And Katzman deserved to slip through the pearly gates just for helping get Ray Harryhausen’s feature career into motion. Besides their minimal production outlay, Katzman’s horror/sci fi attractions have one strange thing in common: they don’t carry Columbia torch Lady logos. PART ONE of this review takes on two of the four features in Arrow’s gorgeously appointed boxed set; reviewer Charlie Largent will follow with a review of the second pair of creature features. Cold War Creatures: Four Films from Sam Katzman Part 1: Zombies of Mora Tau and The Giant Claw Blu-ray Arrow Video 1957 / B&W / 1:85 / Street Date September 14, 2021 / 4 hours, 53 minutes / Limited Edition / 99.95 Starring: Gregg Palmer, Allison Hayes, Autumn Russell, Morris Ankrum, Marjorie Eaton; Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum. Cinematography: Benjamin H. Kline Art Director: Paul Palmentola…

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Cold War Creatures: Four Films from Sam Katzman (Part 1)

Updated: September 11, 2021 — 10:27 am