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Teleport back to the golden age of science fiction and tangle with tentacled terror in Popcorn and Pincers, the ultimate anthology of 50s sci-fi horror cinema – a truly luxurious 84-page Classic Monsters publication.
Monsters have come in many shapes and sizes throughout horror cinema history, and while the concept of sinister science has played a role in the appearance of movie monsters since as far back as the dawn of moviemaking, it wasn’t until the 1950s that we really began hiding under the sofa from those bug-eyed critters. Classic Monsters are delighted to present Popcorn and Pincers, a unique publication celebrating the very best in 50s science fiction horror cinema paying tribute to the golden age of this very special genre.
One of science fiction cinema’s greatest gift to us all was the wealth of new and often terrifying characters it presented. Klaatu and Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), the Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), the Metaluna Mutant from This Island Earth (1955), the pod people of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)… we know them all well, and yet within the pages of this 50s science fiction movie guide they become so much more than old friends. You’ll gain a fresh appreciation of how these beloved monsters have shaped our understanding of science fiction, and how they became the poster boys of the genre.
In line with our other luxury movie guides, Popcorn and Pincers boasts 84 pages packed with meticulously restored stills, posters and artwork, giving you an unparalleled 50s science fiction movie guide experience. Full colour printing means that even black and white images burst with a richness and depth of tone that traditional black and white printing can’t produce, taking you back to the age of ray guns and flying saucers in style. Meanwhile, every page of this 50s sci-fi movie magazine is designed with your experience in mind, allowing you to enjoy the lovingly written chapters and relish your own memories of this particular age of movie magic. The soft touch cover, meanwhile, adds a note of luxury as you immerse yourself in the history of 50s sci-fi cinema.
As you explore the pages of Popcorn and Pincers you’ll discover the twists and turns – not just within the movie industry, but in wider popular culture – that made the fifties such a fertile space in which science fiction films could flourish. As The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) showed, there was plenty of room for introspection as well as stargazing. The world’s changing attitudes to science, the threat of nuclear war, and fears about what lay beyond our world all played a role in shaping what we enjoyed on movie screens. With abundant stills and insightful commentary, this 50s sci-fi horror movie magazine shows how sci-fi reflection our fears as a civilisation.
As well as the more recognised monsters, this 50s science fiction movie guide magazine examines plenty of the other beasties that had us running for the hills. You’ll see that they didn’t all come from Hollywood, with doomed astronaut Victor Carroon from 1955’s The Quatermass Experiment and everyone’s favourite atomic dinosaur Godzilla (1954) just two of the many memorable monsters you’ll meet in Popcorn and Pincers. And that’s before we move away from the creatures that were simply bug-eyed, to those that were just plain bugs, such as the giant insects from Them! (1954) and The Deadly Mantis (1957). This luxury 50s science fiction movie magazine guide takes you through the numerous different types of monster that emerged – whether from space, from the water, or from anywhere in-between – throughout science fiction horror’s heyday.
The world of science fiction is an infinite one, and the 1950s saw it flourish in a reflection of a changing world. As well as paying tribute to the monsters themselves, this luxury classic science fiction horror movie magazine looks at the wider context including the cultural values that shaped the way we imagined new terrors. Presented in the inimitable Classic Monsters style, Popcorn and Pincers is an essential for any fan of classic science fiction cinema, and another glorious addition to your Classic Monsters horror and sci-fi movie magazine collection.
- 84 pages
- Full colour throughout
- Packed with stills and information
- Luxury soft-touch laminated cover