Things We Like: “The Monster That Challenged The World” and “Skynet Symphonic”
Every Saturday, we rummage though our bookshelves, toy boxes, DVDs, music collections, web bookmarks and stacks of assorted stuff in search of a few choice items that will make your life better.
An oceanic earthquake releases mutant prehistoric sea mollusks that look like really ugly caterpillars. They suck the bodily fluids of their victims and kill swimmers, boaters and rabbits. Soon after, a scientist (played by the great Hans Conried) and a military man named Twillinger (portrayed by venerable western actor Tim Holt) team up to stop the slimy critters. Unfortunately, the monsters escape into the canals of Los Angeles and threaten to “challenge the world”… or Southern California, at least.
This movie scared me pretty badly when I was a kid, mostly because the victims of the monster look so gross. I can appreciate it now as one of the best monster flicks of the 1950s. The characters are a little more interesting (and funnier) than those in similar films, and there is lots of silly monster movie fun. – Spenser Hoyt
Like the T-1000 before him, Pogo (born Nick Bertke) is an unstoppable force. The gifted young composer and film editor has a singular knack for assembling dreamy dance tracks from the most unlikely sources — family films, mostly, including Disney’s animated features and the “Harry Potter” movies. (I wrote about his wonderful remix of “The King and I” here.)
Pogo’s latest project is a bit of a thematic departure for him: “Skynet Symphonic” is created entirely from samples taken from James Cameron’s 1992 hit “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” While the source material is darker, the end result is consistent with the best of Pogo’s audio/visual remixes — it’s a fascinating collage of sound effects, re-purposed soundtrack music and fragmented dialogue, set against a skillfully-edited assortment of scenes from the film. And you’d better believe that you can dance to it. – Geoff Carter