Excerpt: In the 1950s, Hollywood decided that the scariest things in the world weren’t vampires, werewolves or monsters. No, the scariest things in the world were insects, especially once scientists started tinkering around with their big brains and atomic energies and such. We had giant ants, giant spiders and even a deadly mantis. Most of these movies didn’t aspire to be much more than goofy fun and several didn’t even achieve that modest goal.
Excerpt: Radioactive monsters are traditionally born from stock footage. Nuclear tests emit dire sounding narration of man’s ignorant follies with the bomb, spawning an incalculable number of otherworldly beings who exist to munch on panicked civilians. And there there is The Fly , which sparingly employs radioactive tropes, replacing them for personal scientific foibles inside the world’s only disintegrator-integrator device, courtesy of soon-to-be closed Delambre Electronics.