Cultural Gutter: Beneath the Mysterian Dome

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Over on The Cultural Gutter, I’m celebrating Eiji Tsuburaya, Ishiro Honda, and aliens who want to steal our women! Beneath the Mysterian Dome is a look at The Mysterians and Battle in Outer Space, two of the biggest special effects blow-outs the the Honda-Tsuburaya team created.

In the latter half of the 1950s, it seemed like every alien race with a saucer was high-tailing it to Earth with dreams of conquest, colonization, and a little lovin’ with the locals. The invaders of the 1950s came in many shapes and sizes. Some were blobs. Others were giant insects. A few were house plants. And a lot of them were very fond of wearing strange helmets. Toho Studios and director Ishiro Honda specialized in destroying the Earth, and in the 1950s, they were as happy as everyone else to pit Earth against menacing aliens from space.

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