Monsters! Martians! Mad Scientists! Horror in the Atomic Age!

The term “Atomic Age” loosely refers to the period of history that began following America’s detonation of the first nuclear weapon during the Trinity test in New Mexico, on July 16, 1945.

What followed was a very prosperous time for our time country — post-war America in the 1950s. But underneath the happy facade, fear was lurking. Science and technology seemed to be progressing at an alarming rate. The devastation left by the Atomic Bomb weighed heavily on the mind of the average American and as the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union escalated, many Americans worried it could happen here.

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Inevitably, Hollywood stepped in and capitalized on these fears: Giant monsters born out of nuclear war. Martian invasions as a metaphor for the red menace. Mad scientists unleashing death and destruction across the land. For over a decade horror and science fiction films that reflected the unease of the times reigned supreme.

Monster! Martians! Mad Scientists! Horror in the Atomic Age! is the complete oral history of the genre as told by the actors, writers, directors and historians that lived through it. Six years in the making, this three-part film includes both exclusive and archival interviews with nearly 50 individuals involved in making some of the most classic horror and science fiction films of the Atomic Age.

Exclusive interviews include:

Plus archival interviews with:

  • John Agar
  • Samuel Z. Arkoff
  • Jack Arnold
  • Ricou Browning
  • John Carradine
  • Roger Corman
  • Bert I. Gordon
  • Russell Johnson
  • Boris Karloff
  • Pamela Lincoln
  • Vincent Price
  • Arianne Ulmer (Daughter of Edgar Ulmer)

Purchase the 3-disc DVD set here.

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