Harold Haxton: A Life In The Can
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Haxton at the premiere of Day For Night, 1957

A listing of all Haxton's films arranged by year of release. (I'd like to thank the La Brea Film Archives for some of the earlier title screen images.)

I Was A Monkey's Uncle (1949)
A mad scientist impregnates his brother's wife with a sinister simian seed. The resulting giant ape-man wants more than an 8-foot banana...
The Mummy's Foot (1950)
Upon opening the tomb of Avun-Kalin, a team of archaelogists discover a horrific doorstop -- which wakes an ancient curse. Truly a classic.
Attack of the Tin Behemoth (1953)
Tubes are better than solid state? Not when the result is crushing your apartment building. A gargantuan metal man is let loose on Chicago.
Mars Needs Chicken! (1954)
After an alien attack on the US capitol, Jax Caravan must defend Earth against a planet ruled by beautiful -- and deadly -- vegetarian women.
Mars Needs Gravy! (1955)
In this sequel to Mars Needs Chicken! Jax Caravan and his team of crack moon pilots battle Martians intent on making off with Earth's diminishing water supply.
Day For Night (1957)
An off-duty brush salesman witnesses the murder of a wealthy gasket heiress and becomes part of a tangled conspiracy. Was Francois Truffaut's 1973 art film inspired by this? That would be a "No".
The 52-Foot Woman (1958)
A monstrous alien tries to steal himself an Earth mate, but he has two problems: she's too small, and she doesn't like him. He manages to solve one problem, but doing so puts her entire city in danger.
Mantis from Atlantis (1959)
With the help of a downed Russian nuclear submarine, a Brobdingnagian bug rapidly evolves from a tiny brine shrimp. When he hatches from beneath the Hudson Bay, he's one angry arthropod.
Eight Legged Evil (aka Devil on Eight Legs) (1959)
As Sir Walter Scott said: "O what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to breed giant mutant spiders and unleash them to do our deadly bidding and rule the world, mwuh ha hah hah!" Or something like that.
The Gob From Uranus (released as The Gob) (1960)
A strange meteor lands on a small llama farm in the Midwest. Upon cracking it open, the townsfolk find -- not a creamy caramel center -- but a colossal slime mold with a radioactive core.
The Wet Ones (1961)
In a small coastal town, a marine biologist tries to warn residents of an approaching giant, bloodthirsty cuttlefish. In theaters, this film featured Haxton and Schmikler Pictures ill-advised "Tinkler" technology.
Green Doom (1962)
"Mother told you to eat your vegetables...but now they may eat you." A mad horticulturist grows a humongous, man-eating plant from one bad seed. This stop-motion masterpiece will have you avoiding the salad bar for a while.
Wandering Eyes (1963)
An army of giant, tentacled eyeballs slip through a space warp and attempt to take over Earth.
Brunch of the Vampires (1966)
A clan of ancient vampires becomes resistant to sunlight and take on the residents of a Swiss mountain village. Notable for the debut (and, thankfully, final, acting role) of burlesque dancer Letty Chapter.
Lord of the Clams (1967)
When a seafood restaurant is built too close to a nuclear power plant, the citizens of Reeboc, Massachusetts become an appetizer for a swarm of deadly- albeit delicious- mollusks.
Newtrino: The Atomic Newt (1968)
Dr. Paregoric's nuclear experiments cause a family pet to reach epic proportions -- the resulting 100-foot tall fire newt is unleashed upon San Francisco.
Newtrino vs. Etcetera (1969)
A horrible creature rises up from the sweepings of Paregoric's laboratory floor to threaten Tokyo. Can Newtrino defeat ...whatever it is? Features some interesting James-Bond-type elements and an epic rubber-suit battle.

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