It Conquered the World (1956) - I'm starting to draw conclusions in my summer-long exploitation fest. One is that the movies Roger Corman directed are infinitely better than the ones he just produced. Roger produced a lot of unwatchable crap, especially in the 1970's and some of this stuff is preserved for no other reason than that it has his name associated with it. I think Roger's golden period was the 1950's and this is probably my favorite of the Sci-Fi films he made at that time. Lee Van Cleef gets possessed by a monster that looks like a giant piece of okra and is one of the coolest creatures ever conceived. Lee helps the monster try to take over the world and only Peter Graves can stop him. Beverly Garland plays Lee's wife, who gets fed up with the whole thing and tries to take on the creature herself, Ripley style. I won't give away the ending but thank God for Dick Miller. As usual, there is lots of pontificating about the state of the world and whether it would be a better place if we were ruled by alien overlords. Peter also gives an impassioned speech about the importance of personal responsibility at the end. Wow. If my teachers had leavened their lectures with Sci-Fi monsters from outer space, I might have done better in school.