Friday, March 18, 2011

52 Weeks - Movies - "Mr Sardonicus" and "Mothra"

The Laconia was my local movie theater, located under the elevated subway line running along White Plains Road in the Northeast Bronx. One of the earliest movies I remember seeing without my parents (but with my twin, thank goodness!) was
Mr. Sardonicus.

If you haven't heard of it, there's a good reason: It's a horror movie and not even a good one. But it was Saturday afternoon, and there were cartoons as well as two movies (who remembers the other feature?), so sis and I sat and shivered and probably had nightmares about Baron Sardonicus's grotesque face.

Far better -- and from the same year -- was Mothra, a Japanese monster movie that comes to mind because it deals with the aftermath of atomic radiation. It was a favorite movie of my childhood and decades later I still remember the foot-high twins who summoned Mothra to help them. Oh, if only Mothra could help Japan now.


  1. You are a woman after my own heart. Do you remember Them, about the giant ants? Then there was the movie about the giant grasshoppers that ate Chicago. Loved it, but can't remember the name. In our area we had the Creature Double Feature on Saturday afternoon TV. I don't remember Mr. Sardonicus though. Thanks for the fun memories.

  2. Hi Cynthia, who could forget Them? I saw it again on DVD just last year, just for fun. I remember Creature Double Feature too. Brings a smile to my face to think about those movies. Glad to hear there's another fan out there who remembers them so fondly! Thanks for reading and commenting.
    - Marian