Friday, 16 March 2018

The Lost Missile (1958)

An over-ambitious very low-budget film with a Cold War-era message and an over-reliance on Air Force and Civil Defense stock footage

Directed by Lester Wm. Berke
Produced by William A. Berke, Lee Gordon
Screenplay by John McPartland, Jerome Bixby
Story by Lester Wm. Berke
Music by Gerald Fried
Cinematography: Kenneth Peach
Edited by Everett Sutherland
Production company: William Berke Productions, Inc.
Distributed by United Artists
Running time: 70 minutes


Robert Loggia as Dr. David Loring
Ellen Parker as Joan Woods
Phillip Pine as Dr. Joe Freed
Larry Kerr as General Barr
Marilee Earle as Ella Freed
Kitty Kelly as Mama
Lawrence Dobkin as Narrator (voice)

I would recommend that you watch The Lost Missile and follow it up with two classic films with similar themes, Dr. Strangelove [1964] and Fail-Safe [1964]. However, before you begin watching The Lost Missile I would suggest by way of introduction that you check out the following chilling information concerning “Project Pluto.”

Reality Catches Up With Fiction

Project Pluto was a US government program to develop nuclear powered ramjet engines for use in cruise missiles. Two experimental engines were tested at the United States Department of Energy Nevada Test Site in 1961 and 1964. Project Pluto seemed to operate much like "The Lost Missile": a cruise missile (supersonic low altitude missile) that would fly at Mach 3 at 1000 feet, dropping multiple nuclear weapons and destroying everything it passed over by means of a sonic boom and the radiation from its atomic ramjet.

Project Pluto (SLAM)

The lost Missile Trailer

Read on to find out more.......

Friday, 9 March 2018



Johnny Mnemonic! Kickboxer Marathon! And More!

March is here and we’re super excited to share with you the newest COMET TV schedule as well as a new network, CHARGE!

CHARGE! is an action network showing the most “kickin’” and “punchin’” films ever created.

This month COMET TV has the best of the worst marathon, with the best of the worst movies ever created.

Over on CHARGE!, there’s the Kickboxer marathon with all five Kickboxer films.

About COMET TV - March 2018


We’re rolling out the red carpet for some of the best worst movies on planet Earth. They’re so bad… they’re awesome. Catch films like …

Creature (1985)
Gargoyles (1972)
Jaws of Satan (1982)
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Monster Dog (1984)
Reptilicus (1962) 

The Milpitas Monster (1976)
Vicious Lips (1986)

Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

Cyberpunk might be all the rage right now, but Johnny Mnemonic was doing it before it was cool. Keanu Reeves stars as a data courier who traffics top secret information via an implant in his brain. Sounds cool, right? Not when that data ends up acting like a virus that could kill you dead if you don’t get the passwords in time.

Thursday, March 15 at 4/3C
Wednesday, March 28 at 6/5C



Friday Primetime Movie 8/7C
Saturday Encore Presentation 8/7C

King Cobra (March 9)
Monkey Shines (March 16)
Code 46 (March 23)
High Spirits (March 30)


Stargate Universe

Monday-Friday at 2/1C & 10/9C

Unlock the secrets of the ninth chevron with the boldest show in the Stargate franchise’s illustrious history. SGU features stunning visuals, a complex storyline, and all the gate-hopping action you could possibly need. So, what are you waiting for? Board the Destiny and join COMET for the adventure. 



CHARGE! punches it’s way into our lives with an awesome Kickboxer marathon!

All five films will be shown Monday-Friday, March 26-30 at 6/5C - including the original Van Damme movie that started it all!

The roundhouse kicks begin March 26 at 6/5C


Saturday, March 10 at 10/9C
Monday, March 26 at 6/5C

Kickboxer 2: The Road Back

Saturday, March 10 at MIDNIGHT/11C
Tuesday, March 27 at 6/5C

Kickboxer 3: The Art of War

Saturday, March 17 at 10/9C
Wednesday, March 28 at 6/5C

Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor

Saturday, March 17 at MIDNIGHT/11C
Thursday, March 29 at 6/5C

The Redemption: Kickboxer 5

Saturday, March 24 at 10/9C
Friday, March 30 at 6/5C


The Avengers

Revisit a classic. The British ultra suave spy series The Avengers is sleuthing it’s way onto CHARGE! with back to back episodes Monday through Friday at 1:30/12:30C.

Ranked by TV Guide as one of the top 20 cult TV series of all time, The Avengers is a spy-fi delight!

Weekdays at 1:30/12:30C

Stay tuned for The Lost Missile (1958) to be featured in the next post....

Kuri's Story: Science Fiction Contest!!

Calling all sci fi writers: Create the origin story of the adorable home robot, Kuri, for a chance to win!

You can read more in the announcement post below:

Friday, 23 February 2018

The H-Man

The H-Man
(Bijo To Ekatai-Ningen)

A slow-paced allegory about the effects of radioactivity conveyed via a disconcerting clash of plot elements from both the crime and science fiction genres.

Directed by Ishirō Honda
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Screenplay by Takeshi Kimura
Story by Hideo Kaijo
Music by Masaru Sato
Cinematography: Hajime Koizumi
Edited by Ichiji Taira
Production company: Toho
Distributed by Toho
Release date: 24 June 1958 (Japan)
Running time: 87 minutes
Country: Japan


Yumi Shirakawa as Chikako Arai
Kenji Sahara as Dr. Masada
Akihiko Hirata as Inspector Tominaga
Makoto Satō as Uchida the gangster
Korenari Senda as Dr. Maki
Eitaro Ozawa as Inspector Miyashita
Hisaya Itô as Misaki, the dissolved gangster
Machiko Kitagawa as nightclub hostess
Yoshio Tsuchiya as Detective Taguchi
Naomi Shiraishi as Mineko, Dr.Maki's assistant
Kô Mishima as Kishi, gangster in nightclub
Yoshifumi Tajima as Detective Sakata
Tetsu Nakamura as Mr. Chin, gangster
Haruya Katô as Mattchan the Fisherman
Ayumi Sonoda as Emi, lead exotic dancer

Trailer: Japanese version

Trailer: American version

Read on to find out more........

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

A Tribute to Eugène Lourié

A film pioneer of many talents

Eugène Lourié, French film director, art director, production designer, set designer and screenwriter was born in Charkov, Ukraine on April 8, 1903. He was well known for his 1950s science fiction movies, some of which have been featured in this blog.

The Early Days

In 1919, Eugène Lourié worked on an anti-communist film titled Black Crowes. Having fled from the Soviet Union, he made his way to Istanbul where he earned enough money for a fare to Paris, France by painting and drawing movie posters.

Film career

While in Paris, Lourié studied painting and stage design. He designed sets and costumes for various ballet companies before turning his attention to film.

In the 1930s, Eugène Lourié worked as a production designer for the likes of such directors as Jean Renoir, with whom he worked on the French films, La Grande Illusion and La Règle du Jeu. Lourié took over as sole art director for the former film.

In the early 1940s, Lourié moved to Hollywood and worked with such directors as Sam Fuller, Robert Siodmak and Charlie Chaplin. He was art director for Chaplin's last American film, Limelight (1952).

In 1953, he made his directorial debut with The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, the first of three dinosaur films that Lourié would direct and which tended to typecast him as a science fiction film director. For these giant-monster films, Lourié often did the art direction and special effects on them as well.

After his 1961 film, Gorgo, Lourié stopped directing movies because he did not want to direct "the same comic-strip monsters."

He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1969 for best visual effects on the film Krakatoa, East of Java. In this film, Lourié made a non-speaking cameo appearance playing the part of a lighthouse keeper on the coast of Java in 1883 who observes Krakatoa's final cataclysmic explosive eruption and sends news of it to the outside world by telegraph.

In 1980, Lourié designed Clint Eastwood's Bronco Billy, and had an acting part in Richard Gere's 1983 film, Breathless.

Eugène Lourié’s Filmography

Jeanne (1934) 
The Bread Peddler (1934) 
Dark Eyes (1935) 
The Alibi (1937) 
The Messenger (1937) 
Ramuntcho (1938) 
The Lafarge Case (1938) 
Gorgo (1961) 
Flight from Ashiya (1964) 
Crack in the World (1965) 
Krakatoa, East of Java (1969)

Lourié died on 26 May 1991 (aged 88) due to a stroke while in the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. He was survived by his wife Laure and a daughter.

©Chris Christopoulos 2018

Friday, 2 February 2018

The Giant Behemoth (1958)

An entertaining sc-fi film hampered by cheap special effects and a lack of originality

Director/Screenplay – Eugene Lourie.
Produced - Ted Lloyd, David Diamond.
Story - Robert Abel
Screenplay - Daniel James
Edited by Lee Doig
Cinematography – Ken Hodges.
Music – Edwin Astley.
Special Effects – Irving Block, Louis De Witt, Willis O’Brien, Pete Petterson & Jack Rabin.
Makeup – Jimmy Evans.
Art Direction – Harry White.
Production Company – Artists Alliance.
Distributed by Allied Artists
Running time - 80 minutes


Andre Morell as Professor James Bickford
Gene Evans as Dr Steve Karnes
Leigh Madison as Jean Trevatharn
John Tumer as John
Jack MacGowran as Dr Sampson the Palaeontologist
Maurice Kaufmann as Mini Submarine Officer
Henri Vidon as Tom Trevethan
Leonard Sachs as Scientist

Dead fish washing up on the Cornwall coast?
Radioactive fish?
Locals suffering from radiation burns?
Reports of a monster?
A dinosaur revived by atomic radiation?
A behemoth heading towards London, destroying all in its path?


Read on to find out more…..

Sunday, 7 January 2018

The Fly (1958)

The film treads a fine line between comedy and seriousness. It benefits from a good script, production values and capable performances but wastes many opportunities to become something greater than it is.

“It does indeed contain, briefly, two of the most sickening sights one casual swatter-wielder ever beheld on the screen.” 
"The most ludicrous, and certainly one of the most revolting science-horror films ever perpetrated!" 
“One of the better, more restrained entries of the "shock" school.” 
“A quiet, uncluttered and even unpretentious picture, building up almost unbearable tension by simple suggestion.” 
“It holds an interesting philosophy about man's tampering with the unknown."
“Stands in many ways above the level of B-movie science fiction common in the 1950s."

Directed by Kurt Neumann 
Produced by Kurt Neumann, Robert L. Lippert (uncredited)
Screenplay by James Clavell
Based on short story The Fly by George Langelaan
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Karl Struss
Edited by Merrill G. White
Production company: 20th Century Fox
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Running time: 93 minutes

Budget: $325,0000 - $495,000 approx.
Box office: $3 million


David Hedison as André Delambre
Patricia Owens as Hélène Delambre
Vincent Price as François Delambre
Herbert Marshall as Inspector Charas
Kathleen Freeman as Emma
Betty Lou Gerson as Nurse Anderson
Charles Herbert as Philippe Delambre
Eugene Borden as Dr. Éjoute
Torben Meyer as Gaston


Scientist Andre Delambre is crushed to death in a mechanical press.


It has fallen to his wife Hélène to recount the events that led up to her husband’s death to both Andre’s brother, Francois Delambre and police Inspector Charas.


Read on to find out……