Friday, 17 November 2017

The Blob (1958)


Although not a masterpiece, this film is a cultural gem

Practically nothing is known about an incident that occurred in a small rural town in Pennsylvania in July 1957. It involved a mysterious extra-terrestrial blob-like entity that crashed to Earth inside a meteorite. Not only that, but the alien entity turned out to be both aggressive and destructive as it set about devouring and dissolving the citizens of this small rural community.

Almost nothing is also known about the then teenage pair, Steve Andrews and his girlfriend, Jane Martin who witnessed the crash of the meteorite and who set about investigating it. As the teenage pair witnessed the alien creature’s destructive power, they faced the problem of being confronted by a wall of adult skepticism and anger. Meanwhile, the blob continued to engulf more and more people, while growing bigger and bigger……



Directed by Irvin Yeaworth
Produced by Jack H. Harris
Written by Kay Linaker, Theodore Simonson
Story by Irving H. Millgate
Music by Ralph Carmichael, Burt Bacharach
Cinematography Thomas E. Spalding
Edited by Alfred Hillmann
Production company: Fairview Productions, Tonylyn Productions, Valley Forge Films
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Running time: 86 minutes
Budget: $110,000
Box office: $4 million


Cast


Steve McQueen as Steve Andrews
Aneta Corsaut as Jane Martin
Earl Rowe as Lieutenant Dave
Olin Howland as Old Man
Stephen Chase as Dr. Hallen
John Benson as Sergeant Jim Bert
George Karas as Officer Ritchie
Lee Payton as Kate
Elbert Smith as Mr. Martin
Hugh Graham as Mr. Andrews
Keith Almoney as Danny Martin




Trailer


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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

"Stargate" Fans Rejoice!



Stargate Origins: official sneak preview

COMET TV is giving one lucky viewer the chance to come to Los Angeles and attend a private screening! But wait… They will also get the opportunity to meet select cast members as well!


Anyone can enter the giveaway at: http://www.comettv.com/sgosweepstakes/

One grand prize winner will win; 

  • a trip for two to Los Angeles
  • a two-night stay in Beverly Hills
  • 2 subscription passes to the Stargate Command Website
  • 2 passes to a private screening of Stargate Origins with select cast members
  • 2 COMET gift bags! 
In addition, one hundred Second Place winners will win a subscription pass to the Stargate: Command website/app!

Stargate: Command is the official destination for all things STARGATE, including a variety of STARGATE content from the franchise’s nearly 25-year history. Find Stargate: Command at stargatecommand.co



Saturday, 11 November 2017

MICRO-CHIP CHIPPING AWAY AT PRIVACY


SCIENCE-FICTION BECOMES SCIENCE FACT

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Just the other week I listened to a brief report on the radio concerning the possibility of people having an RFID micro-chip inserted in their hand to do such things as;
  • operate household appliances and cars
  • securely gain access to one’s place of residence by means of swiping a hand over a sensor
  • having all personal information stored on the micro-chip
  • using the inserted micro-chip to conduct transactions in much the same way as one would normally do these days using a mobile device.
“So what?” You may ask. The idea of having micro-chips inserted into the human body for various reasons has been a staple of science-fiction for quite some time.

There have even been reports of companies providing access to such micro-chip implant technology to their employees free of charge.

It seems that such a technological advancement is a logical extension of the current portable nature of our ever-present wireless devices, together with our dependence on them.


Such technological integration may even be a first step along a new path for human evolution to take away from a purely biologically-based form of evolution which may have reached a dead end.

What really grabbed my attention was that at the end of the report, the news reader’s on-air colleague responded by exclaiming with a comment like, “Wow! That would be great!”


True, such a development would be convenient, but it would also be potentially dangerous if we just choose to focus on the ‘Wow’ factor without stepping back a moment and taking the time to consider the likely implications for us individually and for society as a whole.

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Micro-chip implant technology has become normalized in various countries as far as pet ownership is concerned. In such places, it is a requirement to have pets microchipped so that their medical treatment history can be accessed, their whereabouts traced, and ownership verified.

What if such implant technology becomes normalized for human beings? Sure, it may initially be offered free of charge in some work places or it might start off on a voluntary basis in the wider community. However, over time you could count on it becoming a compulsory requirement, possibly under the guise of national security or anti-fraud and anti-identity theft measures.


We may also find that along-side the required necessary vaccinations we receive as infants, there will also be a requirement to have a micro-chip implant on which all our personal data will be recorded and periodically updated.

The nature and extent of such recorded personal data, along with who could gain access to it ought to be of concern. Then there is the question of whether such technology could be used by those in authority to track and monitor the movements and activities of individuals.

We may indeed find ourselves having to agree (between gritted teeth) that such a development is “great.” Especially if we wish to be able to function in this brave new world - to do such things as obtain a loan, to gain employment, to receive benefits and assistance, to communicate, to gain access to information and resources and so on. In return for all this convenience, all we need to do is acquiesce and hand over our right to personal privacy…and possibly more….Is this the kind of world we would want for ourselves and our children?






©Chris Christopoulos 2017

Friday, 10 November 2017

More on Comet TV in November



COMET TV is dishing out all kinds of supernatural goodness!

The Friday Night Movies feature Cowboys VS Dinosaurs and Vampires


Then we have the Jeff Bridges classic Starman and head into Deep Space!



There are also classics like Teen Wolf, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and each week on COMET TV there’s a different theme:


Vampires! 
Ghosts! 
Werewolves! 

On Thanksgiving Day, (November 23, starting at 10A/9C), 
COMET TV has The Freaky Feast Movie Marathon featuring Superbeast, The Incredible Melting Man, Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf, The Video Dead, The Beast Within and Creature

Superbeast (1972)
starting at 10A/9C

Incredible Melting Man (1978)
starting at NOON/11C

Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1985)
starting at 2P/1C

The Video Dead (1986)
starting at 4P/3C

The Beast Within (1982)
starting at 6P/5C

Creature (1985)
starting at 8P/7C

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November Weekly Themes

Airing weekdays at 4P/3C throughout November, check schedule at CometTV.com

Werewolves (11/6 – 11/10)
Vampires (11/13 – 11/17)
Ghosts (11/20 – 11/24)
Interplanetary Romance (11/27 – 12/1)


Teen Wolf (1985)

Monday, November 13 at 6P/5C
Saturday, November 25 at 10P/9C

Teen Wolf Too (1987)

Monday, November 13 at 8P/7C
Saturday, November 25 at MIDNIGHT/11C






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November FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIES

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

Cowboys VS Vampires (2013)
Friday, November 10 at 8P/7C

Starman (1984)
Friday, November 17 at 8P/7C
Monday, November 27 at 4P/3C

Deep Space (1987)
Friday, November 24 at 8P/7C


Stay tuned for the next post on this blog which will feature the 1958 sci-fi classic - 
THE BLOB!

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)


A sci-fi film so terrible yet so much fun to watch!

Directed by Nathan H. Juran
Produced by Bernard Woolner
Written by Mark Hanna
Music by Ronald Stein
Cinematography: Jacques R. Marquette
Edited by Edward Mann
Distributed by Allied Artists Pictures Corporation
Running time: 66 minutes
Budget: $89,000
Box office: $480,000 (USA)


Cast


Allison Hayes as Nancy Fowler Archer
William Hudson as Harry Archer
Yvette Vickers as Honey Parker
Roy Gordon as Dr. Isaac Cushing
George Douglas as Sheriff Dubbitt
Ken Terrell as Jess Stout
Otto Waldis as Dr. Heinrich Von Loeb
Eileen Stevens as Nurse
Michael Ross as Tony the Bartender/Giant
Frank Chase as Deputy Charlie


Trailer

The husband of an unhappily married rich socialite returns to her after having left her only because he now needs money. Meanwhile, philandering hubby, Harry happily continues his affair with another woman aptly maned, Honey Parker. After an explosive confrontation at a bar, his wife, Nancy drives off until she encounters a large spherical object on the road. The object’s sole occupant is an enormous alien……

Despite rumours of UFOs in the area, will anyone believe Nancy?
What effect will Nancy’s close encounter have on her?

Read on for more

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

AIRING ON COMET in November!




YOU DON’T NEED A SUBSCRIPTION TO WATCH THESE GREAT MOVIES…THEY’RE AIRING FOR FREE ON COMET!








FREAKY FEAST MOVIE MARATHON! 

Thursday, November 23 starting at 10A/9C



Thanksgiving Day (November 23, starting at 10A/9C), COMET TV is cranking up the heat in the kitchen with Freaky Feast Movie Marathon featuring Superbeast, The Incredible Melting Man, Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf, The Video Dead, The Beast Within and Creature. Tune in for perfect pass-the-cranberry-sauce scenery.

Superbeast (1972)
starting at 10A/9C

Incredible Melting Man (1978)
starting at NOON/11C 









Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1985)
starting at 2P/1C

The Video Dead (1986)
starting at 4P/3C
 





















The Beast Within (1982)
starting at 6P/5C

Creature (1985)
starting at 8P/7C

November Weekly Themes

Airing weekdays at 4P/3C throughout November,
check schedule at CometTV.com 



Werewolves (11/6 – 11/10)
Vampires (11/13 – 11/17)
Ghosts (11/20 – 11/24)
Interplanetary Romance (11/27 – 12/1)

November Friday Night Movies

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

Cowboys VS Dinosaurs (2015)
Friday, November 3 at 8P/7C

Cowboys VS Vampires (2013)
Friday, November 10 at 8P/7C

Starman (1984)
Friday, November 17 at 8P/7C
Deep Space (1987) Friday, November 24 at 8P/7C




SERIES ON COMET

Andromeda

Classic Space Opera is coming to COMET! Based on materials from sci-fi legend Gene Roddenberry, Andromeda stars all action hero Kevin Sorbo as the Captain of the Andromeda Ascendant, a highly advanced ship whose crew is charged with restoring power and stability to the Systems Commonwealth. But, to succeed the Andromeda crew must battle one of sci-fi’s weirdest looking bad guys….the sinister Magog!

Weekdays at 2P/1C and 10P/9C


Stargate: Atlantis

If you thought gate-hopping action was fun in the Milky Way, just wait until you see what it’s like in the Pegasus Galaxy. Stargate: Atlantis sees a team of international scientists unlocking the secrets of a legendary ancient city, discovering a whole new stargate network in a whole new galaxy, and bringing them face to face with the Wraith, a powerful enemy who are best summed up with the term 'Evil Space Vampires'!

Weekdays at 3P/2C and 11P/10C


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Terror from the Year 5000 (1958)


A low budget lacklustre sci-fi with uneven performances, sloppy direction, uneven editing and a multitude of plot holes. So bad, it’s oddly good!

The 1958 independently made American black-and-white science fiction film, Terror from the Year 5000 (a.k.a. Cage of Doom in the UK) was produced by Robert J. Gurney Jr., Samuel Z. Arkoff, James H. Nicholson, and Gene Searchinger. It was directed by Robert J. Gurney Jr., and starred Ward Costello, Joyce Holden, John Stratton, Salome Jens, and Fred Herrick. The screenplay was based on the short story Bottle Baby by Henry Slesar, that was published in the science fiction magazine Fantastic (April 1957). American International Pictures released the film on a double bill with The Screaming Skull.


The story involves Prof. Erling and his financial backer, Victor who have constructed a prototype time machine which they use to obtain various objects from the past. On one occasion they discover that one item - a modernist Venus de milo-like statuette – that materialized in the machine, radiometrically dates to the year 5200 AD! It turns out that 20th-century objects that are placed in the machine appear to be "traded" for objects from the future by someone or something. It also transpires that Victor has been secretly trying to get a living intelligent specimen from the future to materialize in the time machine.

What does the future hold in store for humanity?
What present danger is humanity faced with now!


Directed by Robert J. Gurney Jr.
Produced by Robert J. Gurney Jr., Samuel Z. Arkoff, James H. Nicholson, Gene Searchinger
Written by Robert J. Gurney Jr., Henry Slesar
Music by Richard DuPage
Cinematography Arthur Florman
Edited by Dede Allen
Running time: 66 minutes


Cast


Ward Costello as Dr. Robert Hedges
Joyce Holden as Claire Erling
Frederic Downs as Prof. Howard Erling
John Stratton as Victor
Salome Jens as Future Woman / Nurse
Fred Herrick as Angelo
Beatrice Furdeaux as Miss Blake
Jack Diamond as First Lab Technician
Fred Taylor as Second Lab Technician
Bill Downs as Dr. Blair
William Cost as Joe the Bartender




Movie Clip

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