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



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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Science Fiction Becoming Science Fact


The Door Opens A Little Wider Letting In More Of The World Of “1984!”


Some time ago I uploaded a post that featured the 1954 BBC TV version of George Orwell’s 1984. Since then, other screen versions have been made and reprintings of Orwell’s work have appeared, but fewer and fewer people seem to be prepared to heed the warnings that are contained in his fictional story.

We modern-day techno-natives continue to willingly hand over our personal information and privacy to corporations and institutions in return for shiny technological trinkets and the glittering promise they offer us of an inter-connected way of life. It is a way of life we cannot function in unless we check the box acknowledging that we agree to their unfair, unreasonable and often incomprehensible conditions.

Politicians and the media fill up our minds and hearts with paranoid delusions and a multitude of fears and then offer us an irresistible “national security” blanket - as long as we cast off and hand over to them the last vestiges of our long held civil rights and remaining personal privacy.

In my own country of Australia, on October 5th, 2017, the individual State Premiers and the Federal government agreed to the establishment of a national data base that will contain the photos of all licensed car drivers. It is proposed that various venues such as shopping malls, sports events, tourist thoroughfares, etc., will have facial-recognition technology installed which will give the authorities real-time identification of people (based on the photo data base) suspected of involvement in terrorist activities.

We are assured that the photo data base and facial recognition technology will not be linked to CCTV surveillance (which is another aspect of modern life we could discuss at length), but does this ring true considering the current capabilities of surveillance technology? We don’t need assurances from silver-tongued politicians. We need concrete legal safeguards!

Such a proposal sounds Ok on the surface. However, along-side this announcement, it was also proposed that the time a person can be held in detention and who is suspected of being involved in terrorist activities, be increased from one week to two weeks before they are charged or released.

The chilling aspect involved in such measures is that everyone virtually becomes a suspect to some degree. In addition, much is made of the sentiment that the activities of criminals and terrorists ought not to alter our democratic way of life and values. But as we can see, our values, way of life, freedoms and judicial / political traditions are being altered! Isn’t that what our perceived enemies would want?

Another chilling aspect of all this is how people willingly acquiesce to something they have not been consulted about nor are aware of what kind of safe-guards and protections would be put in place. The same lame, brain-dead argument is trumpeted throughout talk-back land that suggests that if people have nothing to hide then they have nothing to fear! Are you kidding me? That is the kind of mantra that Big-Brother tyrants would use to justify their intrusion into people’s personal lives and their stripping away of people’s freedoms and liberty.

Yet another equally idiotic argument is offered up to the gods of apathy and complacency: Since we have handed so much of our personal information and privacy to institutions and the state, what does it matter if we hand over a bit more? That’s the point, fool! Once the door is opened a crack, you can be sure that it will over time be forced open ever wider for you to enter the land of 1984. Once freedoms, liberties and privacy are handed over on a promise of “Trust Us” you can sure they’ll never be handed back without a fight.

You can also be sure (as you place your fingerprint on your phone’s screen, show you face to your phone and put on that wearable technology) that the kinds of proposals as outlined above are just a prelude to each and every citizen being required to possess a photo identity card which will have a chip containing all our personal information which we will have to produce on request (demand?). Without such a card, we will find it impossible to function in our society. Didn’t we fight wars in the past just so we wouldn’t have to live in such a world?


Beware the Biometric Big-Brother!







© Chris Christopoulos 2017

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

COMET TV October Viewing Guide! Underground Horror Films! Robocop Trilogy! And More!


NEW ON COMET IN OCTOBER!!


October is here, and with it, COMET TV has some amazing programming this month, including;

UNDERGROUND HORROR

Underground Horror film series, with classic monsters, ghouls and more that’ll be sure to give you enough scares for Halloween!




October, demons, blood guts and gore, that’s what the month will bring to viewers. Join COMET TV for a horror retrospective of some of the most ingenious films, sure to scare the most die- hard fans of the genre. From classics to contemporary, COMET TV has them all.

Airing daily throughout October, check schedule at CometTV.com/underground-horror



We also have the awesome Robocop trilogy.





Andromeda


And new this month is Andromeda, the Kevin Sorbo series from Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. It airs weekdays.



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

But you can check out everything COMET TV has on our handy schedule! Click Here!




ROBOCOP TRILOGY

Robocop (1987) 
Robocop 2 (1990)
Robocop 3 (1993)

Saturday, October 21 Starting at 10P/9C
Thursday, October 26 Starting at 4P/3C









OCTOBER FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIES

Friday Primetime Movie 8P/7C
Saturday Encore Presentation 8P/7C
Real Genius (1985)
Friday, October 13 at 8P/7C

Lord of Illusions (1995)
Friday, October 20 at 8P/7C

The Silence of The Lambs (1991)
Friday, October 27 at 8P/7C

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Teenage Monster (1958)


Is it a Western?
Is it a Horror?
Is it a Sci-fi?
NO!
It’s a monster case of Teenage angst!

Directed by Jacques R. Marquette
Produced by Jacques R. Marquette, Dale Tate
Written by Ray Buffum
Music by Walter Greene
Cinematography: Taylor Byars
Edited by Irving M. Schoenberg
Distributed by Marquette Productions Limited
Running time: 65 minutes
Budget: $57,000 (approx.)


Cast

Anne Gwynne: Ruth Cannon
Stuart Wade: Sheriff Bob Lehman
Gloria Castillo: Kathy North
Chuck Courtney: Marv Howell
Gil Perkins: Charles Cannon
Norman Leavitt: Deputy Ed
Gabe Mooradian: Fred Fox
Stephen Parker: Charles Cannon as a Boy
Jim McCullough Sr: Jim Cannon
Frank Davis: Man on Street
Arthur Berkeley: Man with Burro

In 1880 in a small town in the American southwest, a young boy is exposed to the rays from a meteor and becomes a grotesque teenage killer monster who is hidden from a hostile world by his mother.


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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Top 10 Soviet Science Fiction Movies



Top 10 Soviet Science Fiction Movies

Brought to you by Indie Sci-Fi 451 (sci-fi and independent cinema)

Read about these Top 10 Soviet sci-fi movies accompanied by a dozen modern trailers made specially for the following article;

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Saturday, 2 September 2017

Space Master X-7 (1958)


A low budget drive-in feature with a nice mix of sci-fi and detective drama



Directed by Edward Bernds
Produced by Bernard Glasser
Written by George Worthing Yates, Daniel Mainwaring
Music by Josef Zimanich, Harry Bluestone
Cinematography: Brydon Baker
Edited by John F. Link Sr.
Production company: Regal Films
Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Running time: 71 min.


Cast


Bill Williams : John Hand 
Lyn Thomas: Laura Greeling
Robert Ellis: Pvt. Joe Rattigan
Paul Frees: Dr. Charles T. Pommer / Train-Station Announcer
Rhoda Williams: Stewardess Archer
Joan Barry: Jean Meyers - brunet
Carol Varga: Elaine Frohman
Thomas Browne Henry: Prof. West
Thomas Wilde: Collins
Fred Sherman: Mr. Morse - Hotel Manager
Gregg Martell: Jim Dale - plane engineer
Jess Kirkpatrick: Pilot Vaccarino
Court Shepard: Hendry - Battalion Fire Chief
Moe Howard : Retlinger - Cab Driver
Al Baffert: Plane passenger


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A space probe returns to Earth bringing with it a mysterious fungus!

A fungus accidentally tinged with human blood and transformed into an ever-growing pile of …."Blood Rust!"
An entire world threatened by an ever-spreading alien infection!
Can the dynamic duo of John Hand and Joe Rattigan locate the one woman who holds the key to stopping the rust from spreading and engulfing the entire world?

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

The Survivor – A Tale from The Nearscape



A highly recommended short film that begs to be turned into a feature film!!!!




Directed by Christopher Carson Emmons.
Written by Mark Renshaw.
Executive Producers Mark Renshaw & Tom Hoover.
Produced by Stephanie Spike Drewa.
Director of Photography: Nathaniel Haban
Production Designer: Zach McLain
Costume Designer: Rodney Dukes


Cast

Nick Kordysh: Billy
Sam Kozé: Roy
Alida LaCosse: Zena
Anna Brennan: Casey
Valerie Lighthart: Winny
Matthew Nichols: Preacher
Zach McLain: Bodyguard
Rodney Dukes: Officer #3
Martin Doordan: Cop #2
Tawnie Thompson: Zealot
Carl Chopp: Drifter



In a not too distant future post-apocalyptic world, the air is toxic to breathe, oxygen levels hover not much above 20% and oxygen itself has become a precious commodity.

It is a world in which we glimpse the kind of consequences that could arise from our present actions and decisions.



It is across this bleak and terrifying landscape that a silent young boy sets off on a perilous mission to obtain water and medicine for his ailing bedridden mother. 



With just his toy robot as a companion and guide on his journey;


What kind of obstacles will he be forced to face?

What dangers will threaten him along the way?
What choices will he have to make?
What awaits him if he makes it home?


Find out the answers to these questions when you watch the short film, The Survivor – A Tale from The Nearscape: deemed "Best Sci-Fi" by jurors at the recent Festigious International Film Festival!


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