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


Read on for more....

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

By Amal Graafstra (ishmell) - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=87190

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.

By Feline_identifying_microchip.JPG: Joelmillsderivative work: Hundehalter - This file was derived fromFeline identifying microchip.JPG:, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22623473

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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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

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.


Trailer

Read on for more....

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



Trailer



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?

Read on to find out more.....

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!


Film


Monday, 14 August 2017

Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

A sci-fi film gem that may produce in you "a hypometabolistic state. A type of suspended animation, brought on by the contraction of the mezzentary blood vessels in the pressure change,” all as a result of simply watching it.  

Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
Produced by: Gene Corman: Roger Corman
Screenplay by Martin Varno
Story by Martin Varno Gene Corman (credited on-screen)
Music by Alexander Laszlo
Cinematography: John Mathew Nickolaus, Jr.
Edited by Jodie Copelan
Distributed by American International Pictures
Running time: 62 minutes
Budget: $68,000


Cast

Michael Emmet: Maj. John Corcoran
Angela Greene: Dr. Julie Benson
John Baer: Steve Dunlap
Ed Nelson: Dave Randall
Tyler McVey: Dr. Alex Wyman
Georgianna Carter: Donna Bixby
Ross Sturlin: The Creature


Trailer

What If..........????

US Air Force Captain Eugene K. Matthews sits at his desk in a small office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He is just a minor cog within a much larger machine that has been ceaselessly grinding away for decades. The giant machine is called the Human & Extra-terrestrial Anomalous Dialogue project. Project HEAD was initiated specifically at the request of General Neil Thomas, chief of the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The order to initiate Project HEAD came via Roger Cowpepper, Special Assistant to the President, under the title of "NCS/MJ-12 Special Studies Project" dated April 1, 1954.

Many captains and other military intelligence personnel before Captain Eugene K. Matthews have been set the task of industriously beavering away at sifting through thousands of reports of human and extra-terrestrial contact, interaction, collusion and communication. Since the 1950s such reports have been collected, analysed and filed.

Project HEAD has been secretly and quietly humming away in the background while more publicised projects such as GRUDGE & BLUEBOOK have come and gone.

Project HEAD has two goals:

1. To scientifically analyse the related data.

2. To determine if the reported phenomena are a threat to national security.

Any data deemed to be of sufficient interest is to be immediately referred to the U.S. Air Force, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council. Such reports will then be digitized, stored away and acted upon if possible.

And so, as part of this never-ending “house-cleaning” project, we have Captain Eugene K. Matthews sitting at his desk with yet another manila folder containing a report of yet another historical incident of human and extra-terrestrial contact and communication. Rarely had he come across such an historically ancient case crying out to be buried under mounds of time-accumulated dust. In fact, the manila folder and its contents looked as if they had been stored away only yesterday.

Under the icy circle of the white cool-glow LED light illumination of Matthews’ desk lamp, the manila folder, T-471947 is opened to reveal a 1958 Incident code-named: “Night of the Blood Beast.” This particular document, Matthews learns, was located in Record Group 197, entry 1952.

After carefully studying the contents of the document, Matthews is to stamp it with one of the following letter codes:


H: Hoax & Deliberate Deception – Disposal

E: Explanation Satisfactory - Documentation turned over to the office of the Air Force Historian

A: Anomaly unexplained– Retain & classify “Top Secret” pending referral to and further investigation by U.S. Air Force, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council.

D: Danger & threat posed to national security. Immediate referral to President & Joint Chiefs of Staff for assessment & appropriate course of action to be undertaken.

Read on for more......

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Monster from Green Hell (1958)


An average 50's giant bug film that peters out at the end.



Directed by Kenneth G. Crane
Produced by Al Zimbalist
Written by Endre Bohem, Louis Vittes
Music by Albert Glasser
Cinematography: Ray Flin
Distributed by DCA
Running time: 71 minutes


Cast

Jim Davis as Dr. Quent Brady
Robert Griffin as Dan Morgan
Joel Fluellen as Arobi
Barbara Turner as Lorna Lorentz
Eduardo Ciannelli as Mahri
Vladimir Sokoloff as Dr. Lorentz




Trailer

Spoilers follow below….


Journey into Green Hell

(Full account of the “Green Hill” incident from the personal journal of Dr Quent Brady)

Entry….

My colleague, Dan Morgan and I have been put in charge of a U.S. government program that has been designed to send various animals and insects into earth orbit to test the effects of exposure to space radiation.

Why do we do this?

"This is the age of the rocket, the jet, atomic power. When man prepares to reach for the stars. But before he dares to launch himself into space, there is one great question to be answered: What happens to life in the airless void above Earth's atmosphere? Will life remain untouched, unharmed by its flight through space? Or will it change into…what? There was only one way to find out and we were working on it."

And how will we do this?

Thanks to the former Nazi German rocket scientist bastards we spirited out of Germany at the end of the war, we have lots of V2 rockets with which to conduct our tests and prepare human beings for what lies beyond the comforting confines of our planet. It is into one of these rockets that we were able to “load the passengers” and at 10.15 minus 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 we sent them off “into the wide blue yonder!”

Entry…..

After what seemed at first to have been a successful launch, the radar operator informed us that the rocket was “out of normal radar range.”

Read on for more....

Monday, 26 June 2017

It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)


An at times quite frightening and atmospheric film achieved by means of economy and simplicity

Spoilers follow below…..

In a “future” 1973, the first manned expedition to Mars has been attacked and destroyed by an unknown life form which somehow later manages to stow away on the rescue ship. There is only one survivor from the initial ill-fated expedition: the leader, Col. Edward Carruthers. He is being brought back to earth under suspicion of having murdered his fellow astronauts! Will he have to face a firing squad for the crime of murder, or can he prove his claim that a Martian monster is to blame for the deaths of his crewmates?

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Screenplay: Jerome Bixby
Music composed by: Paul Sawtell, Bert Shefter
Producers: Edward Small, Robert E. Kent
Makeup: Paul Blaisdell
Narrated by Marshall Thompson
Cinematography: Kenneth Peach
Edited by Grant Whytock
Production company: Vogue Pictures, Inc.
Distributed by United Artists
Running time: 68 min
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Cast of Characters


Col. Ed Carruthers: (played by Marshall Thompson) Captain of the first expedition to Mars. All his crewmates were killed by the creature, but he is the one blamed for it.



Col. Van Heusen: (played by Kim Spaldin) Captain of the rescue ship that is sent to rescue Ed Carruthers and his crew. Initially he is hostile towards Carruthers and manages to become infected by the alien stowaway.


Major John Purdue: (played by Robert Bice) He gets injured and spends most of the movie with a bandage on his head.




Eric Royce: (played by Dabbs Greer) Mary's husband we can assume. 








Dr. Mary Royce: (played by Ann Doran) The ship’s doctor.         






Ann Anderson: (played by Shirley Patterson) Scientist and love interest for Carruthers. 




Lt. James Calder: (played by Paul Langton) Suffering a broken ankle and armed with only a blow torch, he becomes trapped between a couple of induction pumps by the monster. 




Bob Finelli (played by Richard Benedict) & Gino Finelli: (played by Richard Hervey) Brothers who fall victim to the creature. 

It!: (played by Ray Corrigan) A Martian life-form that stows away on the rescue ship and sets about picking off the crew one-by-one so that it can drain them of all their bodily fluids. The creature appears to be impervious to bullets, fire and radiation.



Movie Clip

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Sunday, 4 June 2017

I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)



A commendable sci-fi film with impressive camerawork, mature dialogue, effective special effects, and good acting - but one that deserves a much better title!

I Married a Monster from Outer Space is set in the fictional town of Norrisville, California where Bill Farrell is having his bachelor party on the eve of his marriage to Marge Bradley. After leaving the bachelor party, he is abducted by an alien that takes on his form. The alien “Bill” marries Marge the next day. It doesn’t take long, however, for Marge to feel that there is something different about Bill. After a year of marriage, Marge realises that Bill has become a completely different man!


How does Marge deal with this revelation?
What else is discovered about this impostor?
Who else has been affected?
What is the purpose of this strange alien invasion?


Directed by Gene Fowler Jr.
Produced by Gene Fowler Jr.
Written by Louis Vittes
Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof, Hugo Friedhofer, Leith Stevens, Franz Waxman, Victor Young
Cinematography: Haskell Boggs
Edited by George Tomasini
Production company: Paramount Pictures
Running time: 78 minutes
Budget: $125,000


Cast


Tom Tryon: Bill Farrell
Gloria Talbott: Marge Bradley Farrell
Peter Baldwin: Officer Hank Swanson
Robert Ivers: Harry Phillips
Chuck Wassil: Ted Hanks
Valerie Allen: Francine - Hooker
Ty Hardin: Mac Brody (as Ty Hungerford)
Ken Lynch: Dr. Wayne
John Eldredge: Police Capt. H.B. Collins
Alan Dexter : Sam Benson
James Anderson: Weldon
Jean Carson: Helen Rhodes
Jack Orrison: Officer Schultz
Steve London: Charles Mason
Maxie Rosenbloom: Max Grady (Bartender)





Trailer

What It Means To Be A Man

Despite the corny-sounding title, I Married a Monster from Outer Space, the film has a lot more depth to it than its title might suggest. For one thing, it speaks volumes on what it means to be a “MAN” in the modern world.

At the time the film was made, there was a lot more certainty surrounding gender roles and expectations. It would have been expected that males would wind up being the bread-winner and head of the family while women would be expected to be largely subservient home-makers and mothers.

As far as conventional male and female relationships is concerned, I Married a Monster from Outer Space calls into question the then contemporary concept of maleness. It even continues to do so sixty years later when right now in the early 21st Century many males often find themselves grappling with trying to figure out what their role in society is supposed to be. This can be quite a daunting task particularly at a time of re-evaluation of gender roles; the push toward gender equality; the increasing feminisation of society and perceived social & political correctness in matters concerning expressions and manifestations of maleness.

Read on for more......