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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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Godzilla is taking over COMET TV!




In September everyone’s favourite fire-breathing, stomping monster is back and this time… It’s on COMET TV!

Saturdays in Sept. there are double features starting at 2P/1C and Godzilla will be showing up all over the COMET TV schedule, check out the times below!

To see how it all started, be sure you first read my post on the original and best Godzilla (1954) and Godzilla Revisited.


GODZILLA IS DOIN' WORK ON COMET TV IN SEPTEMBER!!



SATURDAYS IN SEPTEMBER
Double Feature starting at 2P/1C

SEPTEMBER 25 - 29
Starting at various afternoon times

Godzilla VS. Destroyah (1995)
Saturday, September 16 at 4:30P/3:30P
Thursday, September 28 at 3:30/2:30P

Godzilla VS. Spacegodzilla (1994)
Saturday, September 16 at 2P/1C
Friday, September 29 at 3:30P/2:30P

Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-out Attack (2001)
Saturday, September 23 at 2P/1C
Thursday, September 28 at 6P/5C

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
Saturday, September 23 at 10P/9C
Saturday, September 30 at 2P/1C

GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (2005)
Godzilla: Final Wars takes us to the 28th century where Earth has been ravaged by giant monsters, giving the Xiliens (a group of aliens who dress like they're in a 90's goth rock band) a chance to claim our planet as their own.

Sunday, September 24 at 1A/MIDNIGHT
Saturday, September 30 at 5P/4C

Godzilla 2000 (1999)
GODZILLA WEARS A TINFOIL HAT. Did you know Godzilla is a UFO believer? Unfortunately, years upon years of reading about alien abduction conspiracies on the internet can't prepare the King of Monsters for what happens in Godzilla 2000....When a UFO is awoken from a million-year slumber deep in the Earth's crust, it employs a series of sneaky tactics (gene-snatching, reckless driving, and more) to give Godzilla a real extra-terrestrial beat-down.

Saturday, September 23 at 4P/3C
and Friday, September 30 at 5P/4C 

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?

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!


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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


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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.

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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




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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.”

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