Sunday, 13 March 2016

Kronos (1957)


Kronos, Destroyer of the Universe



A low budget 1950s sci-fi film with an enduring quality. This movie reflects the cold war tensions at the time, as well as the increasing UFO phenomenon



Directed by Kurt Neumann
Produced by Irving Block, Louis DeWitt, Kurt Neumann, Jack Rabin
Screenplay by Lawrence L. Goldman
Story by Irving Block
Music by Paul Sawtell, Bert Shefter
Cinematography: Karl Struss
Edited by Jodie Copelan
Production company: Regal Films
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Running time: 78 minutes
Budget: $160,000 (approx.)



Cast




Jeff Morrow as Dr. Leslie Gaskell
Barbara Lawrence as Vera Hunter
John Emery as Dr. Hubbell Eliot
George O'Hanlon as Dr. Arnold Culver
Morris Ankrum as Dr. Albert Stern
Kenneth Alton as McCrary - The Pickup Driver
John Parrish as Gen. Perry
Jose Gonzales-Gonzales as Manuel Ramirez
Richard Harrison as Pilot
Marjorie Stapp as Nurse
Robert Shayne as Air Force General
Don Eitner as Weather Operator
Gordon Mills as Sergeant
John Halloran as Lab Central Security Guard


As a young boy in the early 1960s, I remember watching two black and white science fiction films which made such an impact on me that I still vividly recall them after all these years. One was called Kronos and the other was The Monolith Monsters, both made in 1957. I do in particular remember how these films over 50 years ago scared the heck out of me. In this post I’ll be presenting KRONOS.

Kronos (aka Kronos, Destroyer of the Universe) is a 1957 independently made science fiction film from Regal Films and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was produced by Irving Block, Louis DeWitt, Kurt Neumann, and Jack Rabin and was directed by Kurt Neumann. The film stars Jeff Morrow and Barbara Lawrence.




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Trailer


Kronos is about a small group of scientists who are investigating what at first appears to be an asteroid that eventually enters the Earth's atmosphere and crashes into the ocean. Soon after a giant machine, christened “Kronos” emerges out of the ocean.



What is Kronos? 
Where has it come from? 
Who made it? 
For what purpose? 
What is it doing on Earth? 
Will it pose a threat to humanity?

Read on to find out the answers to these and other questions…..


Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Sci-Fi Romance: “Goodbye at the End of the World”


LA-based alt-folk band "Sci-Fi Romance" have a new animated music video for their song "Goodbye at the End of the World" that is done in the style of a 1950s flying saucer movie.

"Sci-Fi Romance" is an alt-folk/Americana band from Los Angeles, led by singer and songwriter Vance Kotrla (video creator). With a line-up of guitar, drums, and cello, the band’s dark, textured sound is evocative of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, American Records-era Johnny Cash, and contemporary folk-influenced acts like, The Decemberists or Iron & Wine. The band's new album, "Dust Among the Stars" was released in January 2016, and has been called "a uniquely original masterpiece" and "nothing short of breathtaking."

To prepare yourself for the video,"Goodbye at the End of the World," think of classic sci-fi films like, The Day the Earth Stood Still or Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. The video is also loaded with hidden references to classic movies, writers, genre personalities and more! See if you can pick 'em: it'll take you more than one viewing!


Enjoy!






For Vance Kotrla, this video was a real labor of love and came from his affection for the genre. Never having done computer animation before, he did the whole thing on his own. It premièred last week on the music site Pancakes and Whiskey.

The video URL is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4woZg2RxjOM

For more information on the making of it, you can go to: http://bit.ly/1Tlq2LR

Pancakes and Whiskey article is at: http://bit.ly/1QBJLQA


Website: http://www.scifiromance.net

Bandcamp: http://music.scifiromance.net

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sci-fi-romance/sets/dust-among-the-stars

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dust-among-the-stars/id1053573097

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015L1OY1S/179-6892598-3944221


But wait! There's more!

There's a CD give-away for people who can spot some of the references in the video: http://bit.ly/1SfVjhK