Daily Archives February 25, 2018

Killers from Space (1954)


KILLERS FROM SPACE (1954)


1h 11min | Mystery, Sci-Fi

1954 USA
Direction: W. Lee Wilder
Writers: William Raynor (screenplay) (as Bill Raynor), Myles Wilder (story)
Actors: Peter Graves, James Seay, Steve Pendleton

Atomic scientist/pilot Doug Martin is missing after his plane crashes on an reconnaissance mission after a nuclear test. Miraculously appearing unhurt at the base later, he is given sodium amethol, but authorities are skeptical of his story that he was captured by aliens determined to conquer the Earth with giant monsters and insects. Martin vows to use existing technology to destroy them.


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Assignment: Outer Space (1960)


ASSIGNMENT: OUTER SPACE (1960)


1h 13min | Sci-Fi

1960 Italy
Direction: Antonio Margheriti (as Antony Daisies)
Writers: Ennio De Concini (as Vassilji Petrov), Jack Wallace
Actors: Rik Van Nutter, Gabriella Farinon, David Montresor

In the 22nd Century, Ray Peterson, reporter for the Interplanetary News, is assigned to write a story aboard a space station. Tension mounts between Peterson and the station commander, who believes he is in the way, but has orders to leave him alone. Errant spaceship Alpha Two enters the solar system and its photon generators are radiating enough heat to destroy Earth as it approaches. It falls to Peterson to try to figure out a way to enter the spaceship, disarm the generators, and escape before suffocating.


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Battle of the Worlds (1961)


BATTLE OF THE WORLDS (1961)


 1h 24min | Sci-Fi

1961 Italy
Direction: Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson)
Writers: Ennio De Concini (story) (as Vassilij Petrov), Ennio De Concini (screenplay) (as Vassilij Petrov)
Stars: Claude Rains, Bill Carter, Umberto Orsini

A stray planet on a collision course with Earth instead takes orbit around our blue marble. What seems like a dead planet suddenly launches a fleet of flying saucers which attack our space fleets.


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First Spaceship On Venus (1960)


FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS (1960)


1h 19min | Sci-Fi

1960 East Germany | Poland
Direction: Kurt Maetzig
Writers: Stanislaw Lem (novel), Jan Fethke (adaptation)
Actors: Yôko Tani, Oldrich Lukes, Ignacy Machowski

In 1970, debris from the 1908 Tunguska “meteor” are found which turn out to be recordings from a spaceship crashed there. The ship’s origin is determined to be Venus, and an international team sets out with their spaceship “Kosmokrator” to visit the “Silent Planet”, which is shrouded in clouds, and doesn’t respond to contact attempts. While the “Kosmokrator” is in flight, the record is decoded and it turns out that the Venusians seemingly planned to invade Earth in 1908. Should the “Kosmokrator” still attempt to get in touch with the Aliens? And why are they silent now?


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Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965)


VOYAGE TO THE PREHISTORIC PLANET (1965)


1h 14min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

1965 USA | Soviet Union
Direction: Curtis Harrington (as John Sebastian), Pavel Klushantsev (uncredited)
Writer: Curtis Harrington (as John Sebastian)
Actors: Basil Rathbone, Faith Domergue, John Bix

In 2020, after the colonization of the moon, the spaceships Vega, Sirius and Capella are launched from Lunar Station 7. They are to explore Venus under the command of Professor Hartman, but an asteroid collides and explodes Capella. The leader ship Vega stays orbiting and sends the astronauts Kern and Sherman with the robot John to the surface of Venus, but they have problems with communication with Dr. Marsha Evans in Vega. The Sirius lands in Venus and Commander Brendan Lockhart, Andre Ferneau and Hans Walter explore the planet and are attacked by prehistoric animals. They use a vehicle to seek Kern and Sherman while collecting samples from the planet. Meanwhile John helps the two cosmonauts to survive in the hostile land.


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The Phantom Planet (1961)


THE PHANTOM PLANET (1961)


1h 22min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

1961 USA
Direction: William Marshall
Writers: William Telaak (screenplay), Fred De Gorter (screenplay)
Actors: Dean Fredericks, Coleen Gray, Anthony Dexter

The mysterious appearance of an unknown planet brings miniature people, giant monsters, beautiful women and undaunted heroes to the screen. The self-contained planet “Rheton” has the ability to move in and out of galaxies to escape their enemies. Earth sends an astronaut team to investigate, which discovers miniature people. One astronaut survives to help them fight off monsters and Solorite attacks.


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This Island Earth (1955)


THIS ISLAND EARTH (1955)


 1h 26min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

1955 USA
Direction: Joseph M. Newman
Writers: Raymond F. Jones (story “The Alien Machine”), Franklin Coen (screenplay)
Actors: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason

Dr. Meacham is chosen along with others by the inhabitants of the planet Metaluna to do research that will help save their dying planet. However, an evil scheme is uncovered by the suspecting Dr. Meacham when he discovers the Metalunan’s plan to take over Earth. Dr. Meacham then escapes an exploding Metalunan built Earth lab along with Dr. Adams only to be kidnapped while flying away in a small plane. A flying saucer wisks both the scientists off to Metaluna where they are held accountable for blowing up the Metalunan Earth lab during their escape. They later escape there with the help of Exeter the friendly Metalunan. Metaluna then self destructs and the Doctors make it safely back to Earth, which is saved from Metalunan invasion.


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NIGHTMARE (1964)


NIGHTMARE (1964)


1h 23min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

1964 UK
Direction: Freddie Francis
Writer: Jimmy Sangster
Actors: David Knight, Moira Redmond, Jennie Linden

Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in an insane asylum, haunting her. Expelled because of her persistent nightmares, Janet is sent home where the nightmares continue.


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Devils of Darkness (1965)


DEVILS OF DARKNESS (1965)


1h 28min | Horror

1965 UK
Direction: Lance Comfort
Writer: Lyn Fairhurst (original story and screenplay)
Actors: William Sylvester, Hubert Noël, Carole Gray

A secret vampire cult, which has its headquarters beneath the town cemetery, searches for victims for its human sacrifice rituals.


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Island of Terror (1966)


ISLAND OF TERROR (1966)


1h 29min | Horror

1966 UK
Direction: Terence Fisher
Writers: Edward Mann (original story) , Al Ramsen (original story)
Actors: Peter Cushing, Edward Judd, Carole Gray

A small island community is overrun with creeping, blobbish, tentacled monsters which liquefy and digest the bones from living creatures. The community struggles to fight back.


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