Tag Archives: Sunday Cinema

SUNDAY CINEMA: Starcrash (1978)

When you want a high-concept science fiction film, you watch Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. When you want cheese, you turn to Roger Corman flicks… like Starcrash which doles the cheese with Marjoe Gortner.

Prepare yourself for a vintage science fiction adventure film you will never forget, as the sultry Stella Star (Caroline Munro) and her alien sidekick Akton (Marjoe Gortner) team up with robot lawman Elle (Judd Hamilton) on a high adventure to save the universe. It is a cosmic mash-up of daring escapes, wild special effects, beautiful women in sexy space bikinis and nonstop action on a dozen alien worlds. Roger Corman presents the ultimate European space opera, a colorful and dazzling chase through the galaxy that will blast you through the blackness of a hundred million nights!

Kicked into hyperspace by a maelstrom of ingenious low-budget special effects and the talents of Academy Award winning composer John Barry, the film was a smash hit in 1979 when the wild and humorous sci-fi adventure hit theatres. For over 30 years the film has gained a massive cult following, inspiring devoted legions of Crashers fan clubs and more. Now, for the first time on DVD, the film is presented in a deluxe two-disc special edition.

I think scientists use this to measure the level of pain a person can withstand…
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Sunday Cinema: Metropolis (1929, Restored Version)

Few know that the classic science fiction film Metropolis was based on a book by Thea Von Harbou. Many, in fact (me included) have never seen the film.

Now is your chance. Here is the restored version of Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 film.

But first, the synopsis:

Metropolis takes place in the year 2026, when the populace is divided between workers, who must live in the dark underground, and the rich who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor. The tense balance of these two societies is realized through images that are among the most famous of the 20th century, many of which presage such sci-fi landmarks as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. Lavish and spectacular, with elaborate sets, heart-pounding action and modern science fiction style, Metropolis stands today as the crowning achievement of classic science fiction cinema.

Enjoy the show!
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Sunday Cinema: “Moon” (2009)

Peggy at Biology in Science Fiction found that Duncan Jones’ 2009 SciFi film Moon (starring Sam Rockwell) is available on YouTube via Crackle. That means there are some ads, and you may have to log in to your YouTube account to see this R-Rated film, but if you haven’t seen this film yet — now’s the perfect time. From Wikipedia:

The film is about a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year solitary stint mining helium-3 on the far side of the Earth’s moon.

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Sunday Cinema: Ralph Bakshi’s Animated “Lord Of The Rings” (1978)

I have oddly fond memories of this animated treatment of Tolkien’s classic. Ralph Bakshi’s presentation may be a truncation of the trilogy, but for its day, the animation was fantastic. Watch and see for yourself…

[via Kevin Maher]

Sunday Cinema: ‘Pereval’ – An Animated 1988 Soviet Science Fiction Film by Vladimir Tarasov

An animated short from Russia (adapted from a novel by Kir Bulychev) about space travelers surviving on a strange planet and the journey back to their abandoned ship through a dangerous mountain pass.

[via Candlelight Stories]

Sunday Cinema: Gog (1954)

1954’s Gog, directed by Herbert L. Strock, is notable for having been shot in color, widescreen and 3-D. It stars Richard Egan, Constance Dowling, and Herbert Marshall and incorporates sabotage at a secret government facility, robots, a supercomputer and a nuclear threat.

[via Divers and Sundry]

Sunday Cinema: Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

From Wikipedia:

The film follows on immediately from the events of the first film, and is rooted in a subplot of the original novel, Frankenstein (1818). In the film, a chastened Henry Frankenstein abandons his plans to create life, only to be tempted and finally coerced by the Monster, encouraged by Henry’s old mentor Dr Pretorius, into constructing a mate for him.

[via Cinemated Man]

Sunday Cinema: Gorgo (1961)

This is a King Kong/Godzilla mashup of a plot if I ever heard one:

Gorgo is a 1961 British science fiction variation on Godzilla (with hints of King Kong). Directed by Eugène Lourié, it tells the story of an underwater monster’s capture off the coast of Ireland. The monster is taken to London to be featured as a circus attraction.

SUNDAY CINEMA: The Phantom Planet (1961)

As per Divers and Sundry, “The Phantom Planet is a 1961 science fiction film about tiny people battling aliens in outer space.” Sold!

Sunday Cinema: X The Unknown (1956)

Synopsis: Radioactive mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village during the 1950’s.

Need I say more?

Sunday Cinema: Phantom From Space (1953)

The Wikipedia synopsis:

The story concerns the sighting of a UFO which appears to have crashed in the San Fernando Valley, after which massive interference with teleradio transmission brings FCC investigators into action. They, in turn, begin encountering reports from people of seeing what appears to be a man dressed in a bizarre outfit. Their investigation uncovers that this is a being from outer space who, to escape capture, removes his spacesuit and proves to be invisible. The invisible being running loose sets off a massive manhunt and public panic.

Sunday Cinema: Timerider – The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)

A motorcyclist rides his bike through a time warp right into the Wild West. The bad news: apparently it’s when bad SciFi was invented. Stars Fred Ward, Belinda Bauer, Peter Coyote, and Richard Masur.

Sunday Cinema: Destroy All Planets (1968)

Oh noes! Aliens try to take over the world by seizing control of Gamera’s brain!

Pass the popcorn, please…

[via The Classic Science Fiction Channel]

Sunday Cinema: The Time Machine (1960)

[via The Cinemated Man]

Sunday Cinema: The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

Synopsis: After Professor Joseph Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) gives a lecture on Chinese vampire legend, a student informs him that the legend is true and that he knows the location of the village in the legend. The student asks Professor Van Helsing if he would be willing to travel to the village and destroy the vampire menace. Van Helsing agrees and embarks with his son, the student and his six kung-fu trained siblings on a dangerous journey funded by a wealthy widow (Julie Ege). The seven golden vampires, however, are acting under the guidance of Count Dracula himself, masquerading as a mad taoist monk.

Anything that mixes vampires with King-fu can’t be all bad, can it?

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Sunday Cinema: Primer (2004)

One of my favorite science fiction films.

Sunday Cinema: The Astro-Zombies (1969)

Another great find from Divers and Sundry: The Astro-Zombies!

Wikipedia Synopsis:

The Astro-Zombies, a.k.a. Space Zombies a.k.a. The Space Vampires, is a 1969 science fiction horror film starring John Carradine, Wendell Corey (in his final film appearance), and Tura Satana. It was written, directed, and produced by Ted V. Mikels. The plot follows a disgruntled scientist who, having been fired by the space agency, decides to create superhuman monsters from the body parts of innocent murder victims. The creatures eventually escape and go on a killing spree, attracting the attention of both an international spy ring and the CIA.

That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout…

Sunday Cinema: Attack From Space (1964)

From IMDB:

Benevolent aliens from the planet Emerald send superhero Starman to protect Earth from invasion by an evil alien race called the Spherions. When Starman arrives on Earth, he discovers a conspiracy involving Earth’s top scientists, and he must root out the traitors and also stop the impending alien invasion.

Sunday Cinema: The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

Synopsis: A doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend’s head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body.

Sunday Cinema: It! The Terror From Beyond Space

Here’s the description of the 1958 film, with a screenplay by Jerome Bixby, author of the wonderful “It’s a GOOD Life“:

Panic is rampant in this acclaimed 1958 science-fiction thriller about a band of space explorers who suddenly find themselves being explored and murdered by a maniacal creature.

[via Brain Plucker]