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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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]

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.

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]

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]

Sunday Cinema: Origin – Spirits of the Past

It is 300 years into the future. Earth’s environment had been devastated by mankind’s own foolish plans and humankind is beleaguered by the sentient forests which they have awoken. The world balance is tipped when a young boy named Agito stumbles across a machine that glowed in a strange blue hue inside a forbidden sanctuary. The machine, which has preserved a beautiful girl named Tula from the past, is activated. Tula has a “mission” that had been entrusted to her by the past

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