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Earth vs the Flying Saucers (1956) – Classic Cheezy Us vs Them Sci-Fi

Well, this was a fun way to start my day.

1956’s Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is a fun, silly typical Aliens vs Us style movie that was popular in the 1950s – but this one is a little more watchable than many others.

For the most part standard fare: Several satellite launches have crashed to Earth for no apparent reason. Soon reports of UFO sightings start popping up around the world. A group of scientists who were working on the satellite launch problems receive a radio signal that they cannot interpret. Soon a UFO lands and the Military attempt to to attack it with no luck. The weapons used against the ship have no effect against it’s force field, and are themselves hit with a ray that makes them disappear (a little reminiscent of the movie adaptation of War of the Worlds from the 50s).

Eventually communication is set up between the scientists and the aliens who explain that they are coming to Earth to colonize it. Not a good thing for us Humans!

So, the scientists develop a weapon to use against the aliens… just when all seems at a loss…

So, yes it is a dumb 50’s sci-fi film, but I’m not sure why, but it was somewhat more compelling than most. Definitely a fun watch and available freely on line – find that link after the clip below.

Here is the Trailer:

And Here is the whole movie:


Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983) – A Fun, Silly Space Adventure

A silly movie from 1983, Spacehunter: Adventure in the Forbidden Zone plays homage to the pulp Sci-Fi movies and stories of yesteryear. A simple story: a commercial transport ship (like an ocean liner in space) gets hit by debris while travelling near a nova and people have to abandon ship – Salvage operator Wolff (played by Peter Strauss) heads out to rescue a group of three women that escaped in one pod and landed on the bleak, forsaken plague planet Terra XI

Upon landing on the planet Wolff with his Engineer,engineer Chalmers (the attractive Andrea Marcovicci), they find themselves in the middle of a pitched battle between two factions of natives for the control of the stranded Earth women. Before Wolf is able to rescue them, the women are captured and taken to the “Chemist” to be prepared for the pleasure of the Overdog (played by Michael Ironsides), the leader of the most powerful faction on the planet. During the battle Chalmer is “killed” (watch it and you’ll know why there’s quotes around killed), and Wolff meets a teenage “Scav” (short for scavenger” named Niki (played by Molly Ringwald) who agrees to be his guide… well, more accurately forces herself in as guide. Soon they come under attack of a large bulldozer type vehicle, which they find is being codriven by an old acquaintance of Wolff’s from the Military, Washington (played by the venerable Ernie Hudson), who reveals that he too is there to rescue the women and collect the reward (300 Mega credits). Despite refusing Washington’s suggestion that they work together to rescue the woman, eventually circumstances for the trio to work together to stay alive and battle the Overlord and his minions.

This truly is a simple, silly film that is just plain fun. It’s fitting that this was originally released in 3D, during the brief 3D resurgence that happened in the first half of the 1980s, as many of the cheezy 1950’s Sci-Fi films that it pays homage to were originally released in 3D. There’s not a whole lot of scenes where things are thrust into the views… err.. view, so it doesn’t lose anything being watched in 2D. I recommend this movie if you want a break froim movies where you need to use your brain, and If you like silly films (and if you don’t, why are you on this blog anyway?), then I think you might like this light adventure.

Check out the trailer here:



Tonight’s Movie: Thou Shalt Not Kill… Except

Thou Shalt Not Kill, ExceptNot necessarily a bad movie, but definitely not a good movie, tonight’s faire is a flick from the producers of The Evil Dead and starring Sam Raimi (director of the Evil Dead), called Thou Shalt not Kill… Except (a.k.a. “Stryker’s War). It’s a film about Jack Stryker, a Vietnam vet just back from the war who’s girl friend and her Grandfather and pretty much the whole town are victimized by a murderous Messianic Hippy leader (played by Sam Raimi), and his cult. It’s a story about revenge… Stryker’s revenge. Stryker gets his ‘Nam buddies back together to deliver a whole crap load of revenge. They turn there little bit of America in to a warzone. Some cheezy acting and some fun action with just enough gore. Sam Raimi does a good job playing the evil hippy cult leader who believes himself to be Jesus Christ and everybody’s favourite star, Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead anyone? Hello?) has a writing credit. 

Oh… and the cabin from the Evil Dead movies is in it!

Not a classic, but a fun watch. 

Check out the trailer here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeW3gSozGeU

Tomorrow night looks like it might be Cannibal Holocaust.