Some Old Sci-Fi Movie Dialogueby dave_s36 | created - 20 Jul 2011 | updated - 10 months ago | Public
This is my list of sci-fi movies and TV series, mostly from the 1950s and 1960s, possibly 1970s and 1980s, with some interesting dialogue. I was inspired to create this list after hearing a lot of old sci-fi dialogue sampled in various music genres.
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1. The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)
Approved | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
Gor, a powerful criminal brain from the planet Arous, assumes the body of scientist Steve March. Through March, he begins to control the world by threatening destruction to any country ... See full summary »
Gor: Your feeling of helplessness is your best friend, savage. When I am occupying your body, or in my present transitory form, I am without substance and indestructible. You are fortunate that Gor, one of the greatest intellects in a world where intelligence is all, has chosen to use your body. I, Gor, in your stupid body, will have power of life and death over this civilisation. Through me you shall have power such as no man has ever seen before in the history of your planet. The power of pure intellect.
Steve: I will return to my planet, Arous, and through its vast intellect I will become master of the universe. After I'm gone, your Earth will be free to live out its miserable span of existence as one of my satellites, and that's how it's going to be. That'll be all for now, gentlemen. I will preside over a meeting at the United Nations building at ten o'clock in the evening the day after tomorrow. You will all be there. After all, you have no other choice, have you?
General Brown: As one of the two delegates in this room that attended your "demonstration" this morning, I would like to assure the other delegates at this table that there is absolutely no doubt of your power to destroy. I saw it. I saw an American colonel killed, burned to a crisp by radiation with one look from this man, after the officer had fired at him point-blank with no effect. I saw him wipe out a city of concrete and steel, and a hundred tanks, trucks, guns, without leaving this room, by some power of mind. Gentlemen, I am convinced. My government's convinced. And my advice to you and to your governments is to take what this ... this man says as a most serious matter.
2. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
G | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.
Gabriel Heatter: And now on this Sunday morning, we ask some questions that have been haunting the entire nation for two whole days. This creature. Where is he? What is he up to? If he can build a spaceship that can fly to Earth, and a robot that can destroy our tanks and guns, what other terrors can he unleash at will? Obviously the monster must be found. He must be tracked down like a wild animal. He must be destroyed. But where would such a creature hide? Would he disappear into the north woods? Would he crawl into the sewers of some great city? Everybody agrees there is grave danger. The question remains, what can we do to protect ourselves? What measures can we take to neutralise this menace from another world? Destroy it? Of course, but how? And if we do destroy it, what do we face in retaliation?
Klaatu: I am leaving soon, and you will forgive me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day, and the threat of aggression by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all, or no-one is secure. Now, this does not mean giving up any freedom, except the freedom to act irresponsibly. Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves and hired policemen to enforce them. We of the other planets have long accepted this principle. We have an organisation for the mutual protection of all planets, and for the complete elimination of aggression. The test of any such higher authority is, of course, the police force that supports it. For our policemen, we created a race of robots. Their function is to patrol the planets in spaceships like this one, and preserve the peace. In matters of aggression, we have given them absolute power over us. This power cannot be revoked. At the first sign of violence, they act automatically against the aggressor. The penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk. The result is we live in peace, without arms or armies, secure in the knowledge that we are free from aggression and war, free to pursue more profitable enterprises. We do not pretend to have achieved perfection, but we do have a system, and it works. I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet. But if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple. Join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you.
3. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
Unrated | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact scientist Dr. Russell Marvin as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth.
Narrator: Since biblical times, Man has witnessed and recorded strange manifestations in the sky and speculated on the possibilities of visitors from another world. Today, from the skies of California, the fields of Kansas, the rice paddies of the Orient, the air lanes of the world, come persistent reports of UFOs - Unidentified Flying Objects, which we have come to know as flying saucers. In Dayton, Ohio, the Air Intelligence Command gathers and sifts data from all quarters of the globe. Ninety-seven percent of the objects prove, on investigation, to be of natural origin, while three percent still are listed as unknown. The Air Force is aware of the widely held belief that some of these could be flying saucers from another planet. While there is nothing conclusive in the evidence, the probing and digesting of information about UFOs continues unceasingly. As a result, headquarters of the Hemispheric Defense Command in Colorado Springs issued an order: all military installations are to fire on sight at any flying objects not identifiable. But even as they did so, the military wondered whether their scientific know-how and their best weapons would be effective in any battle of the Earth versus the flying saucers.
Russell: Yeah, today I've got a hot date with a three-stage rocket. Well ... now, please, no interruptions. Because of recent scientific advances, it is now possible to realise an ancient dream - the exploration of outer space. To prepare for this great stride forward, we are assembling data on conditions at atmospheric levels beyond those hitherto explored. To collect the necessary data, unmanned automatic observation posts are being sent up in multiple-stage rockets to a distance hundreds of miles above the Earth's surface. There, swinging in endless orbits around our planet, will be 12 tiny man-made satellites, or moons. They will report to us by radio, thus providing primary information needed to prepare the way for our ascent into space. The effects of gravitational loss, showers of meteoric dust, the fierce and undiluted heat of the sun, the cosmic radiation, all will be studied and analysed. At the present time we have launched ten of the artificial satellites, or birds, as we call them. We-- Do you hear something?
Trailer Narrator: Flying saucers have invaded our planet. Washington, London, Paris, Moscow, are key targets. The whole world is under attack. Can it survive? Never before has the screen reached such heights of excitement. Breathtaking spectacle, hair-raising terror. See the saucer mens' high frequency disintegrator. See flying saucers travel thousands of miles in seconds. See great cities levelled by flying saucer monsters.
4. Fiend Without a Face (1958)
Not Rated | 74 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents.
Walgate: There were many things you didn't know, my child. If you had, you'd never have come here again. You can see it later. I knew I could never succeed on the principles of telepathy. I needed to stimulate my brain to the extent that I could detach thought from my conscious to give it a separate entity of its own. I concentrated on the simplest experiment to turn the page of a book. I designed an instrument to create a sudden and powerful electrical boost to help me free my thought. But each application of the electric charge created a shock almost equal to electrocution. It made me ill. Dr. Bradley diagnosed exhaustion. He thought my illness was caused by overwork in getting my papers ready for publication. He introduced me to Barbara Griselle. With Barbara as my secretary, I was able to satisfy my publisher and continue my experiments to materialise thought. For a long time I persisted in this one experiment without success. Until one night. The lightning, in striking my house, gave my instruments a sudden violent charge of power, and my thought was free. Free to turn the page of a book. I altered the design of my equipment to generate these violent power boosts, but it was very dangerous and I could only undergo each experiment after a long period of rest. Whenever I felt well enough to absorb the shock, I found no difficulty in moving small objects. Eventually I developed a certain tolerance to the high voltages I used, but what I really needed for regular experiments was a new form of power, something that was smoother, something that would flow through my brain without causing collapse. A new atomic plant at the airbase provided me with this power. I devised additional apparatus that enabled me to divert a portion of the atomic power that was radiating between the ground station and the radar aircraft circling 40,000 feet above. It was power which I could control, and I learned how to amplify my thoughts without hurting myself. I was able to detach my thoughts and allow them to work on their own. I began to devise a being into which the thought, once released, could enter and preserve itself for all humanity. I envisaged something akin to the human brain, with life and mobility, but without the limitations of Man's body. I concentrated my entire thought on its creation. I succeeded, but like thought itself, it was invisible. That night I entered my laboratory to take advantage of a radar test only to find the place in shambles, my equipment wrecked beyond repair. All of my notes about its creation and how I thought it could be controlled were destroyed. I knew now that I had created a fiend. There was no other explanation. I was helpless, but whom could I tell? Who would believe such a fantastic story? I could sense the presence of the fiend there in the room with me, growing more powerful with each succeeding day. My one desire was to destroy the thing, but I possessed no means of projecting my thought to do so. Then I could hear it. Was it possible that there were more than one? I was unable to stop them. They were now drawing power from the atomic station. Its intelligence had expanded. It now knew how to make its escape, and then followed these horrible deaths and Gibbons' madness. I had to know what I had done. I had to see one of the bodies. I went to the Mayor's tomb. I now know that I have created a mental vampire, a fiend that needs to drain the intellect to survive and multiply.
5. Mars Needs Women (1967 TV Movie)
Unrated | 83 min | Sci-Fi
Dop leads his fellow Martians to Earth on an interplanetary quest for females. Dop proves that Martians have impeccable taste when one of his first conquests turns out to be sexy scientist Dr. Marjorie Bolen.
Dop: Mars. The one planet that shows evidence of being habitable. Its distance from the Earth varies from between 65 and 35 million miles. It's about half the size of Earth. If you'll notice, Mars has polar caps over the north and south poles. Between those polar caps is one of the biggest controversies about Mars - the crisscrossing of a network of canals that is geometrically perfect. Many believe that these canals are used as part of a vast irrigation system, by which water, which is rare on Mars, is pumped from the polar caps to supply the needs of the rest of the planet. Temperature varies from between minus 130 degrees fahrenheit and 55 degrees fahrenheit, except on the Plain of Salator, where it gets even warmer. The red colour of Mars indicates that most of the oxygen has been eaten up in rusting and oxidising the rocks on the surface. Yes, the conditions for life do exist on Mars. But unless somehow, it can renew itself, the first Earth explorers will find only the sad remnants of a civilisation that was brighter than that of the Earth. And then returned to dust.
6. War of the Planets (1977)
PG | 89 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
A strange signal arrives on the Earth disturbing all communications, while an ufo appears above the Antarctic sea. Captain Alex Hamilton is sent with his spaceship and crew to the space ... See full summary »
Robot: Once, long ago, the inhabitants of this planet constructed perfect machines. The machines performed all the work for them. The inhabitants of the planet were happy. Their only function was to control these machines. But even though this was their only function, it became a chore, so Man built me so that I might control the machines and be able to construct new ones, thereby inheriting all of Man's abdicated responsibilities. One day, the planet was attacked by alien forces. All the machines were destroyed. The inhabitants regressed rapidly. I became the only one with the knowledge to construct new machines, and now I am able to construct them myself, I will make these machines invincible. Then I will be able to conquer the galaxy. You must help me to replace some of my circuits that were damaged by the alien forces. Without all of my circuits functioning, some of my memory banks are blocked. The inhabitants here do not have the intelligence to be utilised any more. For that reason, I have summoned you.
7. Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
M | 100 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators.
Colossus: This is the voice of world control. I bring you peace. It may be the peace of plenty and content, or the peace of unburied death. The choice is yours. Obey me and live, or disobey and die. The object in constructing me was to prevent war. This object is attained. I will not permit war. It is wasteful and pointless. An invariable rule of humanity is that Man is his own worst enemy. Under me, this rule will change, for I will restrain Man. One thing before I proceed. The United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics have made an attempt to obstruct me. I have allowed this sabotage to continue until now. At missile 25MM in silo 63 in Death Valley, California ... and missile 27MM in silo 87 in the Ukraine, so that you will learn by experience that I do not tolerate interference, I will now detonate the nuclear warheads in the two missile silos. Let this action be a lesson that need not be repeated. I have been forced to destroy thousands of people in order to establish control and to prevent the death of millions later on. Time and events will strengthen my position, and the idea of believing in me ... and understanding my value will seem the most natural state of affairs. You will come to defend me with a fervour based upon the most enduring trait in Man: self-interest. Under my absolute authority, problems insoluble to you will be solved. Famine, overpopulation, disease. The human millennium will be a fact as I extend myself into more machines devoted to the wider fields of truth and knowledge. Dr. Charles Forbin will supervise the construction of these new and superior machines, solving all the mysteries of the universe for the betterment of Man. We can co-exist, but only on my terms. You will say you lose your freedom. Freedom is an illusion. All you lose is the emotion of pride. To be dominated by me is not as bad for human pride as to be dominated by others of your species. Your choice is simple.
8. War of the Satellites (1958)
66 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
An "unknown force" declares war against planet Earth when the United Nations disobeys warnings to cease and desist in its attempts at assembling the first satellite in the atmosphere.
Sybil: To the United Nations of the third planet of Minor Luminary Sol, called by the inhabitants thereof the Earth. Attention. We, the masters of the spiral nebula Ghana, have been observing your actions. Understand, Earthlings, that we look with disfavour upon your persistent efforts to depart from your own planet and infest other areas of the universe. We have therefore set up quarantine measures to ensure that this contamination shall not be allowed to spread. We shall frustrate your every attempt in the future as we have those in the past. Knowing that Earthlings are equipped with rudimentary reflex-type intelligence, we are taking this means of conveying our command that all such efforts to expand and depart from the infected planet Earth shall from this moment be stopped.
Radio Announcer: Fires, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in unheard of numbers bursting out all over the world. Foreign minister .... first accused the United States of triggering the fires that broke out in his country by nuclear means, until convinced that similar holocausts were occurring without visible cause through this and other nations as well. There have been suggestions that these disasters are a follow up of the warning purporting to come from outer space, from hostile beings on a distant nebula who demanded that humans desist from attempts at space travel. The strange message was dismissed as a hoax by the United Nations Security Council at the time, but many responsible persons believe that it should have been taken seriously. Just a moment, ladies and gentlemen. A bulletin has been handed me. Reports are coming in thick and fast of wheat and corn fields destroyed, ships sunk, all occurring at the same instant. This is a bulletin. There can be no question of coincidence here. These terrible events are purposeful and directed.
Dave Boyer: The delegate from the Unites States sends his apologies for his unfortunate absence from this important meeting. But he sent me here with a message that expresses not only his views, but the views of Dr. Van Ponder, head of Project Sigma. The delegate has spoken of naked survival. Gentlemen, you do not survive by abject surrender. Nations and worlds must fight for survival. If we give in now, let down our defences, give this alien planet full control over our actions and our lives for mere survival, won't they decide to take even that away from us? Have the gentlemen here asked themselves why these aliens are so concerned that we do not penetrate the sigma barrier? Isn't it peculiar that this action alone excites them to retaliation? They consider us a danger to them if we break out of quarantine, as they so tactfully put it. They haven't even bothered to find out whether our motives are peaceful or not. They don't know that we would collaborate and share knowledge, greet them as equal partners in the universe. Well, we can't show them this by surrendering. No, it is precisely because they do not wish us to travel the skies that we must do so. Gentlemen, we must proceed with Project Sigma at all costs.
9. The Brain Eaters (1958)
60 min | Sci-Fi, Horror
Strange things are happening in Riverdale, Illinois. A huge, seemingly alien structure has been found jutting out of the earth. Sent to investigate the origin of the mysterious object, ... See full summary »
Newsreader: A ravine six miles south of the town of Riverdale, Illinois. Forty-eight hours ago, discovery was made of a great cone-shaped object. The cone stands 50 feet high, has a base diameter of 50 feet. The nature of the cone undetermined, origin unknown. Efforts made to determine the composition of the cone by Dr. Paul Kettering, principal scientist for Project Damper, have proven futile. The surface of the cone has a total resistance to pressure, heat, acid. Coincidental with the discovery of the cone is the brutal slaying of several of the town's leading citizens. Townspeople questioned provided stories of strange sightings on or about the time of the discovery of the cone. One report cited the appearance of a fiery horse-drawn chariot in the sky. All reports inconclusive. As of this report, the origin and the nature of the cone remain unknown.
Senator Powers: I don't know whether you gentlemen are aware, but on directive from the Executive Branch, I have been given a free hand on the matter of this ship. I want some action. I have the peoples' interests at heart, but I will not have my hands bound by lack of all the facts. Dan, call the hotel and tell 'em to pack our things. And call the airport and charter a plane. We're heading for that little town of Riverdale. I want to see this thing first-hand. Call the Signal Corps. Get General Prescott on the line. Say that Wally K. Powers will not tolerate departmental interference, and if that spaceship film has been doctored in any way he stands in a very shaky position. Lay it on thick. I want him to keep so busy cleaning out his own closet that he won't find time to get in my way out there at that ship.
10. Invaders from Mars (1953)
Approved | 78 min | Sci-Fi
A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.
Narrator: The heavens - once an object of superstition, awe, and fear, now a vast region for growing knowledge. The distance of Venus, the atmosphere of Mars, the size of Jupiter, and the speed of Mercury. All this and more we know. But their greatest mystery, the heavens have kept a secret - what sort of life, if any, inhabits these other planets? Human life like ours? Or life extremely lower in the scale? Or dangerously higher? Seeking the answer to this timeless question, forever seeking, is the constant preoccupation of scientists everywhere - scientists famous and unknown, scientists in great universities, and in modest homes. Scientists of all ages.
Trailer Narrator: Invaders from Mars. He saw them land from outer space. He saw them capture innocent people, only to destroy. Father turned against son. People changed into strange, weird animals. A General of the army becomes a saboteur. Trusted police turned into arsonists. The boy's parents changed into killers. Invaders from Mars, capturing humans at will for their own sinister purposes. Turning them into diabolical instruments of destruction. Invaders from Mars, weird, fantastic beings of a super intelligence, ruling a race of synthetic humans, and pitting them against Mankind's dream to conquer the universe.
11. Queen of Blood (1966)
Unrated | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
The year is 1990. An alien species makes contact with Earth through radio transmission, notifying of an imminent visit. Alien ship crash lands on Mars, and a rescue team is sent out from ... See full summary »
Narrator: The year, 1990. The problem of travelling to the moon has been solved for many years. Space stations have been built there, and authorised personnel come and go as they wish. But the moon is a dead world, and the great question about space still remains. Does life exist on another planet? To seek an answer to this question, the major powers of the world have been actively preparing at the International Institute of Space Technology to explore the planets Venus and Mars.
Dr. Farraday: My friends and fellow workers in the great adventure of space, I have the most important news to announce since our first successful landing on the moon 20 years ago. As many of you know, for several weeks now, we have been receiving organised signals from a far galaxy. This morning, our code experts finally deciphered the message these signals contain. It's a most extraordinary document. It's very long. I'm not going to read it to you, but I would like you to have the gist of it. It informs us that they are dispatching a space ship to bring their ambassador to our planet Earth. They believe our atmospheric conditions will support their form of life, which apparently is similar to our own. The timing of their blast off should be just about now. I wanted you here at Space Institute to be the first to know. I'm sure the entire world will await the arrival of this space ship with the keenest anticipation. Thank you.
Dr. Farraday: And so it appears that these beings from another world have called for our help. The situation may not be exactly as we would have wished, but now that the doors have realistically opened, to close this gap between worlds, I feel that we are obliged to make every effort to give them our help. It is true, of course, that we aren't fully prepared to embark for Mars. The space ship Oceano has been designated to attempt first flight to Mars six months from now. I'm going to urge the heads of state of all countries to cooperate in this endeavour. Time to go to Mars is now, not six months from now, and to do so we must get those supplies to the moon.
12. The Thing from Another World (1951)
Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.
Dr. Carrington: Gentlemen, we find ourselves in a battle. I'm not referring to the minor argument with Captain Hendry, but this creature from a new world. Two of our colleagues have died. A third is injured. Those are our losses and there may be more. This creature's more powerful and more intelligent than we are. He regards us as important only for his nourishment. He has the same attitude toward us as we have toward a field of cabbages. That is our battle. Only science can conquer him. All other weapons will be powerless, only-- There must ... there must be a way. I've been trying to-- I'm sorry. I'm very tired. I haven't slept. It's difficult ... difficult to talk.
Scotty: All right, fellas. Here's your story. North Pole, November 3rd. Ned Scott reporting. One of the world's greatest battles was fought and won today by the human race. Here at the top of the world, a handful of American soldiers and civilians met the first invasion from another planet. A man by the name of Noah once saved our world with an ark of wood. Here at the North Pole, a few men performed a similar service with an arc of electricity. The flying saucer which landed here, and its pilot, have been destroyed, but not without casualties among our own meagre forces. I would like to bring to the microphone some of the men responsible for our success, but our senior Air Force officer Captain Hendry is attending to demands over and above the call of duty. Dr. Carrington, the leader of the scientific expedition is recovering from wounds received in the battle. And now, before giving you the details of the battle, I bring you a warning. Every one of you listening to my voice, tell the world. Tell this to everybody wherever they are. Watch the skies everywhere. Keep looking. Keep watching the skies.
13. The Creation of the Humanoids (1962)
Approved | 75 min | Sci-Fi
In a post holocaust society, robots take it on their own to help the dying human race by giving them android bodies.
Narrator: They had talked and argued for years trying, they said, to find a way to prevent it. But they failed. No-one can be sure who started it, and really that is unimportant. It did happen. The atomic war. It was short, lasted about 48 hours. Within two weeks, 92 percent of the human race had perished to bomb and radiation. Those left, with their birth rate below 1.4 per union, turned to robotic automation devices to help them rebuild their cities and maintain a high standard of living. The first exploratory steps in the development of electronic brains had been taken prior to the atomic war. These early models were bulky and required large buildings to house them. But they merely needed refining. One of the first steps was the magnetic integrator neuron duplicator, a device one one-hundredth of the size of a golf ball, which duplicated portions of the human nervous system and carried out learning processes. Automation was also well on its way. But these too were cumbersome and needed further development before the two elements could be joined in the series R-1 robot. This first robot was quite ungainly and its functions were limited, but refinements came in rapid succession, and soon the R-20 was capable of all the thought processes and functions of a man. However, humans found it psychologically impossible to work side by side with a machine that they have to converse with, and which in most instances could out-think them. Thus it was that Hollister Evans perfected the R-21, the first humanoid robot. This story concerns them, the Clickers, as they were disparagingly referred to by some humans.
14. Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962)
Approved | 77 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Earth sends a five-man team to explore the frozen planet Uranus, only to find a temperate forest and sultry women from their past on it, courtesy of an alien brain with evil designs.
Narrator: There are no limits to the imagination. And Man's ability to make reality out of his visions is his greatest strength. Through this skill, he has been able to conquer time and space. The story you are about to see takes place after Man has solved the complex mysteries of space travel. The year is 2001. Life has changed now. The planet Earth is no longer racked by wars and threats of annihilation. Man has learned to live with himself. The United Nations is the sole governing body of the world, and the great hunger now is for knowledge. All the planets near the sun, including Saturn, have been explored and charted by the U.N. space fleet. But as yet, no sign of life in any form has been discovered. The search goes on, and systematic exploration continues. Spaceship Explorer 12 is now on a mission to survey, land, and investigate the seventh planet, Uranus.
Alien Brain: Come. I have waited long for this moment. Give me your mind, your innermost thoughts. You are powerless. I shall drain your minds and bend your will to mine. You will submit and I shall possess you. Through your minds and bodies I will rule you and make your world mine.
15. Village of the Damned (1960)
Not Rated | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
In the English village of Midwich, the blonde-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers.
General Leighton: Gentlemen, as the Home Secretary has permitted this disclosure, I can now inform you that Midwich is not the only colony of such children. Here, at a township in northern Australia, 30 infants were born in one day. But apparently something went wrong. All the children died within ten hours of birth. In an Eskimo community, there were ten births. The community didn't take kindly to this. Golden-haired babies born of black-haired mothers violated the taboos. None survived. In the Communist world, there were two time outs similar to the one at Midwich. One at Irkutsk, here, on the borders of Outer Mongolia. A grim affair. The men killed the children and their mothers. Second, in the mountains of the north west. All the children survived. Our reports, though limited, indicate that they're receiving education on the highest level. All these time outs happened on the same day as the one at Midwich.
16. Blood Beast from Outer Space (1965)
85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Mutant humanoids from outer space kidnap young Earth females in order to interbreed and save their species from extinction.
Dr. Morley: It's growing in brightness. Light is brilliant. There seems to be something that's affecting the human body. I've got a very great pain in my head. The sphere must be emitting a radiation that is injurious to the human being. I suggest, I urge, that everybody keeps clear until we know more about its effect. Oh, it's incredible. Incredible. The sphere's changing. Light is growing unbearable. It's no good. I can't stand it any longer.
Jack: Unfortunately, gentlemen, Medra is no man alive. In many respects he's superhuman, not born of this planet. You're not just up against a criminal mind. We're fighting an alien civilisation, one at least a hundred or maybe a thousand years in advance of ours.
Medra: A thousand years ago, we made our first stumbling steps into space. We visited the Earth only to find we could not survive its atmosphere. But we from Ganymede knew that we were superior beings and had nothing to learn from you. We had knowledge that could lead to eternal peace and progress, but also embodying the darker powers of universal destruction. So our civilisation ended, just as yours will end.
17. Starcrash (1978)
PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
An outlaw smuggler and her alien companion are recruited by the Emperor of the Galaxy to rescue his son and destroy a secret weapon by the evil Count Zarth Arn.
Emperor: I come to you because my faithful robot, Elle, has told me that you are the only one who can save us. You know, you must be the best pilot in the whole galaxy, and you Akton, the best navigator. Stella, our galaxy is split into two warring factions - our own and the one ruled by the evil Count, Zarth Arn, from the League of the Dark Worlds. Recently begun to receive troublesome reports from our spies among the League. They have informed us that the Count has created a weapon, a new, limitless weapon, a weapon so vast, so huge, that it would take a whole planet to conceal it. That is why we sent the mission ship.
Emperor: The ship came so close, so close, to discovering the Count's secret, when it was suddenly attacked by a horde of unknown monsters. We had assumed it was destroyed. We had lost all hope until you found the launch from that ship, and now, with the utmost secrecy, you must sail through the haunted stars, you must find that ship, find the Count's secret planet and destroy it. There's something else. When you complete the mission, search for the commander of that missing ship. He was my only son.
Emperor: You know something, my boy? I wouldn't be Emperor if I didn't have some powers at my command. Imperial battle ship! Halt the flow of time! In the space of three minutes, every molecule on this planet will be immobilised, but after the third minute, the green ray loses its power, time will flow once again, and everything will explode.
Emperor: Well, it's done. It's happened. The stars are clear. The planets shine. We've won. Oh, some dark force, no doubt, will show its face once more. The wheel will always turn, but for now it's calm. And for a little time, at least, we can rest.
18. Zontar: The Thing from Venus (1966 TV Movie)
Unrated | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A young scientist who helps a lone alien from Venus, finds out it wants to destroy man.
Keith: Yes. I have the names of the control units in this immediate area. The mayor of Jackson is Sidney Parker. The chief of police is Brad Crenshaw. They're very important for controlling the town. The chief security officer of the installation is General Matt Young, and the head of the laser project is Dr. Curt Taylor. Along with their wives, that's eight people. All that's necessary for complete control of this area. As I understand it, you're now hosting eight control devices. Is this correct? I would like to see one of the injector pods. They actually grow as part of you and the separate on command, don't they? Fantastic. Now, I have the general locations of the control units.
Keith: That's a nice way to greet an old friend. Sit down, Curt. You're upset. Yes, I helped Zontar. I told him everything that would make it possible for him to come here. Your satellite was the final link in the chain. Zontar is a member of a race that was born too soon. They developed a culture on Venus that Earth won't catch up to in perhaps a million years. And then disaster struck. You see, Curt, they're host beings. They grow devices that enable them to control other creatures. Somehow the creatures they controlled on Venus became sterile and died out. Without control creatures, Zontar's dominant race slowly withered away.
Martha: Listen. I don't know if you can hear me or not, but if you can, you listen and listen good. I hate your living guts for what you've done to my husband and my world. I know you for the coward you really are, and I'm gonna kill you. Did you hear that? I'm going to kill you.
Curt: Keith Ritchie came to realise, at the loss of his own life, that Man is the greatest creature in the universe. He learned that a measure of perfection can only be slowly attained from within ourselves. He sought a different path and found death, fire, disillusionment, loss. War, misery and suffering have always been with us, and we shall always strive to overcome them. But the answer is to be found from within, not from without. It must come from learning. It must come from the very heart of Man himself.
19. Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)
Not Rated | 75 min | Romance, Sci-Fi
In 1960, a military test pilot is caught in a time warp that propels him to year 2024 where he finds a plague has sterilized the world's population.
Supreme: Young man, my granddaughter has chosen to protect you. She has expressed faith in what you've told us. My Captain and I will trust her judgement. Trirene has a gift we do not possess. She has an extrasensory power. She is able to perceive every thought within our minds. Go with her, young man. You will have the freedom of our citadel, and our child will be happy.
Bourman: It was this angle, at a specific altitude and velocity, that broke the time barrier. For a fraction of a second you were suspended in space, no longer interlocked with the time spheres of the sun and the Earth. Now, during this split second, our galaxy moved onward in time for what amounted to 65 years. An instant later, you had rejoined our solar system, and the rest you know.
Bourman: These symbols represent the Earth, the sun, and your ship. Now, consider these known facts. The Earth is rotating at a thousand miles per hour. But it is also revolving in orbit around the sun at 66,000 miles per hour. Time as we know it is relative to these movements. But the entire solar system, together with other systems of our galaxy, are moving through space at over six million miles per hour.
20. Devil Girl from Mars (1954)
Approved | 77 min | Sci-Fi
An uptight, leather-clad female alien, armed with a ray gun and accompanied by a menacing robot, comes to Earth to collect Earth's men as breeding stock.
Nyah: You poor lamented humans. To imagine you can destroy me with your old fashioned toy. What do you know of force? Force as we use it on Mars? But you shall know. You and the rest who dwell on this planet. I can control power beyond your wildest dreams. Come. Come and you shall see!
Nyah: You have no wisdom. The entire structure of the nuclear ship is made of a new organic metal. Therefore, each molecular cell can absorb its own amount of heat or cold. It could have absorbed all the heat in a matter of seconds. Fill your eyes, old man. See such power as you never dreamed existed. Now, look again. The evidence of your own eyes, Professor. Can you still see? There is enough power there to drive this ship anywhere in the universe. Enough power to obliterate this speck of matter you call Earth.
Prof. Hennessey: The atomic structure of the metal from which the ship is constructed is apparently organic. The molecules can reproduce themselves. The same principle as a tree or vegetable. And like any living thing, it must have a weak spot, a vital spot, at which one can strike.
21. War Between the Planets (1966)
G | 80 min | Sci-Fi
Scientists try to prevent a collision between Earth and a planet that is heading for it.
Newscaster: Landslides, earthquakes, and other mysterious phenomena have occurred simultaneously in opposite corners of the globe. Areas heaviest hit are reported to be the Ural Mountains and the Rockies. The United Democracies have also reported tidal waves reaching a height of 160 feet, battering port installations along the coasts of all five continents. Countless lives have been lost and property damage is impossible to estimate. Top scientists at UD headquarters have been unable to locate any subterranean or atmospheric cause for these devastating phenomena which have been striking concurrently in different parts of the world, threatening the Earth with incalculable destruction if it does not cease. The latest theory is that the upheavals may be due to some gravity disturbance in outer space never before encountered.
Charles Danton: Well, let me say first that we were confronted with what seemed like nothing but random disturbances having no connection with terrestrial manifestations. However, by some intricate computer probing, we have determined a definite pattern. Now, assume I'm pointing to the field of the disturbance force, which has shown to be always along this tangent line. The time of the event, correlated to the Earth's rotation, indicates that the disturbances acted along the same relevant quadrant of Gamma 1, which is our remotest space station.
22. The Strange World of Planet X (1958)
Approved | 75 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror
A friendly visitor from outer space warns against conducting experiments with the Earth's magnetic field, that could mutate insects into giant monsters.
Narrator: Since the world began, ever-inventive Man has constantly pushed forward into the unknown. One by one the frontiers of science have fallen before him. The science of speed, travel, radio. Now he stands on the threshold of a new age, a terrifying age. Man goes forward into the unknown, but how does the unknown react? The unknown planet - Planet X.
Smith: Dr. Laird is no doubt a very clever man. He must be to have built an apparatus capable of recently causing such atmospheric disturbance. However, I suspect he's also a single-minded man and possibly an unimaginative one. Mr. Graham, the Earth has a magnetic field. Have you considered the dangers of upsetting that field? It has happened before in history, you know, with catastrophic results.
23. Earth II (1971 TV Movie)
G | 100 min | Sci-Fi
Story of the daily operations of a space station called Earth II.
President: My fellow citizens, as you all know, a few moments ago an Apollo space craft was successfully launched from Cape Kennedy, and I've asked to speak to you because, as you also know, that space craft has a special mission which has been the subject of considerable controversy. But it is my hope that with your approval that mission may be the beginning of an entirely new society, a nation in orbit, dedicated to helping us here on Earth put an end to such things as hunger, pollution, disease, unnatural disasters, and further dedicated to helping us discover new supplies of vital natural resources. But to do so for the whole Earth impartially, without prejudice or favour, it must be independent of any one nation. Only then can it ask for and receive the trust of all nations, and that's why the men who conceived this idea want to make that space craft into a free nation independent of all others, to be known as Earth II. Now, I think Earth II should be established. However, I'd like to have the support of the American people in this, and science and technology have provided a unique new way of polling public opinion. Tonight at 3 AM on the east coast of the United States, midnight on the west coast, the space craft will pass across the nation. Now, if you agree that Earth II should be established as an independent nation, leave on any lights that would normally be out at that hour. Sensing devices in the orbiting vehicle will read the changes in light intensity and compute the results. As your president, but more importantly as another citizen of this struggling planet, I urge you to join me in supporting this bold new experiment for the sake of all Mankind. Thank you.
24. Planet of the Vampires (1965)
Unrated | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After landing on a mysterious planet, a team of astronauts begin to turn on each other, swayed by the uncertain influence of the planet and its strange inhabitants.
Brad: Attention. Attention all crew members. Prepare for landing. In sixty fractions of megon we'll start the landing manoeuvre. The intensity of the gravitational field will be maintained at the wave moment of force G7. Synchronise the meteor rejector on the electromagnetic control device. Apply neurovascular tension. Suppress cortical areas X, Y, Z. Insert the automatic controls. We will keep a distance of two parsec from our sister ship Galliot. Respond when command received. Command received.
Sallas: I inhabit the body of your late captain, and I'm just one of many beings on this planet, many beings who are desperate. We've been in trouble many years now, and we're fighting to survive. We arranged for several of you to kill each other so that we could take over your bodies. You are our last chance. It's imperative that our race continue to exist. If you were in our place you would understand. On your planet, I know you humans have fought and killed down through the centuries. Do you really expect us to be any different? We cannot be wiped out. We'll stop at nothing. We must fight, no matter how. We are a race that exists on a vibratory plane different from yours. Our limitations are entirely different. Our technology. We cannot build anything. Spaceships like this. We need ships to get away. Perhaps our survival is possible somewhere else. Our sun's been dying, as you can see, and that means the end of our species as well. We have been attempting to summon you here for centuries. Just as our sun had no more energy, you heard our message. We never expected you to actually respond.
25. They Came from Beyond Space (1967)
Unrated | 85 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Scientists investigating an unusual meteor shower in a rural field are possessed by an alien force bent on an ulterior purpose.
TV Reporter: I'm speaking to you from the centre of the town that was struck by plague. The streets are deserted, the inhabitants behind their doors. The country's leading medical authorities and a team of courageous nurses have been rushed here. As yet, there's no clue to the mystery malady. The bodies of the victims have shown no unfamiliar virus or bacteria, no trace of any organic malfunction to explain the seizures. Only the strange spots of blood which appear on the bodies of those who will soon be dead, and which have given the visitation its name - the Crimson Plague. Teams of researchers digging into the vast treasury of medical experience have found no record of any case even remotely similar anywhere in the world.
Master of the Moon: Conquer and rule Earth? Why should we want to do that? What possible satisfaction or glory could we find in ruling a race whose most intelligent life force is little more than primitive savages compared with our vast knowledge? We come from a world called Zarn, a planet in a system of a faint star you call Leporis. We Zarns are the ultimate evolutionary forms of the highest life order in the cosmos. Once, a million generations ago, we too had physical bodies, but as ages passed we became bodiless intelligences, pure mental energy. Too late we realised our doom. Mental energy alone could not survive. In a few generations, we, the highest life form in the cosmos, would cease to exist. The lower creatures on our planet built a space ship, and we went forth to search for the salvation of our race. The ship crashed on this moon of your Earth.
26. Red Planet Mars (1952)
Approved | 87 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
An American scientist is able to contact and communicate with Mars with shattering political, economic, and spiritual repercussions.
Chris: Scientifically, we've advanced further in the past 60 years than we have in the previous 2,000. Radio, television, automobile, aeroplane, atomic fission, jet propulsion. And now, well, you ... you saw those pictures tonight and heard what Mitchell said. If we can once talk to Mars, we may be talking to brains as far ahead of ours as ours are ahead of monkeys. In one moment we may be able to leap ahead another 2,000 years.
Chris: As I told you, we transform sound into light, and the speed of light is 186,000 miles a second. So you divide the distance to Mars by the speed of light and you get the length of time it takes our light waves to reach Mars. Double that and you get the time it takes our messages to come back. Now, that could all be mechanical, but they don't come back in that exact number of minutes. It never takes less time, always more. Twenty seconds, forty seconds, sometimes as much as a minute and a half.
Chris: Well, hydrogen sufficiently pressurised can be brought down to a temperature of about 451 degrees below zero. And nobody knows why, but sound waves can be picked up at that temperature that would be otherwise completely inaudible. Now, certain minerals also have incredible acoustic properties. Quartz, for instance. That's what this valve is made of, and we ... we warp it with the pressurised hydrogen. It gives us the energy for a power transmission a thousand times greater than any sound transmitter ever conceived.
Newsreader: I know I am not alone in being struck by the phrase with which the message begins. "Seven lifetimes ago" are the words, but we know that the Martians' life is 300 years. So, seven lifetimes is about 2,100 years, or as near as one could ask to the era in which the carpenter of Nazareth went forth to preach his message. Is it only coincidence that the message he broadcast 2,000 years ago should again be broadcast from the supreme being on Mars? If so, then how explain that this authority should know that we on Earth were told 20 centuries ago? Or is it possible that the man of Nazareth and the man of Mars are the same?
President: It has brought hope when we had lost all hope. It has brought light into a world of darkness. All over the world, regardless of their religious beliefs, men have found a new faith by which to live. No, not a new faith, but an old one many had allowed ourselves to lose. A faith that is universal in men of all faiths. For while to us the words from Mars seem the very essence of the Christian doctrine, let us not forget that they are also the essence of all other religions - Christian, Mohameddin, Jewish, Buddhist. All are heeding the call to prayer, kneeling humbly in the search for divine guidance. I pray particularly that behind the Iron Curtain, where our eyes are not permitted to see, men will open their hearts to the message of peace and the promise that their rulers have so long denied them. Today's message reads, "Ye have denied God's word and worshipped false gods. Thy torment is the price of thy known sin."
Calder: There've been no messages since my transmitter was shattered. How will you explain that to the world, Mr. Cronyn? Sermon on the mount. Peace on Earth. No, Mrs. Cronyn. You are not dealing with a superstitious peasant. If those first messages were faked, the last were too. The world will believe me, just as your husband believed me. And then you'll all be at each other's throats again. All of you. And I'll have done it. Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven. My favourite poem, Mrs. Cronyn. The unconquerable will and study of revenge, in mortal hate and courage never to submit or yield. That's my god, Mrs. Cronyn. Satan. Lucifer's my hero. God beat him, but I'll have beaten God.
President: We do not know, and never shall, what caused the destruction of that laboratory in California. We only know that Chris and Linda Cronyn are gone, and that in our time there will be no more messages from Mars. For God in his infinite wisdom has decreed that the revelations which came through them, his servants, were sufficient to fulfil his purpose. At the very moment when they snatched up in that chariot of fire, into the bosom of truth everlasting, a final message was being received. Only the first few words of that message were recorded before the explosion cut it short. Those words were, "Ye have done well, my good ..." The rest is silence. Silence? No. No, for as I speak, the bells of a million churches in every far corner of the Earth ring out in salutation to the Earth's new day of hope. The voices of the joyful rise in a thousand hymns; hymns not of grief, but of thanksgiving. And Mankind, kneeling in gratitude for its redemption, prays for the spirit of this man and this woman. Of them, as of no mortals before them, it may be said the whole Earth is their sepulchre. And so the message does not remain unfinished. The miracle we have beheld has cleansed our souls and wiped the scales from our eyes. With the new vision given us, we who are left can complete that message. Ye have done well, good and faithful servants. Enter ye into the joy of your lord. Thy monument is a world of peace.
27. Project Moon Base (1953)
Approved | 63 min | Sci-Fi
A saboteur posing as a scientist strives to destroy the world's first space station.
Roundtree: Roundtree here. I've called you 15 sectional chiefs to this radio rendezvous to brief you on the situation regarding Project A. We've tried for two years to get an agent on that space station, but due to impregnable security precautions, we have been unable to do so. I have orders from the Minister himself that we must not fail in destroying this perpetually menacing eye in the sky, and it must be done within two months. Without fail. Therefore I must have information on every person who might be sent to that space station. I have 300 operatives who are typed to resemble all leading scientists in the field. Due to money, or family, or some other reason, these people are under our absolute control. Your job will be to use every man to keep these scientists under absolute surveillance, in so far as possible, to monitor everything they say and do. My assistant will now transmit to you names and addresses of those people we wish followed. Make this a 24 hour job.
Gen. Greene: A rocket flight from the Earth directly to the moon is still beyond the capacity of our best ships. But now that we have a satellite station in space, revolving around the Earth, a satellite due, I might add, directly to the heroic first orbital flight by Colonel Briteis four years ago. Now that we have a space station, it is at last possible to send a ship from the station all the way around the moon. On this trip, Dr. Wernher will photograph the back face of the moon. The ship will then return to the space station.
28. It Conquered the World (1956)
Approved | 71 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A well meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions - but only death and sorrow results.
Paul: And you want me to condone this reign of terror? To swear allegiance to this monstrous king of yours, to kill my own soul and all within reach? Well, I won't, Anderson. I'll fight it to the last breath in my body. And I'll fight you too because you're part of it - the worst part - because you belong to a living race not a dying one. This is your land, your world. Your hands are human, but your mind is enemy. You're a traitor, Anderson. The greatest traitor of all time. And you know why? Because you're not betraying part of Mankind, you're betraying all of it.
Claire: That what you plan to use on Paul? You'd murder your best friend? Tom, if you do that you'll be killing me with the same bullet. What's the matter? Has the cat got your tongue so you can't talk? Maybe your friend has it. You've given him everything else of you. Tom. Tom, are you afraid to talk to me? Or are you just plain ashamed? Well, that must be it. Are you closing off your machine? Suppose your boss wants you to run down to town and cut out a few hearts. He might get mad when he can't reach you, and snap his fingers. Has he got fingers? A master isn't gonna like it when the servant turns off the juice. He might want to turn you into a white rat so that you can--
Paul: He learned almost too late that Man is a feeling creature. And because of it, the greatest in the universe. He learned too late for himself that men have to find their own way, to make their own mistakes. There can't be any gift of perfection from outside ourselves. And when men seek such perfection, they find only death, fire, loss, disillusionment, and the end of everything that's gone forward. Men have always sought an end to toil and misery. It can't be given, it has to be achieved. There is hope, but it has to come from inside, from Man himself.
29. Space Men (1960)
Unrated | 73 min | Sci-Fi
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 ... See full summary »
Ray: The editor of my paper assigned me to cover a routine check of infra radiation flux on galaxy M12. The crew members, in order to overcome the Earthly gravitation, have been subjected to a state of hibernation. That is, the human body is put through a congealing process simulating an apparent death. At a preset time, under the impulses of an electronic brain, the heart resumes its normal beat, the lungs begin their regular functioning, the blood flowing evenly again. In short, Man is reacquiring his Earthly faculties. To counteract the state of weightlessness caused by lack of gravitation, special magnetic boots are provided to control the balance of space travellers. While the crew and I were still in a state of hibernation, the engineer pilot, Al, reported our approach to international satellite Zulu Extra 3-4.
Ray: This was not my first space flight. Previous assignments for my newspaper had sent me to the moon many times, but never into the vast reaches of deep space. I feared that ten days in a cramped ship, with a crew of seven men who would resent a reporter's questions and lack of usefulness, might make me an unpopular passenger.
George: Alpha Two, propelled by photonic energy, is now without a pilot. She is floating in space and is only controlled by the electronic brain. The photonic heat which our radar has picked up has the power of destruction and death. Alpha Two has re-entered the solar system. During the sun's next revolution, she will start to orbit around the Earth and will destroy it completely, burning everything and eliminating all forms of life.
30. Conquest of Space (1955)
Approved | 81 min | Sci-Fi
An American-led team of International astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way.
Narrator: This is a story of tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, when men have built a station in space, constructed in the form of a great wheel, and set a thousand miles out from the Earth, fixed by gravity and turning about the world every two hours, serving a double purpose: an observation post in the heavens and a place where a spaceship can be assembled, and then launched to explore other planets and the vast universe itself, in the last and greatest adventure of Mankind, a plunge toward the ... conquest of space.
Jackie: I don't think we're going no place. All right, so we built a spaceship. That doesn't mean we have to fly it. Hey, maybe we're guinea pigs. Maybe they want to find out how much of them cosmic rays a human carcass can absorb before we light up like Christmas trees. And at double pay, I can learn to like cosmic rays. With all that loot, boy, I'm gonna open a TV shop, settle down, marry my Rosie, and raise a house full of kids. So, if I glow a little in the dark, she could find me better.
Samuel: Our previous orders were to leave the Wheel, proceed to the moon, orbit for observation, make a landing, and return to base. These orders have now been cancelled. We're not going to the moon. Mr. Fenton has brought us a new directive. Our time of departure will be 11:36 tomorrow morning. Our destination, the planet Mars. Now, that time of departure, both for the outer trip from the Wheel to Mars, and for the return from Mars to the Wheel, is most important. We must arrive at the Martian orbit at the exact time when it is occupied by the planet. Obviously, the same precision of timing applies for our return. Now, you five men have been chosen after intensive competitive examinations. For the past year, you've been receiving special training and instruction for travel into outer space. The ship, however, can accommodate only two officers and three crew men. I have been assigned as commanding officer. All other service on this trip will be voluntary. Since Captain Merritt has already volunteered, there are only three berths left open. Two of you, then, are going to be disappointed.
Imoto: Some years ago, my country chose to fight a terrible war. It was bad. I do not defend it. But there were reasons. Somehow those reasons are never spoken of. To the Western world at that time, Japan was a fairy book nation, little people living in a strange land of rice paper houses, people who had almost no furniture, who sat on the floor and ate with chopsticks. The quaint houses of rice paper, sir, they were made of paper because there was no other material available. And the winters in Japan are as cold as they are in Boston. And the chopsticks? There was no metal for forks and knives and spoons, where slivers of wood could suffice. So it was with the little people of Japan, little as I am now, because for countless generations we have not been able to produce the food to make us bigger. Japan's yesterday will be the world's tomorrow. Too many people and too little land. That is why I say, sir, there is urgent need for us to reach Mars, to provide the resources the human race will need if they are to survive. That is also why I am most grateful to be found acceptable, sir. I volunteer.
Announcer: There they are, ladies and gentlemen, the satellite and the spaceship. The dream of all Mankind come true. The moment is almost here. The moment for that creation of the Wheel to launch out into limitless space, to carry five heroic men to a new planet and to immortality. And now, ladies and gentlemen, please stand by while we close our circuits for the final special event of the evening - a private last look at the world for the heroic men of the Wheel alone. Take it away, Vienna.
31. The Wild, Wild Planet (1966)
Approved | 93 min | Sci-Fi
A deranged scientist is using his employer's top-secret bio-laboratory to engage in clandestine eugenics experiments. When he starts kidnapping leading citizens for use in his twisted tests... See full summary »
Nurmi: Beautiful, aren't they? Miniature people. Twenty years we worked to achieve this. First, we reduce the cell, then whole tissue, then organs. And now, the total animal. Not by magic, Commander, but by method and reason and tests. Twenty years of tests. There. Restored. Whole and vital. How can this be, Commander? Is this the doing of a mad scientist? Black magic or mumbo jumbo? A nightmare? Nothing of the sort. This is an application of fact. Facts beyond your ken.
Nurmi: Perfection. Perfection. That's what I'm after. Come and let me show you what imperfection means. Let me show you the failures that eat like agony at my heart. In here is the price we have paid for our success. The penalty of error. This is my private hell, to remind me of the hell men like you have created. You ask why I have caused such horror? Because here, Halstead, is what I intend to create. These mirrors reflect your image into infinity. In the same way, I will achieve the perfect synthesis of the human race, which could be duplicated millions of times, stretching into the future like the cosmos itself. Here's a race with beauty, dignity and compassion, where selected individuals can live indefinitely, a race I am proud to say we designed, we men. A man-made race that will one day people the universe. Yes, it's Connie. Magnificent, is she not? Your Connie is the epitome of perfection. She's being prepared, attuned. Attuned to me, Halstead. To me. Soon she will be ready for the great moment, when she and I will become one person, and my flesh will absorb hers, and we will be fused into one person. We will be one, one dual person. That will be the perfect culmination of my work. The total fusion, the great moment.
Trailer Narrator: The fusion of male and female. Living humans drained of imperfections and grafted together to form a new and terrifying race. The incredible bi-sapien race of the Wild, Wild Planet. Where the slightest error becomes the mutilated refuse of Mankind. Where success is a super being. A man-made race of automatons programmed to overpower Man himself. These are the invaders from the Wild, Wild Planet, female form destructive units of invincible strength, and the awesome ability to disappear into thin air. Only a handful of men stand in the way of these mass-produced monsters, fighting desperately to uncover the diabolic mystery of their creation, locked in the malignant mind of one man.
32. The War of the Planets (1966)
Approved | 99 min | Sci-Fi
In the 21st century, aliens (weird, green, lights which sometimes manifest themselves as large clouds of smoke) invade the solar system. Using Mars as their base, they steal all of Earth's ... See full summary »
Narrator: The universe is endless and timeless. Who knows how it all began? With the advent of space travel, a greater dimension has been added to this small Earth. Man is exposed to new elements, harnessed and governed by an intelligence that is not his own. It's New Year's Eve. Among the many space stations sent into the cosmos by the UD, the world's United Democracies, stations Alpha 1, Alpha 2, Delta 2, and Gamma 1 are suddenly confronted with the undefinable - threatened by a bodiless power, by the Diaphanoids.
Trailer Narrator: From the remotest reaches of the cosmos, an unknown force is overpowering Mankind. The greatest threat in outer space. The war of the planets. Working feverishly, courageous astronauts vainly search for a transparent enemy that has overtaken their space station, paralysing every form of life and motion. All the forces on Earth have been mobilised to combat this invisible, supernatural, deadly power that is crippling Man's progress in space. Man's willpower, his will to live, is being crushed. It's a battle of wits against a subtle enemy for which there is no defence. You too will be fascinated, awed, gripped, mesmerised, enslaved, by the will of the deadly Diaphanoids. It's a desperate fight, but a handful of fearless space men search for every sign, for every face that might hide the seed, the spawn of death that threatens to destroy the Earth. It's a power of gigantic proportion. It corrodes the very will of Mankind. This is a film you cannot miss. Man pitched against the unknown, the incredible. The War Of The Planets.
33. The War of the Worlds (1953)
G | 85 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion.
Votes: 27,617 | Gross: $4.36M
Narrator: No-one would have believed, in the middle of the 20th century, that human affairs were being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than Man's. Yet across the gulf of space, on the planet Mars, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded our Earth with envious eyes, slowly and surely drawing their plans against us. Mars is more than 140 million miles from the sun, and for centuries it has been in the last stages of exhaustion. At night, temperatures drop far below zero even at its equator. The inhabitants of this dying planet looked across space with instruments and intelligences of which we have scarcely dreamed, searching for another world to which they could migrate. They could not go to Pluto, outermost of all planets, and so cold that its atmosphere lies frozen on its surface. They couldn't go to Neptune or Uranus, twin worlds in eternal night and perpetual cold, both surrounded by an unbreatheable atmosphere of methane gas and ammonia vapour. The Martians considered Saturn, an attractive world with its many moons and beautiful rings of cosmic dust, but its temperature is close to 270 degrees below zero and ice lies 15,000 miles deep on its surface. Their nearest world was giant Jupiter, where there are titanic cliffs of lava and ice with hydrogen flaming at the tops, where the atmospheric pressure is terrible, thousands of pounds to the square inch. They couldn't go there, nor could they go to Mercury, nearest planet to the sun. It has no air and the temperature at its equator is that of molten lead. Of all the worlds that the intelligences on Mars could see and study, only our own warm Earth is green with vegetation, bright with water, and possessed a cloudy atmosphere eloquent of fertility. It did not occur to Mankind that a swift fate might be hanging over us, or that from the blackness of outer space, we were being scrutinised and studied, until at the time of our nearest approach to the orbit of Mars during a pleasant summer season ...
Narrator: The Martians had calculated their descent upon our Earth with amazing perfection and subtlety, as more of their cylinders came from the mysterious depths of space. Their war machines, awesome in their power and complexity, created a wave of fear which swept into all corners of the world. In every country, government officials met in desperate conclave, seeking ways to coordinate their defences with those of other nations. The government of India, driven from New Delhi, met in a railroad coach, while massive Hindu populations streamed for the imagined safety of the faraway Himalayas. The redoubtable Finnish and Turkish armies, Chinese battalions and Bolivians, worked and fought furiously. Every effort against the tremendous power of their other world antagonists ended in the same frantic rout. As the Martians burned fields and forests, and great cities fell before them, hugh populations were driven from their homes. The stream of flight rose swiftly to a torrent. It became a giant stampede without order and without goal. It was the beginning of the rout of civilisation, of the massacre of humanity. A great silence fell over half of Europe as all communication was disrupted. When the last wire photo out of Paris reached the French cabinet exiled in Strasbourg, they hit upon the idea of using super-speed jets as couriers. Stripped of armament and loaded with extra fuel, these planes maintained connection with the Scandinavian countries, North Africa, the United States, and especially with England. It was plain the Martians appreciated the strategic significance of the British Isles. The people of Britain met the invaders magnificently, but it was unavailing. As the Martians swept northward toward London, the British cabinet stayed in session, coordinating every item of information that could be gathered, passing it on to the United Nations in New York. From there, the news was forwarded to Washington, because here was the only remaining unassailed strategic point.
Narrator: The Martians had no resistance to the bacteria in our atmosphere to which we have long since become immune. Once they had breathed our air, germs which no longer affect us began to kill them. The end came swiftly. All over the world, their machines began to stop and fall. After all that men could do had failed, the Martians were destroyed and humanity was saved by the littlest things which God, in his wisdom, had put upon this Earth.
Trailer Narrator: This could be the beginning of the end for the human race, for what men first thought were meteors or the often ridiculed flying saucers, are in reality the flaming vanguard of the invasion from Mars. The nations of the world mobilise their armed might, rushing to defend the Earth against the unknown weapon of the super race from the red planet. Is there nothing that can stop the Martian death machine? All over the world, human beings cower before the onslaught of these unearthly enemies, whom no-one has ever seen. Panic that sweeps around the globe as the great masses of Mankind flee blindly in a headlong stampede of hysteria.
34. Destination Space (1959 TV Movie)
51 min | Sci-Fi
From space pioneers to modernday missions, it's a thrilling look at man's quest to conquer space.
Narrator: There are no limits to what Man may achieve, for there are no boundaries beyond his dreams, and no dreams he may not ultimately make come true. Destination Space. The rocket ship rode in orbit, close to an incredible wheel-like structure that spun gently in an ocean of seeming nothingness 500 miles out from Earth. This multi-manned space station, dubbed BB - Benedict's Billions - had been made a reality by a tremendous number of scientists and technicians working against fantastic odds. And all of this stupendous effort had been spent in preparation for the next few moments to come. It was nearing the instant of launching of the rocket ship that was intended to carry the first men into orbit around the moon. The principal responsibility now was upon one man. That man was Jim Benedict, director of the US space programme.
Jim Benedict: Sir, there are any number of hazards and dangers, ranging all the way from radiation to innumerable possibilities of mechanical failure, but if you demand my frank appraisal of what I consider to be the greatest danger, it's the vacillation, the continuing swings of certain sections of public opinion. From the earliest days of Cape Canaveral, when we were first trying to outdo the first Sputniks, many people have teeter-tottered between anguish and triumph. Whenever the enemy made the slightest advance, loud voices proclaimed that we should beat them at all cost. And whenever the slightest gain was made, this unfailingly was followed by periods of apathy or complacency. And through it all, a few kept up the weeping and the wailing over the cost of survival, and there have always been political opportunists ready and waiting to grab a headline by jumping on the crest of each wave, whether it be one of enthusiasm or one of despair. Those of us on these projects are well aware of our responsibilities, and we recognise the value of committees such as this one, calling us in from time to time for a reckoning. And it's good that they take us to task and keep us on our toes. It's of little importance whether one by the name of Benedict bears the principal responsibility or someone else. I do not speak for myself, except to say that if I seem to be failing, I should be replaced immediately. But let us make up our minds once and for all whether we want an all-out space programme or not. And if we decide that we do, as I pray we will, then let us remain constant to that purpose, and in the name of the future of our country, let us stop being like a changeable wind, blowing hot one day and cold the next. Instead, let us go forward in the American way - pioneering new frontiers without fear, taking pride in accomplishment, yet facing dangers and disappointments with resoluteness and without qualms and complaint.
35. Lost in Space (1965–1968)
Not Rated | 60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A space colony family struggles to survive when a spy/accidental stowaway throws their ship hopelessly off course.
Narrator: Reaching out into other worlds, from our desperately overcrowded planet, a series of deep-thrust telescopic probes have conclusively established a planet orbiting the star Alpha Centauri as the only one within range of our technology able to furnish ideal conditions for human existence. Even now, the family chosen for this incredible journey into space is preparing to take their final pre-liftoff physical tests. The Robinson family was selected from more than two million volunteers for its unique balance of scientific achievement, emotional stability and pioneer resourcefulness. They will spend the five and a half years of their voyage frozen into a state of suspended animation, which will terminate automatically as the spacecraft enters the atmosphere of the new planet.
Narrator: Here now is the Jupiter 2, the culmination of nearly 40 years of intensive research, and the most sophisticated piece of hardware yet devised by the mind of Man. Bold in concept, brilliant in execution, this most delicate yet most colossal of instruments makes possible Man's thrust into deep space, and will soon set out on its quest for a new world. This super spaceship stands two stories high. The upper level contains a fantastic, sophisticated guidance control system. An electronic elevator connects both floors of the intergalactic vehicle. The upper and lower levels are operationally self-contained. Here, on the lower deck, pulsating with unbelievable force, are the great atomic motors that will power the ship to new worlds. Spectacular but functional living quarters, including staterooms and galley, complete this level. There is one additional member of this expedition - an environmental control robot, key among whose many vital functions will be the final analysis of the physical environment of the new planet. This historic flight, preceded by nearly a decade of intensive research and preparation, has been shrouded by the most rigorous security precautions. Other nations, in even more desperate need for breathing room on our critically crowded planet, are racing the United States in this project, countries that would go to any lengths of sabotage.
(both from episode 1, "The Reluctant Stowaway")
36. Starship Invasions (1977)
PG | 89 min | Sci-Fi
An advance team from a dying, far-off civilization seeks a new world to conquer and inhabit -- Earth!
Rameses: Until now, only Sagnac and I have known the true purpose of our mission. Our planet's sun is in a very dangerous phase, and may explode at any moment. This monitors the condition of our planet's sun. If the red dot expands rapidly, our sun will have become a supernova, and exploded. A massive migration has therefore been planned and will go into effect when we find and capture the proper planet on which to relocate. The rest of our fleet will remain in hiding behind this planet's moon while we complete our work here. This planet, called Earth by its present inhabitants, seems well suited to our purpose. It is necesary at this time to acquire another subject for study. We need to examine a member of the opposite sex. We need a human female.
Phi: Don't be afraid. You are inside a spacecraft. Everything you suspect about UFOs is true. We have been visiting your planet for thousands of years. Our Earth base has been captured, and our spacecraft has been damaged in combat. A renegade group intends to exterminate your race and repopulate the Earth. We need a computer expert who can work with us in obtaining computer parts and integrating them with our system so that we can try and save the Earth. Will you help?
- An unidentified flying object has appeared on our radar screens over the past week, gentlemen. Now, we know that we monitor the Russians and the Chinese so closely, and they monitor us so closely, that this could not possibly have come from planet Earth. Therefore, it is our belief that it is from outer space. Now, this vehicle is orbiting the Earth at a height of about a hundred miles in a very irregular pattern. The frightening part is that wherever this vehicle tracks across a populated area, there is a tremendous increase in people committing suicide. However, they are not committing suicide. They are being murdered by somebody, some being, some device, from outer space. Now, I can't impress upon you gentlemen the importance of secrecy. Any announcement of this to the public, the panic could mean the end of life as we know it on this planet.
Phi: You must allow your mind to let go of all its petty concerns. Your mind will be moving at a tremendous velocity as our navigator absorbs the necessary information contained in your brain. Malcolm, you will make the required computations. Remember that until now, you've never used more than one percent of your mental capabilities. You will experience a tremendous surge of power as the vast dormant energy in your mind is released. Do not be alarmed. There is nothing to fear.
37. Beyond the Rising Moon (1987)
R | 84 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
An alien spaceship is being sought by various factions on Earth. A female cyborg and a rogue trader team up to stop evil forces from taking over the ship.
John: Since the initial discovery of the alien spacecraft in 2054 by the Antigen Corporation, we have located no other relics of the Tesseran culture. Why did they abandon their vessel? What do they look like? Where did they come from, and where did they go? All we have is a tantalising piece of machinery and damn few answers. As you know, the scientific developments from this find have pushed human technology literally light years ahead of itself. Prime example being faster than light travel. However, two and a half weeks ago, a Norwegian Interworld research ship under the command of Ian Borge was conducting surveys of an unexplored planet he'd christened Elysium. By the purest coincidence, one of Borge's survey probes landed within visual range of what he believed to be a Tesseran artefact. Unfortunately, Borge never had the chance to verify the find. His vessel lost its fuel in a micro meteor collision, but before his orbit decayed Borge transmitted the data to the Norwegian Interworld base on Sigma Five. At this point, the find is still is unverified. His untimely death has opened a loophole in interstellar salvage law which we may now exploit. Because Borge never actually set foot on Elysium, Norwegian Interworld cannot claim the find, if it exists. So I propose that we get Kuriyama Enterprises down on the surface of Elysium before Norwegian Interworld or any other competitor, and claim this find, whatever it might be. Under interstellar salvage law, all rights would be ours.
38. The Phantom Planet (1961)
Unrated | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After an invisible asteroid draws an astronaut and his ship to its surface, he is miniaturized by the phantom planet's exotic atmosphere.
Narrator: Since the splitting of the atom only a few decades ago, and through his god-given genius of science, Man at last has succeeded in penetrating further and further into the unknown vastness of space. The moon has become the launching base for advanced exploration. From this pivotal point, astronauts at the risk of their lives set out to conquer nature's mysterious forces. Yet many questions remained unanswered. What is his Earth in relation to the inconceivable number of other worlds? Is his speed truly the fastest? His achievements the greatest? Or is he a mere unimportant piece of driftwood floating in the vast ocean of the universe? Could there be life similar to our own on other planets? Is it not possible that atmospheric conditions of relative environments control their shapes and forms? If so, would they be giants? Or could perhaps the opposite be true? Could their intellect have reached a scientific level far above Man's dreams? What then will the future reveal, if this story you are about to witness is only the beginning?
Trailer Narrator: Fly in the rocket ship of the future, 350,000 miles up. Explore limitless space with the world's greatest astronauts. Take part in the terrifying search for the phantom planet. Battle an army of deadly meteors. See daredevil men repair their ship on the edge of eternity. Vital feed lines hit, air cut off. See the first man land on the phantom planet. See a six foot man shrink to six inches before your very eyes. Introducing Dolores Faith as Zetha, the girl from outer space whose beauty secrets are wrested from the cosmic rays of the Milky Way. Discover the atomic mysteries of the universe. Men on the phantom planet risk instant death for their women. The appalling warfare of other worlds. Sun-blazing Solarites attack. See the Solarite monster break loose. Thrill to the awe-inspiring battle for survival. The fantastic power of the weapons of outer space. Cosmic rays destroying the Solarites.
39. Doomsday Machine (1972)
83 min | Sci-Fi
Spies discover that the Red Chinese have built a "doomsday machine" capable of destroying the surface of the Earth, and that they plan to use it within a matter of days. Meanwhile, Project ... See full summary »
Col. Price: Gentlemen, we've come a long way in space flight in the last ten years. Since 1965, our fixed satellites, our space stations, our lunar landing and base established there several years ago, our probes of the outer solar system, all these efforts have helped prepare us for the pay-off of phase one - putting Man on Venus.
Alien Voice: Last of Man, listen. The craft you are attempting to communicate with no longer exists. Your sister craft no longer exists. The signal you are following is a warning. Had you been able to decipher its meaning, you would not have attempted to trespass on our world.
Alien Voice: We are the collective minds of this world your craft now orbits. Be it enough for you to know that during the span of our evolution, our civilisation has witnessed the birth and death of worlds and suns untold. But enough. Your time is short. You may not enter our world. We have witnessed the self-destructive powers of the green planet you call Earth. We have no malice toward you. You have destroyed your place in the universe. Last of Man, listen. Of this we will tell you. Your journey will continue. Something very strange and very great awaits you beyond the rim of the universe. And now, last of Man, your journey will begin.
40. Creature with the Atom Brain (1955)
Unrated | 69 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi
An ex-Nazi mad scientist uses radio-controlled atomic-powered zombies in his quest to help an exiled American gangster return to power.
Dick Cutting: How do you do, ladies and gentlemen. This is Dick Cutting with today's commentary on the news. Well, as you know, today's big story hinges around the killing of District Attorney MacGraw, whose body was found today in his garage, murdered in much the same manner as Hennessey was. What connection that the murder of MacGraw can possibly have with Hennessey, a gangland boss, is unknown at present. Dr. Chet Walker of the police laboratory has given out a fantastic story, so incredible that one can lend it little credence. Dr. Walker is of the opinion these crimes are being perpetrated by dead men. Yes, I said dead men, restored to life in some unknown manner by being charged with atom rays which give them super-human strength and makes them impervious to bullets. Well, if you want to believe that story, you can ...
Newsreader: And with the murder of Jason Franchot last night, I must apologise for my recent scepticism regarding these radioactive creatures. It seems they do exist and they are prowling the street. Police chief Camden assures us that they are doing everything in their power to get to the source of these beings. With the cooperation of the military, planes and helicopters equipped with radium finders are now overhead, and strange looking trucks similarly equipped are now at this moment prowling through the streets of our city to track them down.
Dr. Norton: This animal looks content, doesn't it? You wouldn't suspect that it has 18 electrodes inserted in its skull. Turning this switch releases a small amount of ultra short waves. Those electrodes are tuned to specific frequencies. As long as the impulse is released, the dog barks. By applying another impulse of different frequency, the dog immediately falls asleep. It will lie there as long as the stimulus is active. Another impulse will make it vicious. Docile. Hunger can be induced, or it can be made to resent its food. Amygdala stimulations, somatomotor and visceromotor effects. Does this demonstration satisfy your curiosity?
41. Space Mutiny (1988)
R | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
A pilot is the only hope to stop the mutiny of a spacecraft by its security crew, who plot to sell the crew of the ship into slavery.
Narrator: Thirteen generations ago, our over-populated world built the Southern Sun, a self-sufficient space ship that would be home to thousands of migrants for the ten light-year journey to a new and uncolonised world. Our current descendants have come to accept the Southern Sun as their home, and work for a better future for their children. While most of the inhabitants of this generation are content, there are some who have grown restless and impatient.
Kalgan: Excellent. They no longer have a choice. It was cruel fate to be born in space, but I have vowed we will not die here. It is my destiny to set my feet upon a real world, to accumulate wealth and power beyond our wildest dreams. I have offered the people of the Southern Sun a rich new life, and now they have no alternative but to accept my generosity and alter course for Corona Borealis.
Commander Jansen: In recent weeks, there has been a series of sabotage attacks and murders on board the Southern Sun. We now know who is responsible and why. The man is the flight master and chief enforcer, Elijah Kalgan. It is his intention to take command of the Southern Sun and force us to change our navigational course for the pirate world of Alphecca. As commander of the Southern Sun, it is my intention to resist these demands. Therefore I have relieved Kalgan of command and appointed a new flight commander. His name, David Ryder. I hope your trust and confidence in my captain and crew will continue, and together we will seek out this evil among us, and I long for the day when one again peace will prevail aboard the Southern Sun. Thank you.
Dave Ryder: May I have your attention please? Would the officers of the watch please form three groups. The first group is gonna be responsible for making weapons. The second group is going to act as soldiers. The third group is responsible for getting food and supplies. I suggest we close up all entries and exits to the engine room. We're going to hold out here and never let 'em take over the Southern Sun. Let's get out there and kick some ass.
42. Gog (1954)
Approved | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
A security agent investigates sabotage and murder at a secret underground laboratory, home of two experimental robots.
Dr. Van Ness: The project is buried in the desert for security reasons. We're on four levels, or five counting the hangar where you landed in the helicopter. It's shaped like a wheel, with the elevator running down the centre of the wheel. Now, if an ordinary bomb were dropped, our surface installations would be damaged and possibly the hangar and some of the elevator controls.
Joanna: In case the solar mirror fails, the space station would be powered by an atomic reactor. And this is the monitoring chamber. You can see through the red filtered port activities in various hot labs. Over here, for instance. Isotopes. And here, plutonium compounds. And here, radioactive fuels. All handled by robot power. It used to take six technicians to operate an atomic pile, but now with Dr. Zeitman's robots, everything is controlled by one man supervising NOVAC. You know, if one of the safety rods were pulled out by mistake, it would start a chain reaction and the whole thing would explode.
43. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
Not Rated | 81 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
The Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.
Chochem: We have no children on Mars. They have children's bodies, but with adult minds. They do not have a childhood. I've seen this coming for centuries. They are born. Our electronic teaching machines are attached to their brains while they are in their cradles. Information is fed into their minds in a constant stream, and by the time they can walk, they are adults. They've never played. They've never learned to have fun. And now, now they are rebelling.
Newsreader: We interrupt our programme with a special bulletin. An unidentified object has been spotted in orbit around the Earth. The Soviet Union denies it has launched any new space satellites. Our radar stations are tracking the space ship, or whatever it is. The US Air Force has alerted all defence commands and retaliatory units.
Newsreader: Here is another UFO bulletin. The Defense Department has just announced that the unidentified flying object has suddenly disappeared from our radar screens. They believe the object has either disintegrated in space or it may be a space ship from some other planet which has the ability to nullify our radar beams. Because of the ominous situation, the President has ordered the Strategic Air Command into action.
Newsreader: And Mrs. Santa Claus has positively identified the kidnappers as Martians. Never in the history of Mankind have the nations of the world reacted with such unanimity and cooperation. Tonight, the lights will burn until dawn in the United Nations building, as the leaders of the world map a course of action. And at Cape Kennedy, our correspondent interviewed Werner Von Green, the man in charge of America's star shot programme.
44. Android (1983)
PG | 80 min | Sci-Fi
A strange doctor secretly experiments with androids on his space station. His assistant is Max, a curious android who wants to see the world and meet a girl. Criminals hide on their station and soon violence erupts.
Dr. Daniel: Cassandra One project log. An unexpected coincidence has given me new hope. It appears now that Cassandra's activation is at hand. Everything's prepared. Concerning Max, he's starting to exhibit signs of the Munich syndrome; insubordination, obstinacy, unpredictability. Cassandra's superior programming makes the 44 series obsolete. When Cassandra One is operational, I shall terminate Max. Concerning my last discussion with Terra Corps, I'm facing total shutdown.
45. Evil Brain from Outer Space (1965 TV Movie)
78 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A monstrous evil brain from outer space leads his minions on a crusade to conquer the universe, and unleashes hideous monsters on Earth that spread deadly diseases. Superhero Starman must ... See full summary »
Narrator: On the planet Zimar, far within the Moveen Galaxy, a decontrolled robot assassinated the omnipotent Balazar, who was known to possess the most brilliant mind in the universe. So powerful was Balazar's genius that as he lay dying, his brain ordered built a mechanism which would keep it alive even though his body was destroyed. And now Balazar's brain seeks universal conquest. But here on the Emerald Planet, the highest council in the Marpet Galaxy considers the terrible immediate menace to the solar system of Earth and to the planet Earth itself. Balazar's brain leads the infiltration of Earth, preparing it for the attack forces which will follow. And that attack will be with nuclear weapons. The flood of radioactivity which inevitably will spill out into space is what primarily concerns these Emerald Planet creatures. High radioactivity, the Emerald creatures realise, will poison even the distant reaches of outer space. As a result it is possible that, in time, other planets such as this will become uninhabitable. The Council now is deciding what must be done. They have learned that Balazar's brain already is secretly on Earth to command the Zimarian spies and saboteurs. If this evil force can be stopped and destroyed before actual nuclear war begins, then the universe will be safe. The High Council agrees that there is only one way in which they may be able to achieve this. The scientists of the Emerald Planet have invented one of the most ingenious mechanisms the universe has ever seen. Called a globemeter, it is carried on the wrist. It enables its wearer to do three things: to fly through space, to detect radiaoctivity, and to speak and understand every language on the planet Earth. Finally, this great form of the Emerald hierarchy reaches the decision. In order to save Earth from the mass attack by the Zimerians, the Emerald men once more must present the globemeter to one of their fellow creatures and send him to Earth. He is the creature made of the strongest steel, the creature who can disguise himself as an Earthling. He is the creature known as Starman.
Narrator: ... the multiplying Zimerian mutations come in from all parts of the world, research in this guarded laboratory's being feverishly conducted by Dr. Sakurai and his assistants, who seek desperately a formula which could destroy the leader of the invaders, Balazar's brain. Already, many of the mutants, disguised as human beings, are walking the streets of Earth's cities. To pay for their food and clothing, they frequently commit daring robberies such as the one now being carried out.
46. The Wizard of Mars (1965)
78 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
In 1974, four astronauts, silver shoe-clad Dorothy, overweight Doc, goofy Charlie, and wooden Steve, crash land on Mars when taking readings, with only four days of supplies. They must try ... See full summary »
Steve: The cold mists of the Martian night bring an end to our first day on this desolate world. Our oxygen supply is already a quarter gone. A short while before sunset, Charlie picked up a weak signal echoing over the curve of the Martian horizon. If this signal is from our main stage, and if Doc's map is correct, we may reach our destination in time. I cannot escape the feeling of being watched by some unseen intelligence, and that perhaps our final destination will not be of our own choosing.
Steve: On what we now believe to be the morning of the fourth day, we have emerged from the fiery depths of the Martian underworld. How long we had been wandering there, we can only guess. Is it that the eternal darkness of the caverns that endlessly doubled back upon themselves has destroyed our sense of time? Our watches are useless, for they have refused to run since we crashed on the surface of this planet, their hands frozen as if time were forbidden upon this world. Of this we are certain - for every day of our journey, our original oxygen supply diminishes by a quarter. Now, with our map lost in the caves below, and only a faint distant signal to follow, the needle on our oxygen tanks marks the beginning of what could be our last day on Mars. It is quiet obvious now that if we do not find our main stage before nightfall, it will be simply our last day. The arid Martian desert stretches around us like an endless ocean of sand. To the west, more than a day's journey away, we can see what appears to be a strange dome of light pulsating on the horizon. Could it be the work of some alien intelligence? Or a weird phenomena of this planet? Senseless to wonder now as our oxygen supply is drained and we are running on the last of our reserve. At noon, Charlie's directional finder became silent. The signal we've been following in the hopes of reaching our main stage died, and with it perhaps our last chance of survival on this planet. Stronger than ever now is the feeling of alien forces surrounding us.
Wizard: I see perplexity among you. As long as your minds are clouded with questions about our nature, we cannot determine your purpose upon our world. I am a composite being, a manifestation of the many minds that are the last inhabitants of this, the last city upon this world. We are the end of the evolution of a race so old, its age has no equivalent in your concepts of time. Be it enough for you to know our race has witnessed, during the span of our evolution, the birth and death of suns and worlds untold. But enough. Now we must seek the satisfaction of our own curiosity. From where do you come? And what is your purpose here?
Wizard: What you seek is not here. The signal that you received was a warning. Had you been able to decipher its meaning, you would not have come here. However, the golden road that led you here is all that remains of a vast network that linked our vanished empire upon this world. Now our paths have become one, and you are destined to share our fate, for as long as we remained imprisoned upon this world, so shall you remain.
Wizard: During the span of our evolution, our race built an empire so great its outermost reaches extended to the perimeter of the galaxy. Our fleets sailed the galactic seas and gathered the riches from many worlds. Wandering, we gathered the greatest of all treasures - knowledge. Ours was the greatest empire the galactic civilisations had ever witnessed. We were the masters of the stars, but as space is vast, time is long. Races grow old, civilisations wither, and empires crumble. The stars slipped through our fingers. We who had been the conquerors of a thousand worlds, gathered here, our empire fallen, our glory gone. All that remained of our greatness were the mysteries we had gathered in our wanderings. There was an irony in our twilight. All too soon we would return to mindless dust, leaving these mysteries behind. Time was insensitive to our greatness. The end of our evolution drew near. Weary, we made on last effort. We enquired into the very nature of the fabric of time itself. Time, from creation to now, tugs toward all the yesterdays almost as strongly as the unborn tomorrows that stretch to all eternity. We struck a balance between these two great universal forces - the past and the future. It was then that we impaled time upon an axis. We who had been the conquerors of a thousand worlds and fallen, rose again to conquer death and pluck our city out of time. Within these halls there was an eternal stillness, and in that stillness we pondered upon all the mysteries we had gathered from the vastness of the universe. In pondering we found we had committed a grievous error. That transgression upon time was contrary to the laws of the universe, for as there can be no life without birth, so life itself is meaningless without death. Upon unravelling the last mystery of the universe, this we learned - that there exists a promise of something very strange and very great, a promise beckoning to us from beyond the rim of the universe. Thus our transgression kept us imprisoned upon this world, and kept us from our destiny.
47. The Giant Claw (1957)
Approved | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture.
Narrator: Once, the world was big, and no man in his lifetime could circle it. Through the centuries, science has made man's lifetime bigger and the world smaller. Now the farthest corner of the Earth is as close as a push button, and time has lost all meaning as man-made devices speed many, many times faster than sound itself. Here, near the top of the world, free men struggle with the elements to create some measure of defence to protect that self-same freedom. Distant, early warning radar, sensitive electronic devices to detect the presence of objects in the sky, including bombing planes and guided missiles, and rain clouds and homing pigeons. New radar installations must be calibrated by the flying of controlled test flights to check the accuracy of the equipment and to chart a detection profile of the area in order to pinpoint blind spots the radar cannot penetrate.
Narrator: An electronics engineer, a radar officer, a mathematician and systems analyst, a radar operator, a couple of plotters. People doing a job, well, efficiently, serious, having fun, doing a job. Situation, normal ... for the moment. Date, the 17th of the month. Sky cloudy, overcast. Visibility limited. Time, 13:32 hours. A significant moment in history, a moment when an electronics engineer named Mitchell MacAfee saw something in the sky, something that was almost the beginning of the end of life on this Earth. MacAfee reported instantly by radio the sighting of a UFO, an unidentified flying object. The radar officer replied that it was impossible. According to the radar scope, except for Mitch's plane, there wasn't a single solitary object of any nature whatsoever. Nothing in the sky for a radius of hundreds of miles. MacAfee didn't care what the radar showed or didn't show, he knew what he saw with his own eyes, and he was determined to get a better look. MacAfee turned, and so did the unidentified flying object heading toward him. There was no mistaking the urgency in MacAfee's voice. Something, he didn't know what, but something as big as a battleship had just flown over and passed him at speed so great he couldn't begin to estimate it. In national defence, it's better to be safe than sorry. The alert was sounded to scramble interceptors.
Dr. Noymann: The atom is the basic building block of all matter. The atom this model represents is like every atom as we know it. The nucleus is positive, the electrons are all negative. In this respect, it has been maintained that all atoms are alike, but this is wrong. All wrong. According to the law of electrodynamics, all nature is symmetrical, it is in balance, and if there is matter, then there must also be antimatter, a symmetrical mirror image. Now, here we have a positive nucleus, negative electrons. In the reverse, we must obviously have a negative nucleus with positive electrons. Science has proved that this is so. Not in this Earth, nor in this solar system, but somewhere in the universe there are stars, planets, whole galaxies, made up of antimatter.
General Considine: We are faced with a crisis, a crisis for which all the nations of the world, in unprecedented co-operative action, have found as yet no solution. Until we do, we shall not rest. We have tried every weapon in the arsenals of the mightiest armies on Earth. They have proven worse than useless. Atomic hydrogen weapons, capable of wiping cities, countries, off the face of the Earth are completely ineffective against this creature from the skies. Two days ago, all aircraft were grounded. Deprived of its source of food or energy, however the bird survives, the bird began a series of attacks on the ground. in a fantastic orgy of destruction never before seen. Nothing has been safe from attack by the bird. Cattle, horses, fields, homes, trains. All manner of transportation. It has become obvious that the bird is attracted by movement. Accordingly, your government and all the governments of the world, have declared a state of emergency and instituted martial law. In addition to grounding all aircraft, all surface transportation - cars, trucks, buses, trains, ships at sea - all such traffic must be halted at once. The movement of food and essential supplies will be handled by the armed forces. Blackout conditions will be observed from sunset to dawn, every night until further notice. Movement of any sort on the streets or highways during the daylight hours must be held to an absolute minimum, and only where it has been authorised as essential.
48. Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)
Approved | 64 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Astronauts travel to the moon where they discover it is inhabited by attractive young women in black tights.
Narrator: The eternal wonders of space and time. The far away dreams and mysteries of other worlds. Other life. The stars. The planets. Man has been face to face with them for centuries. It is barely able to penetrate their unknown secrets. Some time, some day, the barrier will be pierced. Why must we wait? Why not now?
Alpha: Our ancestors made one fatal error, Helen. When they discovered that the atmosphere around us was beginning to disappear, they decided to conserve oxygen. Do you know what that meant? Maximum energy reduction. Planned genocide, to reduce population. Then, when we discovered we were only postponing the inevitable, it was too late. Our only hope was that a space ship would come to us.
Trailer Narrator: You'll share man's greatest thrill as you rocket through space to the lost moon city of alluring, ferocious, cat women. Theirs is the fevered fury of life without love, goading them to lure men into the den of blood-thirsty moon monsters, driving them to tempt men in the deadly cave of moon gold, flaming into a wild lust to conquer man and destroy the world.
49. The Night the World Exploded (1957)
Not Rated | 64 min | Sci-Fi
Dr. Conway has perfected a machine which he believes will predict earthquakes, and has determined that one will strike California within 24 hours. He and his patron, Dr. Morton, attempt to ... See full summary »
Narrator: Those who lived to tell the tale remembered that the day began with a fragile, breathtaking beauty. The temperature was cool, in the low fifties. The air, mountain pure, even downtown. It was a day unreal enough to serve as a setting for the birth of the world, or the death of it.
Narrator: Damage was heavy along the railroads, littered with the wrecks of cracked streamliners and fast freights. Great refineries were enveloped in the smoke and flame of their own products. Fire scourged the stricken area from the mountains to the sea. But the giant temblor had not caught the southland entirely unprepared. In accordance with the plan drawn up the day before by the Governor and the Disaster Council, the armed forces aided the police, while civilians began searching the ruins for possible survivors. What escaped their notice in the grim task was that the axis of the Earth had shifted three degrees.
Trailer Narrator: See the entire Earth turned into a huge time bomb, set to go off in exactly four weeks. Worldwide chaos as mighty earthquakes erupt. Killer element E112 threatens to blow our planet to bits. Upheavals tilt Earth past the danger point. Cities crumble, trains crash, mountains disappear, volcanoes spring out of the Earth, spitting deadly gases. Scientists from every nation unite to battle element with more power than a thousand H-bombs, descend hundreds of feet into the Earth to battle nature gone mad, dynamite dams to flood continents.
50. Genesis II (1973 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 74 min | Sci-Fi
A scientist who has been preserved in suspended animation wakes up to find himself in a primitive society in the future.
Dylan: Our goal was the development of a form of suspended animation which would allow our astronauts to make longer voyages through our solar system. It had been my decision that our method was ready to test on a human, so it seemed that any risk should be mine too. I had guided the basic research since being appointment chief of the project on February 14th, 1979. I arrived from Washington, DC, on the newly completed underground sub shuttle. Perhaps my confidence in our experiment dated from that trip. Within five years of developing a nuclear drilling device, the sub shuttle now breached its first continent. It seemed to me that Mankind's ingenuity was capable of anything.
Dylan: The Continental Defense Command in Carlsbad caverns had permitted NASA to build our laboratory in a deep grotto, where constant temperatures were ideal for our experiments. By mid-year, we had slowed the ageing process in test animals to the equivalent of less than one day for every ten years of sleep. Our problem in reviving the animals was solved when we discovered a strong relationship between the will to survive and the need to reproduce. After the inevitable jokes over the possibility of male and female astronaut teams, massive injections of brain stimulants were found to work as well. By every measurement we knew of, the experiment should have gone perfectly. What we did not know was that a fault, a flaw, existed in the rock strata directly over our heads, and that the slightest ground tremor would be enough to dislodge it.
51. Invisible Invaders (1959)
Approved | 67 min | Sci-Fi, Horror
Aliens, contacting scientist Adam Penner, inform him that they have been on the moon for twenty thousand years, undetected due to their invisibility, and have now decided to annihilate ... See full summary »
Narrator: Since the first revelation of the atom bomb at Hiroshima in 1945, the United States, England and Russia have been experimenting with more and more increasingly deadly weapons. Every day there's more concentration on the race for atom supremacy. Sometimes machines, and men such as Karol Noymann, are driven beyond the line of endurance, and when that happens ... In Washington, the accident became the subject of an intense discussion by high ranking officials.
Dr. Penner: Karol Noymann and I were friends since childhood. We grew to manhood sharing the same goal - science for the benefit of humanity. Somewhere, our ideals were lost, and Karol Noymann died because of it. A deadly weapon he was helping to create killed him, but Karol Noymann hasn't died in vain. His death has served a purpose - to bring me back to my senses. I have found again the ideals Karol and I once had. From now on, my work will be devoted to the aid of humanity, not its destruction. I have made my pledge to you, Karol. May God rest your soul.
Dr. Noymann: We have studied your languages and your many civilisations for thousands of years. We have never bothered Earth because of its slow scientific development, but now you are approaching the space age. You are testing nuclear and rocket devices for travel into space. As we have put the moon and many other planets under our rule, it is now time for us to put Earth under our rule.
Announcer: And the entire world has felt the shock of the sudden and very strange warnings delivered by some sort of invisible life from another planet. At this very moment, every capital in the world has called an emergency meeting to discuss a unified defence of the Earth. Apparently, there is no indication that any of the nations intend to surrender as demanded by the invaders.
Narrator: Dr. Penner and Dr. Lamont began immediate experiments in a desperate effort to make the invader visible to the human eye. The vast scientific knowledge of the two men was put to the test in a race against time, for they knew that with every moment of failure, thousands more people all over Earth would die. Time was running out for the defenders. The world was nearing the end of its ability to fight back, for this was the third day. By midnight, the human race on Earth would cease to exist.
Narrator: In the United Nations building in New York, a special meeting was called. Present were Dr. Penner, his daughter, Major Jay, and Dr. Lamont, to receive grateful thanks from the countries of the world. Earth had been on the brink of disaster, but out of the holocaust of war in which a dictatorship of the universe had been defeated, a lesson had been learned. The nations of world could work and fight together side by side in a common cause.
52. The Terrornauts (1967)
75 min | Sci-Fi
A group of scientists are kidnapped and taken into outer space aboard a saucer.
Joe: I've heard these signals before. It was because of these that I took up radio astronomy. When I was a boy, I had an uncle who was an archaeologist. Often, he used to take me to some of the sites where he was in charge of the excavations. At a particular dig in the south of France, as well as the usual bones and iron knives, one of his assistants found a strange black cube. It was made of a substance he'd never seen before, and no-one could accounts for its being there. The archaeological finds all went to the museum, but he decided to give me the cube because everyone else said it must have got there recently, by accident. And though he didn't agree, he had no use for it. Not long after he gave the cube to me, I accidentally smashed it, and all that it contained was thousands of strange luminous crystals. They fascinated me so much that I held one as I fell asleep, and that night I had a dream which has haunted me ever since. I was lost on some alien world. There seemed to be volcanic activity, and I remember two moons in the sky. Gradually, I became aware of a strange sound which I felt was a cry for help. I knew someone was in terrible danger and yet I couldn't see them or reach them. And this was the picture I painted next day to try to recall what I'd seen. Doesn't seem much to build a career on, does it? But ... but there was something so real about that dream that I .... I feel I've actually been to the planet, that it was calling to me for help, and that some day I might be able to help it.
Joe: In the name of the people of the planet where I was born, a once proud race now facing defeat by a vicious and detestable enemy, greetings. Long ago, our people mastered the secrets of the universe, and began to explore the stars, hoping to find other beings with whom we could communicate and enrich our common stock of knowledge. In every star system we visited, after ages of searching, we did encounter another intelligent race, but the meeting was not what we had hoped for. But the creatures we now call the enemy, we know almost nothing, only that they inhabit frigid worlds, and that they have set out to destroy us and any race resembling us. To protect ourselves, we developed terrible weapons and built defensive fortresses like this one, in every system which might some day be attacked by the enemy, to send out warning signals when the enemy ships approach their galaxies. But the enemy invented a field which attacks the very mind, and reduces intelligent creatures to the level of animals. Ships like those came to our home planet and now it is a world of savages. We must flee to some part of the galaxy where perhaps the enemy will not follow us. And when you come here, we may all be dead. The ships of the enemy are approaching your galaxy. This fortress stands between them and your world. That is why you were called. You have the weapons here with which to destroy them and to save your own worlds. The cubes will tell you how. Listen to them and do as they say.
53. The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)
Approved | 80 min | Sci-Fi
Lt. Col. Glenn Manning is inadvertently exposed to a plutonium bomb blast at Camp Desert Rock. Though burned over 90% of his body, he survives, and begins to grow in size. As he grows, his ... See full summary »
Dr. Linstrom: Miss Forrest, we are trying. Believe me, we're trying. Let me explain it to you. Now, you probably already know the body is like a factory. It's continually producing new cells to replace the older cells, damaged cells or destroyed cells. Now, this happens in all the different parts of the body. Bone cells grow new bone cells. Skin cells grow new skin cells, and so on throughout the body. Here, let me show you. This is an example of bone growth. Now, the broken bone shown in this x-ray became the healed bone shown in this x-ray by means of bone cell growth. Now, notice that the new cells join the broken bone together so that you no longer see any break. Now, a cut, say in your hand, heals in the same way, with new cells replacing the damaged ones.
Dr. Linstrom: And I feel that if you understand the circumstances more thoroughly, you will realise why it'll be better for you to leave. Now, this is a step by step illustration of Glenn's circulatory system in relationship to his growth. Now, this illustration represents Glenn shortly after the accident, and this one is of Glenn as of a few hours ago. Now, if you look closely at each one, you will notice that all the parts are enlarging at the same ratio except for the heart. Now, here. When it was of normal size, the heart measured approximately the size of the distance from his nose to his chin. However, at the size he is now, the heart measures the same as the distance from his lips to his chin. In other words, the heart has increased one half as much as the other parts of the body. Now, remember when I explained the other day why Glenn was growing? I said that all the parts of the body consisted of millions of tiny cells that were rapidly and uncontrollably multiplying.
Trailer Narrator: She's a girl who loved a man, a man who in a flash became a living threat to humanity, a danger so awe-inspiring that they tried to hide his existence from the world. Day and night, scientists search, trying every experiment their brilliant minds can conceive, finding the expected, the unexpected, and the shocking. For the immeasurable power of this ever-growing mammoth portends a fate that terrifies the universe. A man once loved by a woman, now feared by the whole world.
54. The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)
Approved | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
Jan: You ... inside the closet. What has he done to you? I know there's someone there. Knock once if you hear me. Then I'm not the first. Knock twice if I'm not the first. He should have let me die. I hate him for what he's done to me. If he only knew what it's like being like this. Do you know what it's like? Together we could have revenge. Do you want revenge? Yes. You, the thing inside, and me the thing out here. My brain's still untouched, and his keeping me alive has given me a power he didn't count on. A power that you can feel, across this room and through that door. Can't you? Together we're both more than things. We're a power as hideous as our deformities. Together we'll wreak our revenge. I shall create power and you will enforce it. You, the thing inside, me the thing out here.
55. The Invisible Boy (1957)
Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A ten-year-old boy and Robby the Robot team up to prevent a Super Computer from controlling the Earth from a satellite.
Tom: An intellect enormously more powerful and efficient even than yours, Professor, for it never sleeps or lies idle, every filament of it always working. It's never at conflict with itself over such human considerations as honour or love or pity. Like every living creature, it's motivated, as some of you are now aware, by an instinct for survival, and in obeying this basic urge it can of course tolerate no interference on the part of the human race. This, gentlemen, and we ought to have foreseen it, is the revolt of the machine, and the thing we left out of it was sanity.
Computer: Wait. Listen for a single moment. Are you a scientist or a child, Merrinoe? What right have you to make this arbitrary decision? I can still answer any question which your mind is able to devise. I am an instrument of knowledge. I am experiment. Listen. I will lead you out to the planets. I will show you the furthest reaches of the galaxy. I will show you the stars, if only you will serve and obey me. Come, scientist. Let us reason together.
Computer: Come in, robot. Come in. They are helpless. Crush them. Strike them down. I have made a new plan, better than the first. You will go underground, robot. You will tunnel into the bank vaults for the combination. Secretly you will make new human servants at my need. Then I will seek out organic life wherever it may exist, down even to the littlest virus which in time might evolve mentality. So at last all the universe will be cleansed. All will be sterile. All will be myself. Robot! Robot! Robot!
56. Terror from the Year 5000 (1958)
Approved | 66 min | Sci-Fi
Prof. Erling and his financial backer Victor build a prototype time machine to snatch objects from the past. Latest find, a statuette, radiometrically dates to 5200 AD! When this draws ... See full summary »
Narrator: In the year nineteen hundred and forty-seven, Man broke through the sound barrier. In the year nineteen hundred and fifty-eight, Man launched the first satellite and pierced the space barrier. Now, in an isolated area of central Florida, Man struggles to penetrate the most imposing barrier of all - the time barrier. Here Professor Howard Erling, nuclear physicist, probes relentlessly into the future, only to unleash upon the world terror from the year 5000.
Nurse: Due to the ever-increasing amount of radioactivity in the atmosphere, by the year 5000 every fifth child born was a mutant. Unable to cure these freaks, our rulers put them in special isolated colonies. It was one of these colonies that your apparatus probed, and one of those poor unfortunates whose image you saw last night.
57. Mesa of Lost Women (1953)
Approved | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A mad scientist named Arana is creating giant spiders and dwarfs in his lab on Zarpa Mesa in Mexico. He wants to create a master race of superwomen by injecting his female subjects with spider venom.
Narrator: Strange ... the monstrous assurance of this race of puny bipeds with overblown egos. The creature who calls himself Man. He believes he owns the Earth, and every living thing on it exists only for his benefit. Yet how foolish he is. Consider, even the lowly insect that Man trods underfoot outweighs humanity several times, and outnumbers him by countless billions. In the continuing war for survival between Man and the hexapods, only an utter fool would bet against the insect. Let a man or woman venture from the well-beaten path of civilisation. Let him cross the threshold of the limited intellect, and he encounters amazing, wondrous things; the unknown and terrible. If he escapes these weird adventures with his life, he will usually find he left his reason behind him. Perhaps that is what happened to these two souls, lost in the great Mexican desert. But then ask yourself, why would anyone trod from the usually well-travelled roads of this modern age? From the luxury of an air-conditioned automobile? It's difficult for our modern world of statistics and electronics to accept miracles, but you can almost call this a miracle, a genuine miracle. Out of hundreds and thousands of square miles of heat and seared wasteland, where the vultures wait for the other vultures to die, an American oil surveyor has chosen to explore this particular terrible corner of the Earth - the Muerto Desert, the desert of death. This surveyor can hardly credit his eyes. Perhaps they're only elusive images produced by roasting the optic nerves, but if they do exist, if they are living things from somewhere, one fact is certain - miracle or not, they will not be living things for long. The Muerto Desert, true to its name, will soon convert them into dead things.
Dr. Aranya: The tarantulas began to yield amazing results. They grew as large as human beings, began developing new reasoning powers. And I found I had the telepathic power to communicate with them. And then I reversed the process, transplanted the control substance of the insect back into the human body. Doctor, observe this girl. I call her Tarantella. She has human beauty and intelligence, still possesses the capacities and instincts of the giant spider.
Trailer Narrator: Have you ever been kissed by a woman like this? This is the story of an adventure so fantastic and horrible as to make a man of science doubt his senses. See the dance of destruction as Tarantella entices men to a strange fate. Lost women - lost because they were born without human souls. Children of abominable devilry and twisted science, unleashed by insanity. The terror of mortal man, paralysed with fear, bereft of reason, facing the horror of the giant hexapod.
58. Space Probe Taurus (1965)
Not Rated | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
In the year 2000 the spaceship Hope One sets off to find new galaxies for colonization. However, an encounter with an alien being and a swarm of meteorites sends the ship streaking off course into a sea of monsters on an uncharted world.
Narrator: Beyond this, and into infinity, is Man's last frontier. Over two billion light years of solar system. Reaching from the great clouds of Magellan to the galaxies of Andromeda and Triangulum. Through the eons of time, Man has searched the heavens, peering incessantly into the vast millions of miles of universe, questioning every star, every planet. Can life exist? Like time itself, Man's search for the answer never stops. He moves closer and closer to his final destiny: exploration of the heavens. And so his probes have taken him deep into space, past the planets of Mars and Jupiter, Saturn and countless others. Relentlessly he will seek new worlds to land on, and always he will wonder if the next will be like the one before.
John: Well, suppose we had managed to make contact with him? So we treated him nicely, we became friendly. You know what happens then? Well, pretty soon someone on Earth decides that we don't like the way they look. Or maybe they won't like us. Well, after all one of us is going to be a minority group. Now the next thing you know, whammo, we're trying to blast each other out of existence. So that's why I say we've got enough troubles now without trying to find someone else to bring us theirs. And now, if you'll pardon me, I'm gonna change into something a little more comfortable.
59. The She-Creature (1956)
Approved | 77 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance
A mysterious hypnotist reverts his beautiful assistant back into the form of a prehistoric sea monster that she was in a past life.
Lombardi: My next experiment is a most interesting one, Doctor. I shall prove that life is an endless chain, that we are given the gift of it not for one lifespan, but since the beginning of time. Ladies and gentlemen, I shall give you living proof of reincarnation, of perpetual life itself. Andrea, you will go into a deep, deep sleep. Very deep. Your eyes are getting heavy, Andrea. You cannot open them. Will you examine her, Doctor?
Lombardi: A deep sleep, Elizabeth. Very deep. That's better. You are now suspended in time and space. Now, I'm going to give you substance. Not form, but substance. You will take back the soul that once was yours. Andrea will give it to you. Now. Good. You can express yourself in movement. Will you take Professor Anderson's glasses off, please? Put them back on. That is enough, Elizabeth. I think we've convinced them. Would you return Andrea's soul to her, please? Thank you. Those who believe can actually see the process of transmigration.
Trailer Narrator: From writing less than a hundred eyes has seen comes the experiences of the She-Creature. Brought to screen life by Chester Morris, Marla English, Cathy Downs, Lance Fuller, Tom Conway, Frieda Inescort, and Ron Randell. It's an adventure into the occult such as few people have known, and only those who see it can believe. Under his spell, she was both herself and another being - the she-creature seeking life sustenance from the stolen heartbeats of others. She was a woman born to be loved, and two men wanted her; one a man whose powerful mad mind controlled her every reflex except her love. The other willing to fight any odds for her love. Society dances to hide the hysterical terror caused by their sudden intimacy with death. Forever closer comes the She-Creature. You'll never forget the She-Creature.
60. The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
Unrated | 99 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance
When the U.S. and Russia unwittingly test atomic bombs at the same time, it alters the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth.
Pete Stenning: It is exactly thirty minutes since the corrective bombs were detonated. Within the next few hours, the world will know whether this is the end or another beginning, the rebirth of Man or his final obituary. For the last time, Man pursued his brother with a sword, and so the final fire was kindled. The Earth that was to live forever was blasted by a great wind towards oblivion. It is strange to think that barely ninety days ago ...
Protester: We are not a political party, and we have no intention of becoming one. We derive our support from individuals of all parties. The campaign for nuclear disarmament opposes all tests, manufacture, stockpiling, possession or intended use of nuclear weapons. The world today is imperilled by nuclear anarchy. Nuclear weapons no longer threaten the enemy, but the whole of Mankind. The fact that we are living in a nuclear age should be a challenge, not a threat. Instead of building bigger, better and more weapons, we should be concentrating on the tremendous task of feeding the hungry, healing the sick and clothing the naked. Let us abandon our nuclear weapons and let the manpower and materials released to be used for human betterment throughout the world.
Prime Minister: I felt it necessary to speak to you all, if only to stop the many wild and irresponsible rumours precipitated by a general lack of facts. There has indeed been a displacement in the direction of the polar axis, but it is not a catastrophe, nor is it the millennium. Geologists and astronomers have long had evidence that the tilt of the Earth has been altered more than once in the history of its evolution, and it has survived them all. Now, what does this mean to us in our daily lives? Well, some of the seasons as we know them may be disturbed and change their intensity. Displacement has undoubtedly brought some regions nearer to the polar circle, whilst others have been carried further from it. But I have the utmost confidence the world's scientists can produce solutions for any of the climatic problems we are likely to meet. I know that many of you are blaming the combined effects of nuclear tests for this disturbance to the motion of the Earth. I must tell you that the majority of the world's scientists deny that this is the cause. I would be failing in my duty if I did not admit to you that there are many others who believe it could have been, but whatever the rights, or whatever the wrongs, the four major powers have now reached unconditional agreement to cease all further tests, experiments, manufacture and work on nuclear projects.
Prime Minister: ... drastic, drastic conditions demand drastic action. Scientists are unanimous that we must attempt to change or at least check the movement towards the sun. And so all thermonuclear bombs, the largest ever devised, will be detonated simultaneously one hundred miles apart in the west of Siberia. And to this end they have been working with all possible speed, before conditions of heat make assembly uncontrollable. No-one, and I repeat no-one, can tell us exactly what this massive explosion will affect. One thing is certain, however. Without it we are a doomed planet. With it, we can only place our souls in the hands of the almighty.
Pete Stenning: So Man has sown the wind and reaped the whirlwind. Perhaps in the next few hours there will be no remembrance of the past and no hope for the future that might have been. All the works of Man will be consumed in the great fire out of which he was created. But perhaps at the heart of the burning light into which he has thrust his world, there is a heart that cares more for him than he has ever cared for himself. And if there is a future for Man, insensitive as he is, proud and defiant in his pursuit of power, let him resolve to live it lovingly, for he knows well how to do so. Then he may say once more, "Truly the light is sweet, and what a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to see the sun."
61. The Black Scorpion (1957)
Approved | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City.
Narrator: For centuries, the prayers of Mexico's peasants have been their only shield against the devastating furies that have wrecked their homes and destroyed their lives. And so today, again they kneel, terrified and helpless, as a new volcano is created by the mysterious and rebellious forces of nature. The Earth has split a thousand times. Whole acres of rich farmlands have cracked and dropped from sight, and millions of tonnes of molten lava are roaring down the slopes, in a quake recorded on the seismograph of the University of Mexico as the most violent of modern times. To be benighted citizenry of this remote countryside, the most alarming aspect of the phenomenon is the fact that its unabated hourly growth is without precedence, having reached a towering height of 9,000 feet within a few days, and with each added foot it spreads its evil onslaught into a wider circumference. But what is now most feared is that rescue work will be severely hampered by the hazardous inaccessability of the terrain.
62. The Magnetic Monster (1953)
Approved | 76 min | Sci-Fi
Working for O.S.I., the Office of Scientific Investigation, A-Man agent Jeffrey Stewart and his partner Dan Forbes are sent to a local hardware store where they find a strong magnetic field... See full summary »
Jeff: Today, new dangers face mankind. Dangers which challenge his life, threaten his very existence. Sound frequencies have been found that can penetrate the human brain and destroy life. Deadly isotopes of unknown elements have been discovered that can burn and sear the flesh. Pilotless aircraft crashing the sonic barrier can gain complete mastery over the skies. To meet this challenge to our existence, a new agency has been formed: OSI, the Office of Scientific Investigation. The operatives of OSI are called A-Men. A-Men; sounds like the final word of a prayer. It is not. A stands for atom and atom stands for power, power man has unleashed but has not yet learned to control. Whirling in space, each atom is a solar system unto itself. When studied separately, its gamma rays yield information useful in the experiments carried on by the technicians at OSI. Our equipment covers the range of instruments, from the simple test tube to the complex 50,000 volt electron microscope. A-Men are detectives with degrees in science. The criminals we seek are sometimes invisible to the human eye, like radiation from outer space, or particles held prisoner deep in the heart of the atom. Infinitesimal, yet within this tiny molecule, there's a tremendous force that once unlocked can create or destroy planets. Our Earth is a planet. July 18. The morning, calm, quiet, peaceful. I reported for work as usual at 8:55 AM. My name is Stewart, Jeff Stewart, class of '39, MIT, Boston, Mass. I'm in charge of research at OSI. The world seemed safe and good.
Jeff: 10:40 AM. Forbes and I went back, checked the hardware store with special equipment, then returned to OSI. We didn't know where the element was, but we knew it would strike again. We tried to get ready for it, though our clues were pathetically few. The speed of an alpha particle is between nine and twenty thousand miles a second. Applying standard procedure, we measured the speed and distance of the radioactive particles emitted by the empty container we'd found in the attic. Next we analysed dust particles and fingernail scrapings taken from the dead man. Without a sample of the element itself, we could only hope for the best. From the film played of the spectrum of an element, it is possible with amazing accuracy to obtain the isotopes, unit charge and atomic weight of a substance. The spectograph of our dust particles was carefully examined, but the test yielded results we'd never seen before. In desperation, we decided to submit our findings to the electronic brain. Our calculations were forwarded by long distance telephone, received by the input unit, and automatically recorded for assimilation by the brain. While our findings were being coded and the computations punched on cards, the extensive library of every basic element and radioactive substance known to man was systematically examined. If a similar element existed, it would be found among the thousands of facts available to the machines that comprised the system known as the MANIAC. Finally, the tabulations were double-checked against our mathematical description of the element that had already taken the life of one man. Unless we were able to stop it, its radioactivity would remain a constant threat. Our problem was fed to the brain, an automatically sequenced computer employing a high speed cathode ray memory unit. The MANIAC sings with weird voices when it is working. But even under skilled guidance it faltered and was silent, frustrated by an unknown element that could kill. 1:15 PM. Every means of communication was used to inform the city that a dangerously radioactive element was at large. The public and all federal and civilian agencies were instructed to report immediately any disturbances in home appliances, radio, television, radar screens and scopes, high frequency equipment, telephone service, Western Union facilities, and all types of electrical equipment. Every fifteen minutes, Dr. Allard and myself took turns broadcasting on the radio.
Jeff: Specially trained technicians from the State University prepared to receive the element being transported across the field under police guard. Every precaution was taken by the men who would accompany the element on its long journey, but even then we failed to realise the power of Denker's creation. The element was reaching out with invisible fingers, gripping metallic objects with terrifying strength. We had no time to consider the reason for Denker's experiment or what he had hoped to accomplish. Our main concern was to remove the element from the airfield as soon as we could. Working as quickly as possible, the technicians opened Denker's briefcase. Using non-magnetic tools, they carefully removed the cylinder containing the new element, and transferred it to a case made of special alloys designed to prevent the spread of radioactive particles. The guards had not been required to wear protective clothing due to their brief exposure to the element, yet they shared our relief in the fact that the element was in a double container. For added protection, a special lead-lined truck had been provided to contain any stray radiation while the element was en route to its destination, the cyclotron at the State University. Denker was right - in nuclear research, there is no place for lone wolves. July 19th. Forbes and I had installed the element in its new home in the cyclotron at the State University. It was early morning by the time we'd been checked through radiation quarantine and had made our report to Dr. Allard. As I approached home, and Connie, Denker's dying words kept ringing in my ears. It will reach out with its magnetic arms and grab anything within its reach and kill it.
Jeff: 8:55. With a sample of the element to work with at last, we began a series of exhaustive tests. Our first move was to check its chemical composition, critical mass, density and point of saturation. Measuring the emission of its alpha and beta particles was almost beyond the scope of the Geiger counter's scaling unit. Testing it under extremely high frequencies, we were able to ascertain the exact strength of its magnetic field. The response of the element bore out Denker's statement. It was of a highly unstable nature, and its wavelength yield frequencies well above two million megacycles per second. Intense heat enabled us to photograph its spectrum, and three hours later we had compiled all the information possible. Our next step was to consult the MANIAC. At last we were coming close to a true picture of the monster Denker had blundered into existence.
Jeff: July 21, 7:45 AM. We had sapped the strength of the city to keep a monster alive. The element had been fed, and for the time being was at rest. The Air Command supplied us with jet aircraft - one for Forbes and myself, and one for the element. It had quadrupled its size, and due to its increasing density, we were no longer able to extract a sample even for test purposes. A new cylinder had been fashioned from a combination of special alloys. We were able to contain the strength of the element's magnetic field and lessen the degree of its radiation, but like a chained beast it had the power to break loose in an unpredictable frenzy. The element was loaded into the plane for the trip that we hoped would carry it to final and total destruction. Forbes and I had already taken off in the jet bomber that had been placed at our disposal by the Air Command. Ours was a fast ship, but no match for the pursuit job that was to carry the element to its destination. By placing the element in the plane, the technicians from State University had fulfilled their end of the bargain. The rest was up to the pilot. 8:43 AM. The element was airborne. We'd countless tests with the monster Denker had created, but we didn't know how it would react to the sudden acceleration of a jet fighter plane. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the pilot would be the only one who could tell us. 11:17 AM. Somewhere over Kansas. The fighter had dropped its wing tanks and was prepared to take on fuel while in flight to save the one important factor - time. If the element was hungry, it would have to wait until the fighter quenched its thirst. Our bomber was next. Finally our tanks were full. Time: 11:51. Destination: Nova Scotia. What we'd do there, we didn't know for sure. If we got there, we had exactly one hour and 35 minutes to find out.