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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week ...



Yoinked from wikipedia and japanesecultfilm.com ...


"Warning from Space or Mysterious Satellite (宇宙人東京に現わる, Uchūjin Tokyo ni arawaru?, Spacemen Appear in Tokyo) is a 1956 science fiction tokusatsu film produced by Daiei, the same company that would almost a decade later create Gamera the giant turtle-slash-Godzilla wannabe. This film was the first Japanese science-fiction film produced in color, narrowly beating out Toho's Rodan.


The plot of the American English-dubbed version is somewhat similar to Toho's later Gorath (妖星ゴラス, Yosei Gorasu?) (1962), depicting a planet — 'Planet R' — on a collision course with Earth. Warning from Space has one-eyed, starfish-shaped aliens from the planet Paira who take on human forms to warn the earth about the impending disaster.


In contrast to the usual anti-nuclear message of the Japanese science-fiction film genre (like Godzilla among others) Warning from Space seemingly takes the position that nuclear weapons can be put to good use, as a means to prevent the collision with Planet 'R'.




The Star Conqueror, Starro, a villainous character of DC Comics that is a giant starfish-like creature can be seen as an ironical twist in the concept of the pacific aliens from Paira. Possessing mind control abilities, Starro wishes to create "calm and order" by enslaving the psyches of other beings within a group mind. It was created in 1960 in the first iteration of the Justice League of America.


Warning From Space kind of works in the same goofy, ham-handed fashion that most American sci-fi films of that period worked. This film is very reminiscent of some famous American science fiction classics, most notably When Earths Collide in its main impending-doom plot. It’s also similar to The Day the Earth Stood Still in that one of the aliens disguises himself (herself?) as a human to walk among us and warn us of the threat.


Despite a low budget and predictable script, it manages to have a fairly suspenseful ending, even if the majority of the film is kind of uninteresting."




Steve's Snacks Of The Week:


Coffee

Pills

Popcorn

Root Beer

Ice Cream

Screaming Children




... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety FOR FREE! Please, though, a few rules first. There's absolutely no talking in Steve's Theater. All talkers will be gently raped. And absolutely no cell phones or African-American berries allowed within the theater.


And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).


ENJOY THE SHOW, Y'ALL!




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