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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week: Saturday Night Double Feature ...

My wife left again for a while, so I'm stuck at home with a plethora of screaming ass kids.


And since I'll probably be at pinball on sunday, today it's a big ass saturday DOUBLE FEATURE!


Enjoy!




Yoinked from the wiki and from 1000misspenthours.com ...


"The Snow Creature is a 1954 black-and-white sci-fi monster movie produced and directed by W. Lee Wilder, and written by Myles Wilder. It stars Paul Langtonand and Leslie Denison as members of a scientific expedition to the Himalaya's that encounter and capture a Yeti. The creature is then brought back to the U.S., only to escape and run havoc in Los Angeles. It's the east coast King Kong, only strange and boring and without talent.


Director W. Lee Wilder was the same talentless clod who gave us Killers from Space and The Man Without a Body, and The Snow Creature is every bit as shabby and lackluster as either of those turkeys. The movie has been released on DVD in numerous bargain basement versions and is now considered a cult classic.




The movie has two acts, the first taking place in the exotic locale of the Himalayas and the second occurring in Los Angeles, California. While the first act takes place in an undisclosed Himalayan country (presumably bordering India) the actors portraying the locals speak Japanese for some reason. Whatever, freaking Japs.


So The Snow Creature was the first of several 'Yeti/Abominable Snowman' themed movies. It also bore some strong resemblance to King Kong, in terms of plot, with act-one in an exotic setting and act-two taking place in an urban setting. The monster is captured in the first act and is brought to the urban setting in the second act, only to be set loose -seeking out a habitat similar to its home (in this case, the snow creature runs to the sewers of L.A.). Finally, both films feature a monster that is drawn to women.




Beyond the singularly tacky monster suit (it’s nothing but a bunch of cheap furs sewn haphazardly together), the excessive reliance on voice-over to propel the story, and a cast that deservedly spent most of its respective careers playing characters with names like Farmer, Policeman, and Japanese Ambassador, The Snow Creature suffers from the deadliest of all shortcomings... it’s fairly boring.


Apart from the specific nature of the monster, there’s nothing here you won’t have seen done better a hundred times already, and even its one distinctive selling point, the Yeti, was done better several times in subsequent years. But I guess it gets points for being the first.


Anyway, it's a bad movie and you'll have fun watching it. So watch."








Here's part two, kids.


It's a mind trip.




Yoinked from wikipedia, imdb and millionmonkeytheater.com ...


"The Phantom Planet is a 1961 science fiction film directed by William Marshall. An astronaut lands on the planet Rheton and discovers everyone on it are much smaller than him and he shrinks to their size during his time here. He is greeted with hostility at first but they welcome him later. He then helps them to defeat their enemies, the Solorites, ugly monsters with pig-like heads. The cast includes Dead Fredericks, Collen Gray (The Leech Woman), Anthony Dexter and Francis X Bushman. The man in the monster suit (Solorite) is non other than Richard Kiel, Jaws in the Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.




In the beginning, a narrator tells us this is the far-flung year of 1980, and men have ventured into space and walked on the moon. We open as an Earth spaceship is zooming through space, on its way to somewhere or another. Aboard are two crewmen, square-jawed Americans with crew cuts and cleanly-shaven faces. This opening is really not too badly done, though we're immediately put on notice for Extreme Techobabble Alert, which will be in effect for the duration of this movie. This is another in a long line of cheap b-movies (they still make them today) that tries to cover its complete lack of scientific reality with miles and miles of technobabble and gibberish. But, at least they try.


The original cut of The Phantom Planet has had multiple bargain bin releases. The MST3K version of the film was released by Rhino Home Video as part of the Collection, Volume 8 DVD set and a colorized version was released by Legend Films."




Steve's Snacks Of The Week:


Coffee

Pills

Red Vines

Anything Else I Can Find

Jack Shit




So that's that.


Remember who loves you.


Wind clan out!

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