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Sunday, October 17, 2010

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

Today we have a SWEET double feature: an old giant monster and a creepy carnival. Good, crazy, mindless stuff. It's gonna be a WHOLE LOT of stupid fun today.


Yoinked from wikipedia and

"The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 science fiction film directed by Eugène Lourié and stars Paul Christian, Paula Raymond and Cecil Kellaway with visual effects by Ray Harryhausen. The film is about an atomic bomb test in the Arctic Circle that unfreezes a hibernating fictional dinosaur, a Rhedosaurus, that begins to wreak havoc in New York City.

It was one of the first giant atomic monster movies and it helped inspire the following generation of creature features, including the giants ants of Them! and the giant green monster known as Godzilla.

When the short story of the same title by Ray Bradbury was published in The Saturday Evening Post, Dietz and Chester were negotiating with Bradbury to write the screenplay when he reminded them that both works shared a similar theme of a prehistoric sea monster, and a lighthouse being destroyed. The producers who wished to share Bradbury's reputation and popularity, bought the rights to his story and changed the film's title. The film was promoted as being 'suggested' by a Ray Bradbury story.

Creature effects were assigned to Ray Harryhausen, who had been working with Willis O'Brien, the man who created King Kong, for years. The monster of the film looks nothing like the Brontosaurus-type creature of the short story. The creature in the film is instead some kind of prehistoric predator. A drawing of the creature was published along with the story in The Saturday Evening Post. At one point there were plans to have the Beast snort flames, but this idea was dropped before production began due to budget restrictions. However, the concept was still used in the films movie poster artwork and it was later used as one of Godzilla's powers.

The animation of the Rhedosaurus is some of the smoothest ever filmed, making it by far the most believable of all Harryhausen’s frankly fantastic creations. This movie had a production budget of $210,000. It grossed over $5 million dollars at the Box Office. Original prints of Beast were sepia toned.

In the 2008 monster movie Cloverfield, which also involves a monster terrorizing New York City, takes a frame from The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms along with other frames from King Kong and Them!, also classic monster movies hidden during technical interferences with the hand held camera used throughout the film.

It isn’t necessary to dig below the surface to appreciate The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, which works perfectly well as a straight-up monster flick. Technically speaking, this is one of the four or five best-made movies of its type that I’ve seen. Remarkably, it features a number of fairly good actors in the central roles and never makes the mistake of asking them to do things that are beyond their abilities.

It's a fun, elegant, stupid little film to watch. It's the godfather of giant radioactive monster movies."

Steve's Snacks Of The Week:




Root Beer

Ice Cream

... AND NOW, Reverend Steve is once again PROUD to once again present part one of today's Church-less Movie of the Week double feature absolutely FREE!

But first lets go over a few theater rules. Absolutely no talking is allowed in Galindo theaters. Any and all talkers will be farted on with extreme prejudice. No cell phones or African-American berries going off in the theater. And NO TEXTING!

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

Enjoy the show y'all!

Now that intermission's over it's time for part two.

Buckle up, kiddies! This is gonna be fun ...

Yoinked from imdb and the almighty wikipedia ...

"Carnival of Souls is a low budget 1962 horror film starring Candace Hilligoss. Produced and directed by Herk Harvey for an estimated $33,000, the movie never gained widespread public attention when it was originally released as it was intended as a B film and today, has become somewhat of a cult classic. Set to an organ score by Gene Moore, Carnival of Souls relies more on atmosphere than on special effects to create its mood of horror. The film has a large cult following and occasionally has screenings at local film and Halloween festivals.

Herk Harvey was a director and producer of industrial and educational films based in Lawrence, Kansas, where he worked for the Centron Corporation. While vacationing in Salt Lake City, he developed the idea for the movie after driving past the abandoned Saltair Pavilion. Hiring an unknown actress, Lee Strasberg-trained Candace Hilligoss, and otherwise employing mostly local talent, he shot Carnival of Souls in three weeks, on location in Lawrence and Salt Lake City.

The film tells the story of Mary Henry, a talented young organist (Hilligoss). At the beginning of the film, Mary is riding in a car with two other girls when some boys challenge them to a drag race that ends up on a bridge. The boys' car nudges the girls' car, which bumps up against the railing of the bridge. The girls' car then runs over the side of the bridge and plunges into the river. Although the others in the car die, Mary mysteriously survives.

Available prints of this film, which are in the public domain, vary in length from 78 minutes in theatrical release to 91 minutes in the original cut. The Criterion Collection edition of the film contains the 78 minute theatrical version of the film and an 83 minute director's cut. The Legend Films edition of the film contains both colorized and black and white versions of the aforementioned director's cut and a humorous audio commentary track by Michael J. Nelson, a former writer and host of Mystery Science Theater 3000. The comedian offers humorous commentary about the film similar to the style of an episode of 'Mystery Science Theater 3000'. This film was also featured in the syndicated late night horror show Cinema Insomnia with Mr. Lobo.

The Saltair that appears in the film actually burned down in the early '70s. In the early '80s another version of Saltair was rebuilt, although it was a much smaller design. Shortly after it was built, the Great Salt Lake rose and flooded it out. In 1993, the building was remodeled and reopened, now it's mainly used as a small venue for musical acts. Director Herk Harvey and writer John Clifford both waived their earnings in order to get the film made under the initially minuscule $17,000 budget. Speaking of a minuscule budget, the shots of the 'ghouls' rising from the Salt Lake were actually filmed in an apartment swimming pool.

Filmed in three weeks, the damage to the bridge in the opening scene of the film cost Herk Harvey $17. While the US release of the movie failed to include a copyright on the prints, therefore automatically placing them in the public domain, the foreign release marketed by Walter Manley did contain a copyright card and was protected for overseas sales."

... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety absolutely FREE, thanks to Mr. Lobo and the good people at Cinema!

But first lets go over a few theater rules again. Absolutely no talking is allowed in this or any Galindo Theaters locations. Any and all talkers will be ruthlessly pee'd on. No cell phones or African-American berries going off in the theater. And NO TEXTING.

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

Enjoy the show, y'all!

Click here to watch Cinema Insomnia presents Carnival of Souls absolutely free!

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