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The Astounding She-Monster




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Doesn't the narrator at the start of the full film sound like Troy McClure from THE SIMPSONS?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 11, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Aliens, Movies, Sex Symbols, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #253

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If only Hollywood had made John Carter of Mars in 1979, with Cher as Dejah Thoris, they would have had a surefire hit!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 05, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Hollywood, Movies, Music, Advertising, Science Fiction, 1970's

The Nude Vampire



As you might expect from the title, this trailer contains a small amount of mild chestal exposure, more-or-less consistent with the tamest of HBO programs.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 21, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Paranormal, 1970's

Incubus, the Esperanto Movie

According to wikipedia, there are only four full-length films shot entirely in Esperanto. One of these four is the 1966 black-and-white horror film Incubus, starring William Shatner.

The film had an LA premiere, but then, partly because of the Esperanto dialogue, it never found a distributor except in France and fell into obscurity. For years it was believed that all copies of the film had disappeared, until the 1990s when a copy was found in France.

Here's the trailer:



And here's the full-length film:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jun 16, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Horror, Languages, Movies, 1960's

Film critic who got it wrong


In the Nov 7, 1977 issue of New York magazine, Bill Flanagan reviewed Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He hated it, and he was certain that everyone else was going to hate it too, predicting it would be "a colossal flop" and almost gleefully forecasting financial disaster for Columbia Pictures as a result, since they had bet heavily on the movie's success. He dismissed the fact that everyone else in the pre-screening he attended seemed to like it, noting, "When you give people free tickets to a movie, most of them are nice enough not to bitch."

Flanagan, of course, couldn't have been more wrong. As wikipedia notes:

"Upon its release, Close Encounters became a box office success, grossing $116.39 million in North America and $171.7 million in foreign countries, totaling $288 million. It became Columbia Pictures' most successful film at that time... Ray Bradbury declared it the greatest science fiction film ever made. Based on 46 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, 96% ("Certified Fresh") of the reviewers have enjoyed the film and the site's consensus states "Close Encounters' most iconic bits (the theme, the mashed-potato sculpture, etc.) have been so thoroughly absorbed into the culture that it's easy to forget that its treatment of aliens as peaceful beings rather than warmongering monsters was somewhat groundbreaking in 1977."
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jun 10, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Movies, 1970's

El Santo vs. la Invasion de los Marcianos



I regret that I cannot find English-language versions for you. But the visuals are everything.

Complete film below. Wikipedia page for Santo.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 25, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Aliens, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Movies, Wrestling, Foreign Customs, Science Fiction, 1960's

Hippie Wisdom from Donald Sutherland and Rod McKuen





Mad Men is over. But you can still savor that era with lots of videos such as these two.

Is that the actress's real voice?

Forbidden Zone



Full background here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 15, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Movies, Music, Pop Art, Surrealism, 1980's, Parody
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