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Eli Roth on

Forbidden Planet

1956

Dr. Morbius. His daughter Altaira. Robby the Robot. The Monster from the Id. Did we mention Altaira? (!) All are cultural icons introduced in the best-loved space opera of the nifty fifties, based on The Bard and bolstered by memorable special effects by Disney’s Josh Meador as well as a famous free ticket promo gimmick…

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THE RETURN OF RENE CLEMENT’S FORBIDDEN GAMES (1952)

by Dennis Cozzalio

It’s 1940, and the Nazi invasion of France is fully under way. A mother, father, a five-year-old girl and her tiny dog are among a throng of refugees fleeing Paris and jamming roads across the French countryside while German planes drop bombs and strafe their path with a relentless rain of machine gun fire. Soon…

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Ecco + The Forbidden

by Glenn Erickson

Those scurrilous Italian ‘mondo’ films are difficult to see in original versions; this Something Weird double bill yields an American hybrid of one of the better (?) examples, given the classy touch of a narration by George Sanders. A second oversexed pseudo-docu is a homegrown mongrel (careful, don’t touch) with all the credibility of today’s…

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Forbidden Films: The Hidden Legacy of Nazi Film

by Glenn Erickson

Plenty of films considered politically beyond the pale have been locked up, for reasons good and bad. A German filmmaker born decades after WW2 offers a documentary about the controversy over ‘sensitive’ Nazi films, the propaganda features that encouraged racial hatred and offered lies to support the Third Reich’s oppressive policies. We can easily visualize…

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Forbidden Hollywood Volume 10

by Glenn Erickson

Woo hoo! The pre-Code marvels return for one last go-round — tales of sin and moral turpitude but also serious pictures about social issues that the Production Code effectively swept from Hollywood screens — financial crimes and ethnic bigotry. Forbidden Hollywood Volume 10 Guilty Hands, The Mouthpiece, Secrets of the French Police, The Match King,…

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Forbidden Hollywood Volume 9

by Glenn Erickson

Depraved convicts ! Crazy Manhattan gin parties! Society dames poaching other women’s husbands! A flimflam artist scamming the uptown sophisticates! All these forbidden attractions are here and more — including Bette Davis’s epochal seduction line about impulsive kissing versus good hair care. It’s a 9th collection of racy pre-Code wonders. Forbidden Hollywood Volume 9 Big…

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Planet of the Vampires

by Glenn Erickson

There’s no getting around it — Mario Bava’s one space opera is now confirmed as a classic. Barry Sullivan and Norma Bengell must oppose invisible aliens that possess the corpses of their fellow space men. Bava’s ‘gothic’ Haunted Planet recipe just adds more weird colored lights and swirling fog to his supernatural Gothic formula. The…

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The Man from Planet X

by Glenn Erickson

The first visitor from outer space in the ’50s sci-fi boom is one very curious guy, dropping to Earth in a ship like a diving bell and scaring the bejesus out of Sally Field’s mother. Micro-budgeted space invasion fantasy gets off to a great start thanks to the filmmaking genius of our old pal Edgar…

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Journey to the Seventh Planet

by Glenn Erickson

What horrors will we find on the planet Yoo-rah-nuss? A cyclopean dinosaur? Nasty spider monsters? A megalomaniac cerebellum that can turn our X-rated sex fantasies into flesh and blood people? Let’s go! Sid Pink’s flashy and slightly idiotic adventure stars space cadet John Agar as an average guy willing to have sex with a phantom…

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The Angry Red Planet

by Glenn Erickson

Hey, Ib Melchoir’s Opus Mars-us is back, in a not-bad new scan and color-grading job. If the nostalgia bug has bitten you deep enough to appreciate a fairly maladroit but frequently arresting space exploration melodrama, this may be the disc for you. Let’s be honest: NOBODY can resist the allure of the fabulous Bat-Rat-Spider-Crab, and…

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Red Planet Mars

by Glenn Erickson

It’s a review. No, it’s a rant. Stop, you’re both right.  CineSavant’s overt mission is to demonstrate that old movies, especially old Science Fiction movies, are more relevant than ever. There is at present no authorized home video release of this amazing 1952 politico-religious pretzel of a movie. The surprise is that it accurately presages…

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Fantastic Planet

by Glenn Erickson

René Laloux’s marvelous animated Sci-fi tale is still in a class of its own, mainly because its imaginative- creative level is so high. Who would have thought that limited animation could look this good? The designs are by the impressive artist Roland Topor. Fantastic Planet Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 820 1973 / Color / 1:66…

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The Brain from Planet Arous

by Charlie Largent

The Brain from Planet Arous Blu ray The Film Detective 1957 / 1:33:1, 1.85:1 / 71 Min. Starring John Agar, Joyce Meadows, Robert Fuller Written by Roy Buffum Directed by Nathan Hertz (Juran) In 1957, Screen Gems released 52 of Universal’s classic horror films to television in a package called Shock! Typically broadcast around the…

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Escape from the Planet of the Pandemic Parade

From the people that brought you Pandemic Parade chapters 1-8, comes yet another thrilling episode featuring Jesse V. Johnson, Casper Kelly, Fred Dekker, Don Coscarelli, Daniel Noah, Elijah Wood and Blaire Bercy. Please support the Hollywood Food Coalition. Text “Give” to 323.402.5704 or visit https://hofoco.org/donate! Show Notes: Movies Referenced In This Episode The Wondrous Story…

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Mick Garris on

The Phantom Planet

1961

Here’s a beloved bargain-basement gobbler that impressed little Micky Garris in 1961. It’s an amusing riff on Gulliver’s Travels with lots of ambition and little resource. Co-star Coleen Gray must have been wondering how she got from Kubrick’s The Killing to this in only five years!

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Joe Dante on

The Man From Planet X

Austrian shoestring auteur Edgar G. Ulmer hits it out of the park with one of the first-out-the-gate alien invasion movies, which scared a lot of early ’50s tykes when it was sold to television soon afterward.

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Joe Dante on

The Angry Red Planet

Any movie with a giant amoeba in it is OK with us. Astronauts lay waste to the flora and fauna of Mars and suffer the consequences. Legions of kids grew up with this low-budget favorite on TV Creature Feature programs.

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John Landis on

Planet of the Apes

1968

One of the major science fiction pictures of its era. J. Lee Thompson was originally to direct, but was busy with McKenna’s Gold. Franklin Schaffner was recommended to replace him by star Charlton Heston. Author Pierre Boulle objected to the famous ending provided by Rod Serling (rewritten by Michael Wilson), but later came to accept…

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John Landis on

Beneath the Planet of the Apes

1970

This surprisingly downbeat first of four sequels remains the most profitable of the Apes series, primarily due to its comparatively low budget. None-too-subtle anti-Vietnam war undertones waft through writer Paul Dehn’s‚ subterranean ‚ rehash of the original, enhanced with the addition of nuclear warhead-worshipping‚ mutant heavies.

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John Landis on

Battle for the Planet of the Apes

1973

Last and least of the Apes series tries to bring the story full circle but suffers from tv-style production values and haphazard last-minute re-cutting‚ to reduce the‚ violence‚ and‚ secure a PG rating. The uncut version is now available on Blu-Ray.

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