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Battle Beyond the Sun

Released 1959
Distributor The Filmgroup

The fairly elaborate 1959 Soviet space-race movie The Heavens Call was acquired in 1962 by Roger Corman, who assigned fledgling filmmaker Francis Coppola to rejigger it for the US market by cutting, rewriting and dubbing it into a propaganda-free second feature. But those literal-minded Russkies had neglected to include the most important aspect of any sci fi  movie aimed at kids: Monsters! The wacky scatological alien puppets added by Coppola turned up again in 1976’s Hollywood Boulevard. In SovColor!

About Jack Hill

Jack Hill began his career, like so many of his contemporaries, working for Roger Corman, then wrote and directed the cult classic Spider Baby, which introduced his favorite actor, Sid Haig. His The Big Doll House launched an entire genre of “Women in Prison” pix as well as Pam Grier, whom he later brought to stardom in Coffy and Foxy Brown. Other credits include The Big Bird CagePit StopSwinging Cheerleaders and Switchblade Sisters. He is currently exec producing a series of remakes of some of his earlier horror films. See Jack Hill Presents.