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Mill Creek Sci-Fi Collection
Intro Welcome everyone to The Predictably Treacherous Podcast, the Mill Creek Sci-Fi Collection part 2. We'll be reviewing the movies of the Mill Creek Sci-Fi 50 movie collection and on today's episode we'll be reviewing film 11 through 20. Here are the links discussed in the episode Mill Creek Sci-Fi Collection https://amzn.to/2FfYnKy The Rating System What's the Verdict? "Skip it" "Watch it once" "Re-watchable" This will be a 5 part podcast with 10 movies per part. This is part II
Crash of Moons (1954) Released: Jul 10th, 1954 Running Time: 78 minutes Budget: $ Distribution: Weekly serial put out as a movie. https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/89998-crash-of-moons A three-part episode from the TV series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger edited together and released as a feature for 16mm rental only. Season 1 episodes 21, 22, 23. Episode 21: Rocky saves a space station and his friends when they are trapped between gypsy moons. Episode 22: Cleolanthe tries to destroy one of the gypsy moons with a barrage of missiles. Episode 23: Rocky evacuates the gypsy moon Posetta and stops Cleolanthe's missile barrage. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crash_of_the_Moons Crash of the Moons is a 75-minute 1954 American science fiction film, consisting of three consecutive episodes of the television series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, which constituted a complete story. It was released only on 16mm for home movie rental and television syndication. It was directed by Hollingsworth Morse. This film is currently[when?] in the Public Domain[where?]. Rocky Jones attempts to save the inhabitants of Ophecius, a planet about to collide with a moon. However, Cleolanta - the empress of the planet - is suspicious. While Rocky and his crew succeed in evacuating the planet in time, Cleolanta's pride and vanity are a major hindrance. As the last of the planet's population leaves, Cleolanta arrogantly declares that she will stay behind. Her assistant refuses to allow this, and picks her up against her will and carries her on board Rocky's own ship. She watches in despair as the moon crashes into her planet, the two bodies destroying one another instantly. As the ship heads for the new home that has been chosen for her people, Cleolanta realizes that she had been wrong, and that, as stated by one of her underlings, "it is the people that make a nation, not the land itself". She reconciles with Rocky and his crew, and sincerely thanks them for their efforts on her behalf and that of her people. This marks the end of the character Cleolanta in the Rocky Jones series. Succeeding episodes contain a new villain. Distributed By https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Television_Programs_Inc. My Thoughts I couldn't watch another one of these Rocky Jones, Space Ranger movies. These appear to be in the public domain so if you go to archive.org and find it you can watch it for yourself and see what i mean. What's the Verdict? "Skip it" "Watch it once" "Re-watchable" The Snow Creature (1954) Released: Nov, 1954 Running Time: 69 minutes Budget: $ Distribution: United Artists https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/41030-the-snow-creature A botanical expedition to the Himalayas captures a Yeti and brings it back alive to Los Angeles, where it escapes and runs amok, seeking food. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Snow_Creature The Snow Creature is a 1954 science fiction-horror film movie produced and directed by W. Lee Wilder for Planet Filmplays Inc., written by Myles Wilder, and starring Paul Langton. The film has a two-act structure, the first act 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. The movie starts with a scientific expedition intent on collecting botanical samples, led by Dr. Frank Parrish (Paul Langton) and encounters difficulties when the wife of the expedition's chief guide is kidnapped. The guide, a sherpa named Subra (played by Teru Shimada), seizes the expedition's guns and takes control of the team when he is unable to convince Parrish to pursue the Yeti and save his wife. Parrish, a man of science, is skeptical of the Yeti's existence, but is forced to participate in Subra's march. Along with his fellow westerner (a photographer named Peter Wells, played by Leslie Denison), Parrish awaits his opportunity to overthrow the renegade sherpa. However, as the team draws closer to the Yeti, evidence emerges that begins to change Parrish's opinion regarding the creature's existence (such as the tell-tale “giant footprints”). Finally, the team makes contact with the snow creature, who hurls stones at them from atop his mountain refuge. The expedition tracks the creature to his cave, where they encounter the creature, along with two other Yeti's - a female and young one. The team also discover Subra's wife, who is guarded jealously by the snow creature. Parrish forcibly prevents the enraged Subra from shooting the Yeti, reasoning that the creature is more valuable for science alive. This delays the capture long enough to enable the creature to create a cave-in (presumably to keep his family safe from the humans). However, the cave-in works against the Yeti, killing the female and young Yetis and knocking the snow creature himself unconscious. The cave-in also enables Parrish and Wells to take control of the sherpa's guns. Having regained control over the expedition, and successfully capturing a live Yeti, Parrish declares that he is intent upon bringing the creature to the U.S. where it will be studied. The Yeti is eventually sedated and placed in a telephone booth-sized freezer for transport. Locked inside this freezer, the Yeti is transported to Bombay and thence to California. In an odd geographic twist, the return flight heads west from India to California (via TWA) – beginning the second act. Upon reaching Los Angeles, Parrish is greeted by reporters who have been made aware of the creature's existence. A U.S. Customs official informs Parrish that the admission of this creature to the U.S. has been made difficult by a newspaper article published by Peter Wells that refers to the creature using the term “man”. The issue is raised whether the snow-creature is actually human and the officials decide to keep the creature in quarantine until an anthropologist can determine the question of the creature's humanity. It is during this delay at the airport's customs station that the snow creature manages to escape the ice box (which was apparently meant to confine him temporarily only). The snow creature roams the city, terrorizing a woman and finding refuge in the cool temperature of the city's sewers as well as meat-lockers (where it can also feed). The police, aided by Parrish, manage to track the Yeti through the sewer system to where the creature is caught in a net and grabbed by 5 men. As the creature resists it starts to choke one of the men through the mesh. One of the men shoots the creature once who then stops choking the man. There's a pause after the choked man had been released and then the man with the gun decides to shoot the rare creature with three more slugs just for good measure. Thus, one of the greatest finds of all time is dead. Distributed By https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Artists My Thoughts This one is heaped with the notions of colonizers vs savages, American Exceptionalism, and white superiority. Its colonials vs savages! A glorious American botanical expedition to the Himalayas to discover the undiscovered super-plants that will cure diseases, and make us all rich, and the local savages are too uncivilized to exploit. It's science vs superstition! The expedition is there for the highest calling, that of exploiting nature for wealth, and the locals are too blinded by folklore about a mythical snow creature to see the business opportunities waiting to be exploited. The Lifting of the Veil! Once the expedition discovers that the snow creature is real, any pretext of altruistic intentions of wanting to help people with disease curing super-plants are dropped and the objective immediately becomes "to catch the creature and bring it back to America to sell access to it". The most cringe-worthy scene was when the beast had been captured and the local government inspector tells the American botanical expedition leader "Parish" that he can keep the creature and bring it back to America to exploit it, and that their government welcomes scientific expeditions and other colonial exploitation's and, in addition, they are arresting the Sherpa guide "Supra" and his men for "taking the law into their own hands". Of course Parrish, showing true American benevolence and justice, does not want to press charges. The runner-up cringe-worthy scene was when Supra and his men wanted to leave during the expedition to try and rescue Supra's wife who had been kidnapped and Parrish threatened to kill Supra or any of his men who didn't "obey orders". The very notion that Parish felt like the lives of Supra and his wife and the men were less important than their business venture. What's the Verdict? "Skip it" "Watch it once" "Re-watchable" Menace from Outer Space (1956) Released: Nov, 1954 Running Time: 69 minutes Budget: $ Distribution: Weekly serial put out as a movie. https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/74319-menace-from-outer-space A nontheatrical (16mm) film comprise of three contiguous episodes of the TV series "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Jones,_Space_Ranger Rocky Jones, Space Ranger is an American science fiction television serial originally broadcast in syndication from February to November 1954. The show lasted for only two seasons and, though syndicated sporadically, dropped into obscurity. Because it was recorded on film rather than being broadcast live as were most other TV space operas of the day, it has survived in reasonably good condition. The film format also allowed more elaborate special effects and sets, exterior scenes, and much better continuity. What's the Verdict? "Skip it" "Watch it once" "Re-watchable" Warning from Space (1956) Released: Jan 29, 1956 Running Time: 87 minutes Budget: $ Distribution: Daiei Film (Japanese) https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/70872-uch-jin-t-ky-ni-arawaru The citizens of Tokyo panic when they see UFOs in the sky. The aliens are benign, however, and have come to warn of a meteor on a collision course with Earth. As the meteor approaches, the Earth's atmosphere begins to heat up, and mankind must race to construct a weapon to destroy it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warning_from_Space Warning from Space (宇宙人東京に現わるUchūjin Tokyo ni arawaru) (Translation: Spacemen Appear in Tokyo) is a Japanese science fiction tokusatsu film released in January 1956 by Daiei, and was the first Japanese science fiction film to be produced in color. In the film's plot, starfish-like aliens disguised as humans travel to Earth to warn of the imminent collision of a rogue planet and Earth. As the planet rapidly accelerates toward Earth, a nuclear device is created at the last minute and destroys the approaching world. The film, directed by Koji Shima, was one of many early Japanese monster films quickly produced after the success of Toho's Godzillain 1954. The film was loosely based on a novel by Gentaro Nakajima. After release, the film was met with negative reviews, with critics calling it "bizarre" and accusing it of using science fiction clichés. Warning from Space influenced many other Japanese science fiction films, such as Gorath. The film, along with other 1950s science fiction films, influenced director Stanley Kubrick, who would later direct 2001: A Space Odyssey. Produced By https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daiei_Film My Thoughts Did you ever see that episode of Yo Gabba Gabba where Mos Def guest stars as "Super Mr. Super Hero"? He sings a song to a frightened alien called "Starsky" (who is shaped like a human sized star) to try to gain his trust. I think the alien from that episode was influenced by the aliens in this film. Grown men in star costumes with a large eye in the middle have a cryptic pronouncement on a space ship about contacting a scientist from Japan. Fast-forward 45 minutes and the aliens' sort of cloned lounge singer informs the scientists that a "runaway" planet is going to collide with earth (47 min) and that it can be stopped if they work together by creating a gigantic atomic blast in space to change the trajectory of the runaway planet. it was refreshing to see a film where the world is saved by a nation other than America. It's interesting, and the angle is unclear to me, why the only country in the world at that point in time, who has been bombed by a weapon of mass destruction, would make a science fiction propaganda piece that is pro that weapon of mass destruction. You would think that they would be making a movie showing the annihilation of the planet by those weapons that destroyed two of their cities and killed hundreds of thousands of civilians, as opposed to promoting their upside. What's the Verdict? "Skip it" "Watch it once" "Re-watchable" Wild Women of Wongo (1958) Released: 1958 Running Time: 71 minutes Budget: $ Distribution: https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/43144-the-wild-women-of-wongo On the tropical island of Wongo, a tribe of beautiful women discover that the other side of the island is inhabited by a tribe of handsome men. They also discover that a tribe of evil ape men live on the island, too, and the ape men are planning a raid on the tribe in order to capture mates. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wild_Women_of_Wongo The Wild Women of Wongo is a 1958 American film directed by James L. Wolcott, featuring low budget, stereotypical portrayals of fictional tropical islanders. The movie was released on DVD in 2004. The film starts with narration from Mother Nature discussing an experiment with Father Time that went wrong. On the (fictional) island of Wongo she created a tribe where the men are brutish and ugly and the women are beautiful. She then creates a tribe on a nearby island called Goona where the women are repulsive and the men are strong and handsome. For years the two tribes lived unaware of each other's existence, until ape men from across the ocean attack the village of Goona. The tribe sends their king's son to seek help against the invaders. The son finds the island of Wongo, the day before the village men pick their brides. The women, seeing the handsome prince, begin questioning their life among the brutes that dwell in the village. The men grow jealous of their visitor and plot to kill him. The women of Wongo, finding out about this, risk their lives to protect the prince, and in doing so offend the crocodile god of the Wongo people (portrayed by stock footage of a crocodilian and a rubber model). The women are rounded up by the village men and are sent out into the wilderness until the reptile god has drawn blood for the insult. The women band together, watching each other's backs until the ape men arrive at their village and, after they dispatch the invaders to the god, leave in search for the men that had abandoned the island of Wongo. In Goona, the men have just begun their rite of manhood, in which they go into the jungle, without weapons, for a month. The women of Wongo, coming upon the weaponless men, decide to take advantage of their helplessness and, one by one, claim them in marriage. The film concludes with all the beautiful men and women married, and the ugly men with the ugly women. Former Wales rugby union international Rex Richards appears as the King of Wongo. Distributed By My Thoughts The women from the tribe look like they emerged from a Flintstones episode (the movie is pre-Flintstones) They have sexy prehistoric looking sleeveless mini skirt dresses, and the leader's is animal print. They would make foxy Halloween costumes. If you're going to skip the film, then check out the meeting with the Crocodile goddess at 31:30 for a good look at the women, dancing and close-ups start at 33:00. What's the Verdict? "Skip it" "Watch it once" "Re-watchable" She Gods of Shark Reef (1958) Released: Aug 1958 Running Time: 63 minutes Budget: $ Distribution: American International Pictures https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/76399-she-gods-of-shark-reef Two brothers, one wanted for murder, are shipwrecked on an island inhabited by nubile young women who have amassed a valuable cache of pearls. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She_Gods_of_Shark_Reef She Gods of Shark Reef is a 1958 B-adventure film directed by Roger Corman that was partially filmed on location in Kaua'i back to back with Thunder over Hawaii in 1956.The film was distributed in 1958 by American International Pictures as a double feature with Night of the Blood Beast. A young and reckless criminal, Jim (Don Durant), stows away on his brother Chris Johnston's (Bill Cord) boat after killing two men interrupting his gun running. As they sail out to the Sulu Sea they are caught in a terrible storm and are shipwrecked off a beautiful island that is inhabited by a secretive all female village of pearl divers. Though the lonely and beautiful women of the island are friendly and flirtatious with the two brothers (the only remaining survivors), the village elder Queen Pua (Jeanne Gearson) is cautious and hostile, wanting the two off the island as soon as possible. Chris falls in love with one of the island beauties, Mahia (Lisa Montell), while Jim, being a wanted man, seeks to escape before the naval ship sent to rescue them arrives. Terrified of being recognized and executed for his crimes, Jim fixes one of the islanders' broken boats and lets his brother and his forbidden love in on his plan. But before they can leave, the black-hearted criminal is overcome by greed and steals the islanders' precious pearls, injuring a native in the process. Once out to sea Chris discovers what his sibling has done and tries to stop him in a fight on some jagged rocks. Jim tries to get away, but he gets tangled in the boats ropes and falls to the sea, where the shark kills him, finally punishing him for his crimes. Distributed By https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_International_Pictures My Thoughts Ii tried several times to watch this film but I couldn't get through it. The audio is bad. What's the Verdict? "Skip it" "Watch it once" "Re-watchable" Hercules Unchained (1959) Released: Jul 13, 1960 Running Time: 97 minutes Budget: $ Distribution: Warner Bros https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/39402-ercole-e-la-regina-di-lidia En route to Thebes for an important diplomatic mission, Hercules drinks from a magic spring and loses his memory. He spends most of the movie in the pleasure gardens of Queen Omphale of Lydia. While young Ulysses tries to help him regain his memory, political tensions escalate in Thebes, and Hercules' new wife Iole finds herself in mortal danger. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hercules_Unchained Hercules Unchained (Italian: Ercole e la regina di Lidia, "Hercules and the Queen of Lydia") is a 1959 Italian-French epic fantasyfeature film starring Steve Reeves and Sylva Koscina in a story about two warring brothers and Hercules' tribulations in the court of Queen Omphale. The film is the sequel to the Reeves vehicle Hercules (1958) and marks Reeves' second - and last - appearance as Hercules. The film's screenplay, loosely based upon various Greek myths and dramas, was written by Ennio De Concini and Pietro Francisci with Francisci directing and Bruno Vailati and Ferruccio De Martino producing the film. While travelling, Hercules is asked to intervene in a quarrel between two brothers, Eteoclesand Polynices, over who should rule Thebes. Before he can complete this task, Hercules drinks from a magic spring and is hypnotized by a harem girl who dances the "Dance of Shiva", loses his memory and becomes the captive of Queen Omphale of Lydia. The Queen keeps men until she tires of them, then has them made into statues. While young Ulysses tries to help him regain his memory, Hercules' wife, Iole, finds herself in danger from Eteocles, current ruler of Thebes, who plans on throwing her to the wild beasts in his entertainment arena. Hercules slays three tigers in succession and rescues his wife, then assists the Theban army in repelling mercenary attackers hired by Polynices. The two brothers ultimately fight one another for the throne and end up killing each other; the good high priest Creon is elected by acclaim. Distributed By https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warner_Bros. My Thoughts Questions when viewing these "Sword and Sandel" films: are you confident in the actual name of the film ("Hercules Unchained" in this case)can you identify the main character and do you know his nameDo you have a sence of what the main premise of the film is and what is at stake for the protagonistNarrated and dubbed into English Opening scene a guy gets stabbed by some army guys guys on a trirene (boat with rowers) Hercules and his pals unload their stuff on Attica and we get introduced to his crew. They head out to Thebes in a covered wagon. wife is hot. creamy skin ginger wearing a loose dress with no bra. hercules is big and buff and he has an incredible head of pompadoured hair. fight a giant Premise encounter Oedipus in a cave, he gave up the throne of Thebes so that his sons could each rule for 1 year, but a year has passed and his son is not willing to give up the throne for the other son so there is going to be a battle for power between the sons. Hercules suggests that he broker a peace and the one son agrees to give him 6 days to achieve this or he will attack his brother on the throne. i got lost after that. What's the Verdict? "Skip it" "Watch it once" "Re-watchable" Teenagers from Outer Space (1959) Released: Jun, 1959 Running Time: 85 minutes Budget: $20,000 Distribution: Warner Bros https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/35139-teenagers-from-outer-space A young alien falls for a pretty teenage Earth girl and they team up to try to stop the plans of his invading cohorts, who intend to use Earth as a food-breeding ground for giant lobsters from their planet. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenagers_from_Outer_Space Teenagers from Outer Space (a.k.a. The Gargon Terror (UK title), The Boy from Outer Space, and originally titled The Ray Gun Terror) is a 1959 independently madeAmerican black-and-white science fiction film released by Warner Bros. The film was produced, written, and directed by Tom Graeffand stars David Love, Dawn Bender, Bryan Grant, Harvey B. Dunn, Tom Graeff, and King Moody. Teenagers from Outer Space was distributed theatrically by Warner Brothers on a double feature with Gigantis the Fire Monster, the English-dubbed version of the 1955 Japanese giant monster film Godzilla Raids Again. In the film, alien teenager Derek abandons his crew to search for a new life on Earth, while one of his crewmates is sent to kill him while they attempt to eradicate human life in order to farm Earth with giant lobster-like livestock they call Gargons. The film was later shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000, Elvira's Movie Macabre, and Off Beat Cinema. An alien spaceship comes to Earth while searching for a planet suitable to raise "Gargons", a lobster-like but air-breathing creature that is a delicacy on their home world. Thor (Bryan Grant) shows his alien contempt for Earth's creatures by vaporizing a dog named Sparky. Crew member Derek (David Love), after discovering an inscription on Sparky's dog tag, fears that the Gargon might destroy Earth's native inhabitants. This makes the other aliens scoff at the thought. Being members of the "supreme race", they disdain "foreign beings", no matter how intelligent; they pride themselves that "families" and "friendships" are forbidden on their world. Derek turns out to be a member of an alien underground that commemorates the more humane periods of their world's history. Their one Gargon seems to be sick in Earth's atmosphere. While his crew mates are distracted, Derek leaves. Eventually, the Gargon seems to revive. When the Captain reports his actions, Derek is quickly connected to their Leader (Gene Sterling); Derek, it turns out, is the Leader's son, although Derek is unaware of this. Thor is sent to hunt down Derek, with orders to kill him in order to protect their mission to Earth. They return to their base, leaving the Gargon behind. Meanwhile, Derek finds the home address he found on the dog's tag. There he meets Betty Morgan (Dawn Anderson) and her Grandpa Joe (Harvey B. Dunn). They have a room to rent, and Derek inadvertently becomes a boarder. When Betty's boyfriend, reporter Joe Rogers (Tom Graeff), cannot make their afternoon date, Derek tags along with Betty. He shows the tag to Betty, who recognizes it immediately. Derek takes her to the place where the spaceship landed and shows her Sparky's remains. She does not believe him, so he describes Thor's weapon that can also vaporize humans. Betty takes this surprisingly well and vows to help Derek stop his crewmate. For the rest of the day, Betty and Derek have several run-ins with Thor, and Joe follows up on stories of skeletons popping up all over town. Eventually, Thor is wounded, and he kidnaps Betty to help him receive medical attention, in the process revealing Derek's true parentage to her. Two car chases and a gunfight follow, and Thor is finally captured by Earth authorities after plummeting off a cliff in a stolen car. But there are bigger problems: the Gargon has grown immensely large in Earth's atmosphere, killing a policeman investigating the alien's landing site, and attacking numerous people. Derek and Betty go to the car wreck site to look for Thor's raygun. They share a kiss, and Derek vows to stay on Earth. When the Gargon ruins their romantic moment, Derek finds the raygun just in time for them to be able to escape. Unfortunately, it is out of power and the enlarged Gargon is heading toward town. They follow and confront it, having used the overhead power lines to fuel the raygun's disintegrator ray. They eventually kill the creature, but it is too late. Alien spaceships suddenly appear in orbit overhead. The whole gang, including Joe and Grandpa, hurries to the alien landing site. Derek reunites with his father and makes the ultimate sacrifice, leading the overhead spaceships at full speed directly into his ground location, causing a massive explosion. Derek does not survive the blast but is remembered by Betty for declaring, "I shall make the Earth my home. And I shall never, never leave it." My Thoughts: what is it with lobsters? Lobsters seem to pop up more than you would expect in Philosophy and philoso-pop culture. A post called "Sartre's Existential Lobsters" on the site Blue Labyrinths from 2015 explains...here are some highlights from the post. In 1934 Jean Paul Sartre, in an attempt to induce hallucinations for a book he was writing, decided to experiment with mescaline. Sartre confided to Simone de Beauvoir that ordinary objects were morphing into various creatures like craps, octopuses, and lobsters. In the days following the trip, Sartre had a nervous breakdown. De Beauvoir sent him to a psychiatrist, Jacques Lacan, whom Sartre would go on to form a long term friendship with. Through psychoanalysis, Lacan and Sartre came to the conclusion that the hallucinations were brought on by the fear of "being alone" and "losing camaraderie of the group" The film The Lobster (2015) ( i didn't see it...) apparently explored the absurdity and cruelty in relationships. Here's a couple of links to some nerds discussing it: https://movies.stackexchange.com/questions/45335/what-is-the-actual-meaning-of-the-film-the-lobster, https://filmcolossus.com/single-post/2017/08/31/Explaining-the-end-of-THE-LOBSTER-how-philosophical-endings-differ-from-the-norm-and-why, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZyIaoNOPCw Jordan Peterson uses lobsters in his pseudo-scientific arguments. Hierarchies exist and some believe that they are a social construct that allow some groups (white men) to have power over other groups. Peterson uses his lobster argument to rebut the idea that hierarchies exist solely due to patriarchal oppression. Peterson claims that lobsters also have hierarchies. Their "brains" run on serotonin. The higher the lobster climbs up the social hierarchy, the more serotonin their "brains" make available. Peterson further claims that serotonin works in human brains in a similar way, causing humans to form social hierarchies. So for him, it's natural for us to have hierarchies, and they are not merely a social construct. you can read countless articles that debunk Peterson's pseudo-science, here are some links: https://carleton.ca/align/2018/jordan-peterson-uses-pseudoscience-to-support-his-intellectually-feeble-ideas/ , http://theconversation.com/psychologist-jordan-peterson-says-lobsters-help-to-explain-why-human-hierarchies-exist-do-they-90489, https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2018/01/22/jordan-peterson-on-embracing-your-inner-lobster-in-12-rules-for-life.html, https://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/922y7r/why_is_jordan_peterson_always_associated_with/ ...suffice it to say, I hope this is the last time that i have to bring up JP but somehow I fear that it won't be... finally, there is the philosophical idea of "The Great Chain of Being" video: https://archive.org/details/19971202NSPRS078 article: https://www.philosophytalk.org/blog/they%E2%80%99re-only-lobsters essay: http://www.columbia.edu/~col8/lobsterarticle.pdf Here's an explanation of "the Great Chain of Being" according to a blog post in philosophytalk.org from October 2018 called "They're only Lobsters": "...the notion that the biosphere is partitioned into ranks, with humans at the top, and every other organism at some inferior position. The rank that a being occupies corresponds to its intrinsic value—the value that it has in and of itself. The higher an organism is ranked, the greater its worth, and the more consideration we owe it. We humans regard ourselves as supremely valuable—indeed, as Immanuel Kant put it, infinitely valuable—beings. So, we have demanding moral obligations to members of our own kind, but less, if any, to the “lower” creatures that are ranked “beneath” us." The essay "Consider the Lobster" by David Foster Wallace from his essay collection of the same name, pushed back on "the great chain of being" idea citing the barbarism of the way humans kill and eat lobsters through the Maine Lobster Festival with it's gratuitous "world's largest lobster boiling pot" "Consider the Lobster" atricle http://www.columbia.edu/~col8/lobsterarticle.pdf Consider the Lobster Wikipedia entry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consider_the_Lobster So what does this have to do with "Teenagers from Space" (1959)? Well, this film takes the idea of "the great chain of being" and turns it on it's head. Or rather, turns the tables for humans and their place in the chain. In the movie, aliens arrive on Earth with the intention of using it as a factory farm for their livestock--a lobster like creature that will feast on Earth's native inhabitants. So in this scenario, man is no longer at the top of "the chain of being", the aliens are. More than that, man is at the bottom of the chain--below the alien's lobster like livestock creatures. Beyond this, the story wasn't really compelling. One of the aliens doesn't see the creatures of Earth as unimportant and he fleas and one of his colleagues is sent in pursuit of him. In the end, the compassionate alien sacrifices himself to save the inhabitants of Earth. What's the Verdict? "Skip it" "Watch it once" "Re-watchable" The Wasp Woman (1959) Released: Oct 30, 1959 Running Time: 73 minutes Budget: $50,000 Distribution: The Filmgroup, Allied Artists Pictures Corporation https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/27545-the-wasp-woman A cosmetics queen develops a youth formula from jelly taken from queen wasps. She fails to anticipate the typical hoary side effects. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wasp_Woman The Wasp Woman (also known as The Bee Girl and Insect Woman) is a 1959 American black-and-white science fiction horror film, produced and directed by Roger Corman and starring Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Michael Mark, and Barboura Morris. The film was originally released by Filmgroup as a double feature with Beast from Haunted Cave. To pad out the film's running time when it was released to television two years later, a new prologue was added by director Jack Hill. In Hill's prologue, a scientist, Dr. Eric Zinthrop (Michael Mark), is fired from his job at a honey farm for experimenting with wasps. The founder and owner of a large cosmetics company, Janice Starlin (Susan Cabot), is disturbed when her firm's sales begin to drop after it becomes apparent to her customer base that she is aging. Zinthrop has been able to extract enzymes from the royal jelly of the queen wasp that can reverse the aging process. Janice agrees to fund further research, at great cost, provided she can serve as his human subject. Displeased with the slowness of the results, she breaks into the scientist's laboratory after hours and injects herself with extra doses of the formula. Zinthrop becomes aware that some of the test creatures are becoming violent and goes to warn Janice, but before he can reach anyone, he gets into a car accident. He is thus temporarily missing and Janice goes through great trouble to find him, eventually taking over his care. Janice continues her clandestine use of the serum and sheds 20 years in a single weekend, but soon discovers that she is periodically transformed into a murderous, wasp-like creature. Eventually, Zinthrop throws a jar of carbolic acid at her face, and another character uses a chair to push her out of a window, killing her. My Thoughts Oh my god! Incredibly boring movie. The summary on Wikipedia is fairly accurate. Although, i think the scientist actually gets hit by a car crossing the street...and i think it may have been a snooping scientist who works at the cosmetics company who hit him with the car. I wasn't entirely clear on what was being implied. These Corman films are really bad and mostly not in a good way. What's the Verdict? "Skip it" "Watch it once" "Re-watchable" The Incredible Petrified World (1959) Released: Apr 16, 1960 Running Time: 70 minutes Budget: $ Distribution: Governor Films Inc. https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/35663-the-incredible-petrified-world When the cable breaks on their diving bell four people find themselves trapped in a hidden underwater world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Incredible_Petrified_World The Incredible Petrified World is a 1960 science fiction film directed by Jerry Warrenand starring John Carradine and Robert Clarke. The film is about four explorers who travel down into the depths of the sea and get stranded in an underwater cavern. While waiting to be rescued, the group runs across a crazy old sailor named Matheny who's been living in the cave for years. They find a rotting skeleton of another sailor, whom they learn was murdered by Matheny. The rest of the story deals with their attempts to escape and return to the surface world. The film was actually completed by Warren in 1957, but remained unreleased until it was distributed in April 1960 on a double featurewith Warren's Teenage Zombies. Professor Millard Wyman (John Carradine) sends a crew of two men, Paul Whitmore (Allen Windsor) and Craig Randall (Robert Clarke), and two women Lauri Talbott (Sheila Noonan) and Dale Marshall (Phyllis Coates), down to ocean depths never before explored. But, there's a technical problem during the launch. The diving bell breaks free of the cable connecting them to the surface and loses contact with the surface. The mission is believed lost. But the crew, having survived their ordeal, don their scuba gear and leave the bell. Instead of reaching the surface, they surface in a cavern. The crew members explore the cave and find a skeleton, then a disheveled old sailor named Matheny (George Skaff) who tells them that he suffered a shipwreck fourteen years prior and has been living in these caves ever since. He claims there is no way out and a volcano provides air from the surface. Meanwhile, up on the surface Prof. Wyman's younger brother builds another bell and launches it in an attempted rescue mission. However, with the old man in the cave starting to leer lecherously at the women, and the volcano growing more unstable, the second mission may not find them in time. The old man reveals to the women that he murdered the other sailor years ago, increasing their apprehension. Just as he is about to assault one of the girls, the volcano erupts, the old man is crushed under falling rocks. The stranded crew of the diving bell make their way up toward the surface and are rescued. Cast
What is with the strange footage of a shark and octopus fighting under the water in the beginning, just after the opening credits.
16:45 Dale gets shaken and slapped when she loses her shit over the realization that they are going to die in a diving bell deep under the ocean.
The gals are wearing fetching cashmere sweaters and dress pants like they're at a dinner party. Laurie seems to have capris on.
music 31:20 to 32:58
stock footage of the komodo dragon 32:30
34:00 out of nowhere heat between Laurie and Dayle 34:25 34:47 "Nothing friendly between two females...:
38:00 the cave dweller shows up...he's kind of a
another diving bell mission finds the two guys when they are diving back to the bell to get supplies. Apparently they are only 100 feet below the surface. The cave dweller starts creeping on Dale and the volcano erupts and he is crushed by falling rocks.
What's the Verdict?
"Watch it once"
Music for the intro:
Music from https://filmmusic.io
"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)