CULT SCI-FI COLLECTION 2011
Featuring four cult sci-fi classics: The Thing from Another World, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, It Came from Outer Space.
The Thing from Another World: (Amazon.co.uk review)
With its modest special effects, lean plot, and small cast of lesser stars, this 1951 thriller remains a sturdy blueprint for fusing horror and science fiction. The formula has been employed countless times since, fleshed out with more extensive and elaborate production values, and manned by higher profiled marquee names, but the results have yet to improve on The Thing from Another World, Howard Hawks’s lone foray into sci-fi. The story begins as military airmen are dispatched to a remote Arctic research station where scientists have detected the crash of a spacecraft. An effort to retrieve the saucer-shaped vehicle fails, but the team returns to the station with the frozen body of its sole occupant. When the extraterrestrial pilot is accidentally thawed, the crew, headed by a tough-talking pilot (Kenneth Tobey), grapples with a massive, chlorophyll-based humanoid (James Arness) thirsty for blood and in no mood for galactic diplomacy. Hawks takes only a production credit for this low-budget exercise, but his filmmaking style transcends Christian Nyby’s nominal direction: rapid-fire, overlapping dialogue, an ensemble of comrades whose professionalism is tempered by wisecracks, and unsentimental female characters (embodied by feisty romantic interest Margaret Sheridan) recall Hawks’s signature works, while propelling the plot over any potential gaps in credibility. It’s hardly surprising, then, that The Thing from Another World remains among the most influential science fiction movies ever shot, or that it remains exciting entertainment a half century later. —Sam Sutherland
Subtitles: English SDH
The Incredible Shrinking Man:
One of the best science-fiction films of the 50’s, The Incredible Shrinking Man is a gripping and thought-provoking classic. Scott Carey (Grant Williams) encounters a mysterious radioactive mist on a boating trip and soon finds his life taking a bizarre and frightening twist. His physical size begins to diminish as he shrinks to a mere two inches. Suddenly ordinary household situations loom over him with lethal intensity: a playful cat becomes a demon and a spider a gargantuan monster. Carey finds he must rely on his wits to survive in his new oversized world in this fascinating film based on Richard Mattheson’s riveting sreenplay.
Subtitles: English SDH, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Danish, Hungarian, Finnish, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish
The Creature from the Black Lagoon:
Scientists drug and capture a creature from the mysterious Black Lagoon, who becomes enamoured with the head scientist’s female assistant (Julia Adams). The lonely creature, “a living amphibious missing link,” escapes and kidnaps the object of his affection. Chief scientist (Richard Carlson) then launches a crusade to rescue his assistant and cast the ominous creature back to the depths from where he came. Well-acted and directed, and with Bud Westmore’s brilliantly designed monster, Creature from the Black Lagoon remains an enduring tribute to the imaginative genius of its Hollywood creators.
Subtitles: English SDH, Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish, Romanian
It Came from Outer Space:
Amateur astronomer John Putnam (Richard Carlson) and his fiancée Ellen Fields (Barbara Rush) are stargazing in the desert when a spaceship bursts from the sky and crashes to the ground. Just before a landslide buries the ship, a mysterious creature emerges and disappears into the darkness. Of course, when he tells his story to the sheriff (Charles Drake), John is branded a crackpot; but before long, strange things begin to happen, and the tide of disbelief turns… Based on a story by acclaimed writer Ray Bradbury, It Came from Outer Space is a science fiction classic that is as thought provoking and tantalizing today as it was when it first “landed” on the silver screen.
Subtitles: English SDH, German, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish