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Review of The Phantom Planet

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The Phantom PlanetRating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

Imagine little people fighting big hungry invaders.Now imagine hero astronaut who comes to save the day. Thats Phantom Planet; well almost. When an astronaut is forced to make a crash landing on a remote astroid he gets more than he bargain for. In order to survive the astonaut must wonder out his spaceship and breath the air on this astroid. Breathing the air has drastic consequences for the astronaut as he discovers he’s shrinking. Shruken to a measley 6 inches he soons finds out that he’s not alone; as there are other wee little people on the astroid with him. These wee little people inform him of there fate; the battle against the scary Solarites. The Solarites are creatures who wish to eat the wee little people. Our hero and the wee little people who have turned the astroid into a spaceship forge a battle against the evil Solarites. And of course, fall in love along the way.

Reason to Watch

There is nothing ike a cheap science fiction movie where all care and concern for accuracy is thrown out the window.The Phantom Planet is one movie where all concern for truth and reality was left on the doorstep. However, the movie is a great sci fi movie. It has action and even a love story. The pig faced Solarites are funny looking and I don’t know about you but every time I saw the wee little people I couldn’t help but think about the dwarves in The Wizard of Oz. Sure you can’t help but laugh at some of the corny lines that were written but hey thats what makes the movie so much fun. The sound efects even remind you a western shootout while the fight scenes are almost comical. The women are straight out of the sixties movie era; over flowing with lust fill eyes at the male lead. The goofs are obvious; for instance, the lead star in one scene looks at his wrist for the time even though he has no watch.

Context

The movie was made in the early sixities when America and the world was entering the space race. Everyone had dreams of what outer space held and Hollywood was ready to fuel there interest. Did it matter if Hollywood got it right? No, the only thing that the average movie goer was concerned about was good entertainment and Hollywood was prepaired to feed the hungry masses.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

Here are some best lines from the movie that am sure you’ll find funny and deeply moving. “You know Captain, every year of my life I grow more and more convinced that the wiset and the best is to fix our attention on the good and the beautiful. If you just take the time to lok at it.” Is this not dramatic writing. The Oscars were awaiting

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

First, don’t attempt to watch this movie alone I suggsest four to six close friends who share your worst tendencies. Why the need for a group? Well your going to need someone to help you finish all that beer am going to tell you to buy. Phantom Planet can be tedious at times like pulling teeth; yet, so corny that you can’t stop watching. Have you ever pass a car weak and just couldn’t pull your attention away? Phantom Planet will grab your attention in the same way. You won’t to turn away but can’t. And don’t forget that with a large group of friends you’ll always have someone to turn off the television if you drift of into space.

Trivia

Included in the cast of Phantom Planet are some legendary actors. Richard Kiel, known for his charater (Jaws) in the seventies James Bond action movies plays an evil giant Slorarite out to devour the citizens of Phantom Planet.

Educational Content

1. I never knew that breathing air could change your whole molecular make up and turn you into a wee little person.
2. Never knew that one could walk in outer space unteathered.
3. Check out the spaceship that takes off straight up into space but lands on it’s side.
4. Or a people so advance with space technology yet still live in caves and have no social graces.

Justification for Rating

Even though this movie is comical the film is still a crowd pleaser as it tries to entertain us with science fiction fantasy and action . Within the movie you can see the rise of the future science fiction shows like Star Trek.

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Review of Phantom From Space

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Phantom From SpaceRating: ★★★½☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

A UFO crashes in Santa Monica and an alien, which survived the crash, has found himself on unknown planet (or maybe he do know exactly where he is). After the accident sudden outbreak of radio and television interference and federal government sends group of investigators to track down the source of the interference. During the investigation they receive a large number of statements by eye-witnesses who saw a person in unusual outfit. Alien fails in his attempts to communicate with earthlings end ends up killing two people. While being pursued by government authorities alien takes off his spacesuit and thus appears invisible to the human eye.

Reason to Watch

Although the beginning of the movie is rather boring, but once it gets rolling it is very possible that it will hold you in your chair. And the scenes with invisible alien are very well done for a low budget movie like this.

Context

This movie was made in the 1950’s, the decade that brought us lots of vintage sci-fi films like “Day the Earth Stood Still”, “Forbidden Planet”, “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms”, “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” and many others.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

Pete: “How would you feel if somebody with a crazy helmet with pipes sticking out of it came at you in the dark!”

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

You need an alien detector that is capable to find out is there an invisible extraterrestrial specie in your house so you won’t be frighten with every noise made during the movie.

Trivia

Police sketch of the suspect really looks like some kids drawing and the reaction after revealing it to the eyewitness is good for some comedy movie.

Educational Content

If you have problems in communicating with other don’t just start killing them, it will only get worse.

Justification for Rating

Some questions remained unanswered at the end and that’s what I didn’t like in the movie. At the end we don’t know where the alien came from, what were his intentions and he dies leaving no proof of being here.

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Horror

Review of Nightmare Castle

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Rating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

I’m beginning to grow more fond of old horror films, especially with my disillusionment with modern horror. And this film is one of the better old horror films I’ve found. A mad scientist finds his wife cheating on him with the butler. After torturing them with electric shock and other gruesome methods (whippings, beatings) he finally kills them. But to get the inheritance from his wife’s family, he has to marry her lunatic sister who is now cursed with the spirit of his dead wife. On top of this, we have an old women who remains young with the blood of the dead wife, who feels the dried and cold blood inside her. Sounds good, right? And it is. The only thing that could have been better was the dubbing from Italian to English, but after the first five minutes you hardly notice anymore. The black and white really sets a mood and the fact the blood is black (because it can’t be red) makes it seem even more sinister than it had to be. Recommended for those who are sick of Hollywood pumping horror films out for little girls.

Reason to Watch

Barbara Steele has a dual role in this Italian production concerning a mad scientist who tortures his unfaithful wife and her lover to death only to have them return from the grave for revenge. With a score by Ennio Morricone. I advice for you to watch also.

Context

Country & date on which movie released Italy 16 July 1965 France 5 June 1966 USA 5 July 1966 Movie is also called with different names around the world. Movie name Location Amants d’outre tombe, Les France Lovers Beyond the Tomb (undefined) Lovers from Beyond the Tomb (undefined) Night of the Doomed UK Nightmare Castle USA Orgasmo (undefined) Stoiheiomenos pyrgos Greece The Faceless Monster (undefined)

Most Memorable Quote(s)

A mad, sadistic scientist on the loose!

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

A sadistic count tortures and murders his unfaithful wife and her lover, then removes their hearts from their bodies. Years later, the count remarries and the new wife experiences nightmares and hauntings. The ghosts of the slain return to exact their bloody revenge, until their hearts are destroyed.

Trivia

Director Mario Caiano initially wanted to highlight the gory scenes with red color. The idea was dropped due to budget limitations.

Educational Content

Yes

Justification for Rating

A horrible scenes , which are scary, but worthful to watch and its not waste of time watching it .

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Fan Review of King of the Zombies

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Rating: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

This is a remarkable horror classic comic movie. This movie is schlocky laugh riot, one of the best humorous incident is where the “Irish” guy gets into a fight with some less than alive assailants. Some scenes had effected the feelings of German’s and that is the reason why the film was unable to pass local pro Germany censorship boards. More lands humorous is so realistic and carries every joke with comic flair.The suspense was ever lasting throughout the movie until the end. Each person has justified his character according to director views. Read the rest of this entry »

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Review of Night of the Living Dead

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Night of the Living DeadRating: ★★★★½☆☆☆☆☆

Review

Johnny and Barbra go to place flowers on their fathers grave in a rural Pennsylvania graveyard. Something odd and unexplained starts to happen during their trip and the recently deceased start to get up and attack the living; eating their flesh. Our main characters run to an old abandoned farm house and hole up hoping to last through the night. Soon other survivors begin to emerge from the surrounding area. They must learn to ban together and fight for survival and peace among themselves in order to survive the night of the living dead.

Reason to Watch

This movie made the zombie sub genre start. George Romero did a fantastic job on this low budget, yet thought provoking, film. Definitely worth the watch.

Context

This movie was set, and shot, in Zelienople, Pennsylvania. It was shot in black and white in 1968. Also noted, the film has an impact on the Vietnam era along with some noted racism issues.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

Johnny: “They’re coming to get you, Barbra!”
Ben: “Now get the hell down in the cellar. You can be the boss down there, but I’m boss up here!”

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

In order to get through this movie:
1.) Watch it alone
2.) At night
3.) With no lights
4.) Minimal interruptions
5.) Lots of snacks!
=D
Enjoy.

Trivia

Continuity: Ben finds a pair of shoes and puts them on Barbara’s feet, but in the very next shot where she’s sitting on the couch, she is not wearing shoes nor are they any in the shot with her.

Educational Content

1.) Never wear heels in rural PA.
2.) Shock can turn you into a blithering idiot.
3.) Little girls can never be trusted.
4.) Spades: Not just for gardening!

Justification for Rating

I would give it a 9/10 just because it’s still a great movie by today’s standards. We still fight a lot of the same issues. Great gore! Who wouldn’t want to see a movie that shocked the masses?

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