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 ==== Chop-Sucky - The Revenge ==== ==== Chop-Sucky - The Revenge ====
-    * The Real Bruce Lee+    ​* **The Real Bruce Lee**
         * Dick Randall, creator of The Clones of Bruce Lee presents us another masterpiece. The Real Bruce Lee? Well, the first 30 minutes maybe. Here we get to see scenes (again) from some movies Bruce made when he was a kid (The Bad Boy, Orphan Sam ao). These scenes were included to justify the title. After this archive footage we're treated to Dragon Lee's first feature role in a movie that's basically a re-hash of Fists of Fury. But this one's got Ninja'​s.         * Dick Randall, creator of The Clones of Bruce Lee presents us another masterpiece. The Real Bruce Lee? Well, the first 30 minutes maybe. Here we get to see scenes (again) from some movies Bruce made when he was a kid (The Bad Boy, Orphan Sam ao). These scenes were included to justify the title. After this archive footage we're treated to Dragon Lee's first feature role in a movie that's basically a re-hash of Fists of Fury. But this one's got Ninja'​s.
-    * Chase Step By Step+    ​* **Chase Step By Step**
         * Two circus performers are tasked with escorting relief in the form of gold bullion to a region hit by drought. On the way they are beset by countless bandits. [Yes, they'​re circus performers trying to alleviate the pain of a drought by kicking ass, making whoosh noises, and being weird as hell.]  ​         * Two circus performers are tasked with escorting relief in the form of gold bullion to a region hit by drought. On the way they are beset by countless bandits. [Yes, they'​re circus performers trying to alleviate the pain of a drought by kicking ass, making whoosh noises, and being weird as hell.]  ​
         * Judy is the female counterpart to Bruce Lee.  Proving herself stronger and tougher than any male opponent, she fights her was through a prostitution ring and frees her family from slavery. [Yes, that's right, she is the female Bruce Lee.  Don't overhype your actor or anything... ​ Did you notice that the two plot outlines don't match well?  It may be a good indication of what the plot is like...]         * Judy is the female counterpart to Bruce Lee.  Proving herself stronger and tougher than any male opponent, she fights her was through a prostitution ring and frees her family from slavery. [Yes, that's right, she is the female Bruce Lee.  Don't overhype your actor or anything... ​ Did you notice that the two plot outlines don't match well?  It may be a good indication of what the plot is like...]
-    * For Y'ur Height Only+    ​* **For Y'ur Height Only**
         * Professor Van Kholer is visiting the Philippines but upon arrival is kidnapped by the henchmen of the evil Mr Giant. The crimelord intends to use Kholer'​s scientific breakthrough,​ The N Bomb, in his plans for world domination. Only one man can save civilisation,​ and that man is midget superspy Agent 00.         * Professor Van Kholer is visiting the Philippines but upon arrival is kidnapped by the henchmen of the evil Mr Giant. The crimelord intends to use Kholer'​s scientific breakthrough,​ The N Bomb, in his plans for world domination. Only one man can save civilisation,​ and that man is midget superspy Agent 00.
         * Stop me if you've heard this before because For Your Height Only is the oft-told story of a three-foot high suave secret agent from Manila who is an expert in both armed and unarmed combat, a legend on the dance floor and a seducer of women. In other words it's a cheap, trashy and totally ludicrous parody of the 007 films and follows the usual Bond formula with our pocket-sized protagonist sent on his mission armed with an array of gadgets (including x-ray specs, jetpack and remote control steel brimmed hat), romancing a bevy of beauties and saving the world as only he can.          * Stop me if you've heard this before because For Your Height Only is the oft-told story of a three-foot high suave secret agent from Manila who is an expert in both armed and unarmed combat, a legend on the dance floor and a seducer of women. In other words it's a cheap, trashy and totally ludicrous parody of the 007 films and follows the usual Bond formula with our pocket-sized protagonist sent on his mission armed with an array of gadgets (including x-ray specs, jetpack and remote control steel brimmed hat), romancing a bevy of beauties and saving the world as only he can. 
-    * Under Police Protection+    ​* **Under Police Protection**
         * Two female police officers named Mona and Lisa (got it?) protect a witness against a gangster - until Lisa (Sharon Young) needs to kill the witness herself in order to save her father'​s honour. Lisa quits the police, but will she really fight her best friend Mona (Moon Lee)? Another violent action flick made in Hong Kong, hundreds of bullets fired, but with a storyline that makes sense. Comparatively.         * Two female police officers named Mona and Lisa (got it?) protect a witness against a gangster - until Lisa (Sharon Young) needs to kill the witness herself in order to save her father'​s honour. Lisa quits the police, but will she really fight her best friend Mona (Moon Lee)? Another violent action flick made in Hong Kong, hundreds of bullets fired, but with a storyline that makes sense. Comparatively.
-    * Man of Iron+    ​* **Man of Iron**
         * Chen Kuan-tai exuded incredible power on screen, which his directors used to great advantage in this fight-filled follow-up to the smash hit The Boxer Fom Shantung. All the lead character did was win some money gambling with a Shanghai gangleader’s playboy son, but that’s enough for the father and child to want obsessive revenge. It all culminates in an incredible climatic fight, choreographed by the legendary Liu Chia-liang and Chen Chuan, co-star of Bruce Lee’s Fist Of Fury.         * Chen Kuan-tai exuded incredible power on screen, which his directors used to great advantage in this fight-filled follow-up to the smash hit The Boxer Fom Shantung. All the lead character did was win some money gambling with a Shanghai gangleader’s playboy son, but that’s enough for the father and child to want obsessive revenge. It all culminates in an incredible climatic fight, choreographed by the legendary Liu Chia-liang and Chen Chuan, co-star of Bruce Lee’s Fist Of Fury.
-    * Shaolin Temple+    ​* **Shaolin Temple**
         * Shaolin Temple'​s abbot, realizing that the temple'​s days are numbered, decides to let outsiders learn Shaolin Kung Fu. This will allow their art form to survive long after the Temple'​s demise. ​         * Shaolin Temple'​s abbot, realizing that the temple'​s days are numbered, decides to let outsiders learn Shaolin Kung Fu. This will allow their art form to survive long after the Temple'​s demise. ​
         * Lots of training sessions, secret plotting & one traitor later, you have one of the most entertaining Shaw movies ever made. The last 25 minutes is all fighting, literally!         * Lots of training sessions, secret plotting & one traitor later, you have one of the most entertaining Shaw movies ever made. The last 25 minutes is all fighting, literally!
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 ==== Bad Religion ==== ==== Bad Religion ====
-    * Starcrossed Roads+    ​* **Starcrossed Roads**
         * Here's a raw, obscure and hi-fucking-larious chink of Christian Cinema about a famous crooner (scary-faced Marty Allen) who falls off the wagon, steals a pig, loses his wife and succumbs to the EVILS OF ROCK'​N'​ROLL! See him diss his manager (Ray Danton), drop acid, fight and even commit a murder which sends him to jail where he sits and sings for the likes of ERIK ESTRADA ("My name is Justin maan! I cutchoo up maan!"​) till a bible pusher explains it's OK to be bad and evil as long as you praise Jebus... huh? ENJOY! (For the utter cheese factor, the only copy I could find had hard-coded Greek subtitles!)         * Here's a raw, obscure and hi-fucking-larious chink of Christian Cinema about a famous crooner (scary-faced Marty Allen) who falls off the wagon, steals a pig, loses his wife and succumbs to the EVILS OF ROCK'​N'​ROLL! See him diss his manager (Ray Danton), drop acid, fight and even commit a murder which sends him to jail where he sits and sings for the likes of ERIK ESTRADA ("My name is Justin maan! I cutchoo up maan!"​) till a bible pusher explains it's OK to be bad and evil as long as you praise Jebus... huh? ENJOY! (For the utter cheese factor, the only copy I could find had hard-coded Greek subtitles!)
-    * Jesus Christ Superstar (Community Theater)+    ​* **Jesus Christ Superstar** (Community Theater)
         * Don't get me wrong, I love JCS! Such a wonderful musical with plenty of blasphemy to get the fundie Xtians all riled up. For the cheese factor, though, I had to include a version with wonderful Community Theater production values like sound dropouts, follow-spots that can't, and all that other stuff. This version was produced by Theater Harrisburg in 2005. (Look closely and you'll see FEIT C TAJ himself as a guard!)         * Don't get me wrong, I love JCS! Such a wonderful musical with plenty of blasphemy to get the fundie Xtians all riled up. For the cheese factor, though, I had to include a version with wonderful Community Theater production values like sound dropouts, follow-spots that can't, and all that other stuff. This version was produced by Theater Harrisburg in 2005. (Look closely and you'll see FEIT C TAJ himself as a guard!)
-    * In God We Tru$t+    ​* **In God We Tru$t**
         * The second and unfortunately last feature film directed by googly-eyed British actor, bon vivant and all around comedy genius Marty Feldman is his own answer to 'Life of Brian' or '​Blazing Saddles'​ with a anything-goes movie that is simultaneously a biting religious satire aimed at televangelism and religious hucksters of all sorts, a fish-out-of-water story about a young monk in the big city, a love story, and a fast-paced slapstick comedy with Feldman taking a cue from Buster Keaton and working some hazardous stunts into his extended chase scenes.         * The second and unfortunately last feature film directed by googly-eyed British actor, bon vivant and all around comedy genius Marty Feldman is his own answer to 'Life of Brian' or '​Blazing Saddles'​ with a anything-goes movie that is simultaneously a biting religious satire aimed at televangelism and religious hucksters of all sorts, a fish-out-of-water story about a young monk in the big city, a love story, and a fast-paced slapstick comedy with Feldman taking a cue from Buster Keaton and working some hazardous stunts into his extended chase scenes.
         * Not surprisingly,​ this movie ends up being somewhat uneven in pacing due to so much being worked into just over an hour and a half run-time, but this thing is absolutely hilarious in places, with a keen wit jabbing holes in the self-important attitude of the church establishment and false prophets who are still making a fortune off the credulity and fears of simple people to this day.  Not that this is a pretentious film in any way, the tone is irreverent and breezy throughout and would no doubt infuriate any humorless Christian fundamentalist who happened to watch it.         * Not surprisingly,​ this movie ends up being somewhat uneven in pacing due to so much being worked into just over an hour and a half run-time, but this thing is absolutely hilarious in places, with a keen wit jabbing holes in the self-important attitude of the church establishment and false prophets who are still making a fortune off the credulity and fears of simple people to this day.  Not that this is a pretentious film in any way, the tone is irreverent and breezy throughout and would no doubt infuriate any humorless Christian fundamentalist who happened to watch it.
-    * Pass The Ammo+    ​* **Pass The Ammo**
         * Any film that features the immortal Tim Curry as a corrupt televangelist would be worth watching, and this one has even more to offer: Annie Potts as his loopy, big-haired wife; gun-toting good old boys fresh out of jail (and hungry for Moon Pies); dancing angels in fishnet stockings; and a trigger-happy citizens'​ militia that takes its TV very seriously. This screwball satire features Bill Paxton as our hero, who attempts to quietly steal back his girlfriend'​s legacy but inadvertently takes the TV studio Tower of Bethlehem hostage--during a live broadcast. Curry and Potts give virtuoso performances,​ but every one of the quirky supporting characters adds to the fun. While this over-the-top comedy may not be for all tastes, anyone who ever laughed at a Tammy Faye t-shirt should get a kick out of its razor-sharp send-up of televangelism,​ and fans of Curry, Potts, or Paxton shouldn'​t miss it.          * Any film that features the immortal Tim Curry as a corrupt televangelist would be worth watching, and this one has even more to offer: Annie Potts as his loopy, big-haired wife; gun-toting good old boys fresh out of jail (and hungry for Moon Pies); dancing angels in fishnet stockings; and a trigger-happy citizens'​ militia that takes its TV very seriously. This screwball satire features Bill Paxton as our hero, who attempts to quietly steal back his girlfriend'​s legacy but inadvertently takes the TV studio Tower of Bethlehem hostage--during a live broadcast. Curry and Potts give virtuoso performances,​ but every one of the quirky supporting characters adds to the fun. While this over-the-top comedy may not be for all tastes, anyone who ever laughed at a Tammy Faye t-shirt should get a kick out of its razor-sharp send-up of televangelism,​ and fans of Curry, Potts, or Paxton shouldn'​t miss it. 
-    * The Magic Christian+    ​* **The Magic Christian**
         * Episodic in character, The Magic Christian is an unrelenting and often heavy-handed satire on capitalism, greed, and human vanities. Notable are the appearances of (pre-Monty Python) John Cleese and Graham Chapman (uncredited),​ who had written an earlier version of the film script, of which only the scenes they appear in survived.Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers) an eccentric billionaire,​ together with his newly adopted heir (formerly a homeless derelict), Youngman Grand (Ringo Starr), start playing elaborate practical jokes on people. A big spender, Grand does not mind handing out large sums of money to various people, bribing them to fulfill his whims, or shocking them by bringing down what they hold dear. Their misadventures are designed as a display of father Grand to his adoptive charge that "​everyone has their price" - it just depends on the amount one is prepared to pay. They start from rather minor spoofs, like bribing a traffic warden (Spike Milligan) to take back a parking ticket and eat it (who, delighted by the large bribe, eats its plastic cover too) and proceed with increasingly elaborate stunts involving higher social strata and wider audiences. As a father-son conversation reveals, Grand sees his plots as "​educational"​ ("​Well,​ you know, Youngman, sometimes it's not enough merely to teach. One has to punish as well."​).         * Episodic in character, The Magic Christian is an unrelenting and often heavy-handed satire on capitalism, greed, and human vanities. Notable are the appearances of (pre-Monty Python) John Cleese and Graham Chapman (uncredited),​ who had written an earlier version of the film script, of which only the scenes they appear in survived.Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers) an eccentric billionaire,​ together with his newly adopted heir (formerly a homeless derelict), Youngman Grand (Ringo Starr), start playing elaborate practical jokes on people. A big spender, Grand does not mind handing out large sums of money to various people, bribing them to fulfill his whims, or shocking them by bringing down what they hold dear. Their misadventures are designed as a display of father Grand to his adoptive charge that "​everyone has their price" - it just depends on the amount one is prepared to pay. They start from rather minor spoofs, like bribing a traffic warden (Spike Milligan) to take back a parking ticket and eat it (who, delighted by the large bribe, eats its plastic cover too) and proceed with increasingly elaborate stunts involving higher social strata and wider audiences. As a father-son conversation reveals, Grand sees his plots as "​educational"​ ("​Well,​ you know, Youngman, sometimes it's not enough merely to teach. One has to punish as well."​).
-    * Greaser'​s Palace+    ​* **Greaser'​s Palace**
         * One of the "​SubGenius Holies"​. If you've never seen the work of Robert Downey Sr., then Greaser'​s Palace is the best way to start. This is a sprawling, drug-addled parable about the life of Christ that would make Mel Gibson shit his pants. King Herod is a constipated hillbilly, Jesus is a big-suited song and dance man, Martin Luther is a card-trick playing hack magician, Lazarus is a pudgy gay man, and Toni "Oh Mickey, you're so fine" Basil is a topless Indian lass. At least that's what I think is going on, but your mileage may vary depending on how many chemicals you've ingested. Yep, its that kinda movie.         * One of the "​SubGenius Holies"​. If you've never seen the work of Robert Downey Sr., then Greaser'​s Palace is the best way to start. This is a sprawling, drug-addled parable about the life of Christ that would make Mel Gibson shit his pants. King Herod is a constipated hillbilly, Jesus is a big-suited song and dance man, Martin Luther is a card-trick playing hack magician, Lazarus is a pudgy gay man, and Toni "Oh Mickey, you're so fine" Basil is a topless Indian lass. At least that's what I think is going on, but your mileage may vary depending on how many chemicals you've ingested. Yep, its that kinda movie.
  
 ==== Your Favorite Comic Books... Raped! ==== ==== Your Favorite Comic Books... Raped! ====
-    * Supermen ​Donuyor ​(Turkish Superman)+    ​* **Supermen ​Dönüyor** ​(Turkish Superman)
         * Hilarious Superman rip off by the great Kunt Tulgar (KUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNT!). If you thought Alberto de Martino'​s Pumaman was crap then you're in for a real treat here! Silly from start to finish and a must see for fans of trash cinema!         * Hilarious Superman rip off by the great Kunt Tulgar (KUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNT!). If you thought Alberto de Martino'​s Pumaman was crap then you're in for a real treat here! Silly from start to finish and a must see for fans of trash cinema!
         * I screened this last year. I came to the conclusion that the filmmakers weren'​t so much breaking the rules of film production so much as they didn't know what they were.         * I screened this last year. I came to the conclusion that the filmmakers weren'​t so much breaking the rules of film production so much as they didn't know what they were.
-    * Champions of Justice+    ​* **Champions of Justice**
         * I was looking for films to screen, and was caught by the description "​Supermidgets vs. Luchadores."​ How could I not show this? Its easily the greatest Mexican wrestling (known in their homeland as "Lucha Libre"​) film I've encountered. I mean the plot involves wrestling, beauty contests, mad scientists, super strength machines, and midgets - yes, this is insanely loopy! Like the best Mexican schlock, its borderline surreal and zips by at a lightning-quick pace. Its a mind-numbing laugh riot that needs to be seen by any self-respecting fan of psychotronic cinema.         * I was looking for films to screen, and was caught by the description "​Supermidgets vs. Luchadores."​ How could I not show this? Its easily the greatest Mexican wrestling (known in their homeland as "Lucha Libre"​) film I've encountered. I mean the plot involves wrestling, beauty contests, mad scientists, super strength machines, and midgets - yes, this is insanely loopy! Like the best Mexican schlock, its borderline surreal and zips by at a lightning-quick pace. Its a mind-numbing laugh riot that needs to be seen by any self-respecting fan of psychotronic cinema.
-    * James Batman+    ​* **James Batman**
         * What makes James Batman such a strange animal — aside from the obvious — is that, in parodying the James Bond films of the mid sixties and the Adam West Batman television series, it’s spoofing two things that are already spoofs themselves. On top of that, the film, in addition to delivering lots of very broad slapstick comedy, also strives to function as a proper action film, and as such features quite a lot of fairly soberly staged fight sequences and action set pieces. In fact, by the time we reach the final act, most of the comic antics have been dispensed with, and James Batman plays out its remaining length as a fairly straightforward action melodrama. The result is that the movie gets to have it both ways by presenting Batman and James Bond, as the objects of parody, as cowardly and preening, while still having them go on to perform the daring heroic feats that the audience expected of them.         * What makes James Batman such a strange animal — aside from the obvious — is that, in parodying the James Bond films of the mid sixties and the Adam West Batman television series, it’s spoofing two things that are already spoofs themselves. On top of that, the film, in addition to delivering lots of very broad slapstick comedy, also strives to function as a proper action film, and as such features quite a lot of fairly soberly staged fight sequences and action set pieces. In fact, by the time we reach the final act, most of the comic antics have been dispensed with, and James Batman plays out its remaining length as a fairly straightforward action melodrama. The result is that the movie gets to have it both ways by presenting Batman and James Bond, as the objects of parody, as cowardly and preening, while still having them go on to perform the daring heroic feats that the audience expected of them.
-    * Dr. Strange+    ​* **Dr. Strange**
         * Another 1970's failed tv pilot based on another Marvel Comics'​ character. It stars Peter Hooten as the master of the mystic arts, with Sir John Mills adding a touch of class - though how he became involved is anyone'​s guess. Also features a  sinister villainess in the shapely form of Jessica Walter, best known as the psycho slasher in Play Misty For Me. Not a bad effort really, but it wasn't followed up.         * Another 1970's failed tv pilot based on another Marvel Comics'​ character. It stars Peter Hooten as the master of the mystic arts, with Sir John Mills adding a touch of class - though how he became involved is anyone'​s guess. Also features a  sinister villainess in the shapely form of Jessica Walter, best known as the psycho slasher in Play Misty For Me. Not a bad effort really, but it wasn't followed up.
-    * Captain America (1990)+    ​* **Captain America (1990)**
         * It was one of Marvel'​s failed attempts at bringing one of there more popular properties to the big screen between the late 80's to early 90's. Massive budget cuts, restraints, re-shoots and re-edits eventually left it an unimpressive mess and shelved for several years before finally getting a VHS release. It wasn't for a lack of talent that's for sure. You can tell immediately that lack of budget seemed to be it's biggest enemy.         * It was one of Marvel'​s failed attempts at bringing one of there more popular properties to the big screen between the late 80's to early 90's. Massive budget cuts, restraints, re-shoots and re-edits eventually left it an unimpressive mess and shelved for several years before finally getting a VHS release. It wasn't for a lack of talent that's for sure. You can tell immediately that lack of budget seemed to be it's biggest enemy.
         * But you always wondered what kind of film we would have had if director Albert Pyun had the budget and creative freedom to make and release the movie he always wanted. Well now it looks like we're finally getting that chance as director Albert Pyun himself has cut together a directors cut of this cult favorite using his original workprint and other salvaged elements. It has been re-edited to match closer to screenwriter Stephen Tolkein'​s original script. So what we'll ultimately have is a much different version ​ of that 1990 film.         * But you always wondered what kind of film we would have had if director Albert Pyun had the budget and creative freedom to make and release the movie he always wanted. Well now it looks like we're finally getting that chance as director Albert Pyun himself has cut together a directors cut of this cult favorite using his original workprint and other salvaged elements. It has been re-edited to match closer to screenwriter Stephen Tolkein'​s original script. So what we'll ultimately have is a much different version ​ of that 1990 film.
-    * Fantastic 4 (1994)+    ​* **Fantastic 4 (1994)**
         * This is the film that was never supposed to see the light of day, according to Stan Lee. But here it is ("​Digitally Remastered",​ no less!)         * This is the film that was never supposed to see the light of day, according to Stan Lee. But here it is ("​Digitally Remastered",​ no less!)
  
 ==== It Sucks In 3-D ==== ==== It Sucks In 3-D ====
-    * It Came From Outer Space+    ​* **It Came From Outer Space**
         * An astronomer-stranger realizes that what is believed to be a meteor is in reality a space ship. No one believes him. Richard Carlson plays this laughed at John Putnam with conviction and integrity. Carlson tries to discover the truth, with the aid of his girl friend, and slowly they learn that indeed an alien presence has landed in the desert. The story has many similar plot elements found in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and some new twists all its own. For the most part, the plot is pretty cohesive, and the acting acceptable. Charles Drake as a no brain lawman might be the one major exception. Russel Johnson, the professor of Gilligan'​s Island fame, has a small part as well. The alien presence seems to not want to harm humanity but only to leave, but is willing to harm to meet its end. All in all a pretty good atmospheric sci-fi chiller from the Golden Age.         * An astronomer-stranger realizes that what is believed to be a meteor is in reality a space ship. No one believes him. Richard Carlson plays this laughed at John Putnam with conviction and integrity. Carlson tries to discover the truth, with the aid of his girl friend, and slowly they learn that indeed an alien presence has landed in the desert. The story has many similar plot elements found in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and some new twists all its own. For the most part, the plot is pretty cohesive, and the acting acceptable. Charles Drake as a no brain lawman might be the one major exception. Russel Johnson, the professor of Gilligan'​s Island fame, has a small part as well. The alien presence seems to not want to harm humanity but only to leave, but is willing to harm to meet its end. All in all a pretty good atmospheric sci-fi chiller from the Golden Age.
-    * Robot Monster+    ​* **Robot Monster**
         * One of the "​SubGenius Holiest Of Holies"​. Shown in 3D as Phil Tucker intended it to be. (Actually, I think he intended it to be shown period, and didn't have a lot of luck at the time.) Score by Elmer Bernstein, who did a lot more impressive stuff since, and "​Automatic Billion Bubble Machine by N.A. Fisher Chemical Products, Inc."         * One of the "​SubGenius Holiest Of Holies"​. Shown in 3D as Phil Tucker intended it to be. (Actually, I think he intended it to be shown period, and didn't have a lot of luck at the time.) Score by Elmer Bernstein, who did a lot more impressive stuff since, and "​Automatic Billion Bubble Machine by N.A. Fisher Chemical Products, Inc."
-    * Gog+    ​* **Gog**
         * When things start going wrong at a holed-away government laboratory in the New Mexico desert, a special agent (Richard Egan) arrives from Washington to investigate. But what he finds -- a pair of murderous robots named Gog and Magog -- is stranger than fiction. This film is the third installment of creator Ivan Tors's series of science-fiction films, coming after The Magnetic Monster and Rider to the Stars.         * When things start going wrong at a holed-away government laboratory in the New Mexico desert, a special agent (Richard Egan) arrives from Washington to investigate. But what he finds -- a pair of murderous robots named Gog and Magog -- is stranger than fiction. This film is the third installment of creator Ivan Tors's series of science-fiction films, coming after The Magnetic Monster and Rider to the Stars.
-    * The Bubble+    ​* **The Bubble**
         * Arch Oboler obviously made "The Bubble"​ just to show off "​Spacevision";​ the plot is practically nonexistent,​ and the film is littered with scenes that poke objects out of the screen at the audience. In Deborah Walley'​s first scene, she holds her arms out to the audience and exclaims "​Darling!"​ to husband Michael Cole. The token plot is about a small town which alien invaders have isolated inside a spherical force field (the bubble of the title). A small plane piloted by Johnny Desmond and carrying newlyweds Michael and Deborah is forced to land during a storm, and the trio end up trapped in the town. The town's citizens act like broken robots, repeating routine tasks over and over, oblivious to everything around them. Olan Soule has a small role as one of the automaton Earthlings. The alleged alien invaders are never shown.         * Arch Oboler obviously made "The Bubble"​ just to show off "​Spacevision";​ the plot is practically nonexistent,​ and the film is littered with scenes that poke objects out of the screen at the audience. In Deborah Walley'​s first scene, she holds her arms out to the audience and exclaims "​Darling!"​ to husband Michael Cole. The token plot is about a small town which alien invaders have isolated inside a spherical force field (the bubble of the title). A small plane piloted by Johnny Desmond and carrying newlyweds Michael and Deborah is forced to land during a storm, and the trio end up trapped in the town. The town's citizens act like broken robots, repeating routine tasks over and over, oblivious to everything around them. Olan Soule has a small role as one of the automaton Earthlings. The alleged alien invaders are never shown.
-    * A*P*E+    ​* **A*P*E**
         * This movie hates you. No two ways about it. It wants to hurt you for seeing it. Characters in this movie speak in a stream of continual profanities,​ fire flaming arrows and guns at the audience (while smiling), and the gorilla throws rocks at you and flips you the bird. The acting is mostly abominable. The effects are worse. Nothing makes much sense. The editing is choppy. The shots are poorly composed. The locations are grey, barren, and aggressively ugly. Stock footage is piled on and looped. Boring filler is shoved in wherever it will fit to pad out the slight story to 90 minutes. Then, it takes forever to finally end. (More punishment for you, the viewer.) Oh, and it's nominally in 3-D too.         * This movie hates you. No two ways about it. It wants to hurt you for seeing it. Characters in this movie speak in a stream of continual profanities,​ fire flaming arrows and guns at the audience (while smiling), and the gorilla throws rocks at you and flips you the bird. The acting is mostly abominable. The effects are worse. Nothing makes much sense. The editing is choppy. The shots are poorly composed. The locations are grey, barren, and aggressively ugly. Stock footage is piled on and looped. Boring filler is shoved in wherever it will fit to pad out the slight story to 90 minutes. Then, it takes forever to finally end. (More punishment for you, the viewer.) Oh, and it's nominally in 3-D too.
-    * Prison Girls+    ​* **Prison Girls**
         * Well, we've had 3-D sci-fi and horror, so why not finish it off with boobs?         * Well, we've had 3-D sci-fi and horror, so why not finish it off with boobs?
  
 ==== Double Cheeseburger Film Fest ==== ==== Double Cheeseburger Film Fest ====
-    * Run Home, Slow+    ​* **Run Home, Slow**
         * Super obscure (and super strange) 1965 film that is sort of like a western version of SPIDER BABY! The ornery Mercedes McCambridge stars as the head of a group of outcasts including genre fave Gary Kent, sexy Linda Gaye Scott and Allan Richards as the hunchback. They rob a bank and then track down an old enemy to get revenge.         * Super obscure (and super strange) 1965 film that is sort of like a western version of SPIDER BABY! The ornery Mercedes McCambridge stars as the head of a group of outcasts including genre fave Gary Kent, sexy Linda Gaye Scott and Allan Richards as the hunchback. They rob a bank and then track down an old enemy to get revenge.
         * The offbeat soundtrack, including the occasional kazoo (!) was done by a young Frank Zappa. ​         * The offbeat soundtrack, including the occasional kazoo (!) was done by a young Frank Zappa. ​
-    * Zero Hour!+    ​* **Zero Hour!**
         * A routine flight turns into a major emergency as passengers and crew succumb to food poisoning - is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane? If that sounds vaguely familiar, it's because '​Airplane'​ was a send-up of this forerunner of the 1970s disaster movie.         * A routine flight turns into a major emergency as passengers and crew succumb to food poisoning - is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane? If that sounds vaguely familiar, it's because '​Airplane'​ was a send-up of this forerunner of the 1970s disaster movie.
-    * It Came From Hollywood+    ​* **It Came From Hollywood**
         * Stang admits that he was watching this movie during the time that he was compiling "​Arise!",​ and I could tell that some of the clips he was using came directly from here. For informational purposes, I included a subtitle track which actually names the film clips being shown.         * Stang admits that he was watching this movie during the time that he was compiling "​Arise!",​ and I could tell that some of the clips he was using came directly from here. For informational purposes, I included a subtitle track which actually names the film clips being shown.
-    * IMPS+    ​* **IMPS**
         * Nowhere else can you see the Northern Indiana pencil sharp off championship,​ Coming Attractions for Teenage French Stewardess Nurse Babysitter, an exclusive sneak peek at the agonizing new music video by the Marquessa de Sade, and yes, she's back, the dumbest heroine in Horror film history. Note, No harm was done to the careers of these actors in the filming of this motion picture (mostly because the film wasn't released until about 20 years after it was made, and many of the actors had since died).         * Nowhere else can you see the Northern Indiana pencil sharp off championship,​ Coming Attractions for Teenage French Stewardess Nurse Babysitter, an exclusive sneak peek at the agonizing new music video by the Marquessa de Sade, and yes, she's back, the dumbest heroine in Horror film history. Note, No harm was done to the careers of these actors in the filming of this motion picture (mostly because the film wasn't released until about 20 years after it was made, and many of the actors had since died).
-    * Kentucky Fried Movie+    ​* **Kentucky Fried Movie**
         * The only movie in this year's film festival that comes with BIG JIM SLADE! (And the capitol of Nebraska is Lincoln.)         * The only movie in this year's film festival that comes with BIG JIM SLADE! (And the capitol of Nebraska is Lincoln.)
-    * Amazon Women From The Moon+    ​* **Amazon Women From The Moon**
         * The Greatest Movie In The Known History Of The World! (Bullshit, or not?!)         * The Greatest Movie In The Known History Of The World! (Bullshit, or not?!)
 ==== The End of The End of The World ==== ==== The End of The End of The World ====
 (Most of the movies shown in this block were suggested by Dusty Rhodes, so a big tip of the Dobbs-pipe to him) (Most of the movies shown in this block were suggested by Dusty Rhodes, so a big tip of the Dobbs-pipe to him)
  
-    * Night of the Lepus+    ​* **Night of the Lepus**
         * When Lenny asked George to tell him about the rabbits, I doubt these huge, man-chomping monster fuckers were the ones he had in mind. Cole Hillman'​s Arizona ranch is plagued with '​mongrel'​ rabbits, and he wants to employ an ecologically sound control method. As a favor to college benefactor Hillman, college president Elgin Clark calls in zoologist Roy Bennett to help. Bennett immediately begins injecting rabbits with hormones and genetically mutated blood in an effort to develop a method of disrupting rabbit reproduction. One of the test subjects escapes, resulting in a race of bloodthirsty,​ wolf-sized, man-, horse-, and cow-eating bunnies. Eventually the National Guard is called in for a final showdown with the terrorizing rabbits.         * When Lenny asked George to tell him about the rabbits, I doubt these huge, man-chomping monster fuckers were the ones he had in mind. Cole Hillman'​s Arizona ranch is plagued with '​mongrel'​ rabbits, and he wants to employ an ecologically sound control method. As a favor to college benefactor Hillman, college president Elgin Clark calls in zoologist Roy Bennett to help. Bennett immediately begins injecting rabbits with hormones and genetically mutated blood in an effort to develop a method of disrupting rabbit reproduction. One of the test subjects escapes, resulting in a race of bloodthirsty,​ wolf-sized, man-, horse-, and cow-eating bunnies. Eventually the National Guard is called in for a final showdown with the terrorizing rabbits.
         * DeForest Kelley'​s final non-Star Trek movie.         * DeForest Kelley'​s final non-Star Trek movie.
-    * Starcrash+    ​* **Starcrash**
         * This film has stop-motion robots, lasers, bikini-clad amazon space babes, capes, cavemen, lightsabers,​ plastic space-suits,​ model-kit spaceships, hilariously bad composite shots, and lots and LOTS of Italian leather. It’s truly the embodiment of everything I love about b-movies. It’s wonderfully wacky and fun. And when I say no budget, it's really not an exaggeration - the production literally ran out of money several times during production. The crew went on strike multiple times during production as the producers continually struggled to pay them. Apparently at one point Joe Spinell (the evil Count Zarth Arn) chased down one of the producers with a knife to get some money for lunch. But that's the sort of thing that makes this movie so special. That's the reason we're all here. We revel in the utter ineptitude...the sheer ungraceful glory of z-grade cinema. I can think of no greater example of our most beloved affliction than Starcrash. If you love the film, watch it again in all its glory. If you've never seen it, you owe it to yourself as a fan of bad movies to witness it - you will not be disappointed. It's fun, it's vibrant, it's surreal, it's imaginative,​ it's campy, it’s psychedelic,​ it's explosive, it's full of life and energy and the love of everyone involved         * This film has stop-motion robots, lasers, bikini-clad amazon space babes, capes, cavemen, lightsabers,​ plastic space-suits,​ model-kit spaceships, hilariously bad composite shots, and lots and LOTS of Italian leather. It’s truly the embodiment of everything I love about b-movies. It’s wonderfully wacky and fun. And when I say no budget, it's really not an exaggeration - the production literally ran out of money several times during production. The crew went on strike multiple times during production as the producers continually struggled to pay them. Apparently at one point Joe Spinell (the evil Count Zarth Arn) chased down one of the producers with a knife to get some money for lunch. But that's the sort of thing that makes this movie so special. That's the reason we're all here. We revel in the utter ineptitude...the sheer ungraceful glory of z-grade cinema. I can think of no greater example of our most beloved affliction than Starcrash. If you love the film, watch it again in all its glory. If you've never seen it, you owe it to yourself as a fan of bad movies to witness it - you will not be disappointed. It's fun, it's vibrant, it's surreal, it's imaginative,​ it's campy, it’s psychedelic,​ it's explosive, it's full of life and energy and the love of everyone involved
-    * War of the Worlds+    ​* **War of the Worlds**
         * 2005 saw the release of not one, not two, but __three__ separate versions of the H. G. Wells classic. One was set in the timeframe of Wells' book, and another was the Steven Spielberg/​Tom Cruise abortion. This is neither.         * 2005 saw the release of not one, not two, but __three__ separate versions of the H. G. Wells classic. One was set in the timeframe of Wells' book, and another was the Steven Spielberg/​Tom Cruise abortion. This is neither.
-    * Glen and Randa+    ​* **Glen and Randa**
         * An intriguingly spartan and offbeat avant-garde early 70's excursion into post-nuke sci-fi survivalist cinema centering on the obsessive Glen (muscular, curly-haired Steven Curry) and his more passive female companion Randa (a sweetly disarming performance by the lovely, willowy Shelley Plimpton), a pair of guileless youths trying to eke out a meager existence amid the desolate ruins following an atomic war. After a wily, lecherous old magician (a wonderfully rascally turn by Garry Goodrow) visits Glen and Randa'​s camp and fills Glen's head full of tales about a great lost city, Glen and a now-pregnant Randa (the magician impregnated her) embark on a dangerous trek across the harsh, ravaged terrain to discover this great city that Glen first read all about in an old "​Wonder Women" comic book. During their perilous quest Glen and Randa meet a friendly, doddering elderly man (an endearingly crotchety Woodrow Chambliss; Uncle Willie in the funky '72 made-for-TV creature feature favorite "​Gargoyles"​) and Randa gives birth to a baby.         * An intriguingly spartan and offbeat avant-garde early 70's excursion into post-nuke sci-fi survivalist cinema centering on the obsessive Glen (muscular, curly-haired Steven Curry) and his more passive female companion Randa (a sweetly disarming performance by the lovely, willowy Shelley Plimpton), a pair of guileless youths trying to eke out a meager existence amid the desolate ruins following an atomic war. After a wily, lecherous old magician (a wonderfully rascally turn by Garry Goodrow) visits Glen and Randa'​s camp and fills Glen's head full of tales about a great lost city, Glen and a now-pregnant Randa (the magician impregnated her) embark on a dangerous trek across the harsh, ravaged terrain to discover this great city that Glen first read all about in an old "​Wonder Women" comic book. During their perilous quest Glen and Randa meet a friendly, doddering elderly man (an endearingly crotchety Woodrow Chambliss; Uncle Willie in the funky '72 made-for-TV creature feature favorite "​Gargoyles"​) and Randa gives birth to a baby.
-    * A Boy and His Dog+    ​* **A Boy and His Dog**
         * I showed this movie last year for two reasons: a) it in the public domain, so I knew I wouldn'​t have any trouble showing it at all; and b) so I could have an excuse to plug it with the original, surreal-as-fuck one minute teaser trailer. This year, since it fits the theme of the night, I seem to have an excuse to show it again (and recycle the trailer, again)         * I showed this movie last year for two reasons: a) it in the public domain, so I knew I wouldn'​t have any trouble showing it at all; and b) so I could have an excuse to plug it with the original, surreal-as-fuck one minute teaser trailer. This year, since it fits the theme of the night, I seem to have an excuse to show it again (and recycle the trailer, again)
     * (you can guess what I'm finishing with)     * (you can guess what I'm finishing with)
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