Hell in the Pacific
Kl Studio Classics
1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date June 27, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95
Starring: Lee Marvin, Toshiro Mifune
Cinematography: Conrad Hall
Art Direction: Anthony Pratt, Masao Yamazaki
Film Editor: Thomas Stanford
Original Music: Lalo Schifrin
Written by Alexander Jacobs, Eric Bercovici story by Reuben Bercovitch
Produced by Reuben Bercovitch, Henry G. Saperstein, Selig J. Seligman
Directed by John Boorman
Former TV director and producer John Boorman barely survived a first feature with the Dave Clark Five, imitating Richard Lester’s success with the Beatles.
1. Despite popular belief, the name “Skull Island” was never used in the original King Kong. For decades, people have used that name to describe Kong’s island home. The new movie uses “Skull Island” in its title. But the fact is, that name was never used in the classic first version. When the characters in that version reach the island, they know they’ve come to the right place because they see “Skull Mountain”, so-named because it’s shaped like a skull. However, the island itself is never named—only Skull Mountain is.
2. The very first Japanese Kaiju movie was a little-known,
Released by Aip in the Us in October on a double bill with Planet of the Vampires (Bava again), Die rolled out to theatres and drive-ins across the land, but had to wait until February to be released in England under the ghastly
What happens when Godzilla comes to the Marvel Universe? Wonderful things, that's what.
Talk about a mash-up for the ages! In the glory days of the Bronze Age, Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, the star of a zillion rubber suited monster films, the greatest monster that ever flattened a city, arrived in the Marvel Universe. While this scenario would give filmgoers of today an aneurysm of pure joy, it was par for the course of the anything goes comic scene of the 1970s. But that doesn’t make it any less awesome that Godzilla met, fought, teamed up with, and terrified some of Marvel’s greatest icons.
One of the wackiest parts of this book is that even though Marvel lost the rights to Godzilla after the book was canceled, some of the characters introduced in the Godzilla, King of the Monsters comic (including Godzilla himself-sorta
The Frankenstein Monster was the invention of 18 year old Mary Shelly (wife of poet Percy Shelly) who was vacationing in Switzerland with her husband, their close friend Lord Byron and John Polidori. Incessant rain left them housebound and reading ghost stories to each other. This led to a challenge from Byron, daring them all to create the scariest story ever told. Mary Shelly seemed outclassed by her literary companions until she heard legends of a crazy scientist named Conrad Dipple who performed illegal experiments using parts of dead bodies and electricity.
August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and
Condensed versions (average length: 15 minutes) of these Frankenstein films will be screened on a big screen on Super-8 sound film: Frankenstein (1931), Bride Of Frankenstein, Son Of Frankenstein, Shost Of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman, House Of Frankenstein, I Was A Teenage Frankenstein, and Frankenstein Conquers The World!
Frankenstein-free movies we’re showing on September 2nd are: Bugs Bunny in All This And Rabbit Stew, Kirk Douglas and Farrah Fawcett in Saturn 3, a Sean Connery double feature of The Anderson Tapes and Darby O’Gill And The Little People, the ‘Fistful of Yen’ sequence from Kentucky Fried Movie, and Charles Bronson in The White Buffalo.
Director: Ishiro Honda
Starring: Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Kyoko Ai, Andrew Hughes, Chotaro Togin, Susumu Kurobe, Haruo Nakajima
Plot: The world’s monsters have all been placed on Monster Land, an island that keeps them contained. But after a strange gas attack, the monsters are used to cause mayhem and destruction.
Take a few seconds to bathe in the glory of that phenomenal title. Destroy All Monsters has such a definite agenda that it’s hard not to be completely sucked in. This really was a big deal in terms of Godzilla films, as it was intended to be the final film of the franchise, but due to its success it breathed new
Frankenstein vs. Godzilla
In 1963, Toho was working with SFX pioneer Willis O’Brien, who created the effects for the 1933 King Kong film. O’Brien had the idea of making a stop-motion film where the King Kong scuffles with an enlarged Frankenstein monster. The idea was scrapped in favor of King Kong vs. Godzilla, although the concept of the giant Frankenstein Monster was later utilized for Frankenstein Conquers the World. For a while, however, Toho toyed with the idea of giant Frankenstein being Godzilla's opponent.
The plot: The heart of the original Frankenstein Monster
Do you like movies about gladiators? Well, you’re out of luck but you won’t have to speak jive to enjoy Super-8 Airplane Movie Madness January 8th at The Way Out Club. For this month’s monthly festival of Super-8 Sound films condensed from features (they average 15 minutes in length), we’re showing all four movies from the beloved Airport series from the 1970′s. Those are Airport (1970), Airport ’75, Airport ’77, and Airport ’79 The Concorde. Then we’ll be topping off those airborne disasters with the 1980 spoof Airplane!……. and don’t call me Shirley!
“There’s no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane”
The earthbound films
The films on January 3rd are: The Warriors, Christopher Lee in Dracula Prince Of Darkness, Richard Burton in The Medusatouch, The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad, George C Scott in Patton, It Conquered The World, Disney On Parade, David Carradine in Cannonball, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in Grease, Frankenstein Conquers The World, Invaders From Mars, The Incredible Hulk (the ‘60s cartoon), and a Marilyn Monroe double feature of There’S No Business Like Show Business and The Seven Year Itch.
There will be lots of posters and T-Shirts and stuff given away. The Way Out Club is located at 2525 Jefferson Avenue in South St.
The movies shown at the November 2nd Super-8 Movie Madness are: Abbott And Costello Go To Mars, Midnight Express, Paul Newman in Slap Shot, The Little Rascals in Wild Poses, Christopher Reeve in Superman, House Of Frankenstein, Vampyres, 20,000,000 Miles To Earth, Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy, Jerry Lewis in 3 On A Couch, Cat Ballou, Twins Of Evil, The Jaws Of Death, and Frankenstein Conquers The World
There will be lots of posters and T-Shirts and stuff given away. The Way Out Club is located at 2525 Jefferson Avenue in South St. Louis (corner of Jefferson and Sydney). There are yummy Way-Out pizzas available
From the Press Release
Legendary low-budget film production company American-International Pictures, founded in 1953, and Visionary Cinema have joined forces to produce three original feature films.
As with the original Aip, the films will have modest budgets and be geared to the independent theatrical and worldwide DVD market.
Best know for the Roger Corman exploitation pictures, Aip is now the proprietorship of Craig Scott Lamb. Writer-director Scott Essman founded Visionary Cinema in New York City in 1988. The goal of both firms – leading to the natural collaboration - is to produce
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