DNDF: Extraterrestrial Relationships

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

DNDF: Extraterrestrial Relationships

'Cause it's easy - It's perfectly easy
To spin that wheel 'round - 'Til you turn it all upside down

It's easy - It's perfectly easy
To let that wheel spin - 'Til the numbers come back right to you

Now spin that wheel - There's nothing to lose
Spin that wheel - It's waiting for you

Now spin that wheel - Let the wheel decide
Spin that wheel - Go along for the ride

- "Spin The Wheel"  - Smooth Noodle Maps – DEVO

I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

  • Genre: Horror – Sci-Fi
  • Directed: Gene Fowler Jr.
  • Produced: Gene Fowler Jr.
  • Written: Louis Vittes
  • Starring: Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbott, Peter Baldwin, Robert Ivers, Chuck Wassil, Valerie Allen, Ty Hardin, Ken Lynch, John Eldredge, Alan Dexter, James Anderson, Jean Carson, Jack Orrison, Steve London, Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom
  • Music: Unknown
  • Cinematography: Haskell B. Boggs
  • Editing: George Tomasini
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Distributed:
    • Image Entertainment  
    • Paramount Home Video  
    • Warner Archive Collection
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: October 1958 (USA)
  • Running Time: 78 minutes
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English

Young newlywed Marge Farrell notices her new husband Bill is acting strangely.  He doesn't show any affection towards her or anything else, including his pet dogs, which he used to love.  Marge is also concerned that she cannot seem to get pregnant.

She then notices that other husbands in her social circle are all acting the same way.  One night she follows Bill while he goes for a walk.  She discovers that he is not the man she knew but an alien impostor: An extraterrestrial lifeform leaves his body and enters a hidden spaceship.

She confronts Bill and he eventually explains that the females from his planet were extinct and that he and other males are taking over human men so they can mate with Earth's women and save their race.  Marge is horrified and tries to warn others of the plot, but too many men have already been taken over, including the Chief of Police.

Finally, her doctor believes her wild tale and he gathers a posse to attack the aliens in their hideout.  Although bullets can't hurt the invaders, they are defenseless against a pair of German shepherd dogs that the posse has. The aliens are eventually killed by the dogs.

Entering the spaceship, the posse finds all of the human captives alive, including Bill.  An army of spaceships is seen lifting off around the world, seeking a new refuge.

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia concluded that "while the film was clearly fuelled by the Cold War mentality of the fifties, in retrospect it is its sexual politics that are more interesting, and disturbing".  The hint at a subtext of "sexual angst" by Tom Milne is emphasized by German critic Georg Seeßlen, linking I Married a Monster from Outer Space and Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) to Film noir: Their subjects in common, states Seeßlen, are the distrust between the sexes and the depiction of marriage as a trap where the death of one partner seems inevitable.

Blood Beast from Outer Space (1965)

  • Original Title: The Night Caller
  • Genre: Horror – Sci-Fi
  • Directed: John Gilling
  • Produced:
    • Ronald Liles 
    • John J. Phillips
  • Written:
    • Frank Crisp (Novel “The Night Callers”) 
    • Jim O'Connolly
  • Starring: John Saxon, Maurice Denham, Patricia Haines, Alfred Burke, Warren Mitchell, Stanley Meadows, Aubrey Morris, Ballard Berkeley, Marianne Stone, Geoffrey Lumsden, Barbara French, Tony Wager, David Gregory
  • Music: Johnny Gregory
  • Cinematography: Stephen Dade
  • Editing: Philip Barnikel
  • Studio:
    • Armitage Film Productions Ltd. 
    • Harris Associates  
    • New Art Productions
  • Distributed:
    • Butcher's Film Service  
    • World Entertainment Corp.  
    • New Art Productions  
    • Image Entertainment  
    • Sony Video
  • Rated:
  • Release Date:
    • 31 December 1965 (UK)
    • November 1966 (USA)
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Language: English

Night Caller from Outer Space, also known as simply The Night Caller or Blood Beast from Outer Space, is a British 1965 science fiction film directed by John Gilling.  It is based on Frank Crisp's novel The Night Callers.

In this British sci-fi thriller, a spacecraft from Ganymede, the moon of Jupiter, lands in a small community, and the alien visitors set out to find women.  It seems that their population has become dangerously low and they need human females for breeding purposes.  When the police begin receiving reports of a number of missing women, it takes quite some time before anyone thinks that there could be a link between the disappearances and a dramatic increase in UFO activities.  John Saxon plays Jack Costain, an American scientist investigating the UFO reports, while Alfred Burke plays Police Detective Hartley.

Leonard Maltin called it a "well-done sci-fi thriller" and rated it as two and a half stars.  Author Steve Puchalski said, "this alleged 'film' is dry and slow paced, uninvolving and uninspiring".  UK prints of the film feature Alan Haven's version of the hit instrumental "Image" as its theme.

Evils of the Night (1985)

  • Genre: Horror – Sci-Fi
  • Directed: Mohammed Rustam
  • Produced:
    • Joan Kasha 
    • Mohammed Rustam
  • Written:
    • Mohammed Rustam 
    • Philip Dennis Connors
  • Starring: Neville Brand, Aldo Ray, Tina Louise, John Carradine, Julie Newmar, Karrie Emerson, Bridget Holloman, David Hawk, G.T. Taylor, Keith Fisher, Tony O'Dell, Kelly Parsons
  • Music: Robert O. Ragland
  • Cinematography: Don Stern
  • Editing: Henri Charr
  • Studio: Mars Productions
  • Distributed:
    • Aquarius Releasing  
    • Shriek Show  
    • Shapiro Entertainment  
    • Lightning Video
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: October 1985 (USA)
  • Running Time: 84 minutes
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English

Evils of the Night is a 1985 low-budget science fiction/"porno horror" film starring Aldo Ray, Neville Brand (in his final role), Tina Louise, John Carradine, and Julie Newmar.  I’m not sure what definition of “porno” is being used here but it is not the one I expected since there is barely full frontal anything in this film.

Vampire aliens Dr. Kozmar, Dr. Zarma and Cora recruit two dim-witted mechanics to abduct teenagers living in a college town and bring them to a rural hospital.  There, the aliens drain them of their blood, which they need to stay young.

Reviews were generally negative.  A reviewer at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote, "Evils of the Night is an attempt to introduce an appalling new genre: The Teen Sex Comedy-Slice 'N' Dice Thriller-Martians Have Landed Combo."  Roger Hurlburt at the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel wrote, "Simply stated, Evils of the Night is a deplorable motion picture."

And coming from the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel that means a whole bunch!

Progeny (1998)

  • Genre: Sci-Fi – Horror
  • Directed: Brian Yuzna
  • Produced:
    • Charles M. Fries 
    • Stuart Gordon 
    • Emmanuel Itier 
    • Tim Moore 
    • Jack F. Murphy 
    • Henry Seggerman 
    • Aubrey Solomon
  • Written:
    • Stuart Gordon 
    • Aubrey Solomon
  • Starring: Arnold Vosloo, Jillian McWhirter, Brad Dourif, Lindsay Crouse, Wilford Brimley, Willard E. Pugh, David Wells, Jan Hoag, Lydia De Luccia, Don Calfa, Timilee Romolini, Nora Paradiso, Patty Toy, Susan Ripaldi, John Moskal Jr.
  • Music: Steve Morrell
  • Cinematography: James Hawkinson
  • Editing:
    • Harry B. Miller III  
    • Christopher Roth
  • Studio: Progeny Films Inc.
  • Distributed:
    • Flashstar  
    • Fries Film Group  
    • Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment  
    • Manga Films  
    • SBP  
    • Starlight  
    • Sterling Home Entertainment
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 30 March 1999 (USA)
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English

Sherry, a professional woman, happily discovers she is pregnant.  While this is happy news for her and her doctor husband, both begin having strange memories from the night of conception.  Uneasiness then becomes terror when both are convinced that she is carrying something alien inside her body.  Sherry's therapist Dr. Susan Lamarche believes that Sherry has a psychological problem, of which Craig is to blame.

The couple contact a UFO/Paranormal college professor, who, through the use of hypnosis takes Sherry back to the night she conceived.  They discover that she was abducted by aliens and artificially impregnated.  The viewer is shown this sequence several times, with each time showing that Sherry blocked or distorted certain parts of the event in an attempt to accept and understand what was being done to her.

The plot is a clunky melding of 'E.R.' and 'The X-Files'; as cynically aimed at the TV audience as is possible to get without being sued.  The sequences involving the abductions are hilarious- both Yuzna's staging of the 'floating from the bed' and 'Screaming Mad George's pathetic plastic aliens’ drew gales of disbelieving, derisive laughter.

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