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1a. Transatlantic Tunnel (1935) - Richard Dix

Engineers Richard McAllan and Frederick Robinson manage to get financial backing for a gigantic project to build a tunnel from England to America. His biggest supporter is Varlia Lloyd, daughter of one of the backers, and she uses her influence more than once to keep the project going. Mack's wife Ruth is also supportive, although his constantly being away on the tunnel project strains their marriage, and affects his relationship with their son. After years of financial skullduggery and physical obstacles under the ocean floor, the tunnel proceeds as Mack's marriage and his friendship with Robbie deteriorate.



1b.  Things to Come (1936) – Raymond Massey:

Things to Come opens with a near-future forecast of Christmas 1940 in the metropolis of Everytown (obviously London), a city threatened by world war. Pacifist intellectuals, such as John Cabal (Massey), try to turn the tide. But Cabal's efforts go unheeded by the self-interested classes, and war arrives with tanks and aeroplanes and gas bombs. Everytown is destroyed by air raids (dramatically enacted four years before the real thing).The war continues for thirty years, its original purpose forgotten. As a result, civilization degenerates while "the Wandering Sickness" and devastation accelerate the spiral down until 1970, when the world has crumbled into a balkanized "Mad Max" Dark Ages. Everytown is ruled by a barbaric warlord, the Boss (Ralph Richardson), as the war continues on a Medieval scale.

 

2.  THE FLYING SERPENT (1945) – George Zucco

The demented archaeologist Dr. Andrew Forbes (George Zucco) discovers a living, breathing serpent creature known to the Aztecs as Quetzalcoatl (the Killer Bird God) and accidentally kills his wife by giving her one of the beast's feathers, causing the creature to track her down and slaughter her. Now Dr. Forbes uses this twisted knowledge to extract revenge upon his enemies by placing one of the serpent's feathers on his intended victim and letting the beast loose to wreak havoc. 

 

3.  Destination Moon (1950) - John Archer [COLOR]

Four American astronauts blast off from the New Mexico desert and fly to the Moon. They land after difficulties that cause more fuel to be used than anticipated. Consequently, the crew must race against time to lighten the ship for a successful return to Earth.

 

4.  Rocketship X-M (1950) – Lloyd Bridges & Hugh O'Brien:

Astronauts (Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery, Noah Beery, Jr., and Hugh O'Brien) blast off to explore the moon, but because of a malfunction, they end up on Mars instead. When on Mars, they explore and discover a ruined city of a past civilization.

5Unknown World (1951) – Bruce Kellogg:

Dr. Morley (dubbed the Prophet of Doom by at least one newspaper reporter) is an obsessive opponent of all things nuclear. Fearing that atomic weapons will destroy all life on earth, he recruits a group of scientists for his Society to Save Civilization, and they make plans to find a living space deep within the earth where man can survive and rebuild from the nuclear holocaust they see just over the horizon. After the group fails to secure any funding, a rich newspaper publisher's son forks over the cash and accompanies them on their monumental journey.
They design a cyclotram, basically a great big ugly metal boxcar with a humongous drill for a nose, ascend to the top of an extinct volcano, go down into the crater and start drilling through rock as they make their way downward. Every so often, they stop for a minute to fight or to provide an opportunity for one of them to die.

 

6.  The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1955) – Michael Whalen:

Prof. King (Michael Whalen) had discovered a uranium deposit under the sea just outside a collage and somehow activated it causing this radioactive sea monster to be created.  Attacking people sailing off-shore it killed a number of them by capsizing their boats and then exposing them to it's deadly radioactive rays.  The Professor is trying to use his discovery to create a "Death Ray" that can be used by the US military but it seemed to have backfired and caused the deaths of a number of innocent people. Prof. King is also reluctant to destroy the underwater uranium deposit and his creation the creature.

 

7.  The Atomic Submarine (1959) – Arthur Franz & Dick Foran:

In the far and distant future of 1968, many ships and planes are crossing the North pole to transport passengers and cargo. However lately more than eight ships and seven submarines have vanished mysteriously. The Tigershark is sent out to investigate their whereabouts and - if possible - remove the cause of their disappearance.

 

8.  Track of the Moon Beast (1976) – Chase Drake (COLOR)

A young man is transformed into a hideous "moon beast" due to a meteor fragment lodged in his body.

 

9.  End of the World (1977) – Christopher Lee (COLOR)

A scientist discovers signals from space that appear to carry information concerning a series of seemingly unrelated natural disasters, occurring across the globe. Hoping to discover the source of these signals and who's behind them, the scientist and his wife set out on a trek to locate the intended recipient of the signals. What the couple eventually discovers is a small remote convent with occupants who are not really who they appear to be.

10.  Night Fright – 1967 (Color) – John Agar

A rocket crashes and a mutant monster is on the loose! It's John Agar to the rescue in this low budget chiller.

11.  Cat-Women of the Moon (1953) – Sonny Tufts & Victor Jory

This is a classic b-Grade Sci-fi movie from 1953. Leonard Maltin called it "the best of the So-Bad-it's-Good movies". Sometime shown in 3-D, always shown with a score by Elmer Bernstein, this picture is also known as "Rocket to the Moon". A group of space travelers find themselves landing on a hostile moon inhabited by beautiful women in tight black costumes and heavy eye makeup.

12.  Embryo (1976) – Rock Hudson (Color):

A retelling of the Frankenstein story with Rock Hudson as the scientist and Barbara Carrera as the 'creature' he grows from Embryo to Woman in four and a half weeks.  Also stars Roddy McDowall, Diane Ladd and Dr Joyce Brothers. 
This movie was reissued in the 1980s a "Created to Kill".

 

13.  Galaxy Invader (1985)  (Color) – Richard Ruxton

Joe and Frank hope to make a fortune as they hunt the backwoods for the green man while Professor Tracy and David want to befriend the alien. A great low budget sci fi flick.


14.  The Land Unknown (1957) is a sci-fi/adventure film about a naval expedition trapped in an Antarctic jungle inhabited by prehistoric animals. Starring Jock Mahoney 

 

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