Members only screening.
Förening Film i Malmö presents
:::::: First Feature ::::::
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953, 82 min)
screen play by Barre Lyndon; based on the novel by H. G. Wells; directed by Byron Haskin; produced by George Pal for Paramount.
Mind those heat rays! For all of its improbabilities, War of the Worlds is an imaginatively conceived, professionally turned adventure, which makes excellent use of Technicolor, special effects by a crew of experts and impressively drawn backgrounds.
“As any small boy who owns a space helmet knows, the basic ingredients that went into making “The War of the Worlds” haven’t changed greatly. This time the Martians, who are still mental giants and physical weaklings, hit the earth in meteor-like cylinders containing three Manta-shaped craft complete with a cobra-like heat gun, which sprays death and destruction in all directions.The Army, alerted by the citizens and a group of scientists in the small California town first struck, finds bazookas, tanks and cannon of no avail. Similar reports come from other cities and the rest of the world. Luckily…” (NYT, 14/08/1953)
:::::: Second Feature ::::::
ATTACK FROM SPACE (1965, 77min)
… the combination of 2 Japanese movie serials from the Super Giant series of the late 1950s.
“As a child, Attack From Space scared the hell out of me, as it contains the usual ‘violence against children’ seen in movies like ‘Invasion of the Neptune Men’ and to a lesser extent, ‘Prince of Space’. Even today, the scene where the Nazi-like soldiers kidnap the children is a little too edgy for anyone under 12 years old. But the allure of this movie is the innocent and almost naive story line. Even though the movie has many ridiculous ideas, the actors remain deadly serious throughout.
The film opens with a bunch of ridiculous looking aliens with costumes that are right out of a 3rd grade theatre production. The aliens send ‘Star Man’ to protect the Earth from a invasion from the ‘Spherions’. Star Man is a slightly paunchy, overacting, average-looking, middle aged Japanese man. He flails his arms around, beating up Japanese extras in highly exaggerated and very poorly choreographed fight scenes. The fight scenes alone are worth the price of admission. Many times, actors aren’t even close to being hit when they do flips and pretend to be knocked out.
One of the reasons the TV show ‘Batman’ was so successful was because the actors took their roles so seriously. This is also what makes this movie work. All of the actors take their silly roles very seriously, as if they are acting in ‘Hamlet. This only makes ‘Attack from Space’ even more enjoyable.” (IMDB User: jbar19, June 2004)