Space Is the Place at Cinema a Go Go Friday, April 20 7:00pm Liberty Hall
Cinema a Go Go returns with a double dose of no-budget outer space epics from the 1950s and '60s.
Peter Graves stars in Killers from Space (1954), produced and directed by W. Lee Wilder, the somewhat less talented brother of writer-director Billy Wilder.
Graves is nuclear scientist Douglas Martin, who's kidnapped by aliens from Astron Delta (wherever THAT is) who are plotting to exterminate humanity with a horde of giant insects and reptiles bred with radiation from our A-bomb tests!
Our second awesome feature is The Phantom Planet (1961), which was originally released on a double bill with the Italian-made Assignment Outer Space.
In this one, a luckless astronaut is marooned on a wandering asteroid. If that's not bad enough, he finds he's been shrunk down to six inches tall and is caught in the middle of an interplanetary war between the Solarites and Rheton.
Many of the props, sets and special effects were borrowed from TV's Men Into Space. The Phantom Planetalso marks one of the first film appearances by Richard Kiel (Jaws in the James Bond franchise).
Doors open 6:30pm - Tickets $10.00 at the door.
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