Science Fiction Films












Alien Invaders and other Things From Beyond
Men and Women in Space / Other Worlds
Animals and the Environment Gone Wild
Apocalyses and Future Catastrophes
Dystopias and other Future Worlds
Time Travel
Cyborgs, Androids, Evil Computers, and Sundry Robots
Clones and Other Unnatural Bodies
Disease, Infection, and Other Viral Catastrophes
The Invisible
Prehistoric / Pre-human / Evolution and De-evolution
It Came from the 1950s and 60s! (50s and 60s Science Fiction Films)
Jules Verne
Miscellaneous Science Fictions

Science Fiction and Fantasy on TV
Fantasy film videography (includes superheroes)
Anime videography
Horror film videography

Science Fiction
Horror film
Movies and the Technological World

Alien Invaders and other Things From Beyond

1950s Sci Fi

Alien Nation (1988)
Directed by Graham Baker. Cast: James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp, Kevyn Major Howard. Science fiction drama set in Los Angeles in the 1990's about a whole culture of aliens called "Newcomers" who land in the Mojave Desert and are allowed refuge by the U.S. government. In L.A. alone there are 300,000 Newcomers, and Detective James Sykes, a veteran police officer, is out to avenge the death of his partner who was killed by one of the extra-terrestrials. Sykes' new partner turns out to be the force's first Newcomer, and together they uncover a trail of murder leading to the worst drug epidemic ever to hit Planet Earth. 90 min. DVD 2943
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Nama, Adilifu "White Narratives, Black Allegories" In: Black space : imagining race in science fiction film / Adilifu Nama. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2008. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S26 N36 2008)

Andromeda Strain (1971)
Directed by Robert Wise. SEE Disease, Infection, and Other Viral Catastropes

The Astounding She-Monster (1958)
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Atomic Rulers of the World (Japan, 1964)
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Battle in Outer Space (Uchu daisenso) (Japan, 1960))
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Battle: Los Angeles (2011)
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman. Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Bridget Moynahan, Cory Hardrict, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez. In 2011, Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff sergeant and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before. 116 min. DVD X5978
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Battlefield Earth: a Saga of the Year 3000 (2000)
Directed by Roger Christian. Cast: John Travolta, Barry Pepper, Forest Whitaker, Kim Coates, Richard Tyson, Sabine Karsenti. Science fiction film set in the year 3000 when a race of Psychlos have conquered the Earth. Loaded with edge-of-your-seat action and extreme special efffects, the film forges new ground as a totally new style of science fiction filmmaking. Based on the novel "Battlefield Earth," by L. Ron Hubbard. 119 min. DVD 6070
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Evans, Mark. "Straining the future: Battlefield Earth, Space Jazz and the sounds of Scientology." Science Fiction Film and Television Volume 3, Issue 2, Autumn 2010 pp. 181-182 UC users only

The Blob (1958)
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The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)
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Brother From Another Planet (1987)
Directed by John Sayles. A sci-fantasy adventure about a black visitor from outer space. Fleeing earth to escape slavery on a distant world, he spashes down in New York harbor and makes his way to Harlem, where he's accepted by the regulars at a local bar, and persued by two alien bounty hunters. 109 min. DVD 1820
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Children of the Damned (UK, 1965)
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Roy Neary witnesses the arrival of flying saucer from an alien world. Thus begins an incredible series of events, culminating in the ultimate encounter with other-worlders as Neary is led aboard the awesome Mothership. This special edition, first released in 1980, is an expanded version of the original 1977 movie which includes newly filmed scenes and previously cut material. 132 min. DVD 8801; vhs 999:1289
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Cloverfield (2008)
Directed by Matt Reeves. Cast: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman. New York is suddenly under attack from a Godzilla-like monster who stomps through midtown, destroying everything and everybody in sight. With explosions happening everywhere, some party-goers decide to leave their apartment. Accompanied by a hand-held video camera, one of them manages to capture on film the terrifying incidents that occur. 84 min. DVD X2637
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Cocoon (1985)
Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon, Herta Ware, Tahnee Welch. When visitors from a distant galaxy return to earth on a secret mission, their other-worldly powers afford a group of senior citizens who had expected nothing more from life than bingo, shuffleboard, aches and pains, the chance to recapture their youth. Special features: Commentary by director Ron Howard; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Ron Howard profile; underwater training; actors; Creating Antareans; TV spots; theatrical teaser; scene selection. Contents: Side A. Widescreen presentation ; Commentary by Ron Howard ; "Behind the scenes" featurette ; "Creating Antareans" featurette -- Side B. Full screen presentation ; Commentary by Ron Howard. 117 min. DVD X1771
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Noland, Richard W. "Liminality and Individuation In Cocoon." Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 1995 Aug, 16:3-4, 236-41.

Cocoon: The Return (1988)
Directed by Daniel Petrie. Cast: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Courteney Cox, Hume Cronyn, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Barret Oliver, Maureen Stapleton, Elaine Stritch, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon, Tahnee Welch. In this charming, funny and very moving sequel to the hit film "Cocoon", the adventurous old-timers who left Earth for the alien utopia Antarea, return on a rescue mission. Although accustomed to their new peaceful, problem-free planet, they realize the joys they left behind after they are reunited with their stunned families. Yet for all their happiness, they must once again confront the human frailties of their past. 116 min. DVD X1771
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Contact (1997)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Cast: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughy, James Woods, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Angela Bassett. Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway discovers an encrypted message, apparently from a solar system many light-years away. She and her fellow scientists are able to decipher the message which contains detailed instructions for building a mysterious machine. Now Dr. Arroway must decide whether she should play it safe or risk her life to contact the aliens. 150 min. DVD 1472
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The Day of the Triffids (1962)
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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Directed by Robert Wise. A visitor from outer space comes with the warning that unless war is abolished, Earth will be destroyed by the more advanced planets of the universe. 92 min. DVD 1595 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Destroy all Planets (Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu) (Japan, 1968))
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Devil Girl From Mars (1954)
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District 9 (USA | New Zealand, 2009)
Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Cast: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt, Sylvaine Strike, John Sumner, William Allen Young, Nick Blake. Twenty years ago, aliens from another planet made contact with Earth. Now, the refugee camp they are forced to live in has deteriorated into a slum-like ghetto. When field operative Wikus van der Merwe is put in charge of evicting the aliens, he contracts a strange virus that changes his DNA to match that of the refugees. As his body begins to mutate, he becomes a hunted man, and the aliens' only hope for freedom. Special features: Disc 1. Deleted scenes ; directors commentary ; "The alien agenda: a filmmaker's log" three-part documentary -- Disc 2. Metamorphosis: The transformation of Wikus ; Innovation: Acting and improvisation ; Conception and design: Creating the world of District 9 ; Alien generation: Visual effects. 112 min. DVD 1472
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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
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Eolomea (1972, East German)
Directed by Herrmann Zschoche. Cast: Cox Habbema, Ivan Andonov, Sanajev Vsevolod, Rolf Hoppe, Wolfgang Greese. A mysterious message--'Eolomea'-- is received on Earth from a sector of space. Within three days, eight cargo ships disappear from the sector and an entire space station goes quiet. What is "Eolomea"-- and who on Earth knows about it? 80 min. DVD 6363
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Fritzsche, Sonja. "A Natural and Artificial Homeland: East German Science-Fiction Film Responds to Kubrick and Tarkovsky." Film & History, Fall2010, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p80-101, 22p, UC users only

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Drew Barrymore, and Henry Thomas as Elliott. A moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott. While E.T. learns about life on Earth, Elliott learns that friendship knows no earthly bounds. 115 min. DVD 8967
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Awards & Honors

Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture, Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director
National Film Registry Selection

Evil Brain from Outer Space (Japan, 1964))
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The Faculty (1998)
Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Cast: Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett, Shawn Hatosy, Famke Janssen, Elijah Wood, Jon Stewart. A unique thriller that blends teenage angst, cutting edge comedy, and out of this world special effects. Bonding together to save the world are a group of high school students who make a terrifying discovery that their teachers are aliens. 105 min. DVD X6362
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The Fifth Element (France, 1997)
Director, Luc Besson. Cast: Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich. Two hundred and fifty years in the future, life as we know it is threatened by the arrival of Evil. Only the fifth element can stop the Evil from extinguishing life, as it tries to do every five thousand years. 126 min. DVD 1339
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Awards & Honors

César Awards, France - Best Director
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Special Effects

Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within (USA / Japan, 2001)
Directors, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Moto Sakakibara. Voices: Ming-Na, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, Peri Gilpin, Donald Sutherland, James Woods, Keith David, Jean Simmons, Matt McKenzie. In this film Cast: computer animated and live action, the Earth is infested with alien spirits, and mankind faces total extinction in the year 2065 A.D. Led by a dream and guided by a mentor, a scientist struggles to collect eight good spirits to create a powerful source strong enough to destroy the alien presence, but is it pure enough to protect the planet. The Earth must be saved from its darkest hate and unleash the final spirit. Special features: (Disc 2): original interactive documentary: "The making of Final fantasy"; dig deeper and ink-out to information pods which spotlight: Final fantasy thriller music video, alternate opening sequence, Mini-movie: Aki's dream, trailer explorations; multiple workshop including: 7 in-depth character files; 3 vehicle scale comparisons, 2 face wraps, character morphs, compositing builds, matte art explorations, sets & props; Final fantasy shuffler; Interactive film explorations includes complete screenplay, virtual tour of Square Pictures. 106 min. DVD 4398
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Monnet, Livia. "A-Life and the Uncanny in "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within"." Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Mar., 2004), pp. 97-121 17(64):182-191. 1981 Winter. UC users only
Monnet, Livia. " Invasion of the woman snatchers: the problem of a-life and the uncanny in Final fantasy: the spirits within." In: Robot ghosts and wired dreams : Japanese science fiction from origins to anime / Christopher Bolton, Istvan Csicsery-Rony, Jr., and Takayuki Tatsumi, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PL747.57.S3 R63 2007)

I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
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Independence Day (1996)
Director, Roland Emmerich. Cast: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn, Harvey Fierstein. Massive spaceships appear in Earth's skies and wonder turns to terror as the ships blast destructive beams of fire down on cities all over the planet. The world's only hope lies with a determined band of survivors. 152 min. DVD 1012
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Awards & Honors

Academy Award - Best Visual Effects
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Director; Best Science Fiction Film; Best Special Effects

Invaders from Mars (1953)
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The Invasion (2007)
Director, Oliver Hirschbiegel. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, Jeffrey Wright, Jackson Bond. Tells the story of a mysterious epidemic that alters the behavior of human beings. When a Washington D.C. psychiatrist discovers the epidemics origins are extraterrestrial, she must fight to protect her son, who may hold the key to stopping the escalating invasion. Special features: "We've been snatched before: invasion in Media History" documentary; featurette "The invasion: a new story"; featurette "The invasion: on the set"; featurette "The invasion: snatched." 99 min. DVD 9159
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Havis, Richard James. "The Invasion." Film Journal International, Oct2007, Vol. 110 Issue 10, p62-62 UC users only
Nelson, Erika. "Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Gender and Sexuality in Four Film Adaptations." Extrapolation, Spring2011, Vol. 52 Issue 1, p51-74, 24p UC users only
Newman, Kim. "The Invasion." Sight & Sound, Jan2008, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p77-77, 1p UC users only
Shepard, Lucius. "Look, You Fools. You're In Danger. Can't You See? They're After All of Us. They're Here Already." Fantasy & Science Fiction; Feb2008, Vol. 114 Issue 2, p107-112, 6p UC users only

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Directed by Don Siegel. Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan, Caolyn Jones, Ralph Dumke, Jean Willes. Plant-like extraterrestrials have invaded Santa Mira, a small town in California, replicating the villagers in giant seed "pods" and taking possession of their souls while they sleep. In a terrifying race for his life, Dr. Bennell escapes to warn the world of the deadly invasion of the pod people. Based on the novel "The Body Snatchers" by Jack Finney. 80 min. DVD 466; VHS 999:150
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Directed by Philip Kaufman. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright. Filmy spores fall from space over San Francisco, and the city blossoms with beautiful new flora. People take the flowers home and as they sleep, the plants creep over them, devouring their bodies and stealing their identities--everything except their emotions, their uniqueness, their souls. Special DVD features: Disc 1: Commentary by director Philip Kaufman ; Disc 2: "Re-visitors from outer space or How I learned to stop worrying and love the pod" featurette; inside the pods: examining the Invasion: "Practical magic," "The man behind the scream" and "The invasion will be televised." 117 min. DVD 8104
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Awards & Honors
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Director

Invisible Adversaries (Unsichtbare Gegner) (Austria, 1987)
Directed by Valie Export. Anna, a Viennese photographer, discovers that extra-terrestrial beings are colonizing the minds of her fellow citizens by raising the human aggression level. The outer world immediately becomes disjointed, but the inner world, too, as Anna and her lover try to hang on to their deteriorating relationship. 112 min. 999:1567
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It Came From Outer Space (1953)
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K-PAX(USA | Germany, 2001)
Directed by Iain Softley. Cast: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Alfre Woodard, Mary McCormack, Peter Gerety, Saul Williams. A psychiatrist begins treating a patient who claims to be an alien from the distant planet of K-PAX. As he tries to help him, the psychiatrist begins to doubt his own explanations. Based on the novel: K-PAX / by Gene Brewer. Special features: optional audio commentary by Softley; alternate ending; "Spotlight on location" featurette; deleted scenes; storyboard to final feature comparison; photo gallery; theatrical trailer; production notes; cast & filmmaker bios (Spacey, Bridges, Woodard, McCormack, Softley).120 min. DVD 2464
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The Man From Planet X (1951)
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The Man Who Fell to Earth (UK, 1976)
Directed by Nicolas Roeg. Cast: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry. An alien, on a mission to obtain water, becomes a head of a large corporation. Ultimately, he is overwhelmed by American capitalism and a relationship with a women. 139 min. DVD 4449
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Mars Attacks! (1996)
Director, Tim Burton. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Rod Steiger, Tom Jones, Lukas Haas, Natalie Portman, Jim Brown, Lisa Marie, Sylvia Sidney. Mean, green invaders from the angry red planet attempt to take over the Earth ... armed with insta-fry ray guns, endowed with slimy, humungous brains, and enlivened with state-of-the-art special effects. Thrill!... as Earth fights back with an unexpected weapon. 106 min. DVD 1013
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Marvin the Martian
Marvin the Martian (or Marvin Martian) is a fictional character appearing in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoons. Despite appearing in only five of the original shorts, Marvin has developed a cult following. Marvin's likeness appears in miniature on both the Spirit and Opportunity rovers on Mars.

Haredevil Hare (1948) DVD 6006; DVD X4715; DVD 2073
Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century (1953) DVD 3564; DVD 2073; vhs Video/C MM161
Jumpin' Jupiter (1955) DVD X942
Rocket-bye Baby (1956) DVD X942
Rocket Squad (1956) DVD 4875

Birdwell, Michael E. ""Oh, You Thing from Another World, You": How Warner Bros. Animators Responded to the Cold War (1948-1980)." Film & History May2001, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p34-39, 6p UC users only

MIB, Men in Black (1997)
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn. New York City is being threatened by a villainous bug who has inhabited the body of a farmer. The mission assigned to the agents is to locate and exterminate the bug before it destroys the planet. At their disposal is an arsenal of weapons and the assistance of an alien arms dealer. 98 min. DVD 7361
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Awards & Honors
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Science Fiction Film

Chapman, Aneta. "Real Men Wear Black: The Men In Black Films." In: The science fiction film reader / edited by Gregg Rickman. 1st Limelight ed. New York : Limelight Editions, 2004. (Grad Svcs PN1995.9.S26.S344 2004; Main Stack PN1995.9.S26.S344 2004Main Stack PN1995.9.S26.S344 2004)
Hicks, Heather J. "Suits vs. Skins: Immigration and Race in Men in Black." Arizona Quarterly, Summer2007, Vol. 63 Issue 2, p109-136, 28p UC users only
Kermode, Mark. "Men in Black." Sight and Sound 7.n8 (August 1997): 47(2).
Leach, Joan. "Here come the men in black: technology and anxiety in the postmodern age.(Special Issue: Fictions and Futures)('Men in Black' deconstructed)." Futures 30.10 (Dec 1998): 10 UC users only

The Monolith Monsters (1957)
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The Mysterians (Chikyû Bôeigun) (Japan, 1957)
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Not of This Earth (1958)
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Outer Limits: Aliens Among Us Collection(TV, 1995-2001)
Contents: Quality of mercy / featuring Robert Patrick -- Afterlife / Clancy Brown -- The grell / Ted Shackelford -- Relativity theory / Melissa Gilbert-- Alien shop / Jonathon Schaech -- Beyond the veil / Michael O'Keefe. Special features: Aliens Among Us documentary; making "Quality of Mercy" documentary; origins of "The Outer Limits" featurette. 265 min. DVD X732

Phantom from Space (1953)
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Radar Men from the Moon (1952)
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Directed by Kerry Conran. Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gambon, Bai Ling, Omid Djalili, Sir Laurence Olivier. Circa 1939 ace city reporter Polly Perkins has noted the sudden disappearances of many of the world's most famous scientists. After the city falls under attack of giant flying robots, she decides to team up with her ex-boyfriend, aviation officer Joe 'Sky Captain' Sullivan and flys around the world in search of the evil mastermind, Dr. Totenkopf, whose plan it is to create a new world by destroying the one of today. 106 min. DVD 6072
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Hoppenstand, Gary. "Editorial: Visiting the Past's Future." Journal of Popular Culture, Feb2005, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p453-455, 3p UC users only
Magid, Ron. "Building the Retro World of Tomorrow." Animation Magazine v. 18 no. 8 (August 2004) p. 18-20UC users only
Polan, Dana. "Nothing behind the Screen: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow." Senses of Cinema, vol. 34, pp. (no pagination), Jan 2005
Probst, Christopher. "A Retro Future." American Cinematographer v. 85 no. 10 (October 2004) p. 32-6, 38-43UC users only
Walters, B. "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow." Sight & Sound v. ns14 no. 11 (November 2004) p. 67-8UC users only

Skyline (2010)
Directed by Colin Strause and Greg Strause. Cast: Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed, Neil Hopkins, David Zayas, Donald Faison. It was supposed to be a simple birthday weekend in Southern California. But when sunrise arrives two hours early in the form of a haunting light from an unknown source, a group of friends watches in terror as people across the city are drawn outside and swept into massive alien ships that have blotted out the L.A. skyline. From tankers to drones and hydra-like extraterrestrials, the aliens are inescapable and seemingly indestructible. 94 min. DVD X6005
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Slither (2006)
Directed by James Gunn. Cast: Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, Michael Rooker, Tania Saulnier, Don Thompson. Grant Grant, the wealthiest and most powerful citizen is a small rural town, is taking a walk through the woods when he comes across a strange and unfamiliar life form. Grant makes the mistake of getting too close and soon an alien creature invades his body. It is not long before Grant isn't the only one who has been attacked by the strange and slimy things. His wife, Starla, begins to notice that something is very wrong with her husband. At the same time, Sheriff Bill Pardy becomes aware that there is a pattern of missing people and animals. Together, Starla and Bill set out to put a stop to the alien invaders intent upon taking over. Special features: Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director James Gunn; Gag reel; Visual effects: "Step by step"; "Who is Bill Pardy?"; The sick minds and slimy days of 'Slither'; Bringing 'Slither's' creatures to life; Slithery set tour with Nathan Fillion; "Gorehound grill: brewin' the blood"; The king of cult: Lloyd Kaufman's video diary; Feature commentary with director James Gunn and actor Nathan Fillion; Extended scenes. 96 min. DVD X40
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Super 8 (2011)
Directed by J.J. Abrams. Cast: Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee. In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. 111 min. DVD X6813
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Lucca, Violet. "Super 8" Film Comment, July 2011, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p69-70, 2p UC users only
Miller, Henry K. "Super 8" Sight & Sound, September 2011, Vol. 21 Issue 9, p77-78, 2p UC users only
Priester, Paul; Potter, John. "Horrific nostalgia: The horror film as a medium for nostalgic catharsis." PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 56(42), 2011. UC users only
Shepard, Lucius. "Super 8" Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec2011, Vol. 121 Issue 5/6, p181-186, 6p UC users only
Stasukevich, Iain. "Monster Out of the Box." American Cinematographer, July 2011, Vol. 92 Issue 7, p24-35, 10p UC users only

Target Earth (1954)
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Teenagers From Outer Space (1956)
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They Live (1988)
Directed by John Carpenter. Cast: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George "Buck" Flower, Peter Jason, Raymond St. Jacques. One man discovers that aliens are masquerading as humans while they lull the public into submission through subliminal advertising messages. Only specially made sunglasses make the deadly truth visible. 95 min. DVD 7518
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The Thing (The Thing From Another World) (1951)
Directed by Christian Nyby. Cast: James Arness (as the Thing), Margaret Sheridan, Kenneth Tobey, Robert Cornthwaite, Bill Self, Dewey Martin. A team of scientists, investigating a magnetic disturbance near the North Pole, discovers a disc-shaped object and some sort of man-like creature frozen beneath the ice. Based on the story "Who goes there?" by John W. Campbell, Jr. 80 min. DVD 9158
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The Thing (1982)
Director, John Carpenter. Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan. Set in the winter of 1982 at a research station in Antarctica, a twelve man research team finds an alien being that has fallen from the sky and has remained buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Unfrozen and unleashed, the THING creates havoc and terror as it changes forms and becomes one of them. Special features: Running commentary with Kurt Russell and director John Carpenter; John Carpenter's The Thing: Terror takes shape, an 80 min. original documentary; stop motion animation footage cut from the film; exclusive work-in-progress visual effects footage; behind-the-sceens location footage; original theatrical trailer; outtakes from the film; behind-the-scenes photographs; storyboards and conceptual art; annotated production archive. 109 min. DVD 896
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The Thing (USA | Canada, 2011)
Director, Matthijs van Heijningen. Cast: Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ulrich Thomsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Trond Espen Seim. When paleontologist Kate Lloyd travels to an isolated outpost in Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime, she joins an international team that unearths a remarkable discovery. Their elation quickly turns to fear as they realize that their experiment has freed a mysterious being from its frozen prison. Paranoia spreads like an epidemic as a creature that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish in this spine-tingling thriller. Based on the story: Who goes there? / by John W. Campbell, Jr. 103 min. DVD X7057
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This Island Earth (1955)
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Twenty Million Miles to Earth (1957)
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Village of the Damned (UK, 1965)
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War of the Worlds (The Orson Welles Collection) [Sound Recording]
Originally aired on the radio program Mercury Theatre on the Air on the CBS System in 1938. Sound/D 94 (also on Sound/D 96, Sound/D 98 and Sound/C 1109)

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War of the Worlds (2005)
Director, Steven Spielberg. Cast: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto, Tim Robbins, Rick Gonzalez, Yul Vazquez. Ray Ferrier is a working class man living in New Jersey. He has become estranged from his family and his life isn't in order. His small town life is shaken violently by the arrival of destructive intruders: Aliens which have come up from the ground, en masse, to destroy Earth and all the humans living on it. As the aliens plow through the country in a wave of mass destruction and violence, Ray must put aside thoughts of himself and come to the defense of his children. As the world fends for itself, it's inhabitants must save humanity from a far greater force that threatens to destroy it. 117 min. DVD 4723
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War of the Worlds (1952)
Director, Byron Haskin. Produced by George Pal. Cast: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne. H.G. Wells' chilling story of the invasion of Earth by Martians. Mass evacuation begins in panic as nations unite in an effort to repel the aliens. Special DVD features: Commentary tracks by cast members, the director, and film historian Bob Burns and Bill Warren, author of Keep watching the skies!; The sky is falling (making of the film); The war of the worlds (Mercury Theatre on the Air radio broadcast). DVD 9185
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H.G. Wells and the Movies

Burns, Bob; Weaver, Tom. "Memories of… George Pal." Cinefantastique; Aug2002, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p50-57, 6p UC users only
The Fantasy Worlds of George Pal. DVD 370
Huebner, Andrew J. "Lost in Space: Technology and Turbulence in Futuristic Cinema of the 1950s." Film & History, Fall2010, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p6-26, 21p UC users only

Wild Blue Yonder (UK / USA / France / Germany, 2005)
Director, Werner Herzog. Cast: Brad Dourif, Martin Lo, Roger Diehl, Ted Sweetser, Capt. Donald Williams, Dr. Ellen Baker, Franklin Chang-Diaz, Shannon Lucid, Michael McCulley. A science-fiction fantasy film with a serious message from legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog: As humans search for a new planet to colonize, aliens attempt to settle on the nearly uninhabitable earth. Herzog worked with NASA and musician/photographer Henry Kaiser to create incredible documentary images from outer space and beneath the Antarctic Ocean, and combined these with Brad Dourif's performance as an alien interviewing real-life respected scientists -- culminating in a personal plea to save our planet. 81 min. DVD 6918
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Men and Women in Space / Other Worlds

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984)
Directed by W.D. Richter. Cast: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd. Buckaroo Banzai's latest experiments have opened the door to the 8th dimension--and have unwittingly begun an interstellar battle for the world. Special features: Alternate opening; Buckaroo Banzai declassified documentary; deleted scene archives; character profiles; teaser trailer. 102 min. DVD X3791
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Aelita: the Queen of Mars (Soviet Union, 1924)
Directed by Yakov Protazanov. Los, an engineer living in Moscow, dreams of Aelita, the Queen of Mars, and builds a spaceship to take him to her. They fall in love, but Los soon finds himself embroiled in the planet's proletarian uprising. Based on a novella with the same title by A. Tolstoy. 98 min. DVD 84
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Christensen, Peter G. "Aelita, Individual Psychology, and the Soviet State." In: Holding the vision : essays on film : proceedings of the First Annual Film Conference of Kent State University, April 21, 1983 (MAIN: PN1995 .F4577 1983; Storage Info: C 2 843 031)
Christensen, Peter G. "Women as Princesses or Comrades: Ambivalence in Yakov Protazanov's Aelita." New Zealand Slavonic Journal, pp. 107-22, 2000
Christie, Ian. "Down to Earth: Aelita Relocated." In: Inside the film factory : new approaches to Russian and Soviet cinema / edited by Richard Taylor and Ian Christie. London; New York, NY : Routledge, 1991. (Main Stack PN1993.5.R9.I57 1991; Moffitt PN1993.5.R9.I57 1991)

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Alien (1979)
Directed by Ridley Scott. Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto. Terror begins when the crew of a spaceship investigates a transmission from a desolate planet and discover a life form that is perfectly evolved to annihilate mankind. Each crew member is slain until only Ripley is left. 116 min. DVD 2180; vhs 999:410
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Visual Effects
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Science Fiction Film; Best Director
Hugo Awards - Best Dramatic Presentation
National Film Registry Selection

Aliens (1986)
Directed by James Cameron. Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser. Ripley is recovering from her first encounter with the deadly alien. Her account of that event is received with skepticism, but transmissions from a colony later established on the Alien's planet abruptly cease. Burke, an up-and-coming company man, talks Ripley into going back with a squad of colonial Marines. Of course the Marines do not take her warnings seriously either, until they comeface-to-face with the awesome alien spawn. 154 min. DVD 2181; vhs 999:2114
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Academy Awards - Best Visual Effects
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Science Fiction Film; Best Director; Best Special Effects
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Special Effects
Hugo Awards - Best Dramatic Presentation

Alien 3 (1992)
Directed by David Fincher. Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Lance Henriksen. Lt. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) crash lands on Fiorina 161, a desolate planet populated by interplanetary ex-cons. Ripley's fears that an Alien was aboard her craft are confirmed when the mutilated bodies start appearing. She soon discovers a horrifying fact about her link with the Alien, a realization that may compel Ripley to try destroying not only the creature, but herself as well. 115 min. DVD 2182; vhs 999:2115
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Alien Resurrection (1997)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, Dan Hedaya, J.E. Freedman, Brad Dourif. Ellen Ripley died fighting the perfect predator. Two hundred years and eight horrific experiments later, she's back. A group of scientists has cloned her - along with the alien queen inside her - hoping to breed the ultimate weapon. 108 min. DVD 2183
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National Film Registry Selection (Alien)

Alien Quadrilogy: Supplemental Disc (c2003)
Presents supplemental features to the four films "Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection plus an "Alien Evolution" documentary, and Ridley Scott interview. DVD 2184

Angry Red Planet (1960)
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Assignment: Outer Space (aka Space Men) (Italy, 1960)
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Avatar (2009)
Directed by James Cameron. Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang. When his twin brother dies in an accident, paraplegic ex-Marine Jake Sully takes his place on a mission to the human outpost on Pandora, where a corporate consortium is mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving Earth's energy crisis. Sully works with a group of scientists cloning near-duplicates of the planet's inhabitants, the Na'vi, whom specially trained scientists can control mentally to foster peace between the corporation and the natives. But when Sully finds himself lost on Pandora and trapped in a Na'vi clone body, a beautiful Na'vi woman saves his life and Sully discovers the corporation's plan to mine the mineral--at any cost. 161 min. DVD X3118
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Visual Effects
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Science Fiction Film; Best Director; Best Special Effects; Best Actor; Best Actress
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Special Effects
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Action Movie; Best Visual Effects

Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Director

Babylon 5
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Barbarella (France / Italy, 1968)
Directed by Roger Vadim. Cast: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O'Shea, Marcel Marceau, Claude Dauphin, David Hemmings. An erotic science fiction fantasy in which a female adventurer travels through space vanquishing evil in the forms of robots and monsters and rewarding the men who assist her. 98 min. DVD 8662
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Battlestar Galactic
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The Big Mess (Der Der große Verhau)(West Germany, 1971)
Directed and written by: Alexander Kluge. Cast: Maria Sterr, Vincenz Sterr, Sigi Graue, Henrike Fürst, Hajo von Zündt, Silvia Forsthofer, Hark Bohm, Hannelore Hoger, Amon Düül II. In the first century of the third millenium, a galactic civil war is raging between governments, industrial giants and space pirates. Features space captain Douglas, the pirate couple Sterr, a space admiral and countless other characters trying to eke out a living in the cosmos. 90 min. DVD 8159
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The Black Hole (1979)
Directed by Gary Nelson. Cast: Maximillan Schell, Anthony Perkins, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms. Scientists are on board an Earth discovery vessel on a fruitless search for life in space when they encounter a lost spaceship perched on the event horizon of the universe's most powerful phenomenon, a black hole. 98 min. DVD 7642
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Buck Rogers (1939)
Directed by Ford I. Beebe. Featuring: Buster Crabbe, Constance Moore, Jackie Moran, Jack Mulhall, Anthony Warde, Guy Usher, C. Montague Shaw, Henry Brandon, Wheeler Oakman, Philson Ahn. In this action packed science fiction serial in 12 chapters, Buck Rogers and young Buddy Wade, preserved in a state of suspended animation for 500 years, are brought back to life by future Earth scientists. They awaken in the year 2500 A.D. to find planet Earth in a state of emergency being ruled by Killer Kane and his super gangsters. Buck and Buddy solicit the help of the planet Saturn to rid the universe of this sinister tyrant. Thus, the spectacular intergalactic battles begin. Contents: Tomorrow's world -- Tragedy on Saturn -- The enemy's stronghold -- The sky patrol -- The phantom plane -- The unknown command -- Primitive urge -- Revolt of the zuggs -- Bodies without minds -- Broken barriers -- A prince in bondage -- War of the planets. 108 min. (241 min. total) DVD 318

Dark Star (1974)
Directed by John Carpenter. Cast: Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm, Dre Pahich, Dan O'Bannon. Dark Star is a futuristic scoutship traveling far in advance of colony ships. Armed with Exponential Thermostellar bombs, it prowls the unstable planets. But there is one obstacle that its' crewmembers did not count on -- one of the ship's thinking and talking bombs is lodged in the bay, threatening to destroy the entire ship and crew. 83 min. DVD 2779
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Cat-women of the Moon (1953)
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Destination Moon (1950)
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Doctor Who (TV Show)
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Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century(1953)
Animated short. Directed by Chuck Jones. Warner Brothers. Space hero Duck Dodgers, along with Eager Young Space Cadet Porky, travel to Planet X in search of Illudium Phosdex, the shaving cream atom. Unfortunately, Commander X-2 arrives in his "Martian Maggot" spaceship with his own designs on the place. DVD 2073
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Dune (1984)
Directed by David Lynch. Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Jose Ferrer, Max Von Sydow, Linda Hunt, Sting. Paul Atreides, son of Duke Leto, struggles with native inhabitants of the dry planet Arrakis (Dune) to overthrow the terrible Baron Barkonnen and his family and control the special product of the planet, a mind-altering spice produced by giant sand worms. Based on the novel by Frank Herbert. 137 min. DVD 469
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Fantastic Planet (La Planète sauvage) (Czechoslovakia / France, 1973)
Director, Rene Laloux. Written by Rene Laloux and Roland ToporVoices: Jean Topart, Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin, Jean Valmont. In this animated sci-fi masterpiece tiny humanoid creatures called Oms living on distant planet live in fear of the Draags, blue-skinned, red-eyed creatures standing over 40 feet tall. When a Draag child casually kills a human mother with a flick of her finger, she makes amends by adopting the dead woman's child as a pet. However, the new pet quickly figures out the secret of Draag brainpower and escapes to share his knowledge with a band of humans. Together, the humans make plans to bring down the reign of the Draags. Special features: "Les escargots:" a short by Rene Laloux; "Fantastic Laloux:" an interview with Rene Laloux; trailer; photo gallery; music video "Would I be the one" by Sean Lennon (inspired by Fantastic planet). Based on the novel "Oms en serie" by Stefan Wul. 72 min. DVD 8727
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Fascisti su Marte (Fascists on Mars)(2006)
Directed by Corrado Guzzanti Igor Igor Skofic. Cast: Corrado Guzzanti, Marco Marzocca, Lillo Petrolo, Andrea Blarzino. Imagines a 1939 expedition to Mars intent on turning the Red Planet to Fascist black. Led by Mussolini acolyte Barbagli, the group overcomes the Martian atmosphere and battles rocks they've determined are enemies. 100 min. DVD 9567
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First Man into Space (1959)
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First Men in the Moon (UK, 1964)
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First Spaceship on Venus (Der schweigende Stern) (East Germany | Poland, 1959/1962)
Directed by Kurt Maetzig. Cast: Yoko Tani, Oldrich Lukes, [Ignacy Machowski, Julius Ongewe, Michal Postnikow]. When a strange magnetic spool is discovered in Siberia, scientists determine its origins: the planet Venus. A crew of astronauts is sent there to learn more. Meanwhile experts attempt to decode the spool's message and determine why Venus is utterly silent. Based on the novel The Astronauts, by Stanislaw Lem. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1959, shortened version released in 1962. 78 min. DVD X5060
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Flash Gordon
Based on the comic strip by Alex Raymond.

Flash Gordon(1980)
Directed by Mike Hodges. Cast: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Ornella Muti, Max Von Sydow, Topol, Timothy Dalton, Mariangela Melato, Brian Blessed, Peter Wyngarde. When energy waves pull the moon out of orbit, New York Jets quarterback Flash Gordon unwittingly finds himself heading for the planet Mongo, where, with the assistance from beautiful Dale Arden, he will take on Ming the Merciless and rescue humankind. Special features: Alex Ross, renowned comic artist, on Flash Gordon; writing a classic: screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr.; Flash Gordon 1936 serial episode; Flash Gordon Sci-Fi Channel TV show trailer. 112 min. DVD X1005
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Fiery Planet(1934)
Director, Frederick Stephani. Cast: Larry "Buster" Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Priscilla Lawson, Charles Middleton, Frank Shannon. Flash Gordon battles Ming the Merciless and other terrible aliens. When energy waves pull the moon out of orbit, New York Jets quarterback Flash Gordon unwittingly finds himself heading for the planet Mongo, where, with the assistance from beautiful Dale Arden, he will take on Ming the Merciless and rescue humankind. DVD X1005

Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe(1940)
Directed by Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor. Cast: Larry (Buster) Crabbe, Carol Hughes, Anne Gwynne, Charles Middleton. The earth is dying! A rocket over the planet is dropping a purple dust into the atmosphere, causing instant death! Flash Gordon and his companions head back to Mongo, the source of the plague. Upon landing, Flash discovers that none other than their arch enemy, Ming the Merciless, is the madman behind the carnage. He also learns of Polarite--the antidote which can only be found in Frigia. Flash and his companions head for Frigia pursued by Ming's soldiers. Contents: 1. The purple death -- 2. Freezing torture -- 3. Walking bombs -- 4. The destroying ray -- 5. The palace of terror -- 6. Flaming death -- 7. The land of the dead -- 8. The fiery abyss -- 9. The pool of peril -- 10. The death mist -- 11. Stark treachery -- 12. Doom of the dictator. 234 min. DVD 6957
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Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars(1938)
Directed by Ford Beebe and Robert Hill. Cast: Larry (Buster) Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Frank Shannon, Beatrice Roberts. To save the earth from destruction by a giant ray lamp, Flash Gordon and friends travel to Mars, where they battle and eventually overcome their mortal enemy, Ming the Merciless. This early science fiction film features flying Martians, spaceship battalions, clay people who ooze from cave walls, a light bridge, and other special effects. 299 min. DVD 6958
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National Film Registry Selection

Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers(1938)
Directed by Frederick Stephani and Ray Taylor Cast: Frank Shannon, "Buster" Crabbe, Charles Middleton, Jean Rogers, Priscilla Lawson. A mysterious planet comes hurtling through space and threatens to destroy the Earth. Flash Gordon blasts off to the planet Mongo with Dr. Hans Zarkov and Dale Arden, where he battles Ming the Merciless, Hawkmen, Lionmen, sacred Gockos, orangaphoids, melting rays, sky cities, rocket fleets, atom furnaces, and tournaments of death in order to rescue the world from impending doom. Contents: The planet of Peril -- The tunnel of terror -- Captured by Shark Men -- Battling the sea beast -- The destroying ray -- Flaming torture -- Shattering doom -- Tournament of death -- Fighting the fire dragon -- The unseen peril -- In the claws of the tigron -- Trapped in the turret -- Rocketing to Earth. In 1951, Flash Gordon reverted to King Features which produced a short-lived TV series (1953-1954). King Features renamed the 1936 motion picture from "Flash Gordon" to "Space soldiers" to avoid confusion. 245 min. DVD 6959
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Flash Gordon (TV, 1953-1965)
Based on Alex Raymond's legendary sci-fi comic strip hero, these vintage television episodes present the journeys of space hero Flash Gordon (Steve Holland). Along with Dale Arden (Irene Champlin) and the brilliant Dr. Zharkov (Joe Nash), Flash struggles to keep the cosmos safe. 3 episodes, 30 min. each. DVD 2860

Flash Gordon (TV, 1954)
Cast: Steve Holland, Irene Champlin, Joe Nash. Vintage television episodes from the science fiction serial of the adventures of space hero Flash Gordon who battles an ongoing quest to keep the cosmos safe. 90 min. DVD 7741

Barshay, R. "Ethnic stereotypes in Flash Gordon." Journal of Popular Film and Television Vol III nr 1 (Winter 1974); p 15-30
Kinnard, Roy. "The Flash Gordon serials." Films in Review Vol XXXIX nr 4 (Apr 1988); p 194-203
Tracey, Grant. "Flash Gordon." Images, 4
Turner, George. "Making the Flash Gordon serials." American Cinematographer Vol LXIV nr 6 (June 1983); p 56-62,117-122

Flash Gordon (1980)
Director, Mike Hodges. Cast: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Ornella Muti, Max Von Sydow, Topol, Timothy Dalton. An outer space fantasy adventure based on the comic strip Flash Gordon. When energy waves pull the moon out of orbit, threatening destruction of Earth, Dr. Zarkov, Flash Gordon and Dale Arden go to the planet Mongo, the source of these energy waves. Ruling over Mongo is Ming the Merciless, who must be destroyed. 111 min. vhs 999:3094
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Flesh Gordon (1974)
Directors, Michael Benveniste and Howard Ziehm. Cast: Jason Williams, Suzanne Fields, Joseph Hudgins, William Hunt, Candy Samples, Mycle Brandy, John Hoyt as Professor Gordon. In this popular outrageous spoof of sci-fi films, Earth is thrown onto carnal chaos by a mysterious sex ray emanating from outer space. Flesh Gordon, Dale Ardor and their new found friend Dr. Flexi Jerkoff, must travel to the planet Porno to save Earth from certain devastation by the mad Emperor Wang. 90 min. vhs 999:3839
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Forbidden Planet (1956)
Directed by Fred Wilcox. Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman. After traveling to another planet in the year 2257 in search of survivors of an earlier expedition, a group of scientific explorers encounter one of the missing scientists and his daughter, and are terrorized by an unknown menace that threatens to destroy everybody. Special features on DVD 8617 only: Deleted scenes and lost footage; 2 follow-up vehicles starring Robby the Robot: feature film "The invisible boy" ; "The thin man" TV series episode Robot client; 3 documentaries: TCM original "Watch the skies!: science fiction, the 1950's and US" ; The all-new amazing! "Exploring the far reaches of Forbidden planet" ; "Robby the Robot: engineering a sci-fi icon" ; excerpts from "The MGM parade" TV series; science-fiction movie trailer gallery. 99 min.DVD 8617 (digitally transferred and restored); DVD 502; VHS 999:79
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Electronic effects from Forbidden Planet (.wav sound file) All sounds © 1956 MGM/-UA

Galaxy Quest(1999)
Directed by Dean Parisot. Cast: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, Robin Sachs, Patrick Breen. For four years, the courageous crew of the NSEA Protector-- 'Commannder Peter Quincy Taggart, ' 'Lt. Tawny Madison, ' and 'Dr. Lazarus'-- set off on thrilling and often dangerous missions in space-- and then their series was cancelled! Now, twenty years later, aliens under attack have mistaken the Galaxy Quest television transmissions for 'historical documents' and beamed up the crew of has-been actors to save the universe. With no script, no director and no clue, the actors must turn in the performances of their lives. Special features: On locaton in space featurette ; deleted scenes ; Thermian language audio track ; theatrical trailer ; cast & filmmakers' bios ; production notes. 102 min. DVD X870
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Edwards, Kim.. "Why There are Always Ducts: Parody and Fandom in Galaxy Quest." Screen Education, 2007, Issue 48, p109-115, 7p UC users only
Punt, Michael; Blassnigg, Martha; Surman, David. "From Méliès to Galaxy Quest: The Dark Matter of the Popular Imagination." Leonardo, 2006, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p12-18, 7p UC users only

Gattaca (1997)
Directed by Andrew Niccol. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, Jude Law, Loren Dean. Story about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection. Vincent is an "In-Valid," who assumes the identity of a member of the genetic elite to pursue his goal of traveling into space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. However, a week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect. With a relentless investigator in pursuit and the colleague he has fallen in love with beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent's dreams steadily unravel. 107 min. DVD 6079; vhs 999:2036
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Ghosts of Mars (2001)
Directed by John Carpenter. Cast: Ice Cube, Natasha Henstridge, Jason Statham, Pam Grier, Clea Duvall, Joanna Cassidy. Melanie is a headstrong police lieutenant on Mars. She and her squad are sent to a remote region to apprehend a dangerous criminal, and they come to discover that he is the least of their worries. The mining operation has unleashed a deadly army of Martian spirits who take over the bodies of humans. They are determined to destroy all the invaders on the planet. Special features: Director and Natasha Henstridge commentary; video diary; filmographies; special effects (SFX) deconstructions; interactive menus; scene selections; scoring "Ghost of Mars" featurette. 98 min. DVD X3100
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G.O.R.A.: A Space Movie (Turkey, 2004)
Directed by Omer Faruk Sorak. The life of a Turkish bloke selling carpets to tourists in an Anatolian town takes an unexpected turn when aliens abduct him and take him to their own planet. While his primary goal is to escape from the planet and come back home, he finds himself waging a war against the alien human-hating commander who is struggling to take control of the planet. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 123 min. DVD 4201
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Aksoy, Asu. "G.O.R.A." Sight & Sound, Feb2005, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p50-52, 2p UC users only
Smith, Iain Robert. ""Beam Me up, Ömer": Transnational Media Flow and the Cultural Politics of the Turkish Star Trek Remake." The Velvet Light Trap Number 61, Spring 2008 UC users only

Hardware Wars(1977)
Directed by Ernie Fosselius. Cast: Frank Robertson, Scott Mathews, Geoff Hale, Cindy Furgatch, Bob Knickerbocker, Ernie Fosselius. Voices: Sonny Buddy Jr., Cindy Furgatch, Walt Kraemer, Ernie Fosselius. A spoof of the space epic, Star Wars, created with special effects made from household appliances available in any hardware store. Features flying toasters in pursuit of a flatiron space station and a robot vacuum cleaner who foils the supreme force of evil. 60 min. DVD X1087
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Himmelskibet (Denmark, 1918)
Directed by Holger-Madsen. Cast: Nicolai Neiiendam, Gunnar Tolnaes, Zanny Petersen, Svend Kornbeck. A lavishly produced space-travel picture and a milestone in the science fiction genre. Brave Avanti Planetaros travels to the planet Mars. Once there, he falls in love with a pretty Martian and together they return to Planet Earth to spread the Martian theories of love, peace and understanding. A timely message in the midst of World War I. 81 min. DVD X771
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In the Dust of the Stars (Im Staub der Sterne) (East Germany, 1976)
Directed by Gottfried Kolditz. Cast: Jana Brejchova, Alfred Struwe, Ekkehard Schall, Milan Beli, Sylvia Popovici, Violeta Andrei. The spaceship Cyrno and her crew travel six years to respond to an urgent message for help, but when they arrive at planet TEM 4, the "Temers" deny having sent the message. 95 min. DVD 6364
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Lost In Space (TV Show)
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Martian Chronicles (TV, 1980)
Director, Michael Anderson. Cast: Rock Hudson, Gayle Hunnicutt, Roddy McDowall, Darren McGavin, Bernadette Peters. In this television mini-series based on the novel by Ray Bradbury, Earth is on the verge of extinction. To survive, mankind must find another place to live. And when three expeditions to Mars, headed by Col. John Wilder find suitable conditions for relocation, humans pour in by the shipload, bringing the old evils of Earth with them! As Wilder begins to heed the lessons of the dying Martian civilization, can he save humanity from repeating its doom? Based on the novel by Ray Bradbury. 293 min. DVD 6123
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Bradley, Matthew R. Richard Matheson on screen : a history of the filmed works / Matthew R. Bradley ; foreword by Richard Matheson. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3563.A8355 Z57 2010)

Moon (2009)
Director, Duncan Jones. Cast: Sam Rockwell, Dominique McElligott, Kaya Scodelario, Benedict Wong, Matt Berry, Malcolm Stewart, Kevin Spacey (voice). Astronaut Sam Bell is completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth's primary source of energy on the dark side of the moon: Helium-3. His declining health is causing headaches and hallucinations that lead to a near-fatal accident, rendering him unconscious. After recuperating, an unexpected discovery leads him to doubt his sanity, his identity, and the integrity of the company. Believing he is alone on his mission, his sole purpose is getting back home on his own. Special features: commentary with writer/director Duncan Jones, director of photography, concept designer and production designer ; commentary with writer/director Duncan Jones and producer Stuart Fenegan ; "Whistle," a short film by Duncan Jones ; the making of Moon ; creating the visual effects ; Science Center Q & A with director ; filmmaker's Q & A at the Sundance Film Festival ; theatrical trailer. 97 min. DVD X6783
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Nude on the Moon (1960)
Directed by Doris Wishman. Cast: Marietta, William Mayer, Lester Brown ; host, Joe Bob Briggs. In this hilarious sci-fi nudie-cutie, two rocket scientists fly to the moon, where they discover a population of nudist "moon dolls" with pipe cleaner antennae growing out of their bouffant hairdos. 70 min. DVD X3921
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Bowen, Michael J. "Doris Wishman Meets the Avant-Garde." In: Underground U.S.A. : filmmaking beyond the Hollywood canon / edited by Xavier Mendik & Steven Jay Schneider. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.E96 U34 2002)
Bowen, Michael J. "Embodiment and Realization: The Many Film-Bodies of Doris Wishman." Wide Angle 19.3 (1997) 64-90 UC users only
Jarmick, Christopher J. "Remembering the grand dame of American sexploitation films." Senses of Cinema UC users only
Leavold, Andrew. "Bad Girls Go to Dildo Heaven: An All-Nude Tribute to Doris Wishman." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 23, pp. (no pagination), Nov 2002 UC users only
Luckett, Moya. "Sexploitation as Feminine Territory: The Films of Doris Wishman." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Modleski, Tania. "Women's Cinema as Counterphobic Cinema: Doris Wishman as the Last Auteur." In: Sleaze artists : cinema at the margins of taste, style, and politics Jeffrey Sconce, ed. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 S64 2007)
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Outland (1981)
Directed by Peter Hyams. Cast: Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagen, James B. Sikking, Kika Markham. A future cop probes some mysterious deaths among the workers in a mining colony on one of Jupiter's innermost moons. 110 min. DVD 7643
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Queen of Outer Space (1958)
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Robinson Caruso on Mars (1964)
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Rocky Jones, Space Ranger Menace from Outer Space (TV, 1956)
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Satellite Sky (UK, 1956)
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Screamers (Canada / USA / Japan, 1996)
Director, Christian Duguay. Cast: Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, Jennifer Rubin, Andy Lauer. The rebel Alliance on the planet Sirius 6B fighting against the vicious New Economic Block has developed state-of-the-art weaponry known as Screamers and programmed them to eliminate all enemy life forms. The problem is, somehow the Screamers are mutating--self-replicating into human form, and slaughtering every beating heart on the planet. 108 min. DVD 6104
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Sex Galaxy (2008)
Director, Mike Smith. In this dubbed and spliced parody of B movie science fiction films, one hundred years into the future, global warming has turned earth into a dust bowl. In order to combat the problem of overpopulation, all sexual congress has been outlawed. From Earth Station Central, three female-starved male astronauts are shot into space to fix a sewage problem on an outlying space station. After quickly fixing the plumbing, they decide to break the rules and fly on to a mysterious planet, rumored to be inhabited by a tribe of beautiful amazon women whose very existence is solely to satisfy men's desires. However, on reaching their destination, the scientist discover unexpected complications: not only are the women controlled by an aggressive robot-pimp named Wron, but the planet is also overrun with giant prehistoric monsters, including the deadly man-eating vaginasaur. 78 min. DVD X3898
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Silent Running (1971)
Directed by Douglas Trumbull. Cast: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint. A botanist has spent three years aboard the space freighter "Valley Forge" preserving the only botanical specimens left from Earth under huge geodesic domes. When he receives orders to destroy the project and return home, he rebels and hijacks the space craft, killing his fellow crewman and injuring himself. He plunges the ship into the gaseous Rings of Saturn, where he embarks on the loneliest adventure of all with only two drone robots to keep him company. Film is notable for its special effects. 90 min. DVD 376
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Kermode, Mark. "Silent Running." Sight & Sound; Aug2007, Vol. 17 Issue 8, p29-29, 1/9p UC users only

The Silent Star (Der schweigende Stern) (East Germany / Poland, 1960)
Directe by Kurt Maetzig. Cast: Yoko Tani, Oldrich Lukes, Ignacy Machowski, Julius Ongewe, Michal N. Postnikow, Kurt Rackelmann, Gunther Simon, Tang Hua-ta, Lucina Winnicka. When an unusual rock with a cylinder inside is found in the Gobi Desert, scientists determine its origin as the planet Venus. A crew of astronauts is sent there to learn more. Meanwhile experts attempt to decode the message that was encoded on the spool within and determine why Venus is utterly silent. Based on the novel "Astronauci" (The Astronauts) by Stanislaw Lem; adapted to film by J. Fethke, W. Kohlhaase, G. Reisch, G. Rucker, and A. Stenbock-Fermor. Special features: Historical essay "Socialists in outer space," by Stefan Soldovieri; biographies of director, set designer and special effects artist; newsreels about the film; East Germany sci-fi trailers; gallery of set design. 95 min. DVD 6362
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Solaris (Solyaris) (Soviet Union, 1972)
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Ground control has been receiving strange transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is sent to investigate, he experiences the strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his own consciousness. On the water planet Solaris human space explorers encounter a unique and radical intelligence. Contact between man and this entity stretches the limits of reason and insanity, knowledge and comprehension. 67 min. DVD 6406; vhs 999:850
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Solaris (2003)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Cast: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, Viola Davis, Ulrich Tukur. On a space station orbiting the mysterious planet Solaris, terrified crew members are experiencing a host of strange phenomena, including eerie known visitors who seem all too human. 99 min. DVD 5773
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Spaceballs (1987)
Directed by Mel Brooks. Cast: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, George Wyner, Joan Rivers. King Roland of the planet Druidia is trying to marry his daughter Princess Vespa to Prince Valium, but Vespa is kidnapped by the evil race of the Spaceballs. The Spaceballs ask Roland a tremendous ransom: all the air of Druidia (you see, the air of Spaceball had serious pollution problems...). The King decides to offer a generous amount of money to a space rogue, Lone Starr, to persuade him to save Vespa. What follows is the parody of a lot of famous science fiction movies. Special features: Audio commentary by Mel Brooks; Spaceballs: the documentary; in conversation: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan; John Candy: Comic Spirit; storyboard-to-film comparison; film flubs; spacequotes; Spaceballs: the trivia game; Spaceballs: the behind-the-movie photos; exhibitor trailer with Mel Brooks introduction; Spaceballs: the costume gallery; Spaceballs; the art gallery; original theatrical trailer. 96 min. DVD X853
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Bonnstetter, Beth E. "Of Structures, Stories, and Spaceballs: Parody as Criticism of Genre Film and Myth." In: Sith, slayers, stargates & cyborgs : modern mythology in the new millennium / edited by David Whitt + John Perlich. New York : P. Lang, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks BL312 .P47 2008)
Dunne, M. "Mel Brooks and Woody Allen: purple memories of blazing spaceballs." In: Metapop : self-referentiality in contemporary American popular culture / Michael Dunne. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c1992. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E169.12 .D86 1992)
Gehring, Wes D. "Mel Brooks." In: Parody as film genre : "never give a saga an even break" / Wes D. Gehring ; foreword by Scott R. Ols Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.C55 G426 1999)
Ott, Brian L.; Bonnstetter, Beth. ""We're at Now, Now": Spaceballs as Parodic Tourism." Southern Communication Journal, Sep2007, Vol. 72 Issue 4, p309-327, 19p UC users only

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Star Trek (TV show)
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Star Trek (2009)
Directed by J.J. Abrams. Cast: John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Winona Ryder, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Eric Bana, Leonard Nimoy. The incredible story of a young crew's maiden voyage on board the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise. The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals born worlds apart: James T. Kirk--delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy and Spock--half-human outcast, prey to violent emotions the Vulcans have disdained for centuries. Together, they must find a way to defeat Nero, captain of the Romulan mining vessel Narada, who is determined to destroy every planet of the Federation--although no one knows why. Solving this mystery will take the collective talents of the entire Enterprise crew, and begin a partnership that will become a legend. Special features: Commentary by J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, and Robert Orci [optional audio feature]; A new vision [featurette] (20 min.); Gag reel [featurette] (7 min.); Previews (7 min.). 126 min. DVD X2356
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Star Trek, The Motion Picture (1980)
Directed by Robert Wise. Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Majel Barrett, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta, Stephen Collins. When an unidentified alien destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, Captain James T. Kirk and his crew return to the newly-transformed U.S.S. Enterprise to stop the alien intruder on its flight toward Earth. 143 min. DVD X498; vhs 999:2362
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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Bibi Besch, Merritt Butrick, Paul Winfield, Kirstie Alley, Ricardo Montalban. In the 23rd century, the Federation Starship U.S.S. Enterprise is on routine training maneuvers, but Admiral James T. Kirk seems resigned that this inspection may be the last mission of his career. But Khan, the brilliant renegade of 20th century Earth, is back with his exiled band of genetic supermen and setting a deadly trap for his old enemy Kirk... with the threat of a universal Armageddon! 113 min. DVD X499; vhs 999:2364
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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Directed by Leonard Nimoy. Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Merritt Butrick, Nichelle Nichols, Christopher Lloyd. Spock is dead and McCoy is being driven insane. Spock's father reveals that McCoy is harboring Spock's living essence. Kirk therefore decides to steal the Enterprise and defy Starfleet's Genesis planet quarantine. However, the Klingons have also learned of Genesis and race to meet Kirk in a deadly rendezvous. 105 min. DVD X500; vhs 999:2365
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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Directed by Leonard Nimoy. Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Catherine Hicks. A mysterious alien power is threatening Earth in the 23rd century by evaporating oceans and destroying the atmosphere. Kirk and his crew must time travel back to 1986 San Francisco where they encounter the alien life of punk, pizza, and exact-change busses while trying to capture two almost-extinct humpback whales to take back with them. 119 min. DVD X501; vhs 999:2366
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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Directed by William Shatner. Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, David Warner, Laurence Luckinbill. Vacationing Captain Kirk faces two challenges: climbing Yosemite's El Capitan and teaching campfire songs to Spock. But vacations are cut short when a renegade Vulcan hijacks the Enterprise, and pilots it on a journey to uncover the universe's innermost secrets. 107 min. DVD X502; 999:2367
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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Kim Cattrall, David Warner, Christopher Plummer. A Chernobyl-like disaster on a Klingon moon has the Klingon leader attempting to make peace with the Federation. Sent to escort the leader to the peace talks is Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew. The crew becomes stunned when unknown conspirators murder the Klingon and the blame is fixed on them. Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy are accused of the crime. As they stand trial for murder, Mr. Spock and Vulcanian trainee Lt. Valeris try to locate the real culprits. It turns out that Kirk and McCoy are victims of a conspiracy to encourage further hostilities between the Federation and the Klingons. Special DVD features (Disc 1): audio commentary by director Nicholas Meyer and screenwriter Denny Martin Flinn; text commentary by Michael & Denise Okuda -- (Disc 2): Movie making: six featurettes; the Star Trek universe: a conversation with Nicholas Meyer; "Klingons: conjuring the legend"; "Federation operatives"; "Penny's toy box: Star Trek"; "Together again"; art imatates life: "The perils of peacemaking"; a farewell: "DeForest Kelley: a tribute"; "Original cast & crew interviews"; theatrical trailers; 1991 convention presentation by Nicholas Meyer; production gallery; storyboards. 113 min. DVD X503; vhs 999:2368
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Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Directed by David Carson. Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Malcolm McDowell, William Shatner, James Doohan, Walter Koenig. The skipper of the fourth U.S.S. Enterprise is Jean-Luc Picard who is sent to investigate a massacre at a science outpost. The only survivor is Dr. Soran, who perpetrated the event to cover up his invention: a bomb he lauched into a nearby sun, exploding it. As Soran escapes with Klingon cronies, Picard learns that Soran's plan is to summon a heavenly energy ribbon called the Nexus. Attempting to stop Soran, Picard ends up inside the Nexus, where he discovers former Captain James T. Kirk, who was believed to have been killed in an accident seventy-eight year earlier. Special features (Disc 1): Audio commentary by Brannon Braga and Ron Moore; text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda -- (Disc 2): The Star Trek universe: a tribute to Matt Jefferies, the 'Enterprise' lineage, Captain Picard's family album, creating 24th century weapons; Production: uniting two legends, stellar cartography: creating the illusion, strange new worlds: the valley of fire; Visual effects: inside ILM: models and miniatures, crashing the 'Enterprise'; Scene deconstruction: main title sequence, the Nexus ribbon, saucer crash sequence; Deleted scenes: orbital skydiving, walking the plank, Christmas with the Picards, alternate ending; Archives: storyboards, production gallery; Trailers: teaser trailer, theatrical trailer. 117 min. DVD X504
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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Directed by Jonathan Frakes. Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Alfre Woodard, James Cromwell, Alice Krige. The Borg, a half-organic, half-machine race, want to conquer and assimilate all races. They are headed to Earth with a plan to alter history, and it is up to Captain Picard and his crew to stop them. Special features (Disc 1): Text and audio commentary -- (Disc 2): The Star Trek universe ; The Borg Collective ; scene deconstruction ; First Contact production; archives: storyboards, phogo gallery, theatrical trailer. 111 min. DVD X505
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Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Directed by Jonathan Frakes. Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, F. Murray Abraham, Donna Murphy, Anthony Zerbe. Picard and his loyal crew revolt against the high command when that ruling body's scheme to take over a fountain-of-youth-like planet violates Starfleet's Prime Directive: non-interference with other civilizations. Special features (Disc 1): Text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda -- (Disc 2): Production: It Takes a Village; Location, Location, Location; The Art of Insurrection; Anatomy of a Stunt; The Story; Making Star Trek: Insurrection; Director's Notebook; Creating the Illusion: Shuttle Chase; Drones; Duck Blind; The Star Trek Universe: Westmore's Aliens; Star Trek's Beautiful Alien Women; Archives: Storyboard; photo gallery; Advertising: Teaser trailer; theatrical trailer; original promotional featurette. 102 min. DVD X506
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Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Directed by Stuart Baird. Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Tom Hardy. Called to the neutral zone to help negotiate peace between the Romulans and the Federation, Picard and the crew of the Enterprise are confronted by the mysterious Shinzon, a man who claims to be Picard's clone. Special features: Exclusive featurettes; brand new commentaries; behind-the-scenes moments; new interviews with cast & crew; deleted scenes. 116 min. DVD X507
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Star Wars Double Trilogy

Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Directed by George Lucas. As imminent conflict brews between the powerful Trade Federation and the peaceful planet of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi travel to Naboo to warn the Queen of the galactic fallout which is to follow. Eventually, Naboo is invaded forcing the Jedis to evacuate the planet with the Queen and her court. They travel to the desert planet of Tatooine where they meet a slave boy called Anakin Skywalker who is evidently one with the Force. They enlist his help in fighting the war, while the Jedis confront one of the Dark Jedis behind the invasion, Darth Maul, while his master Darth Sidious continues to lead the invasion as a "phantom" behind the scenes. 133 min. DVD 3947; vhs 999:2457
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Brooks, Terry. Star Wars, Episode I : the phantom menace / Terry Brooks ; based on the story and screenplay by George Lucas. Imprint New York : Lucas Books : The Ballantine Publishing Group, c1999. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3552.R6596 S73 1999)
Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Directed by George Lucas. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz. Ten years after the events of Phantom menace, Senator Padme Amidala survives an assassination attempt. The Jedi Council send Obi-Wan Kenobi and Annikin Skywalker to protect her. After tracking the assassin, Obi-Wan is sent to Kamino to continue investigating while Annikin is sent with Amidala to Naboo, where they begin to fall in love. Obi-Wan's investigation leads to a connection between the assassination attempt and a separatist movement, which could bring the Republic to the brink of civil war. 143 min. DVD 3948
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Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Directed by George Lucas. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz. Torn between loyalty to his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the seductive powers of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker ultimately turns his back on the Jedi. This begins his complete journey to the dark side and his transformation into Darth Vader. Special features: Feature-length audio commentary; exclusive deleted scenes with introductions; "The chosen one" featurette; It's all for real: the stunts of Episode III; web documentaries; "Star wars" Battlefront II trailer and Xbox game demo; "Star wars empire at war" trailer; "A hero falls" music video; poster and print campaign; trailers and TV spots; never-before-seen production photo gallery. 140 min. DVD 4687
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Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Directed by George Lucas. Cast: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing. The first of the initial science/fiction, space/adventure trilogy of the Star Wars films. Set in the future, they relate the adventures of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo as they battle the forces of the evil Imperial army led by Darth Vader. 124 min.DVD 2993; vhs 999:731:1
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Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Directed by George Lucas. Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz. The second of the initial science/fiction, space/adventure trilogy of the Star Wars films. Set in the future, they relate the adventures of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo as they battle the forces of the evil Imperial army led by Darth Vader. 128 min. DVD 2994; vhs 999:731:2
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Directed by George Lucas. The third of the initial science/fiction, space/adventure trilogy of the Star Wars films. Set in the future, they relate the adventures of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo as they battle the forces of the evil Imperial army led by Darth Vader. 134 min. DVD 2995; vhs 999:731:3
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Sammons, Todd H. "Return of the Jedi: Epic Graffiti." Science-Fiction Studies, vol. 14 (3) no. 43. 1987 Nov. pp: 355-371.

Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI): Bonus Materials (2004)
Go behind the scenes, and experience the journey from the earliest versions of the script to the blockbuster debut of the films that changed the face of cinema. Explore the creation of the Star Wars films, the development of the classic characters, and the birth of the lightsaber, through documentaries, featurettes, interviews, rare footage, theatrical trailers, stills collections and poster art. Contents include the documentary "Empire of Dreams: the Story of the Star Wars trilogy", and 3 featurettes: "Characters of Star Wars," "Birth of the Light Saber," "The Force is With Them: the Legacy of Star Wars." Also included are Trailers and TV spots, a video game and still galleries, and the Episode III preview for "The Return of Darth Vader". 236 min. DVD 2996

[Star Wars] A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Star Wars movies have sold more tickets and made more money than any other films in history. This documentary goes deep into what drives this phenomenon through interviews with fans, movie executives, producers and other celebrities to shed new light on the film trilogy that has captivated generations of moviegoers, offering new insight into why these fast-paced science fiction films struck such a powerful chord that crossed race, gender and age lines. 2000. 62 min. Video/C 8491

Starship Troopers (1997)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon, Michael Ironside. A handful of dedicated young soldiers must rise to the challenge of intergalactic warfare with a species of terrifying alien insects that threaten to eliminate the human race. Based on the book by Robert A. Heinlein. 124 min. DVD X3406
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Sunshine(UK / USA, 2007)
Director, Danny Boyle. Cast: Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Chris Evans, Troy Garity, Cillian Murphy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Strong, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh. It is the year 2057, the sun is dying and mankind faces extinction. Earth's last hope rests with a courageous crew of eight men and women on a mission to ignite the fading star with a massive nuclear weapon. Deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission begins to unravel and they find themselves fighting not only for their lives, but for the future of us all. Special features: Deleted scenes with audio commentary by Danny Boyle; alternate ending; web production diaries; two short films with intro by Danny Boyle; audio commentary by director Danny Boyle; audio commentary by Dr. Brian Cox, University of Manchester. 107 min. DVD X549
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Total Recall (1990)
Director, Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Ronny Cox. A worker leaves Earth for the mind-bending nightmarish reality of a Martian mining colony filled with rebellious mutants, an alluring and mysterious woman and ruled over by a dictator who can alter reality to suit his whims. 113 min. DVD 870; VHS 999:3066
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Science Fiction Film

Voyage to the Moon (1902)
Directed by George Meliès. DVD 277; vhs 999:1006 and 999:603
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Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)
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2001: A Space Odyssey (UK / USA, 1968)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. A journey to Jupiter by two austronauts and a computer named HAL becomes a vehicle for a metaphorical journey in which mankind moves from the pre-historic birth of intelligence toward the emergence of man as pure thought somewhere in the future.
139 min. DVD 92 VHS 999:187
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A Primer for 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Narrator: Keir Dullea. Produced in 1971 for broadcast on the television program Camera Three. A critique and critical commentary on the science fiction film 2001: a Space Odyssey, which spans four million years of human development. 28 min. Video/C 4653

Awards & Honors

Academy Awards - Best Special Effects
National Film Registry Selection
Hugo Awards - Best Dramatic Presentation

Clarke, Arthur C. 2001 : a space odyssey / Arthur C. Clarke ; based on a screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke ; with a new introduction by the author. New York, NY : New American Library, 1999.(Main (Gardner) Stacks PR6005.L36 T86 1999)

Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965)
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Wild Blue Yonder (UK / USA / France / Germany, 2005)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Brad Dourif, Martin Lo, Roger Diehl, Ted Sweetser, Capt. Donald Williams, Dr. Ellen Baker, Franklin Chang-Diaz, Shannon Lucid, Michael McCulley. A science-fiction fantasy film with a serious message from legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog: As humans search for a new planet to colonize, aliens attempt to settle on the nearly uninhabitable earth. Herzog worked with NASA and musician/photographer Henry Kaiser to create incredible documentary images from outer space and beneath the Antarctic Ocean, and combined these with Brad Dourif's performance as an alien interviewing real-life respected scientists -- culminating in a personal plea to save our planet. 81 min. DVD 6918
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Long, Chris. "Wild Blue Yonder." Cineaste, Summer2007, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p104-104 UC users only
Luckhurst, Roger. "Found-footage science fiction: Five films by Craig Baldwin, Jonathan Weiss, Werner Herzog and Patrick Keiller." Science Fiction Film & Television, 2008, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p193-214, 22p UC users only
Sinker, Mark. "Wild Blue Yonder." Sight & Sound, Jul2007, Vol. 17 Issue 7, p81-82, 2pUC users only

Willi Tobler and the Decline of the 6th Fleet (Willi Tobler und der Untergang der 6. Flotte) (West Germany, 1972)
Directed and written by: Alexander Kluge. Cast: Alfred Edel, Kurt Jürgens, Hark Bohm, Natalia Bowakow, Sabine, Steffi und Angela Skalla, Hannelore Hoger. Willi (Alfred Edel) endeavours to survive in a world where annihilistic galactic battles rage, by taking a job at the centre of power. But it's the wrong side that he takes in this civil war. 78 min. DVD 8159
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Woman in the Moon (Frau im Mond) (Germany, 1929)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Science fiction describing journey by rocket ship to the moon. In many respects technically accurate. 146 min. DVD 3171
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Animals and the Environment Gone Wild

Horror videography

Bellin, Joshua David. "Us or them!: Silent Spring and the "big bug" films of the 1950s." Extrapolation - Spring 2009 v50 i1 p145(24) UC users only
Kozak, Warren. "Killer Monster Bugs from Hell! How Americans Forgot About the War and Learned to Loathe." (1950s and 1960s horror science fiction films on insects) ID Sept-Oct, 1997 Vol/Num: v. 44, n. 5, p. 76 (4 pages)

Attack of the Crab Monster (1957)
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Roger Corman bibliography

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
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Beginning of the End (1953)
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Black Sheep (New Zealand, 2006)
Directed by Jonathan King. Cast: Nathan Meister, Danielle Mason, Peter Feeney, Tammy Davis, Glenis Levestam. An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into blood-thirsty killers on a New Zealand farm. After a 15-year absence, Henry returns to his farm to discover that his brother Angus has been performing genetic experiments on the sheep. Unfortunately for both the brothers and the rest of the humble farmers who make their living off of the land, these experiments have produced a strain of sheep that crave human flesh and will stop at nothing to satisfy their diabolical hunger. 86 min. DVD X837
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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
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The Deadly Mantis (1957)
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The Fly (1958)
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Return of the Fly (1959)
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The Fly (1986)
Directed by David Cronenberg. Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis. Seth Brundle develops a system to transport objects in a matter of seconds, but when he tries it on himself, Seth's genes and molecules are accidentally fused with those of a fly. Seth's excitement over his new physical abilities turns into a nightmare as his insect half begins to take over. 96 min. DVD 4013
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Food of the Gods (1976)
Directed by Bert I. Gordon. Cast: Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker, Jon Cypher, Belinda Balaski, Tom Stovall, Ida Lupino. A mysterious substance is oozing from the ground. A farmer sees that it acts as a growth hormone and thinks his fortune is made. But when rats, chickens, worms and wasps begin sampling the potent substance, they morph into bloodthirsty giants. Morgan and his friends are on a hunting trip when they are attacked by a swarm of giant wasps, and as they try to escape they discover that the entire island is crawling with oversized animals. Based on the horror novel by H.G. Wells. 88 min. DVD 8752
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Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (Gojira vs. Mosura) (Japan, 1992, dubbed in English)
Director, Takao Okawara. In this sci-fi thriller eathquakes unearth a gigantic orb, which turns out to be the egg of Mothra. When explorers try to bring the egg back to the mainland, Godzilla attacks the party, causing the egg to hatch and forcing the newborn larvae to fend off the reptile. The larvae holds its own until Bothra and Battra arrive to battle Godzilla. 102 min. DVD X4543; vhs 999:3088
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Godzilla King of the Monsters (Gojira) (1954, dubbed in English)
Directed by Morse & Honda. (Starring: Raymond Burr.) A radioactive monster, Godzilla, attacks Tokyo and terrifies the world. 79 min. DVD 6378; DVD X189 (PAL region 2); vhs 999:809
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Godzilla vs. King Ghidora (Gojira vs. Kingu Gidorâ) (Japan, 1991, dubbed in English)
Directed by Kazuki Omori. A UFO is sighted over present day Tokyo; in reality, it is a time travel device carrying representatives from the 23rd century with an urgent message about the future of Japan: there is no future. Godzilla is about to destroy the whole nation. To stop the birth of Godzilla, the travellers return to the past, where they are confronted by an even greater threat, King Ghidra, a horrific three-headed reptile with breath of fire. 103 min. DVD X4543; vhs 999:3089
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Return of the Fly (1959)
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Godzilla vs. Mothra (Mosura tai Gojira) (Japan, 1964, dubbed in English)
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Godzilla's Revenge (Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru kaijû daishingeki) (Japan, 1969, dubbed in English)
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[Godzilla] Terror of Mechagodzilla (Mekagojira no gyakushu) (Japan, 1975, dubbed in English)
Directed by Ishiro Honda. Cast: Akihiko Hirata, Tomoko Ai, Katsuhiko Sasaki, Katsumasa Uchida, Goro Mutsumi. Aliens from a dying galaxy construct a robot, Mechagodzilla, armed with lasers and guided missles to conquer Earth. Godzilla's strength is no match for Titanosaurus and Mechagodzilla until Interpol agents discover a weakness that gives Godzilla a chance to save the world. 78 min. DVD 6380

The Hellstrom Chronicles (1971)
Directed by Walon Green. A fictitious scientist called Dr. Nils Hellstrom (played by Lawrence Pressman) guides viewers throughout the film. He claims, on the basis of scientific-sounding theories, that insects will ultimately win the fight for survival on planet Earth because of their adaptability and ability to reproduce rapidly, and that the human race will lose this fight largely because of excessive individualism. The film combines short clips from horror and science fiction movies with extraordinary camera sequences of butterflies, locusts, wasps, termites, ants, mayflies, other insects rarely seen before on film and insectivorous plants/insects. 90 min. DVD 3496
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It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955)
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The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)
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Mothra (Mosura)(Japan, 1961)
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Rodan (Sora no daikaiju Radon) (1956)
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Them! (1954)
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The Toxic Avenger (1984)
Directed by Michael Herz and Samuel Weil. Transformed from wimp to warrior by a dip in a chemical pool, Melvin (Tox to his friends) battles corruption and crime in a small American town. Join Toxie as he crushes heads, rips off arms and takes women to toxic climax. 110 min. DVD 1297
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Apocalyses and Future Catastrophes

Cold War & World War III on film

Fruth, Bryan. "The Atomic Age: Facts and Films from 1945-1965." Journal of Popular Film and Television 23:4 (1996:Winter) p.154 UC users only

2012 (2009)
Directed by Roland Emmerich. Cast: John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson. A geophysical team, who are investigating the effect radiation from other solar systems has on the Earth, learn that the core of the Earth is heating up and warn the President of the United States. While the leaders of the world race to build 'arks' to escape the impending doom, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes of unprecedented strength wreak havoc all over the world. Special features: Commentary with writer/director Roland Emmerich and co-writer Harald Kloser; alternate ending; deleted scenes; "Roland Emmerich: the master of the modern epic" featurette; music video "Time for miracles" by Adam Lambert. 158 min. DVD X2738
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Armageddon (1998)
Directed by Michael Bay. Cast: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, Keith David, Owen Wilson, William Fichtner, Eddie Griffin, Steve Buscemi. The U.S. government calls upon an oil-well driller and his colorful crew to save the world by flying to an asteroid that's on a collision course for earth and setting off a nuclear bomb to divert it. 151 min. DVD X2655
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Deutsch, James I. "Gender Representations: As the World Ends: Traditional Gender Roles in Apocalyptic Science-Fiction Films of the Late 1990s." Gender in Film & the Media, 2000, p39-45, 7p UC users only
Goldman, Stuart J. "The science of Hollywood." Sky and Telescope, June 1998, Vol. 95 Issue 6, p28-31, 4p UC users only
Persons, Mitch. "Armageddon: The Dirty Dozen Meets Nasa in a Bruce Willis Meteor Disaster Epic" Cinefantastique, Jul98, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p7-12, 4p UC users only
Richards, Andy. "Armageddon" Sight & Sound, September 1998, Vol. 8 Issue 9, p36-38, 3p UC users only

The Bed Sitting Room (UK, 1978)
Director, Richard Lester. Cast: Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Harry Secombe, Dudley Moore, Arthur Lowe, Spike Milligan. Post-apocalypse England and the 20 survivors of the nuclear war are carrying on as best they can. They have a new queen (Mrs Ethel Shroake) and have managed to re-establish some semblance of British society. Living among what little concrete remains most of the few surviving Londoners who may be affected physically and/or mentally by the nuclear fallout, try to live life like nothing extraordinary has happened to them or the world. Based on the play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus. 90 min. DVD X5611
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Before the Fall (Tres días)(Spain, 2008)
Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez. Cast: Víctor Clavijo, Mariana Cordero, Eduard Fernández, Daniel Casadella. When the governments of all nations announce that a giant meteorite will collide with Earth in 72 hours, humanity erupts in chaos and despair. But in the small Spanish village of Laguna, slacker handyman Alejandro now faces an even more immediate horror: a notorious serial killer has escaped from prison and vowed revenge on Alejandro's mother, nieces, and nephews. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 97 min. DVD X3509
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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Directed by Roland Emmerich. Cast: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok, Jay O. Sanders, Sela Ward, Austin Nichols, Arjay Smith, Tamlyn Tomita. When global warming triggers the onset of a new Ice Age, tornadoes flatten Los Angeles, a tidal wave engulfs New York City and the entire Northern Hemisphere begins to freeze solid. Now, climatologist Jack Hall, his son Sam, and a small band of survivors must ride out the growing superstorm and stay alive in the face of an enemy more powerful and relentless than anything anyone has ever encountered: Mother Nature. 123 min. DVD 7478
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Deep Impact (1998)
Directed by Mimi Leder. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Tea Leoni, Robert Duvall, Maximilian Schell, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, James Cromwell. 'Deep Impact' is the story of the world's reaction to a death sentence. As a comet approaches the earth which might not be destroyed or diverted before it reaches earth, each individual struggles in the face of extinction to find what most matters to him or her. Special features: Commentary with director Mimi Leder and visual effects supervisor, Scott Farrar, preparing for the end, making an impact, creating the perfect traffic jam, parting thoughts, photo gallery, trailer. 120 min. DVD 7662
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Deutsch, James I. "Gender Representations: As the World Ends: Traditional Gender Roles in Apocalyptic Science-Fiction Films of the Late 1990s." Gender in Film & the Media, 2000, p39-45, 7p UC users only
Wrathall, John. "Deep Impact." Sight & Sound, Jul98, Vol. 8 Issue 7, p39-40, 2p UC users only

Doomsday (UK | USA | South Africa | Germany, 2008)
Directed by Neil Marshall. Cast: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Adrian Lester, David O'Hara, Malcolm McDowell. A lethal virus spreads throughout Great Britain, infecting millions and killing hundreds of thousands. To contain the threat the government evacuates as many survivors as it can out of the infected area and the rest of the country succumbs to fear and chaos. The quarantine is successful, however, three decades later, the Reaper Virus violently resurfaces. An elite group of specialists, including Eden Sinclair, is urgently dispatched into the still-quarantined country to retrieve a cure by any means necessary. Shut off from the rest of the world, the unit must battle through a landscape that has become a waking nightmare. Doomsday (Unrated ; 113 min.) -- Doomsday (MPAA rating: R ; 109 min.). min. DVD X5557
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Brooke, Michael. "Doomsday." Sight & Sound, July 2008, Vol. 18 Issue 7, p53-54, 2p UC users only
Maio, Kathi. "It's A Small (Sick) World -- But Love Still Makes It Go Round." Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb2012, Vol. 122 Issue 1/2, p158-163, 6p UC users only

The End of the World (Verdens undergang) (Denmark, 1916)
Directed by August Blom. Cast: Olaf Fonss, Carl Lauritzen, Ebba Thomsen, Johanne Fritz-Petersen. The rumour spreads that a comet is on a collision course with Earth, causing rioting, social unrest, and major disasters that destroy the world in this World War I-era film. Inspired by the fear evoked by Halley's Comet in 1910. 77 min. DVD X771
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Ever Since the World Ended (2001)
Directed by Calum Grant and Joshua Atesh Litle. Cast: James Curry, Linda Noveroske, Dan Plumlee. Twelve years after a devastating plague emptied the world of people, two San Francisco filmmakers traverse the nearly deserted city with a camera and a microphone to embark on a journey that will carry them far from the city limits into the wilderness beyond and begin to uncover the secrets of their new world. In a series of encounters and interviews with a ragtag handful of fellow survivors, they explore the harsh realities of life after civilization, revealing the day-to-day struggles for survival. 78 min. DVD X5541
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Last Woman on Earth (1961)
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Meteor (TV, 2009)
Directed by Ernie Barbarash. Cast: Billy Campbell, Christopher Lloyd, Ernie Hudson, Jason Alexander, Marla Sokoloff, Michael Rooker, Stacy Keach. Tracking an unparalleled series of meteor fireballs plummeting toward Earth, a renowned scientist, his assistant, and an on-target conspiracy theorist race against time to expose a government cover-up, reveal the truth, and prevent a massive meteor from destroying the planet. 188 min. DVD X2636
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Panic in Year Zero! (1962)
Directed by Ray Milland. Cast: Ray Milland, Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, Mary Mitchell, Joan Freeman. Soon after Harry Baldwin and his wife leave Los Angeles for a fishing trip with their son and daughter, the city is devasted by a nuclear attack. As the disaster ignites panic throughout the city, the family heads for their vacation spot to escape the cold lawlessness around them. But they can't escape the three young hoodlums who terrorize them...and kidnap and rape their daughter!. With guns in hand, the Baldwin family fights back, freeing their daughter while killing two members of the gang. 87 min. DVD X5560
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Bradley, Matthew R. Richard Matheson on screen : a history of the filmed works / Matthew R. Bradley ; foreword by Richard Matheson. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3563.A8355 Z57 2010)

The Quit Earth (New Zealand, 1985)
Directed by Geoff Murphy. Cast: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Peter Smith. At exactly 6:12 a.m., government research scientist Zac Hubson awakens to discover that he may be the last man on Earth. Homes, highways and entire cities are deserted. He soon learns down the road that he isn't alone, one woman and a Maori trucker are still there. 91 min. DVD 7677
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The Road (New Zealand, 1985)
Directed by John Hillcoat. Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Molly Parker, Garret Dillahunt. A father and his son are two of the last remaining people on earth after an unexplained tragedy has destroyed most of life. As the two head south, they are faced with many trials and tribulations along the way. An intense bond between the father and son is formed as together they strive to not only survive, but to retain humanity as they help the people they encounter along the way. Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. 111 min. DVD X3381
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Blake, Richard A. "Dead End." America, 1/4/2010, Vol. 202 Issue 1, p21-23, 3p UC users only
Fisher, Mark. "The Lonely Road." Film Quarterly, Spring2010, Vol. 63 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "The Waste Land." Sight and Sound, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 28-29, Feb 2010
Sargeant, Jack. "At the End of the World Apocalypse, Survival and Love in John Hillcoat's The Road." Metro, Mar2010, Issue 164, p38-41, 4p UC users only
Sherpard, Lucius. "A Sentimental Journey." Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr2010, Vol. 118 Issue 3/4, p187-193, 7p UC users only

Le Temps du loup (Time of the Wolf) (France | Austria | Germany, 2003)
Directed by Michael Haneke. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Maurice Benichou, Anais Demoustier, Lucas Biscombe, Hakim Taleb, Beatrice Dalle, Patrice Chereau. Immediately after a global catyclysm, Anna and her family arrive at their holiday home in the countryside only to find it is occupied by a group of strangers. When a shot rings out, a life is taken, and the only hope for a band of desperate refugees lies in a nearby train station and a locomotive that may never actually arrive. "Haneke never tells us what happened, but instead puts the viewer directly into the terrifying aftermath, with all of its confusion, uncertainty, and danger." 109 min. DVD 3369
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When Worlds Collide (1951)
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The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)
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Dystopias, Post-Apocalyptic Societies, and other Future Worlds

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Acquaria (Brazil, 2003)
Directed by Flavia Moraes. Cast: D.L. Junior, Sandy Leáh, Igor Rudoff, Daniel Ribeiro, Wind, Alexandre Borges, Julia Lemmertz, Emilio Orciollo Neto, Milton Goncalves. A futuristic portrayal of the Earth as a dry, waterless planet after many years of mankind's poor treatment of the environment. Sarah and Kim fight to survive in the dangerous landscape, and are constantly searching for the most elusive resource on earth: water. System Details Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 103 min. DVD X3793
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AeonFlux (2005)
Directed by Karyn Kusama. Cast: Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Pete Postlethwaite, Amelia Warner, Caroline Chikezie, Paterson Joseph, Frances McDormand. 400 years in the future, after a virus kills off 99% of the world population, only one city on Earth remains. Ruled by the Goodchild dynasty, it is a perfect society of peace and prosperity - except that its citizens keep mysteriously disappearing. A secret agent/assassin/warrior has been given the mission to bring down the regime. But as she goes deeper into her mission, Aeon uncovers some shocking secrets that put the mission, not to mention her life, in danger. 92 min. DVD 7521
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Heinecken, Dawn. "Boundary Battles: Heroic Narrative, the Feminine and MTV's Aeon Flux." Studies in Popular Culture, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 71-86, Oct 2001 UC users only
O'Riordan, Kate. "Human Cloning in Film: Horror, Ambivalence, Hope." Science as Culture, Jun2008, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p145-162, 18p; UC users only
Thill, Scott. "Expanding the Possibilities: Peter Chung Talks about Aeon Flux. Matriculated, Dark Fury and More." Bright Lights Film Journal, vol. 51, pp. (no pagination), Feb 2006

Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (Alphaville) (1965)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. A story which unfolds in a utopian world of the future. Alphaville is governed by a totalitarian system in which the individual counts for almost nothing, and an alienated society has no use for art, poetry, love, or even thought. People are reduced essentially to the level of robots. 98 min.DVD 86; VHS 999:73
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Godard, Jean Luc. Alphaville : a film / by Jean-Luc Godard ; English translation of screenplay by Peter Whitehead. London : Lorrimer : Faber and Faber, 2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .A325 2000)

Automatons: This Is How Humanity Dies / (2006)
Directed by James Felix McKenney. Cast: Christine Spencer, Brenda Cooney, Angus Scrimm. The story focuses on a lone woman in a post-apocalyptic world where humans have been engaging in a futile war of competing philosophies and belief systems. A newcomer repairs outdated robots while fending off the destructive video beams of the enemy. 83 min. DVD X112
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Battle Royale (Batoru rowaiaru) (Japan, 2000)
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku. Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Masanobu Ando. Sometime in the near future, near anarchy has broken out in Japan. The government responds by passing the Battle Royale Act, a piece of legislation mandating that a group of young people - and only young people - are forcibly marooned together on an island, and forced to kill each other until one survivor is left. If more than one is still alive after three days, every survivor will be killed. The film follows a class of 14-year-olds who believe they're on a school trip, when they are drugged. They wake up, in a derelict building on a deserted island; they're each given enough provisions for three days, a weapon, and the ultimatum. Based on a novel by Takami Koshun. Special features: TV spots, The making of Battle Royale, Battle Royale press conference, instructional video: birthday version, audition and rehearsal footage, special effects comparison featurette, Tokyo International Film Festival 2000, Battle Royale documentary, basketball scene rehearsals, behind-the-scenes featurette, filming on-set, original theatrical Trailer, director's Statement, filmographies. 122 min.DVD 86; VHS 999:73
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Bond, Jeff. "The Battle Over Battle Royale." Cinefantastique, Apr/May2003, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p5-7, 3p UC users only
Hendrix, Grady. "From Nuclear Nightmare to Networked Nirvana: Futuristic Utopianism in Japanese SF Films of the 2000s." World Literature Today; May/Jun2010, Vol. 84 Issue 3, p55-57, 3p UC users only

Blade Runner (1982)
Directed by Ridley Scott. Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah. A science fiction film set in Los Angeles in 2019. Deckard, an expert "blade runner," must identify and execute four replicants, genetically engineered beings virtuallyidentical to humans, which have illegally returned to earth from their off-world slave duty. Based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (MAIN: PN1997.B283 .R4 1997; MOFF: PS3554.I3 D6 1996). 117 min. DVD 4

Another edition: DVD 9222: Disc 1: Blade Runner: the final cut (117 min.) -- Disc 2: Blade Runner: Dangerous days: making Blade Runner (special features) -- Disc 3: Blade Runner (contains U.S. theatrical cut (1982) ; International theatrical cut (1982) ; director's cut (1992) (117 min.) -- Disc 4: Blade Runner: enhancement archive (special features) -- Disc 5: Blade Runner: Workprint (110 min.)

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Awards & Honors

Hugo Awards - Best Dramatic Presentation
National Film Registry Selection

The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick Video/C 7650

The Book of Eli (2010)
Directed by Allen and Albert Hughes. Cast: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Jennifer Beals, Michael Gambon, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Frances De La Tour. Eli walks alone in post-apocalyptic America. He heads west along the Highway of Death on a mission he doesn't fully understand but knows he must complete. In his backpack is the last copy of a book that could become the wellspring of a revived society. Or in the wrong hands, the hammer of a despot. Eli keeps his blade sharp and his survival instincts sharper as his quest thrusts him into a savage wasteland. 118 min. DVD X3716
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Born in Flames (1983)
Directed by Lizzie Borden. Cast: Honey, Adele Bertei, Jeanne Satterfield, Flo Kennedy, Ron Vawter, Eric Bogosian. A futuristic fable of feminist turmoil still brewing ten years after the Second American Revolution. When Adelaide Norris, the black radical founder of the Woman's Army, is mysteriously killed, a diverse coalition of women - across all lines of race, class, and sexual preference - emerges to blow the System apart. With their fury growing and all peaceful options exhausted, women overcome divisions of race, class, and sexual orientation to form a guerilla movement to take over control of the media. 80 min. DVD 6007; vhs 999:1837
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A Boy and His Dog (1974)
Directed by L. Q. Jones. Cast:Don Johnson, Tim McIntire (dog voice), Susanne Benton, Alvy Moore, Jason Robards. This science fiction film follows the exploits of a young man and his telepathic dog as they struggle to survive in a post atomic universe following World War IV when the survivors must battle for food and shelter in a desert-like wasteland. Based on the novella by Harlan Ellison. 90 min. DVD 463
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"A Boy and His Dog." Monthly Film Bulletin 50:588/599 (1983) p.196 UC users only
Hall, Peter C.; Erlich, Richard D. "Beyond Topeka and Thunderdome: Variations on the Comic-Romance Pattern in Recent Science-Fiction Film." Science-Fiction-Studies, 1987 Nov., 14 (3):43, 316-325.UC users only
Maio, Kathi. "Post-Apocalyptic Love Triangles and Other Things That Won't Fit on a T-Shirt." Fantasy & Science Fiction; Jul2002, Vol. 103 Issue 1, p109, 5p UC users only
Russ, Joanna. "A Boy and His Dog: The Final Solution." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 12-13, pp. 14-17, Dec 1976
Wright, Peter. "A Boy and His Dog." Science Fiction Film & Television, 2008, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p341-346, 6pUC users only

Brazil (1985)
Directed by Terry Gilliam. Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Michael Palin, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins. In this surrealistic nightmare vision of a "perfect" future where technology reigns supreme, a daydreaming bureaucrat who is involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mysterious woman becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions. 142 min. DVD 101 (the final cut, with audio commentary by Terry Gilliam).
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Awards

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Special Effects

Brazil: The Production Notebook
Two documentary films on the making of Brazil plus a production notebook of special features: Screenwriters illuminate the script's development through three drafts and three treatments; the production designer displays his designs for the films unique sets; the costume designer discusses the couture of fantasy and fascism; includes storyboards for original dream sequences many of which didn't make it into the film; the composer unveils the sources of his score; includes special effects study with raw footage of unfinished effects; theatrical trailer, and publicity and production stills. Contents: What is Brazil? - Rob Hedden (1985, 30 min.) -- The Battle of Brazil: a Video History - Jack Mathews (1995, 56 min.) 86 min. DVD 102

Brazil: The "Love Conquers All" Version
This 94 minute version of Brazil, rearranged in the hope of making the film commercial, stands as a fascinating document to the power of editing to change a picture. Everything is different in this version, the only Brazil not cut by the director, Terry Gilliam. Sometimes known as the syndicated television version or the Sheinberg Edit (from Universal's then boss Sid Sheinberg), it includes all the cuts and changes Gilliam refused to make, from the alternate opening to the infamous happy ending. 94 min. DVD 103

Car Cemetery (Le cimetière des voitures) (France, 1983)
Directed by Fernando Arrabal. Cast: Alain Bashung, juliet Berto, Micha Bayard, Roland Amstutz, Denis Manuel. Combining punk rock and post-apocalyptic mayhem, Arrabal's outrageous adaptation of his infamous stage play is a gallows-humor romp in a wretched dystopia. The inhabitants of a junkyard at the edge of a nuclear crater live hand to mouth all the while being hounded by authorities from a corrupt government. Among them is Emanou, a punk rock star agitator doomed to betrayal by one of his own. A raucous and absurd retelling of the Christ story with thugs, murderers, pimps and punks. 87 min. DVD X2901
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Clockwork Orange (UK, 1971)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Adrienne Corri, Warren Clarke. Depicts a harrowing journey through a near-future world of decaying cities, murderous adolescents and nightmarish technologies of punishment and crime. 137 min. DVD 574; VHS 999:715
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Children of Men (2006)
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Cast: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam. London, 2027. Humanity has become infertile and no child has been born for 18 years. Science is at loss to explain the reason. Immigration is a crime and refugees are caged like animals. African and East European societies have collapsed and their dwindling populations are migrating toward England and other wealthy nations. Torn apart by nuclear fallout, rampant terrorism and political rebellion. In this climate of nationalistic violence, a London peace activist turned bureaucrat Theo Faron, joins forces with Julian, his revolutionary ex-wife, in order to save mankind by protecting a woman who has mysteriously became pregnant. These three set out on a desperate struggle to deliver the world's only pregnant woman to the Human Project with hope that they can discover the cure for global infertility. As they carefully navigate between the battling forces of military police and a pro-immigration insurgency this small group must endure a death-defying ordeal of urban warfare. Special features: 'The possibility of hope' : Alfonso Cuaron's documentary on how the revolutionary themes in 'Children of men' relate to our modern-day society ; 'Under attack' : discover how the filmmakers created the film's most dangerous scenes ; 'Children of men' comments by Slavoj Zizek ; Deleted scenes; 'Theo & Julian' : get the inside story from Clive Owen and Julianne Moore ; Futuristic design : from concept to creation, see how director Alfonso Cuaron's dynamic vision of the future was brought to life. 110 min. DVD 8189
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Science Fiction Film

City of Embers (1983)
Directed by Gil Kenan. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Bill Murray, Martin Landau, Mary Kay Place, Toby Jones, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Mackenzie Crook, Tim Robbins. For centuries, the residents of the underground City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights and quiet contentment. But when the City's massive power generator begins to fail, the streetlamps fade - along with the hopes of the townspeople. Now it will be up to two courageous teenagers to follow a trail of clues left by the ancient builders to find the way out of Ember before their world is plunged into complete darkness. Based on the book "The City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau. 95 min. DVD X3600
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Chosen Survivors (Mexico | USA, 1974)
Directed by Sutton Roley. Cast: Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Richard Jaeckel, Bradford Dillman, Pedro Armendariz, Jr., Diana Muldaur. After a devastating global nuclear holocaust, a carefully-selected group of 11 citizens are sent deep into the bowels of Planet Earth, where they will remain until it is safe to return to the surface and start re-populating the world. But something else is lurking in this subterranean refuge-- a deadly, rampaging force of inhuman terror that won't stop until it has exterminated them all, one by one. 99 min. DVD X3166
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Code 46 (UK, 2003)
Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Cast: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Jeanne Balibar, Essie Davis, Nabil Elouahabi, David Fehm, Shelley King, Natalie Mendoza. In the near future, privileged classes live and work "Inside" cities, while non-citizens scratch out a miserable existence "Outside" in a vast desert. People cannot leave their designated zones without special visas known as "papelles." When fraudulent papelles surface, Seattle fraud investigator William Geld travels to Shanghai to ferret out the culprit and meets Maria Gonzalez ... a woman with whom he has a passionate affair which breaks one of society's harshest laws: Code 46. 93 min. DVD 7605
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The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
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Day the World Ended (1955)
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Delicatessen (France, 1991)
Directors, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro. Cast: Dominique Pino, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Karin Viard. In this futuristic comedy, set in a starving, post-holocaust France, a butcher keeps his customers supplied by his cannibalistic tendencies. But when his daughter falls in love with a circus performer, only an underground band of vegetarian freedom fighters can save her beloved from the meat cleaver. 100 min. DVD 5505; also DVD 2648 (PAL, 95 min.)
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Ciment, Gilles; Rouyer, Philippe; Thirard, Paul-Louis. "Jean-Pierre Jeunet on Delicatessen." In: Projections 9 : French film-makers on film-making in association with Positif / edited by Michel Ciment and Noël Herpe ; translated by Pierre Hodgson ; executive editors, John Boorman and Walter Donohue. London : Faber and Faber, c1999. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.P7 B626 1999)
Claflin, Kyri Watson. "Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's Delicatessen: an ambiguous memory, an ambivalent meal." In: Reel food : essays on food and film / edited by Anne L. Bower. New York : Routledge, 2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F65 R44 2004)
Cubitt, Sean. "Delicatessen: Eco-Apocalypse in the New French Science Fiction Cinema." In: Aliens R us : the other in science fiction cinema / edited by Ziauddin Sardar and Sean Cubitt. London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S26 A45 2002)
Hayes, Graeme. "Replaying history as farce: postmodernism and the construction of Vichy in Delicatessen." Modern & Contemporary France, May99, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p197, 11p UC users only
Thorne, Christian. "The Revolutionary Energy of the Outmoded." October; Spring2003, Issue 104, p97, 18p UC users only

Demolition Man (1993)
Directed by Marco Brambilla. Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne. The year is 2032 and archcriminal Simon Phoenix has emerged from a 35-year deep freeze in CryoPrison to find a serene, violence-free Southern California ready for the taking. Ill-equipped to deal with Phoenix's psychopathic 1990s style, city officials decide they need Spartan, an old-fashioned cop to fight old-fashioned crime. 115 min. DVD 6101
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Atkinson, M. "Demolition man." Sight & Sound v. ns3 (December 1993) p. 44-5

District B13 (Banlieue 13) (France, 2004)
Directed by Pierre Morel. Cast: David Belle, Cyril Raffaelli, Tony D'Amario, Larbi Naceri, Dany Verissimo, Francois Chattot, Nicolas Woirion, Patrick Olivier, Samir Guesmi, Gadner Jerome, Tarik Boucekhine. "In the near future, the worst ghettos of Paris, France are literally walled off and among the worst is District B13. Controlled by the ruthless crime lord, Taha, a young righteous punk named Léto is determined to bring him down. When the boss retaliates by kidnapping his sister, Lola, a rescue attempt by Le?to is destroyed by betrayal that gets him arrested and Lola kept in the clutches in Taha. Six months later, a crackerjack undercover cop named Damien is given a urgent mission: a neutron bomb has been stolen by Taha in District B13 which has an automatic timer function engaged and set to detonate in less than 24 hours. Now with time running out, Damien and Le?to must work together to find and stop the bomb, but there is far more to this crisis than any of the field players realize." [Internet Movie Database] 85 min. DVD 7651
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DOA Final (Japan, 2002)
Director: Takashi Miike. Cast: Show Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Richard Chen, Maria Chin. In Yokohama, AD 2346, a multiethnic melting pot is ruled by cruel Dictator Woo. Woo and his agenda are resisted by underworld rebels and enforced by super-cops. DVD. 88 min. DVD 8356
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The Earth Dies Screaming (1955)
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The End of August at the Hotel Ozone (Konec srpna v Hotelu Ozon) (Czechoslovakia, 1967)
Directed by Jan Schmidt. Cast: Beta Ponicanova, Magda Seidlerova, Vanda Kalnova, Alena Lippertova, Ondrej Jariabek. Director Jan Schmidt paints a chilling, bleak picture of the future. Nuclear war has destroyed almost all of civilization. A group of women has gone to primal barbarity to survive. They go in search of men to help them have children. 67 min. DVD 7676
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Equilibrium (2002)
Directed by Kurt Wimmer. Cast: Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs, Angus MacFadyen, Sean Bean, Sean Pertwee, Matthew Harbour, William Fichtner. In the future, after a Third World War has decimated much of the Earth's population, a new nation arose. Believing human emotions and their expression were to blame for the failings of past societies, it is decreed that all citizens must take a daily dose of a drug which levels out the emotional landscape, and that all forms of creative expression are against the law. An elite law enforcement officer who tracks down and punishes "sense offenders" one day, accidentally, fails to take his drug, and for the first time begins experiencing emotions himself. 107 min. DVD 6103
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Escape from L.A. (1996)
Directed by John Carpenter. Cast: Kurt Russell, Stacy Keach, Steve Buscemi, Peter Fonda. In this chilling vision of the future, the year is 2013 and an earthquake has separated Los Angeles from the mainland. In the New Moral America, all citizens not conforming to the new laws (no smoking, no red meat, no Muslims in South Dakota) are deported to L.A., now a penal colony. The President's daughter has stolen a doomsday device and has fled to L.A. Now It's up to Snake Plissken to find the President's daughter and retrieve the doomsday device before its too late. 101 min. DVD 7519
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Escape from New York (1981)
Directed by John Carpenter. Cast: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Season Hubley, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau. In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a prison which houses the world's most brutal inmates. And when the President of the United States crash lands inside, only one man can bring him back: Snake Plissken, a notorious outlaw and former Special Forces war hero who, in exchange for a full pardon, descends into the decayed city and wages a blistering war against the captors. But time is short: in 24 hours, an explosive charge planted inside Snake's body will end the mission - and his life - unless he succeeds! 99 min. DVD 887
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Halper, Thomas; Muzzio, Douglas. "Hobbes in the City: Urban Dystopias in American Movies." Journal of American Culture; Dec2007, Vol. 30 Issue 4, p379-390, 12p UC users only
Page, Max. "Escape from New York : fictions of a city's decline and rebirth." In: The city's end : two centuries of fantasies, fears, and premonitions of New York's destruction / Max Page. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS374.N43 P34 2008)

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The Fifth Element (France, 1997)
Director, Luc Besson. Cast: Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich. Two hundred and fifty years in the future, life as we know it is threatened by the arrival of Evil. Only the fifth element can stop the Evil from extinguishing life, as it tries to do every five thousand years. 126 min. DVD 1339
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Awards & Honors

César Awards, France - Best Director
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Special Effects

Fahrenheit 451 (UK, 1966)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Julie Christie, Oskar Werner, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring, Jeremy Spenser, Alex Scott. Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom. Special DVD features: The novel, a discussion with author Ray Bradbury; the making of Fahrenheit 451; feature commentary with Julie Christie; the music of Fahrenheit 451; the original title sequence of feature; photo poster gallery; theatrical trailer. 112 min. DVD 6087; vhs 999:860
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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions(Spain, 2004)
Directed by Carlos Atanes. Cast: Xavier Tort, Anne-Céline Auché. France...A near and probable future...The Sisterhood of Metacontrol governs Europe. Angeline, an exemplary and irreproachable citizen, has just joined the Order, but her relationship with a special man, Noro, will make her question the principles of the doctrine she's followed her entire life. 82 min. DVD X5554
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Fortress (Australia / USA, 1992)
Directed by Stuart Gordon. Cast: Christopher Lambert, Kurtwood Smith, Loryn Locklin, Lincoln Kilpatrick. Set in the year 2017, elements of Orwellian science-fiction and old-fashioned prison dramas are combined in this futuristic action film, as an unjustly imprisoned couple attempts to escape from a high-tech jail known as The Fortress. 110 min. DVD 7603
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Freejack (1992)
Directed by Geoff Murphy. Cast: Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Banks, David Johansen. Bounty hunters from the future raid the present to provide new bodies for the super rich in this science-fiction thriller. Race car driver Alex Furlong is snatched from his cockpit and hurled into the future. Dead and running for his life, he's a "freejack," a stranger in the strangest of lands, and a relentless "bonejacker" can collect millions by bringing Alex in. 110 min. DVD 7520
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Futurama
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Gamer (2009)
Directed by Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor. Cast: Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall, Amber Valletta, Logan Lerman, Terry Crews, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Kyra Sedgwick. Set in a future-world where humans can control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online gaming environments, a star player from a game called "Slayers" seeks to regain his independence by escaping the game, freeing his family and taking down the game's mastermind to save mankind from this ruthless technology. Special features: Audio commentary with the filmmakers and cast members (writers/directors Neveldine/Taylor and actors Amber Valletta, Alison Lohman and Terry Crews); "Inside the game:" making-of documentary; "First person shooter: the evolution of Red" featurette capturing the video technology revealed; never before seen theatrical trailer: The "Doobie-ness" cut: cut for the film by the filmmakers but ultimately deem too radical for audiences. 95 min. DVD X4608
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Gattaca (1997)
Directed by Andrew Niccol. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, Jude Law, Loren Dean. Story about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection. Vincent is an "In-Valid," who assumes the identity of a member of the genetic elite to pursue his goal of traveling into space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. However, a week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect. With a relentless investigator in pursuit and the colleague he has fallen in love with beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent's dreams steadily unravel. 107 min. DVD 6079
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The Girl From Monday (2005)
Directed by Hal Hartley. Cast: Bill Sage, Sabrina Lloyd, Tatiana Abracos, Leo Fitzpatrick. In the future the Human Values Reform Act renders citizens' bodies as public options on the stock exchange. The author of the law is filled with remorse after havoc ensues and goes underground to fix things. 84 min. DVD 7619
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The Gladiators (Gladiatorerna) (Sweden, 1969)
Directed by Peter Watkins. Cast: Arthur Pentelow, Kenneth Lo, Hans Bendrik, Frederick Danner, Bjorn Franzen, Pik-Sen Lim, J.Z. Kennedy, Christer Gynge.In this pacifist satire set some time in the future, East and West have stopped maintaining standing armies and nuclear weapons. Instead, to maintain international and internal security and to divert mankind's natural aggression, the UN organizes a series of military games televised world-wide, which are often fought to the death by different teams of crack combat specialists. 91 min. DVD X1196
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Arthur, Paul. "The Troublemaker." Film Comment, May/Jun2004, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p58-65, 7p
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Cook, John R. "Gaming the system: Peter Watkins' The Gladiators and Punishment Park." Science Fiction Film & Television, 2009, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p105-113, 9p
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Rapfogel, Jared. "Cautionary Tales and Alternate Histories: The Films of Peter Watkins." Cineaste, Spring2007, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p20-25, 6p
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Welsh, James M. "The Dystopian Cinema of Peter Watkins." Film Criticism; Fall82, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p26-36, 11p
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The Handmaid's Tale (USA / Germany, 1990)
Directed by Volker Schlondorff. Cast: Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern, Victoria Tennant, Robert Duvall. Set in the near future, the handmaids are women who can still bear children after the ravages of war caused wide-spread sterility. One of the handmaids, Kate, is caught trying to escape the Republic of Gilead and sent to the prison-like training center. She is sent from there to the home of the commander to bear his child, but revolutionary forces have other plans for her! 109 min. DVD 5459
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Hard Drive (1997)
Directed by David Fox. Cast: Antony Sprung, John Zerzan, Stephen Dunnifer. Hard Drive is a fictional road-movie in which a man running from technology hits the highways to meet with anarchists, hackers, cyber warriors and the boys from the Pentagon before joining the combatants in the information war. With paranoia spreading like a virus, the U.S. prepares to dominate the international brave new digital age. For many it is a step to far, and the threat is that businesses will use their power to suppress dissenting voices under the guise of protecting national interests. The question is who will win the cyber war? 54 min. Video/C 999:2125

Her First Flame(1920)
Director: Bruno C. Becker. Cast: Gale Henry, Milburn Morante, Hap Ward, Phyllis Allen. It is the year 1950; women have taken over men's jobs and have become the aggressors in romantic situations. Lizzie Hap stuffs the ballot box, defeats her opponent, Minnie Fish, and is thereby elected Fire Chief of the all female fire department, and succeeds in winning the hand of her fair loved one, Willie Wart. DVD X6825
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The Hole (Dong) (Taiwan, 1998)
Directed by Ming-liang Tsai. Seven days into the 21st century the rain will not let up in Taiwan and a strange disease reaches epic proportions. Tenants of a run-down apartment refuse to leave. The plumber comes to fix a leak and leaves a gaping hole through which the tenant spies on his neighbor. 95 min. DVD 2799
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The House of Tomorrow(1949); The Car of Tomorrow (1951)
Animated shorts by Tex Avery. Videodisc 152

I Am Legend (2007)
Directed by Francis Lawrence. Cast: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan. Robert Neville is the last human survivor in what is left of New York City. A pandemic has left only 1% of the population alive and most of those who survived are no longer human. The infected, now lurking in the shadows, watch Neville's every move. Perhaps mankind's last, best hope, Neville is driven by the only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. Based on the novel by Richard Matheson and the 1971 screenplay by John William Corrington & Joyce Corrington. Special features: Disc 1: Four animated comics "Death as a gift," "Isolation," "Sacrificing the few for the many," "Shelter" ; Cautionary tale; creating I am legend ; Disc 2: Alternate theatrical version of the film; digital copy (theatrical version). 100 min. DVD 9599
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Bradley, Matthew R. Richard Matheson on screen : a history of the filmed works / Matthew R. Bradley ; foreword by Richard Matheson. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3563.A8355 Z57 2010)

Ice (1969)
Directed by Robert Kramer. Cast: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Terry Crews, Anthony Campos. Years into the American future urban guerillas are at war with a fascist state. We are drawn into the experience of a group and its claustrophobic politics. A cooly impersonal documentary tone and a sense of immediacy masks very personal fantasies and fears about revolution. Non-actors (including Kramer himself), drawn from the ranks of student activists and militant groups around New York, play the main roles. The emphasis is on violent action and on the discussion of tasks and terror rather than on ideas and causes. 128 min. DVD X4679
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Idiocracy (2006)
Directed by Mike Judge. Cast: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Terry Crews, Anthony Campos. Joe Bowers is an average Joe. He is not the sharpest tool in the shed. He becomes part of a government experiment to go into hibernation. The experiment goes awry and Bowers awakens in the year 2505 to find a society so dumbed-down by mass commercialism and mindless TV programming that he's become the smartest guy on the planet. Now it's up to this average Joe to get human evolution back on the right track. 87 min. DVD 7604
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In Time (2011)
Directed by Andrew Niccol. Cast: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde. In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage, a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system. 109 min. DVD X6935
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La Jetée (1962)
Directed by Chris Marker. After the destruction of WWIII a desperate band of survivors, living underground, uses their remaining scientific resources to draw upon the future for the means of survival by perfoming experiements in time travel. The hero voyages into the past, falls in love and tries to remain with her, but one cannot escape time...
29 min. DVD 1917 Special features: Special features: Video interviews with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin (from 2005); "Chris on Chris" (a video piece on Marker by writer Chris Darke, 10 min.); two excerpts from the French TV series "Court-circuit (le magazine)" directed by Luc Lagier, a 2 min. look at David Bowie's 1993 music video for "Jump they say", which was inspired by "La jete'e" & a 9 min. analysis of Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" and its influence on Marker).
30 min. DVD 6:1:2- (Packaged in Short Cinema Journal: 1.2 Issue on Dreams (English voice over))
30 min. 999:1437 - (Packaged with Buck Rogers in the 25th century, 1934, 9 min. and Bambi meets Godzilla, 1969, 3 min.)
30 min. 999:778 - (Packaged with Seashell and the Clergyman, 1928, and Life and Death of a Hollywood Extra.)
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The Jetsons
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Jubilee (UK, 1977)
Directed by Derek Jarman. Cast: Jenny Runacre, Richard O'Brien, Little Nell, Toyah Willcox, Wayne County, Adam Ant, Jordan, Hermine Demoriane, Ian Charleson, Karl Johnson, Linda Spurrier, Neil Kennedy, Orlando. When Queen Elizabeth I asks her court alchemist to show her England in the future, she's transported 400 years to a post-apocalyptic wasteland of roving girl gangs, an all-powerful media mogul, fascistic police, scattered filth, and twisted sex. 106 min. DVD 3613
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Just Imagine!(1930)
Director: David Butler. Cast: El Brendel, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Garrick, Marjorie White. New York, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced sex. Scientists revive a man struck by lightning in 1930; he is rechristened "Single O". He is befriended by J-21, who can't marry the girl of his dreams because he isn't "distinguished" enough -- until he is chosen for a 4-month expedition to Mars by a renegade scientist. 102 min. DVD X4642
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The Last Man in Brooklyn(2006)
Director: Roberto Bentivegna. Cast: Christopher Jensen, Bill Weeden, Star E. Knight (Star E. Knight inflatable "love doll" as Daisy). The year is 2092. The world has torn itself apart with nuclear weapons. In what's left of Brooklyn, New York, two men live a lonely coexistence. One is scarred by the searing radiation of atomic bombs, the other a miraculously unscathed drifter bent on cruelty for his own foul pleasure. Then, she comes along... 9 min. DVD 7914
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Lathe of Heaven (USA / West Germany, 1986)
Directed by David Loxton and Fred Barzyk. In this science fiction film George Orr is haunted by dreams that become reality. In a world where pollution has destroyed the ice caps and plagues rage unchecked, a psychiatrist sees Orr's power as a way for humanity to escape its bleak fate. But as each attempt to direct Orr's dreaming ends in failure, the doctor's obsession with playing God grows stronger. Based on the novel by Ursula K. Le Guin. 100 min. 999:2661
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Logan's Run (1976)
Director, Michael Anderson. Cast: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Peter Ustinov. In the year 2274, everyone lives a wonderful life until they're 30 years old - then they're executed. Two of the inhabitants approaching their 30th birthdays decide to attempt a flight to find refuge from their hedonistic, automated world. The screen's first use of laser holography provides some of the sci-fi kicks in this post-apocalyptic saga. 118 min. DVD 2697
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Brereton, Pat. "Conspiracy thrillers and Science Fiction: 1950s to 1990s: Logan's Run." In: Hollywood utopia : ecology in contemporary American cinema. Bristol, UK ; Portland, Ore. : Intellect Books, 2005. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main PN1995.9.N38 B74 2005)
Halper, Thomas; Muzzio, Douglas. "Hobbes in the City: Urban Dystopias in American Movies." Journal of American Culture; Dec2007, Vol. 30 Issue 4, p379-390, 12p UC users only
"Logan's Run." In: From Abba to Zoom: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century, 2005, p286-287, 2p UC users only
Tinnell, Robert. "Logan's run to relevance." In: Science fiction America : essays on SF cinema Edited by David J. Hogan. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 2006. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S26.S275 2006; Moffitt PN1995.9.S26.S275 2006)

Mad Max (Australia, 1979)
Directed by George Miller. Cast: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Roger Ward, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, Hugh Keays-Byrne. This first of the Road Warrior films is set in the desolate near future in Australia where motorcycle gangs combat the police. Max is a gung-ho cop, the best of his squad, but when his best friend is killed Max hangs up his guns, taking his wife and young child across the country on vacation. But when the renegade gang kills his family Max climbs into a souped-up racing machine to seek his bloody revenge. 93 min. DVD 6077
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Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (Australia / USA, 1985)
Directors, George Miller & George Ogilvie. Cast: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Angelo Rossitto, Helen Buday, Bruce Spence, Rod Zuanic. Once again, Mad Max stands alone against the barbarians of a post nuclear age. Max has his supplies stolen and must seek shelter in Bartertown, a post apocalypse city where all machines have begun to break down and barbarians hold what is left. Here he survives a battle-to-the-death in Roman-style Thunderdome arena, is exiled to the desert, where he finds a tribe of wild children whom he must rescue. 108 min. DVD 6078; vhs 999:3153
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The Matrix (1999)
Directed by Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano. In an anti-utopian future, the "real" world as we know it is nothing more than a computer construct, created by an all-powerful artificial intelligence. A small group of humans has found a way out of the construct, and are now fighting for the future of the human race. 136 min. DVD 118
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Visual Effects
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Science Fiction Film; Best Director

Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Directors, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski. Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gloria Foster, David Kilde, Daniel Bernhardt, Monica Bellucci, Ian Bliss, Paul Cotter, Matt McColm. Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus continue to lead the revolt against the Machine Army. In their quest to save the human race from extinction, they gain greater insight into the construction of The Matrix and Neo's pivotal role in the fate of mankind. 138 min. DVD 2093
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Matrix Revolutions (2003)
Directors, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski. Cast: Mary Alice, Monica Bellucci, Ian Bliss, Essie Davis, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Harold Perrineau, Jada Pinkett smith, Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Lambert Wilson. Neo remains unconscious in the real world, caught in a mysterious subway station that lies between the machine world and the matrix. Bane is still a conduit for Agent Smith, who continues to grow more out of control. Meanwhile, the sentinels are coming dangerously close to Zion. Trinity and Morpheus bargain with The Merovingian to free Neo. Neo, after meeting The Oracle, decides he must leave Zion and go for the machine mainframe. One final battle must ensue, and the future of both races is at stake. Special features: "Revolutions recalibrated" documentary; "CG Revolution: the incredible special effects arsenal" documentary; "Super burly brawl: behind the final Neo/Smith showdown" featurette; "Before the revolution: a 3-D matrix timeline; Future gamer: The matrix online: an introduction to the massively multi-player game; 3-D evolution: multidimensional stills gallery; theatrical trailer;129 min. DVD 2472
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Metropolis (Germany, 1926)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Brigitte Helm, Gustav Frohlich, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Theodor Loos, Fritz Rasp. An originally silent motion picture with English intertitles and a newly produced electronic music soundtrack. Elaborately fantasizes a subterranean factory, which is ruled by titans, betrayed by robots, and saved by love. Shows the struggle between management and labor in a city of the future. 124 min. DVD 1574 Restored authorized ed., digitally remastered (Kino 2002). 115 min. DVD 24 Includes direct scene access, lobby poster, biography of Brigitte Helm, interactive trivia questions and answers, movie credits, and more. 107 min. vhs 999:511 (Janus version) 90 min. vhs 999:512 (Kino - earlier restored version) 87 min. vhs 999:513 (Silent film with Japanese subtitles, music by G. Moroder)

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Lang, Fritz. Metropolis; a film by Fritz Lang. London, Lorrimer Pub. [1973] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.M436 L3 1973)

The Model Couple (Le couple témoin)(France / Switzerland, 1977)
Director, William Klein. Cast: Andre Dussolier, Anemone, Georges Descrières, Jacques Boudet. The French Ministry of the Future chooses two "normal", white, middle-class citizens for a national experiment. They will be monitored and displayed on television in a model apartment outfitted with state-of-the-art products and non-stop surveillance--the template for "a new city for the new man." 101 min. DVD 9849
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Rapfogel, Jared. "The Delirious Fictions of William Klein.." Cineaste; Fall2008, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p20-23, 4p UC users only

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) (UK, 1984)
Directed by Michael Radford. Cast: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack. Winston Smith endures a squalid existence in totalitarian Oceania under the constant surveillance of Big Brother. But his life takes a horrifying turn when he begins a forbidden love affair and commits the crime of independent thought. Sent to the chillingly labeled 'Ministry of Love,' he is placed at the mercy of O'Brien, a coolly treacherous leader determined to control his thoughts... and crush his soul. 110 min. DVD 4209
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Barrowlough, Susan. "1984 The Film - Past, Present, or Future?" History Today, Dec84, Vol. 34 Issue 12, p59, 2p UC users only
Gottlieb, Erika. "The Satirical Masks of Utopia and Dystopia: A Discussion of the Two Film Versions of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four." Texas Review, vol. 16, no. 1-4, pp. 83-94, 1995
Marcus, Greil. "A Memory of the Future." Threepenny Review, Fall2003, Issue 95, p20-23, 4p
Palmer, R. Barton. "Imagining the future, contemplating the past : the screen versions of 1984." In: The philosophy of science fiction film Edited by Steven M. Sanders. Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2008. (MAIN: PN1995.9.S26 P49 2008)

1984 (UK, 1956)
Directed by Michael Anderson. Cast: Edmond O'Brien, David Kossoff, Donald Pleasance, Mervyn Johns, Carol Wolveridge. Set in London in the 'future' (1984), this is a story of love and tragic betrayal in a twisted, horrific, totalitarian world. 88 min. DVD X5101; vhs 999:859
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Ellis, J. B. "Nineteen Eighty-Four and 1984" In: Cinema and fiction : new modes of adapting, 1950-1990 / edited by John Orr and Colin Nicholson. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c1992. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.3 .C56 1992)
Gottlieb, Erika. "The Satirical Masks of Utopia and Dystopia: A Discussion of the Two Film Versions of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four." Texas Review, vol. 16, no. 1-4, pp. 83-94, 1995
Palmer, R. Barton. "Imagining the future, contemplating the past : the screen versions of 1984." In: The philosophy of science fiction film Edited by Steven M. Sanders. Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2008. (MAIN: PN1995.9.S26 P49 2008) (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S26 P49 2008)
Rodden, John. "Vicissitudes of a public literary reputation: Orwell on the telescreen." New Orleans Review; 1991, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p49-63, 15p
Shaw, Tony "Screening Orwell." In: British cinema and the Cold War : the state, propaganda and consensus / Tony Shaw. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; distributed in U.S. by St. Martin's Press, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.P6 S52 2001)
Williams, Linda Ruth. "Dream Girls and Mechanic Panic: Dystopia and Its Others in Brazil and Nineteen Eighty-Four." In: Liquid metal : the science fiction film reader / edited by Sean Redmond. London ; New York : Wallflower, 2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S26 L57 2004)

The Old Man in the Cave (Twilight Zone)(TV, 1964)
Directed by Alan Crosland, Jr. Cast: John Anderson, James Coburn, John Marley. In a sparsely populated town set ten years after a nuclear war, the townspeople have discovered a supply of canned food but are waiting for Mr. Goldsmith to return from the cave to get the message from "the old man" to tell them whether it is contaminated with radiation. Some of them want to take their chances and eat the food, but they refrain from doing so after seeing the disastrous harvest yielded when they did so with their choice of land rather than taking the old man's advice about which areas were contaminated. When Mr. Goldsmith, the town's leader, returns, he informs them that the old man has declared the food contaminated and that it should be destroyed. When a group of soldiers enter the town, they try to dispel the townspeople's strange beliefs about the man in the cave. It is ultimately revealed that in reality they have been listening to a computer the whole time (no explanation is given, however, as to who, why or how the computer was placed there, or what had been powering it all this time). In a fit of rage at being deceived, the town destroys the computer and eat the canned goods it claimed were contaminated. However, as Mr. Goldsmith had insisted, the "old man" was correct; without an authority figure to tell them which foods are safe, the entire town (including the soldiers) dies - except for the lone survivor, Mr. Goldsmith(And also the town's horses). DVD 2613
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Planet of the Apes Series

Planet of the Apes (1968)
Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. Cast: Charleton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly. In this first of five Planet of the Apes films, four American astronauts crash-land on a strange planet ruled by apes. 112 min. DVD 5593
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1969)
Directed by Ted Post. Cast: James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison, Paul Richards, Victor Buono, James Gregory, Jeff Corey, Natalie Trundy, Thomas Gomez, Charlton Heston. In this second Planet of the apes film, apes battle human mutants who survived a nuclear blast many years before. 100 min.DVD 5594; vhs 999:1562
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Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Directed by Don Taylor. Cast: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy, Eric Braeden, William Windom, Sal Mineo, and Ricardo Montalban. In this third Planet of the apes film, two intelligent apes from the future travel back in time to present-day Earth. At first the talking creatures are a sensation, wined and dined as they get full celebrity treatment. But soon a dark element emerges when one man hatches a plot to do away with these super-advanced apes. 98 min. DVD 5595; vhs 999:1563
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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Directed by J. Lee Thompson. Cast: Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalban, Natalie Trundy, Hari Rhodes. In this fourth Planet of the Apes film, the apes have become servants and errand-runners. When the humans show no gratitude for the apes' help, the apes revolt and vanquish their cruel masters. 88 min. DVD 5596; vhs 999:1564
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Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Directed by J. Lee Thompson. Cast: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden, Lew Ayres, Paul Williams, John Huston. In this fifth and final Planet of the apes film, humans and apes battle for the supremacy of the Earth. 86 min. DVD 5597; vhs 999:1565
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Behind the Planet of the Apes
This extensive behind-the-scenes documentary chronicles the amazing Planet of the Apes phenomenon. Travel from production meetings to makeup sessions, then on to the movie set to see the actual filming. Includes interviews with stars Charlton Heston and Kim Hunter, archival photos, and never-before-seen footage. 1998. 120 min. DVD 5598

Planet of the Apes (2001)
Directed by Tim Burton. Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kris Kristofferson, Estella Warren, Paul Giamatti. In a remake of the original film, after an astronaut crash-lands on an uncharted planet he finds himself at odds with a society in which apes are the rulers - and humans are little more than slaves. 124 min. DVD 943
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Planet of the apes / re-imagined by Tim Burton ; foreword by Richard D. Zanuck. New York : Newmarket Press, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.P51752 P5 2001)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Directed by Rupert Wyatt. Cast: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Andy Serkis. During experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, a genetically-enhanced chimpanzee uses its greater intelligence to lead other apes to freedom. 105 min. DVD X6862
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The Postman (1997)
Directed by Kevin Costner. Cast: Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Larenz Tate, Olivia Williams, James Russo, Tom Petty. The year is 2013 and the future isn't what it used to be. There are no highways, no I-ways, no dreams of a better tomorrow--only scattered bands of terrorized survivors in what was once called the United States. Into this apocalyptic wasteland comes an enigmatic drifter with a mule named Bill, a knack for the works of Shakespeare and something he has yet to discover: the power to inspire hope. 178 min. DVD 6102
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Magid, Ron. ""The Postman" makes rounds in realistic futurescape." American Cinematographer, Dec 1997, Vol. 78, p93, 5p UC users only
Persons, Dan. "The Postman." Cinefantastique, Feb98, Vol. 29 Issue 10, p46-47, 2p UC users only
Strick, Philip. "The postman." Sight & Sound, April 1998, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p49-50, 2p UC users only

The Quit Earth (New Zealand, 1985)
Directed by Geoff Murphy. Cast: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Peter Smith. At exactly 6:12 a.m., government research scientist Zac Hubson awakens to discover that he may be the last man on Earth. Homes, highways and entire cities are deserted. He soon learns down the road that he isn't alone, one woman and a Maori trucker are still there. 91 min. DVD 7677
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Renaissance (France / UK / Luxembourg, 2006)
Directed by Christian Volckman. Voices: Daniel Craig, Patrick Floersheim, Catherine McCormack, Romola Garai, Jonathan Pryce, Ian Holm. In this animated drama set in Paris in 2054, all movement is monitored and recorded. Casting a shadow over everything is the city's largest company, Avalon, which insinuates itself into every aspect of contemporary life to sell its primary export -- youth and beauty. In this world of stark contrasts and rigid laws the populace is kept in line and accounted for. In French. 102 min. DVD 7164
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Covey, William B. "Postmodern anxieties: Renaissance: Paris 2054 as tech-noir." CineAction. 82-83 (Winter 2011) p22. UC users only
Maio, Kathi. "In A Dark and Rainy City of Lights." Fantasy & Science Fiction; Feb2007, Vol. 112 Issue 2, p135-139, 5p UC users only

Repro!: The Genetic Opera (Australia, 1982)
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Cast: Alexa Vega, Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, Terrance Zdunich, Bill Moseley, Paul Sorvino. In the not-so-distant future, a worldwide epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges called GENECO, a biotech company that offers organ transplants, but at a steep price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and are hunted by the Repo Man. Based on the play by Darren Smith & Terrance Zdunich. Special features: From stage to screen, featurette; audio commentaries; Legal assassin, featurette. 97 min. DVD X3790
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The Road Warrior (Australia, 1982)
Directed by George Miller. Cast: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps, Vernon Wells. A former police officer is now a lone wanderer, travelling through a post-apocalyptic Australia looking for the now-priceless fuel of petrol. He lives to survive and is none too pleased when he finds himself the only hope of a small group of honest people running a remote oil refinery. He must protect them from the bike gang that is terrorizing them, while transporting their entire fuel supply to safety. 94 min. DVD 323; VHS 999:2533
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Rollerball (1975)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Pamela Hensley, Barbara Trentham, Ralph Richardson. In the perfectly controlled society of the 21st century, the only outlet for violence is a deadly spectator sport--Rollerball, a brutal mutation of football, motocross and hockey. Tuned to their televisions, the people watch as the only outlet for the pent-up anger and frustrations of the masses. 125 min. DVD 5579
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Jankowiak, Steve. "Cult film and politically correct remakes." Film International; 2009, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p28-35, 8p UC users only
Marmysz, John. "Cultural change and nihilism in the Rollerball films." In: Fear, cultural anxiety, and transformation : horror, science fiction, and fantasy films remade Edited by Scott A. Lukas and John Marmysz. Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H6 F42 2009)
Senn, Bryan. "The sport of violence : Death race 2000 and Rollerball." In: Science fiction America : essays on SF cinema Edited by David J. Hogan. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 2006. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S26.S275 2006; Moffitt PN1995.9.S26.S275 2006)

The Running Man (1987)
Directed by Paul Michael Glaser. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Richard Dawson, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura. The year is 2019 and television is now ruling people's lives. The most popular game show is The Running Man, where convicts can win pardons instead of 'parting gifts' by defeating murderous henchmen known as stalkers. 101 min. DVD 6148
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Browning, Mark. Stephen King on the big screen / Mark Browning. Bristol, UK ; Chicago, USA : Intellect, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3561.I483 Z56 2009)

A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Directed by Richard Linklater. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Rory Cochrane, Winona Ryder, Sean Allen, Mitch Baker, Cliff Haby, Steven Chester Prince, Natasha Valdez. Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, L.A. undercover agents change their faces along with their identities. One officer's liberal ingestion of the drug "Substance D" causes him to develop a split personality, a notorious drug dealer. Along with his superior officers, the police set up an elaborate scheme to catch his drug dealer alter-ego and tear down his operation. Filmed using an animation technique called interpolated rotoscope, with animation over filmed sequences. Special features: Commentary by Keanu Reeves, writer/director Richard Linklater, producer Tommy Pallotta, author Jonathan Lethem and Philip K. Dick's daughter, Isa Dick Hackett; One Summer in Austin: the story of filming 'A scanner darkly'; The 'Weight of the line: animation tales; theatrical trailer. Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. 100 min. DVD 6760
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The Second Coming (1995)
Directed by Jack Walsh. Cast: Al Giordano, Jeff Constan, Desi del Valle, John Connally, Eddie Daniels, Wendee Curtis, Shelly Volk and Helen Palladino. "Set in the near future when Christian fundamentalists overthrow the U.S. government, Second Coming tells the story of two high school boys who fall deeply in love in spite of the homophobic, racist, and anti-Semitic sentiment propaganda that is sweeping the country. They join a resistance group made up of students who protest living under religious, fascist rule, and stand up for their right to love and think their own way." [All-Movie Guide] 53 min. DVD X4837; vhs 999:2349
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Sex Mission (Seksmisja) (Poland, 1984)
Directed by Juliusz Machulski. Cast: Jerzy Stuhr, Olgierd Ukaszewicz, Bozena Stryjkona, Boguslawa Pawelec, Hanna Stankowna. A science fiction film about the year 2044. Two men, voluntarily hibernated in 1991, are awakened 53 years later to learn that males don't exist anymore. A nuclear war destroyed everything, including men. Women are ruling from the underground. Facing harsh treatment from their female guards, these two men are determined to save themselves and reestablish the male population. 120 min. DVD 6247
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Sleep Dealer (USA | Mexico, 2008)
Directed by Alex Rivera. Cast: Luis Fernando Peña, Leonor Varela, Jacob Vargas. Set in the future, a young man looks for a better life outside his small rural village in Mexico-- but finds himself facing a technological dystopia when he attempts to cross the border. 90 min. DVD X4438
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Sleeper (1973)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mary Gregory, John McLiam, Bartlett Robinson, Don Keefer. Health food store owner Miles Monroe enters the hospital in 1973 for a minor ulcer operation only to wake up 200 years later after being frozen. As Miles tries to adjust to his new environment he is programmed; de-programmed; chased by Big Brother-like police; falls in love with Luna, a ridiculous underground poet; and becomes part of a rebel band determined to stop scientists from cloning the world dictator. 88 min. DVD 229; vhs 999:739
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Soylent Green (1973)
Directed by Richard Fleischer. Cast: Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors, Joseph Cotten,kPeters, Paula Kelly, Edward G. Robinson. The setting is New York City, the year is 2022 and the city is teeming with 40 million citizens, most of whom out of work. Environmental erosion is almost complete and voluntary death is encouraged by government-sponsored clinics. For their food, the people have grown to rely almost totally on a synthetic greenish, wafer-like substance called soylent. Police officer Thorn investigates the murder of a magnate in the dictatorial Soylent Company, and comes face to face with the hideous truth about the secret ingredient of their supposedly plankton-based product "Soylent Green." 97 min. DVD 6046
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Burnstein, Matthew. "The Thanatoria of Soylent Green: On Reconciling the Good Life with the Good Death." In: Bioethics at the movies
Edited by Sandra Shapshay. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009. (Public Health R725.5 .B52 2009)
American science fiction film and television / Lincoln Geraghty. London ; New York : Berg, 2009. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Moffitt PN1995.9.S26 G37 2009)
Murray, Robin L. "Environmental nostalgia and the tragic eco-hero: the case of Soylent green and the 1970s eco-disaster film." In: Ecology and popular film : cinema on the edge / Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann. Albany : SUNY Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N38 M87 2009)
Retzinger, Jean P. "Speculative Visions and Imaginary Meals." Cultural Studies, May-Jul2008, Vol. 22 Issue 3/4, p369-390, 22p UC users only

Spectres of the Spectrum (2002)
Directed by directed by Craig Baldwin. Cast: Sean Kilcoyne, Caroline Koebel, Beth Lisick (voice) Set in a blighted Nevada outpost in 2007, a telepathic father and daughter lead a group of media outlaws in resistance against a corporate/governmental "New Electronic Order" that threatens to use the earth's magnetosphere to "bulk erase" the brains of every human on the planet. The only way to save humanity is to uncover a secret lodged in an old episode of the 1950s series Science in Action. A montage of fact and fiction, the film combines live-action with segments from early TV shows, industrial and educational films, Hollywood movies, advertisements and cartoons. 91 min. DVD 2233
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Stalker (West Germany / Soviet Union, 1979)
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. At the center of an outlawed region called The Zone lies a mystical room altered by unnatural forces. Armed guards are the first in a series of lethal obstructions that prevent outsiders from reaching the place where fantastic powers can fulfill one's greatest desires. Only the Stalker can lead a scientist and writer through The Zone where an obstacle course of mental and physical barriers tests the limits of their endurance. At the end they must face a room where the center of power and evil confronts them and the future of mankind. 163 min. DVD 2138
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The Stand (TV, 1994)
SEE Disease, Infection, and Other Viral Catastrophes

Strange Days (1995)
Director, Kathryn Bigelow. Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Michael Wincott, Vincent D'Onofrio. A thriller set in the urban inferno of 1999 Los Angeles. Lenny Nero sells dreams and hustles nightmares available on small disks that are viewable via a compact headpiece that makes every sensation immediate. Nero replays scenes of happier days with Faith Justin, who has run off with sadistic Philo Gant. As he attempts to win Faith back, he hooks up with an old friend, Lornette "Mace" Mason, and the two of them are caught in a deadly fantasy of conspiracy, murder and betrayal. 105 min. DVD 897
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Sunshine(UK / USA, 2007)
Director, Danny Boyle. Cast: Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Chris Evans, Troy Garity, Cillian Murphy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Strong, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh. It is the year 2057, the sun is dying and mankind faces extinction. Earth's last hope rests with a courageous crew of eight men and women on a mission to ignite the fading star with a massive nuclear weapon. Deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission begins to unravel and they find themselves fighting not only for their lives, but for the future of us all. Special features: Deleted scenes with audio commentary by Danny Boyle; alternate ending; web production diaries; two short films with intro by Danny Boyle; audio commentary by director Danny Boyle; audio commentary by Dr. Brian Cox, University of Manchester. 107 min. DVD X549
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Sur un air de Charleston (Charleston Parade) (France 1926)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Catherine Hessling, Johnny Huggins, (and playing the role of angels) Pierre Braunberger, Andre Cerf, Pierre Lestringuez, Jean Renoir. Shows the journey of a man in blackface to a post-Apocalyptic Paris, where he meets a girl who teachers him the Charleston, and they leave together in his spaceship. 20 min. DVD 7586; also on vhs Video/C 999:649;
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Tank Girl(1995)
Director, Rachel Talalay. Cast: Lori Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, Malcolm McDowell. The year is 2033 and since a humongous meteor hit the earth, the world just hasn't been the same. A mega-villian, Kesslee, the leader of Water & Power, holds the world in his grasp since he controls all the water down to the last drop ... or so he thinks. Two colossal enemies stand in his way: the Rippers - an army of half-men/half-kangaroo people and Tank Girl - a chick with a tank and a ton of attitude, with a chip on her shoulder and a grenade in her pocket. 103 min. DVD 920
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Things to Come (UK, 1936)
Directed by William Cameron Menzies. Cast: Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, Ann Todd, Margaretta Scott, Cedric Hardwicke. This screen adaptation by H.G. Wells, based on his novel. The Shape of things to come, is a science fiction fantasy about the world after a devastating war. 92 min. DVD 559; VHS 999:531
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THX-1138 (1970)
Directed by George Lucas. Cast: Donald Pleasence, Robert Duvall, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie, Ian Wolfe, Sid Haig, Marshall Efron, John Pearce, Johnny Weissmuller, Jr., Robert Feero, Irene Forrest, Claudette Bessing. In the 25th century high-tech computerized world where men and women work in a drug-soothed stupor with no names, identities, hardships and memories of the birthrights they have foresaken, two workers pass up their daily drug requirements and experience sexual desire. They begin to feel, want, and think, and the machines close in to stop them. Notable as George Lucas' first film. 86 min. DVD 2966
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Beck, Bernard. "The overdeveloped society: THX 1138." Society Volume 8, Number 11 / September, 1971 UC users only
Clapp, James A. "'It was the city killed the beast:' nature, technophobia, and the Cinema of the urban future." Journal of Urban Technology Volume 10, Issue 3, 2003 UC users only
Cormier, Raymond. "The Closed Society and Its Friends: Plato's Republic and Lucas's THX-1138." Literature/ Film Quarterly, vol. 18 no. 3. 1990. pp: 193-197. UC users only
Gordon, Andrew. "THX 1138: Portrait of the Artist as an Angry Young Man." Film International, 2005, Vol. 3 Issue 15, p12-21, 10p UC users only
Schwartz, Nancy. "The Politics of American Cinema: THX 1138 vs Metropolis." The Velvet Light Trap 4 (Spring 1972) p. 18
Telotte, J.P. "The Problem of the Real and THX 1138." Film Criticism v24, n3 (Spring, 2000):45.UC users only
Telotte, J.P. "The Science Fiction Film as Fantastic Text: THX 1138." In: Science fiction film Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main PN1995.9.S26 T45 2001)

THX-1138 [Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB] (1967)
Directed by George Lucas. Presented by the University of Southern California ; written & directed by George Lucas ; produced by Navy students in the Navy production workshop, U.S.C. A short film directed by George Lucas in 1967 while he attended the University of Southern California. DVD 8296
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Times to Come (Lo Que Vendrá) (Argentina, 1988)
Directed by Gustavo Mosquera. Cast: Hugo Soto, Juan Leyrado, Charly Garcia, Rosario Blefari, Aldo Braga. In a futuristic city designed for aggression and political instability three characters try desperately to survive: a wounded man shot during a demonstration, an antagonistic policeman, and a foolish vigilante. 98 min. 999:1408
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Moss, Nathaniel "Ribbon of cinema: Moebius." (director Gustavo Mosquera) Film Comment Nov-Dec 1997 v33 n6 p79(2)

The Truman Show (1998)
Directed by Peter Weir. Cast: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor, Ed Harris. Truman's life is a fake. He lives in a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere. His friends and people around him are actors who play their roles in the most popular television series in the world: The Truman show. He thinks he is an ordinary man and has no idea about how he is being exploited. What will he do when he finds out? Special features: How's it going to end?, the making of the Truman show parts 1-2; Faux finishing, the visual effects of the Truman show; photo gallery, 2 theatrical trailers; 2 TV spots. 113 min. DVD 7383; vhs 999:2522
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Awards

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Fantasy Film
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama; Best Supporting Actor
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Director of the Year
National Board of Review, USA - Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris)

Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Directed by Terry Gilliam. Cast: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer. Cole arrives at a mental hospital, claiming to be a time traveler from the year 2035. His mission: to save humanity from a killer virus that will devastate the future world population. A beautiful psychiatrist initially classifies Cole as delusional, but she soon joins him in an effort to unravel the mystery surrounding his questionable sanity with two clues: a haunting childhood memory and a series of puzzling symbols from a group known as The Army of the Twelve Monkeys. 130 min. DVD 1660; vhs 999:2047
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UltraViolet (2006)
Director, Kurt Wimmer. Cast: Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright, Nick Chinlund, William Fichtner. Human society has been decimated by a holocaust caused by biological warfare research gone wrong. The intent was to create super-soldiers, but a genetically-engineered virus turns infected humans into Hemophages. These human, vampire-like sub-species have enhanced physical abilities. In the infection-paranoid and technologically advanced society that follows, Violet is a singular Hemophage warrior battling the totalitarian dictator who is determined to wipe out her species at any cost. Special features: "UV protection": the making of 'UltraViolet'; commentary with Milla Jovoch; never before seen bonus footage. 87 min. DVD 8133
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Until the End of the World (Bis ans Ende der Welt) (Germany / France / Australia, 1991)
Director, Wim Wenders. Cast: William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin, Sam Neill, Max Von Sydow, Rudiger Vogler, Ernie Dingo, Jeanne Moreau. Sam Farber portrays an uneasy traveler in this futuristic 21st century adventure. He is pursued by a killer, and a government who would do anything to acquire his invention. He and a woman, who will do anything for his love, share an adventure that takes them around the world. 158 min. DVD X4802; vhs 999:3011
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V for Vendetta (USA / UK / Germany, 2006)
Directed by James McTeigue. Cast: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Rupert Graves, Roger Allam, Ben Miles, Sinead Cusack. Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, the story of a young working-class woman, Evey, who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man known only as 'V.' Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, 'V' ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about 'V's' mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself. She becomes his ally in his plan to bring freedom and justice to a cruel and corrupt society. 132 min. DVD 6060
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Friedman, Michael D. "Shakespeare and the Catholic Revenger: "V for Vendetta." Literature Film Quarterly, 2010, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p117-133, 17p UC users only
Shepard, Lucius. "Say You Want a Revolution?" Fantasy & Science Fiction; Aug2006, Vol. 111 Issue 2, p118-123, 6p UC users only
Paik, Peter Yoonsuk. "Between Trauma and Tragedy: From The Matrix to V for Vendetta." In: From utopia to apocalypse : science fiction and the politics of catastrophe / Peter Y. Paik. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2010. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN3433.6 .P35 2010)

Waterworld (1995)
Directed by Kevin Reynolds. Cast: Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tina Majorino, Michael Jeter. In a future where Earth is covered with water, the human race struggles to survive on dilapidated boats and makeshift floating cities called atolls. When a mysterious drifter/adventurer known as the Mariner gets caught up in the struggle between the evil Deacon and a young girl and her adoptive mother, he finds himself catapulted into an explosive war of good vs. evil. 136 min. DVD 6064
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Brereton, Pat. "Nature Film and Ecology: Disaster Movies (Water!)." In: Hollywood utopia : ecology in contemporary American cinema. Bristol, UK ; Portland, Ore. : Intellect Books, 2005. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main Stack PN1995.9.N38.B74 2005

World on a Wire (Welt am Draht) (West Germany, 1973)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben, Ulli Lommel. The noir-spiked tale of a reluctant action hero, a cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate conspiracy substituting simulations for reality. Special features: Fassbinder's "World on a wire": looking ahead to today (a 50 minute documentary by Juliane Lorenz) ; interview with German film scholar Gerd Gemunden ; trailer for the 2010 theatrical release ; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Ed Halter. Downloads: fact sheet ; additional photos Hi-Res ; high resolution front cover ; low resolution front cover. 212 min. DVD X7129
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The World Sinks Except Japan (Nihon igai zenbu chinbotsu) (Japan, 2006)
Directed by Minoru Kawasaki. Cast: Kohashi Kenji, Kashiwabara Shu-ji, Matsuo Masatoshi. The year is 2011. Thanks to global warming and shifting tectonic plates, planet Earth's landmass has just gotten a massive overhaul. Japan is the only country on the planet that has managed to avoid being devastated by the unprecedented natural disaster, and it isn't long before refugees from every affected nation are attempting to integrate themselves into Japanese society. Meanwhile geologists discover that there's more seismic activity on the horizon, and the worst may be yet to come. Based on the novel by Tsutsui Yasutaka and Komatsu Sakyo 98 min. DVD X705
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Langer, Jessica. "Three versions of Komatsu Sayko-'s Nihon chinbotsu (Japan Sinks)." Science Fiction Film and Television, Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2009, pp. 45-57 UC users only
Schnellbächer, Thomas. "Has the empire sunk yet?: the Pacific in Japanese science fiction." In: Robot ghosts and wired dreams : Japanese science fiction from origins to anime / Christopher Bolton, Istvan Csicsery-Rony, Jr., and Takayuki Tatsumi, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PL747.57.S3 R63 2007)

World Without End (1956)
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Zardoz (UK / Ireland, 1974)
Directed by John Boorman. Cast: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman, John Alderton. A postapocalyptic story of a privileged society separated from the mass of the population who have reverted to savagery living in a world devasted by war and pollution. When a particularly bright savage makes his way into the world of the Eternals, he discovers the truth of his reality, and change for the world begins. 106 min. DVD 7517
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ZPG: Zero Population Growth (UK, 1971)
Directed by Michael Campus. Cast: Oliver Reed, Geraldine Chaplin, Diane Cilento, Don Gordon. In the not too distant future, a very smoggy and overpopulated Earth government makes it illegal to have children for a generation. A couple defies the state's ban on having babies, secretly caring for their infant amid a malicious society that rewards informants. 96 min. DVD X4928
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Time Travel

Back to the Future (1985)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover. In this comic fantasy, a typical American teenager of the 1980's is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by a slightly mad scientist. During his amazing trip back in time, the teenager must make certain that his parents-to-be meet and fall in love so he can get back to the future. Special DVD features: The making of Back to the Future ; Making the trilogy: Chapter one ; Q & A with director Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale ; Enhanced conversation with Michael J. Fox ; Feature commentary with producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton ; Deleted scenes ; Outtakes ; Did you know that? Universal animated anecdotes ; Original makeup tests ; Production archives ; Excerpts from the original screenplay ; Theatrical teaser trailer ; Cast & filmmakers ; Production notes. 116 min. DVD 4291
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Back to the Future II (1989)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, Elisabeth Shue. An exhilarating visit by Marty and Doc to the year 2015 seemingly resolves a few problems with the future McFly family. But when the two return home, they soon discover someone has tampered with time to produce a nightmarish Hill Valley 1985. Their only hope is to once again get back to 1955 and save the future. Special DVD features: The making of Back to the Future part II ; Making the trilogy: Chapter two ; Q & A with director Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale ; Feature commentary with producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton ; Deleted scenes ; Outtakes ; Did you know that? Universal animated anecdotes ; Production design ; Storyboarding ; Designing the DeLorean ; Designing time travel ; Hoverboard test ; Evolution of visual effects shots ; Production archives ; Huey Lewis & the news Power of Love music video ; Trailers ; Cast & filmmakers ; Production notes. 116 min. DVD 4291
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Back to the Future III (1990)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson, Lea Thompson, Elisabeth Shue. Marty is stranded in 1955 after a freak lightning burst, and must travel back to 1885 to rescue Doc Brown. When he gets there, he finds that his friend and mentor is the blacksmith in a western town, and in love. It's up to Marty to get them out of the wild west and back to the future! SpecialDVD features: The making of Back to the Future part III ; Making the trilogy: Chapter three ; Q & A with director Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale ; Feature commentary with producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton ; Deleted scene ; Outtakes ; Did you know that? Universal animated anecdotes ; Designing the town of Hill Valley ; Designing the campaign ; Production archives ; ZZ Top Doubleback music video ; The secrets of the Back to the Future trilogy ; FAQ's about the trilogy ; Trailers ; Cast & filmmakers ; Production notes. 118 min. DVD 4291
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1889)
Directed by Stephen Herek. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin. Screwball comedy about two high school students who face a difficult history exam. With the help of a time-traveling messenger they round up some historical heavyweights for their class project! 90 min. DVD X564
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Deja Vu (2006)
Directed by Tony Scott. Cast: Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Paula Patton, Bruce Greenwood, Adam Goldberg, Jim Caviezel. A ferry filled with crewmen from the USS Nimitz and their families is blown up in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. BATF Doug Carlin is brought in to assist in the recovery of evidence from the massive investigation, and gets attached to an experimental FBI surveillance unit. The unit uses technology to directly look back in time a little over four days into the past. While tracking down the bomber, Carlin gets an idea in his head: would it be possible to use the device to actually travel back in time and not only prevent the bombing but also the murder of a local woman whose truck was used in the bombing? 126 min. DVD 7534
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Freejack (1992)
Directed by Geoff Murphy. Cast: Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Banks, David Johansen. Bounty hunters from the future raid the present to provide new bodies for the super rich in this science-fiction thriller. Race car driver Alex Furlong is snatched from his cockpit and hurled into the future. Dead and running for his life, he's a "freejack," a stranger in the strangest of lands, and a relentless "bonejacker" can collect millions by bringing Alex in. 110 min. DVD 7520
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A Hundred Years Over the Rim (Twilight Zone)(TV, 1961)
Director: Buzz Kulik. Writen by Rod Serling. Cast: Cliff Robertson, John Crawford. A pioneer from a wagon train in 1847 sets off to find something for his ill son and stumbles into present day New Mexico. Originally Broadcast on April 7, 1961. DVD 2606

La Jetée (France, 1962)
Directed by Chris Marker. After the destruction of WWIII a desperate band of survivors, living underground, uses their remaining scientific resources to draw upon the future for the means of survival by perfoming experiements in time travel. The hero voyages into the past, falls in love and tries to remain with her, but one cannot escape time...
29 min. DVD 1917 Special features: Special features: Video interviews with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin (from 2005); "Chris on Chris" (a video piece on Marker by writer Chris Darke, 10 min.); two excerpts from the French TV series "Court-circuit (le magazine)" directed by Luc Lagier, a 2 min. look at David Bowie's 1993 music video for "Jump they say", which was inspired by "La jete'e" & a 9 min. analysis of Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" and its influence on Marker).
30 min. DVD 6:1:2- (Packaged in Short Cinema Journal: 1.2 Issue on Dreams (English voice over))
30 min. 999:1437 - (Packaged with Buck Rogers in the 25th century, 1934, 9 min. and Bambi meets Godzilla, 1969, 3 min.)
30 min. 999:778 - (Packaged with Seashell and the Clergyman, 1928, and Life and Death of a Hollywood Extra.)

The Last Flight (Twilight Zone)(TV, 1960)
Directed by William Caxton ; written by Richard Matheson. Cast: Kenneth Haigh, Alexander Scourby, Simon Scott, Robert Warwick. "A World War 1 flyer in the British air force suddenly and mysteriously lands at a modern U.S. air base surrounded by jets. No one knows what is going on, but it turns out he had strayed from his squadron and one of the members turns out to be the general of base. He called him by his nickname and everyone is astounded. The flyer realized he could gain a second chance to save his squadron, so he overpowers everyone and then flies back in time to do so. It is later discovered that he succeed, at the cost of his own life." Originally broadcast on Feb. 5, 1960. DVD X6280

Millennium (1989)
Directed by Michael Anderson. Cast: Kris Kristofferson, Cheryl Ladd, Daniel J. Travanti, Robert Joy, Lloyd Bochner, Brent Carver. Time travel, the fate of air disaster victims and the future of mankind provide the thrilling ingredients for Millennium. Bill Smith, chief investigator for the NTSB, is sifting through wreckage of two jumbo jets involved in a midair collision when he uncovers a strange alien device amid the rubble. What is it? Where did it come from? His questions are answered when he meets Louise, a woman from the future whose do-or-die mission is to travel back in time and recover the lost "stunner." Will Bill Smith's knowledge of the future jeopardize the course of history? Is the future of mankind now a thing of the past? 108 min. DVD 6023
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The Odyssey of Flight 33 (Twilight Zone)(TV, 1961)
Director: Jus Addiss. Writen by Rod Serling. Cast: John Anderson, Paul Comi, Sandy Kenyon, Wayne Heffley. "This episode takes place on Global Airlines Flight 33, en route from London to New York City. About fifty minutes from Idlewild Airport, Captain Farver and his crew notice that their Boeing 707 is drastically increasing speed, crossing some kind of barrier. They eventually realize they have been thrown back in time when they spot a plodding creature resembling a classic Brontosaurus. They're able to repeat their incredible increase in speed, hoping to get back to 1961, but arrive above the 1939 New York World's Fair instead. Realizing that they can't land in 1939 at LaGuardia Airport, and low on fuel, the captain knows that they must keep trying, in order to return home. "All I ask is that you remain calm", he informs the passengers over the P.A. system, "...and pray"." [Wikipedia] DVD 2598

Outer Limits: Time Travel & Infinity Collection(TV, 1995-2001)
Contents: A stitch in time / featuring Amanda Plummer -- Tribunal / Saul Rubinek, Alex Diakun -- Gettysburg / Joshua Leonard, Jonathan Scarfe -- Time to time / Kristin Lehman, Paul Popowich -- Déjà vu / Kevin Nealon -- Patient zero / Michael Rooker. Special features: Behind the Outer limits: 7 all-new featurettes with cast and crew interviews; "The outer limits story" documentary. ca. 264 min. DVD X737

Primer (2004)
Directed by Shane Carruth. Cast: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, Carrie Crawford. Everything you think you know about modern science is about to unravel in this critically acclaimed film about two young engineers and the consequences they face when they invent a machine that enables them to travel back in time. 77 min. DVD 3888
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Sixth Finger (from The Outer Limits) (Release of an episode from 1963 television series, The Outer Limits)
Directed by James Goldstone. Cast: David McCallum, Jill Haworth, Edward Mulhare. In this film on time travel man is taken into the future, not by accelerating him through time, but rather by having time accelerate within himself. A brilliant scientist who has discovered a way to accelerate human evolution transforms a bitter young coal miner into the man of the future resulting in the growth of a sixth finger, grotesque brain growth and the possession of tremendous mental powers. 52 min. 999:1704
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Slaughterhouse-Five (1972 )
Director: George Roy Hill. Cast: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Valerie Perrine, Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans, Holly Near. Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time and jumps back and forth in his life with no control over where he is going next. Sometimes he is in his home on Cape Cod, sometimes he is deep in World War II Europe and sometimes he is on the planet Tralfamadore. In the end he learns he must concentrate on the good things and ignore the bad in life. Based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. 104 min. DVD 8669; vhs 999:2261
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The Sticky Fingers of Time (1997)
Director, Hilary Brougher. Cast: Nicole Zaray, Terumi Matthews, Belinda Becker, James Urbaniak. A writer, Tucker Harding, is hired to cover an article on the hydrogen-bomb test, Nevada, 1952. While there, radiation mutates her code/soul, spawning in her the ability to travel through time by force of will. Not long after she is murdered by a woman from the future, Ofelia, intent on securing her own ability to time travel. However, before her death Tucker travels to the year 1997 where she meets Drew, a failed writer who has been infected with Tuckers original mutation since birth. 82 min. DVD 7612
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Time Bandits (UK, 1981)
Directed by Terry Gilliam. Cast: Craig Warnock, John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, Ralph Richardson, Peter Vaughan, David Warner. A young boy escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being, they plunder treasure from Napoleon and Agamemnon, but the Evil Genius is watching their every move! 116 min. DVD X563
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The Time Machine (1960)
Director, George Pal. Cast: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot, Tom Helmore. In 1899, a young scientist invents an ingenious time machine that propels him to war-ravaged moments of the 20th century and then into the year 802701 where he faces a grim future in a civilization thoroughly devitalized by centuries of war. 103 min. DVD 6047; vhs 999:3148
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Berger, Roger A. "'Ask What You Can Do for Your Country': The Film Version of H. G. Wells's The Time Machine and the Cold War."Literature/ Film Quarterly, vol. 17 no. 3. 1989. pp: 177-187. UC users only
Bignell, Jonathan. "Another Time, Another Space: Modernity, Subjectivity and The Time Machine." In: Alien identities: exploring difference in film and fiction / edited by Deborah Cartmell ... [et al.]. London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 1999. (Full text available online (UCB users only))
Burns, Bob; Weaver, Tom. "Memories of… George Pal." Cinefantastique; Aug2002, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p50-57, 6p UC users only
The Fantasy Worlds of George Pal. DVD 370
Palumbo, Donald. "The Monomyth in Time Travel Films." In: The celebration of the fantastic : selected papers from the Tenth Anniversary International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (10th : 1989 : Dania, Fla.) New York : Greenwood Press, 1992. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PR830.F3 I5 1989)
Palumbo, Donald. "The politics of entropy: revolution vs. evolution in George Pal's 1960 film version of H. G. Wells's The time machine." In: Modes of the fantastic : selected essays from the twelfth International Conference on the Fantastic (12th : 1991 : Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN56.F34 I58 1991)
Williams, Keith. "Optical Speculations in the Early Writings: The Time Machine and the Short Stories." In: H.G. Wells modernity and the movies / Keith Williams. Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PR5778.F55 W55 2007)

The Time Machine (2002)
Director, Simon Wells. Cast: Guy Pearce, Samantha Mumba, Orlando Jones, Mark Addy and Jeremy Irons. Desperate to alter the course of time, a visionary scientist invents a revolutionary machine that propels him 800,000 years into the future. There he discovers that humans have evolved into two groups: the hunters and the hunted. Now he must fight to save himself, and all of mankind, in a final, desperate battle. Based on the novel by H.G. Wells. Special features: creating the time machine-see how the dynamic change in time was created as the film's centerpiece, the actual Time Machine, transports viewers from the past into the future; Creating the Morlocks-Academy award winning visual effects artist Stan Winston takes you into his studio to see how the action-packed effects of the Morlocks were created; Animated sequence featuring Simon Wells' original storyboards set to music; Commentaries from director, producer, editor and visual effects supervisor; Deleted scene and more! 96 min. DVD X4387
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Francis, Joe. "The shape of things to come." Cinefex; Apr 2002, Issue 89, p15, 23p UC users only
Klawans, Stuart. "The Time Machine" Nation, April 1 2002, Vol. 274 Issue 12, p44-45, 2p UC users only
Newman, Kim. "The Time Machine" Sight & Sound, July 2002, Vol. 12 Issue 7, p55-56, 2p UC users only
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Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) (1995)
Directed by Terry Gilliam. Cast: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer. Cole arrives at a mental hospital, claiming to be a time traveler from the year 2035. His mission: to save humanity from a killer virus that will devastate the future world population. A beautiful psychiatrist initially classifies Cole as delusional, but she soon joins him in an effort to unravel the mystery surrounding his questionable sanity with two clues: a haunting childhood memory and a series of puzzling symbols from a group known as The Army of the Twelve Monkeys. 130 min. DVD 1660
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Walking Distance (Twilight Zone)(TV, 1959)
Director: Robert Stevens. Writen by Rod Serling. Cast: Gig Young, Frank Overton, Irene Tedrow, Michael Montgomery. A man makes a time travel to his childhood, when he's just a few miles away from his native town. Originally Broadcast on Friday, October 30, 1959. DVD X6278; DVD 2599

Cyborgs, Androids, Evil Computers, and Sundry Robots

2046 (China/Hong Kong, 2004)
Directed by Wong Kar Wai. Cast: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Faye Wong, Takuya Kimura, Chang Chen, Dong Jie, Carina Lau. A young man, who has tried to forget his lost love by meeting different young women, starts to write a novel about a young man falling in love with a machine-made woman on the 2046 train. The number 2046 is the room number where he met his lost love. 128 min. DVD 1287
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A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Robards, William Hurt. A drama presenting visions of a future full of astonishing android technology. David, an advanced android child, embarks on an extraordinary adventure to discover the secret of his own identity, and dreams of becoming a real boy. Notes: Based on the short story "Supertoys last all summer long" by Brian Aldiss. Special features: 4 hours of never-before-seen behind-the-scene footage approved exclusively for release, new interviews, and featurettes; Spielberg talks about developing the vision of A.I.; Lucasfilm's Industrial Light and Magic group on the film's special effects; Stan Winston explains how the robots were brought to life; featurette on the sound effects and orchestral score for the film; storyboard sequences; effects portfolio; portrait gallery; behind-the-scenes photos with Steven Spielberg; production design photos. 145 min. DVD 2447
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Automatons: This Is How Humanity Dies / (2006)
Directed by James Felix McKenney. Cast: Christine Spencer, Brenda Cooney, Angus Scrimm. The story focuses on a lone woman in a post-apocalyptic world where humans have been engaging in a futile war of competing philosophies and belief systems. A newcomer repairs outdated robots while fending off the destructive video beams of the enemy. 83 min. DVD X112
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Aztec Mummy vs. the Human Robot (La momia azteca contra el robot humano)(Mexico, 1957)
Directed by Rafael Portillo. Cast: Ramón Gáý, Rosita Arenas, Crux Alvarado, Luis Aceves Castañeda, Jorge Mondragón, Arturo Martínez, Angel de Steffani. Mad scientist Dr. Krupp creates a robot with a human brain in order to steal a valuable Aztec treasure from a tomb guarded by a centuries-old living mummy, Popoca. The robot is equipped with radium, used to destroy living tissue, which should mean that Dr. Krupp can finally defeat the dreaded mummy. 80 min. DVD X2223
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Bicentennial Man (1999)
Directed by Chris Columbus. Cast: Robin Williams, Sam Neill, Embeth Davidtz, Wendy Crewson, Oliver Platt. This film follows the 'life' and times of the lead character, an android who is purchased as a household robot programmed to perform menial tasks. Within a few days the Martin family realizes that they don't have an ordinary droid as Andrew begins to experience emotions and creative thought. In a story that spans two centuries, Andrew learns the intricacies of humanity while trying to stop those who created him from destroying him. Based on the novel The Positronic Man, co-written by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, which is itself based on Asimov's original novella titled The Bicentennial Man. 131 min. DVD X4124
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The Bionic Woman: Doomsday is Tomorrow. (1977, TV)
Cast: Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Lew Ayres, Kenneth O'Brien, David Opatoshu. After a sky diving accident Jaimie Somers undergoes special surgery to make her the first bionic woman. Now outfitted with super-human powers she must fight the Alex 7000 computer, a "doomsday device" programmed to destroy the world. 47 min. VHS 4759

Blade Runner (1982)
Directed by Ridley Scott. Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah. A science fiction film set in Los Angeles in 2019. Deckard, an expert "blade runner," must identify and execute four replicants, genetically engineered beings virtuallyidentical to humans, which have illegally returned to earth from their off-world slave duty. Based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (MAIN: PN1997.B283 .R4 1997; MOFF: PS3554.I3 D6 1996). 117 min. DVD 4; VHS 999:540

Another edition: DVD 9222: Disc 1: Blade Runner: the final cut (117 min.) -- Disc 2: Blade Runner: Dangerous days: making Blade Runner (special features) -- Disc 3: Blade Runner (contains U.S. theatrical cut (1982) ; International theatrical cut (1982) ; director's cut (1992) (117 min.) -- Disc 4: Blade Runner: enhancement archive (special features) -- Disc 5: Blade Runner: Workprint (110 min.)

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The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick Video/C 7650

The Brain Center At Whipple's (Twilight Zone) (TV, 1963)
Directed by Richard Donner. Cast: Richard Deacon, Hanley: Paul Newlan, Dickerson: Ted de Corsia. By automating his plant, Wallace puts thousands out of work. After a former employee, Dickerson, tries to destroy the computers, Whipple has him arrested. Later Whipple is fired and replaced by a robot. DVD 548
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Brainstorm (1983)
Directed by Steve De Jarnatt. Cast: Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher and Cliff Robertson. Virtual reality researchers invent a machine that downloads one person's thoughts and sensations to another, then must keep their high-tech invention from the wrong hands. 106 min. DVD 7659
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Cherry 2000 (1987)
Directed by Steve De Jarnatt. Cast: Melanie Griffith, David Andrews, Ben Johnson, Tim Thomerson, Pamela Gidley. When Sam Treadwell permanently short circuits his android wife, Cherry 2000 on a wet kitchen floor, he promptly sets out to find replacement parts to reincarnate his perfect man-made woman. Enlisting the aid of a strong-willed, red-headed female tracker, E. Johnson, the two set off for the feared "lawless zone" -- the only place where Cherry 2000 parts still exist. 98 min. DVD 928
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Colossus: The Forbin Project (1969)
Directed by Joseph Sargent. Cast: Eric Braeden, Susan Clark, Gordon Pinsent, William Schallert, William Sage. When electronic genius Charles Forbin creates a massive computer complex that is capable of independently regulating the national defense of the United States, it appears that no enemy will ever be able to penetrate its sovereign borders. But such a promising thought turns into a stunning nightmare when it's discovered the Russians have built an equally sophisticated computer and that these two 'doomsday machines' have linked, sharing classified information and top secrets. Desperately, Forbin and his Soviet counterparts try to stop the all-knowing 'monster' computers from seizing command of the world's nuclear missile stockpiles. 100 min. DVD 8663
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Matheson, T.J. "Marcuse, Ellul, and the science-fiction film: negative responses to technology." (film analysts Herbert Marcuse and Jacques Ellul). Science Fiction Studies v19.n58 (Nov 1992): pp326(14). UC users only
Sarris, Andrew. "Science fiction: The Forbin project." In: American movie critics : an anthology from the silents until now / edited by Phillip Lopate. New York : Library of America : Penguin Putnam, c2006. (Main Stack PN1995.A448 2006; Moffitt PN1995.A448 2006; PFA PN1995.A72 2006)

Demon Seed (1977)
Directed by Donald Cammell. Cast: Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham, Berry Kroeger, Isa Lu. Obsessed with his work on a top-secret project, Dr. Harris has very little time left over for his beautiful wife. Once they separate, however, he can spend all his time with Proteus IV, the super-computer that can see, hear, talk and even think for itself. A machine of limitless power, for good or evil. In less than four days, Proteus discovers a cure for leukemia. But he becomes suspicious when his creators deny him a terminal. With the help of Harris's robot servant Joshua, Proteus takes matters into his own hands. 97 min. DVD 4974; vhs 999:1519
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Demon with a Glass Hand (Outer Limits TV show) (1964)
Directed by Byron Haskin. Cast: Robert Culp, Arlene Martel. Trent, an intent, enigmatic man from the future, escapes back into our present. Pursued by the Kyben, an alien race which has conquered future earth, the fate of all humankind lies in Trent's glass hand. 52 min. DVD 8766

From Agnes, With Love(Twilight Zone, TV, 1964)
Directed by Richard Donner. Wally Cox as a computer technician must deal with the queen of all femme fatales: a computer named Agnes who wreaks havoc on his love life. DVD 2622
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Futureworld (1976)
Directed by Richard T. Heffron. Cast: Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill, Stuart Margolin, John Ryan, Yul Brynner. "Futureworld" is promoted as a magnificent computerised complex where each guests' wildest fantasies are fulfilled, and robots do all the work. Two reporters feel something is not as it appears to be, and set out to investigate. Sequel to the motion picture, Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton. 104 min. DVD X6354
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Ghost in the Shell (Kokaku kidotai) (Japan, 1995)
Directed by Mamoru Oshii. Based on the manga by Masamune Shirow. In a world caught in the grip of information overload, Major Kusanagi is an elite officer and heavily modified cybernetic agent. She is on the trail of a computer-criminal who turns people into human marionettes, controlled by computer. She discovers that his true identity lies at the center of a vast and lethal political conspiracy. Film seamlessly merges traditional cel animation with the latest computer graphic imagery. 82 min. 999:1579
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I, Robot (2004)
Directed by Alex Proyas. Cast: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell, Bruce Greenwood, Adrian Ricard, Chi McBride, Jerry Wasserman, Fiona Hogan. In the year 2035, robots are a common, trusted part of life. But that trust is broken when a scientist is found dead, and a skeptical Chicago police detective investigating the murder believes that a robot is responsible. It seems impossible for a robot to break the Three Laws of Robotics, for if that were to happen there would be nothing to stop them from taking over the world. Aiding the detective in his investigation is a psychologist who specializes in the psyches of robots. Will technology ultimately lead to mankind's salvation or annihilation? Based on the idea suggesed in a book by Isaac Asimov. 115 min. DVD 4721
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I Sing the Body Electric(Twilight Zone)(TV, 1962)
Directed by James Sheldon and William Claxton. Cast: Josephine Hutchinson, Veronica Cartwright, David White. A widower buys a robot grandmother for his three children. Two of the children take to her immediately, but one, Anne, doesn't. The robot reminds her too much of her mother. A woman she hates for leaving her. When Anne accidentally walks in front of an oncoming van, the grandmother throws herself in front of it. Based on a short story "I Sing The Body Electric" by Ray Bradbury DVD 2601
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In His Image (Twilight Zone)(TV, 1963)
Directed by Perry Lafferty. Cast: George Grizzard, Gail Kobe, Wallace Rooney. Alan Talbot seems to be an average man. He leads a seemingly normal life, and even falls in love with a woman named Jessica Connelly. One day, however, he starts hearing strange noises that give him head pains and the urge to kill. Upon visiting his home-town with Jessica, his memory seems to betray him, because nothing in the town is as he remembers. He seeks out answers when he comes face to face with his double. It turns out that he is a robot created in the image of Walter Ryder, provided with Walter's memories from twenty years before. Knowing of his impending demise, Alan tries to tell Walter all about Jessica so that Walter can replace him, but he malfunctions and tries to kill Walter. After the struggle with an ambiguous outcome, one of the two goes to Jessica in the morning, and is implied that the two will eventually marry. In the final scene, it is revealed that the man was Walter. DVD 2612
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The Island (2005)
Directed by Michael Bay. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou, Sean Bean, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan. Lincoln Six-Echo is a resident of a utopian facility in the mid 21st century. Like all of the inhabitants, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to the "The Island." But Lincoln soon realizes that everything about his existence is a lie. He discovers that all of the inhabitants of the facility are actually human clones. Lincoln makes a daring escape with a beautiful fellow resident named Jordan Two-Delta. Relentlessly pursued by the forces of the evil facility that once housed them, Lincoln and Jordan engage in a race for their lives. 136 min. DVD 6071
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Eberl, Jason T. "I, Clone: How Cloning is (Mis)Portrayed in Contemporary Cinema." Film & History , Fall2010, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p27-44, 18p UC users only
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Invisible Boy (1957)
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Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Directed by Robert Longo. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren, Takeshi, Ice-T, Dina Meyer. Keanu Reeves is a space-age courier who's plugged in, turned on, and buffed up to deliver the most important data of the 21st century wet-wired directly into his brain. 98 min. DVD 9089
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Austin, Andrea. "Frankie and Johnny: Shelley, Gibson, and Hollywood's Love Affair with the Cyborg." Romanticism on the Net: An Electronic Journal Devoted to Romantic Studies, vol. 21, (no pagination), February 2001
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Dargis, Manohla. "Cyber Johnny." Sight and Sound, vol. 5, no. 7, pp. 6-7, Summer 1995
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Kairo (Japan, 2001)
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Cast: Kato Haruhiko, Aso- Kumiko, Koyuki, Arisaka Kurume, Matsuo Masatoshi. A group of young friends is rocked by the sudden suicide of one of their own. When his ghostly image appears on their computer screens, something far more horrifying is unleashed. The terror mounts as more deaths and disappearances occur. 119 min. DVD X921
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The Lateness of the Hour (Twilight Zone)(TV, 1960)
Directed by Jack Smight. Cast: Jack Warden, Jean Marsh, John Dehner, Ted Knight. Dr. Loren lives in a house staffed by human-looking robot servants. His daughter Jana believes that her parents' reliance on the robots is turning them into vegetables. She gives her father an ultimatum: dismantle the robots or she leaves. He complies with her wishes. DVD 2608
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The Lonely (Twilight Zone)(TV, 1959)
Directed by Jack Smight. Cast: Inger Stevens, John Hoyt, Irene Tedro, Mary Gregory. Allenby, the captain of a supply ship, takes pity on Corry, and leaves him Alicia, a robot that looks and sounds like a woman. Corry is repelled by the robot, but eventually falls in love with her. Allenby returns one day and tells Corry he's been pardoned, and they've come to get him. Corry can only take fifteen pounds of gear, and Alicia weighs more than that. DVD 2601
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Metropolis (Germany, 1926)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Screenplay, Thea von Harbou; Special effects, Eugen Schufftan; hotography, Karl Freund, Gunther Rittau. Cast: GBrigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustave Frolhich, Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Heinrich Georg. The story of a 21st century city run by a "super trustee" and his collaborators who live in a paradise-like garden. Workers are totally enslaved by machines and condemned to live underground. In the midst of this misery, a young woman, Maria, arises and attempts to inspire the workers to throw off their oppressors.
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DVD X4953 The Complete Metropolis Special features: original 1927 score by Gottfried Huppertz, performed by the Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Berlin conducted by Frank Strobel, and presented in 5.1 stereo surround ; "Voyage to Metropolis," a 50-minute documentary on the making and restoration of the film ; interview with Paula Felix-Didier, curator of the Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires, where the missing footage was discovered ; 2010 re-release trailer. 2 videodiscs (148 min.)

DVD 1574 Restored authorized ed., digitally remastered by Kino. Restored under the supervision of the Murnau Foundation and with the original 1927 orchestral score by Gottfried Huppertz. Plus special features, 43 min. documentary, audio commentary. Special features: 43 min. documentary: The making of Metropolis by Enno Patalas; featurette of the digital restoration; photo galleries featuring production stills, missing scenes, architectural sketches, poster artwork ; cast and crew biographies; Audio commentary in English. 124 min.

vhs 999:512 (Kino - restored version) 90 min.

vhs 999:513 Reconstructed and adapted" videocassette release, re-edited with color and music by Giorgio Moroder. 107 min.

Mighty Casey (Twilight Zone)(TV, 1960)
Directors: Robert Parrish and Alvin Ganzer. Cast: Jack Warden, Robert Sorrells, Abraham Sofaer. A broken-down baseball team soars when a new player, a human-looking robot, pitches shut-out after shut-out. He must be altered to become more human, but how will this affect his superhuman skills? DVD 549
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Natural City (South Korea, 2003)
Directed by Byung-chun Min. Cast: Ji Tae Yoo, Rin Seo, Jae Eun Lee, Chan Yoon. In the year 2080 in Seoul, agent R is a policeofficer who falls in love with a cyborg whose lifetime is almost up and begins to search for a way to give her a human life. 113 min. DVD 7516
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Nirvana (Italy | France, 1997)
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores. Cast: Christopher Lambert, Diego Abatantuono, Sergio Rubini, Stefania Rocca, Amanda Sandrelli.Jimi, a computer game designer, discovers his latest product has been infected by a virus which has given consciousness to the main character, Solo. Begged by Solo to end its useless 'life', Jimi searches for help to delete the game before it's released. 96 min. DVD X4698
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Outer Limits: Fantastic Androids & Robots Collection(TV, 1995-2001)
Contents: Robot / featuring Leonard Nemoy -- The hunt / Doug Savant -- Resurrection / Heather Graham, Nick Mancuso -- The camp / Harley Jane Kozak -- Glitch / Tate Donovan -- Small friends / Ralph Waite. Special features: "Fantastic Androids & Robots" documentary; origins of "The Outer Limits" featurette. ca. 272 min. DVD X734

Pulse(2006)
Directed by Jim Sonzero. Cast: Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder, Christina Milian, Rick Gonzalez, Jonathan Tucker, Samm Levine, Octavia L. Spencer, Jeremy Guskin, Ron Rifkin, Joseph Gatt. When a computer hacker accidentally channels a mysterious wireless signal which allows the dead to contact the living through electronic devices, cell phones and computers become open gateways to monstrosities and destruction. A group of co-eds rally to stop this terrifying evil from taking over the world. Based on the screenplay "Kairo" by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Special features: Deleted scenes; "Creating the fear": making-of 'Pulse'; The visual effects of 'Pulse'; 'Pulse' and the paranormal; Feature commentary with the filmmakers; Theatrical trailer. 90 min. DVD X3356
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Robocop (1987)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Robocop, Daniel O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer. Robocop is designed to stop a crimewave which is spreading all across America. The cyborg, created from the body of a slain police officer, is programed to serve the public trust, uphold the law and protect the innocent. All goes well at first and Robocop stops every sleaze ball he encounters, but there are forces which will stop at nothing to see him eliminated. 103 min. DVD 678; VHS 999:1498
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Robocop 2 (1990)
Directed by Irvin Kershner. Cast: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Daniel O'Herlihy, Tom Noonan, Belinda Bauer, Gabriel Damon. RoboCop, the half man/half machine cop, is back, and his mission is to rid the streets of Detroit of a new and deadly drug, "Nuke." To complicate matters, the evil corporation that created him wants to take over the city and develop RoboCop 2, a newer and more powerful version to replace the original. 116 min. DVD 1250
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Robocop 3 (1993)
Directed by Fred Dekker. Cast: Robert John Burke, Nancy Allen, Rip Torn. RoboCop, sworn to protect the public, joins forces with a band of urban freedom fighters battling to save their neighborhood from the conglomerate that plans to demolish it to build a city of the future. 105 min. DVD 1251
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Robot Boy (2003)
Directed by Ted Passon. A young boy is born to two very particular parents who improve his less-than-perfect human parts with robot parts and a remote control. He spends all of his time mowing his parents' lawn until he meets a friend with an unusual escape plan. 18 min. DVD 6319
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Robot Stories (1997)
Directed by Greg Pak. Cast: Tamlyn Tomita, Sab Shimono, Wai Ching Ho, Greg Pak, John Cariani, Cindy Cheung, Bill Coelius, Eisa Davis, Ron Domingo, Tim Kang, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, James Saito. A science fiction film presented in four chapters that map an emotional frontier where people confront technology. "My robot baby": A busy couple is challenged to nurture a mechanical infant before they can have the real thing. "The robot fixer": A mother is transformed while trying to connect with her comotose son. "Robot love": Android iPerson Archie questions whether romance can flower between synthetic hearts. "Clay": A sculptor in the lonely twilight of his life must weigh the ethical and spiritual risks of digital immortality. 85 min. DVD 3599
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Maio, Kathi. "Four Very Human Robot Stories." Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul2004, Vol. 107 Issue 1, p130-134, 5p UC users only

Robots(20th Century Fox Animation, 2005)
Directed by Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha. Voices: Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Greg Kinnear, Mel Brooks, Amanda Bynes, Drew Carey, Robin Williams, Jim Broadbent, Stanley Tucci. In this animated feature a small town robot named Rodney, with the help of his misfit mechanical friends, embarks on the adventure of a lifetime as he heads for the big city to pursue his dreams and ultimately proves that anyone can shine no matter what they're made of. Special features: "Aunt Fanny's tour of booty" animated short; inside look at the making of Ice Age 2; Xbox exclusive multi-player racing game; 3-5 set-top games; commentary by director Chris Wedge and producer William Joyce; technical director's commentary/animator's commentary; discontinued parts (deleted scenes) with optional commentary by Chris Wedge; the original Robots short; "You can shine no matter what you're made of"; The Blue Man Group featurettes; meet the bots (interactive): character bios, characters 3-D turnaround, character interviews profiles, character design gallery; DVD Rom link; PSA :15 spot that was shown internationally in theaters; Robots soundtrack spots; forced family trailer; Ice Age 2 teaser trailer; trailer section: Bratz 2, Fern Gully special edition, Strawberry Shortcake, Garfield, Malcom in the middle tv spot. 89 min. DVD 6150
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Sins of the Fleshapoids(1965)
Director, Mike Kuchar. Set a million years in the future, after "The Great War" has scourged the planet, mankind has forsaken science for self-indulgence. Work is left to enslaved androids. One male robot tires of pampering his lazy masters, and joins the humans in sin. 40 min. DVD 4739
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Target Earth (1954)
Directed by Sherman A. Rose. Cast: Richard Denning, Kathleen Crowley, Virginia Grey, Richard Reeves. A large city has been completely evacuated. An alien force of robots has invaded the city and is destroying all mankind! Frank and a handful of strangers wake up to the empty city and band together. Not only must they escape the robot patrols, but they must also contend with a psychotic killer amongst them. All the while scientists are racing against the clock to save earth from annihilation. 75 min. DVD 6152
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The Terminator (1984)
Directed by James Cameron. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Winfield. The cyborg "Terminator" (part man, part machine) is sent to present day Earth from the year of Darkness 2029, on a deadly mission. His task is to kill a young woman whose life will have great significance in the decades to come. This mechanical monster from the future leaves behind him an unspeakable path of destruction which nothing can stop. 107 min. DVD 43
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Terminator 2, Judgement Day (1992)
Directed by James Cameron. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Joe Morton, Earl Boen, S. Epatha Merkerson, Danny Cooksey, Castulo Guerra, Edward Furlong. The Terminator is back with a mission requiring that he travel back in time. A lethal machine has been sent back through time to kill the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters of the future. The Termainator is sent to save the boy, assisted by the boy's mother, a woman warrior whose warnings of a world headed toward nuclear disaster go unheeded. 139 min. DVD 47; VHS 999:849
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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Directed by Jonathan Mostow. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken, David Andrews, Mark Famiglietti, Earl Boen, Moira Harris, Chopper Bernet. John Connor is a 20-something living on the streets as a common laborer. His mother has since died, and their earlier efforts did not stop the creation of SkyNet artificial intelligence network. As he will still become the leader of the human resistance, Connor is once again targeted by a Terminator sent from the future by SkyNet. This new Terminator, T-X, is a female and is more powerful than any of her predecessors. To protect Connor, the human resistance sends a new T-101 back from the future. 109 min. DVD 6059
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A Thing About Machines (Twilight Zone) (TV, 1960)
Directed by David Orrick McDearmon. Cast: Richard Haydn, Barney Phillips, Barbara Stuart. Bartlett Finchley hates machines. He doesn't realize that the feeling is mutual. For several months, strange things have been happening. His TV, radio and clock have all awakened him in the middle of the night. DVD 4067
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Tron (1982)
Directed by Steven Lisberger. Cast: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan. Produced in 1982, Tron is a film at the flashpoint of a revolution in filmmaking Cast:early computer animation. In the storyline a hacker is transported into a computer where he must fight for his life against the Master Control system. The hacker teams up with a bookkeeping program and his girlfriend to try to replace Master Control with Tron. 96 min. DVD 1593
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Attebery, Brian. "Beyond Captain Nemo: Disney's science fiction." In: From mouse to mermaid: the politics of film, gender, and culture / Elizabeth Bell, Lynda Haas, Laura Sells, editors. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, c1995. (Electronic location: http://www.netlibrary.com/summary.asp?id=614 (UCB users only; Anthropology PN1999.W27.F76 1995; Main Stack PN1999.W27.F76 1995)

Uncle Simon(Twilight Zone)(TV, 1963)
Directed by Don Siegel. Cast: Cedric Hardwicke, Constance Ford, Ian Wolfe. Uncle Simon tries to strike Barbara with his cane. She grabs it and he falls down the stairs to his death. His will stipulates that she must care for his latest invention - a robot. The robot begins to take on Uncle Simon's traits. Barbara finally pushes it down the stairs, but that only gives it a limp identical to Uncle Simon's. She finally realizes that she will never be rid of Uncle Simon. DVD 2615
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Virtuosity (1995)
Directed by Brett Leonard. Cast: Denzel Washington, Kelly Lynch, Russell Crowe, Stephen Spinella, William Forsythe, Louise Fletcher. He's a composite of some 200 personalities, each and every one a notorious killer. He's Sid 6.7, a virtual reality creation designed to put L.A. police officers to the test, but how do you stop the virtually unstoppable? CC. 105 min. 999:1607
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WALL-E (Pixar Studios/Walt Disney Pictures, 2008)
Directed by Andrew Stanton. Animated feature. Voices: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, Macintalk, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Sigourney Weaver. In this animated feature after hundreds of lonely years, a waste management robot finds a new purpose in life. With only a cockroach for a friend, he finds true love in another robot sent on a mission to Earth to see if it is safe for human life. Special features: "BURN-E:" an all new animated short; "Presto:" animated theatrical short film; two deleted scenes; sneak peek: WALL-E's tour of the universe (a real ride through space); animation sound design: building worlds from the sound up; audio commentary with director Andrew Stanton. 98 min. DVD X614
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Animated Feature
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Animated Feature
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Animated Feature
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Animated Feature
Golden Globes - Best Animated Feature
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture
National Board of Review, USA - Best Animated Feature
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Animated Feature

Alter, Ethan. "Robot Romance." Film Journal International, Jul2008, Vol. 111 Issue 7, p16-20, 4p UC users only
Edney, Kathryn A T; Hughes, Kit "'Hello WALL-E!': Nostalgia, Utopia, and the Science Fiction Musical." In: Sounds of the future : essays on music in science fiction film / edited by Mathew J. Bartkowiak. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2010. (Music ML2075 .S685 2010)
Jones, Kent. "Beyond Disbelief." Film Comment, July/August 2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p22-26, 4p UC users only
Marwick, Ben. "Self-image, the long view and archaeological engagement with film: an animated case study." World Archaeology, Sep2010, Vol. 42 Issue 3, p394-404, 11p UC users only
Murray, Robin L; Heumann, Joseph K. "Wall-E: From Environmental Adaptation to Sentimental Nostalgia." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media 51 (2009 Spring): (no pagination). UC users only
Poore, Barbara S. "WALL-E and the “Many, Many” Maps: Toward User-Centred Ontologies for The National Map." Cartographica; Summer2010, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p113-120, 8p UC users only
Shaw, Ian Graham Ronald. "WALL-E’s world: animating Badiou's philosophy." Cultural Geographies. 07/01/2010, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p391-405. 15p UC users only
Sobchack, Vivian. "Animation and automation, or, the incredible effortfulness of being." Screen, Winter 2009, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p375-391, 17p UC users only
Solomon, Charles. "WALL-E: The Final Frontier." Animation, Jun/Jul2008, Vol. 22 Issue 6, p14-16, 3p UC users only
Telotte, J. P. Animating space: from Mickey to WALL-E / J.P. Telotte. Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])
Wolff, Ellen. "Filmic Animation." Millimeter; Sep/Oct2008, Vol. 36 Issue 5, p24-27, 3p UC users only

WarGames (1983)
Directed by John Badham. Cast: Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, Ally Sheedy. Young electronics wizard David Lightman unwittingly hooks into America's supersecret wargames computer and the world is suddenly threatened with nuclear annihilation. 113 min. DVD 6044
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Westworld (1973)
Written and directed by Michael Crichton. Cast: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin. This story of a technological paradise suddenly turned nightmare is a genuine shocker. For $1,000 a day, vacationers can indulge whims at the "theme park" called Westworld where the gunhands and dance-hall girls are all robots programmed to serve the guests' violent and lustful fantasies - until something goes wrong with their circuitry. 99 min. DVD 315
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Mead, Gerald; Applebaum, Sam. "Westworld fantasy and exploitation." Jump Cut; May-July, 1975, Issue 7, p 12, 2p
Quiring, Loren "Dead Men Walking: Consumption and Agency in the Western." Film & History 33:1 (2003) p. 41-46 UC users only
Telotte, J. P. "Lost Horizons: Westworld, Futureworld, and the World's Obscenity." In: Replications : a robotic history of the science fiction film Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1995. (MAIN: PN1995.9.S26 T46 1995; MOFF: PN1995.9.S26 T46 1995)

Cylons (Battlestar Galactica) DVD 6316; DVD 6332
Daleks (Doctor Who, TV)
R2D2 and others (Star Wars)
Robbie the Robot (Forbidden Planet) DVD 502
Klaatu (Day the Earth Stood Still) DVD 1595; vhs 999:873
HAL (2001: A Space Odyssey)DVD 92 VHS 999:187
Futurama (animated TV show)
I Sing the Body Electric (Twilight Zone, TV) DVD 2601
The Lateness of the Hour (Twilight Zone, TV) DVD 2608; vhs 999:1283
Steel (Twilight Zone, TV) DVD 2599
Uncle Simon (Twilight Zone, TV) DVD 2615
Mighty Casey (Twilight Zone, TV) DVD 549
The Lonely (Twilight Zone, TV) vhs 999:1271
The Robot (Betty Boop cartoon) VHS 999:2151
The Birth of the Robot (Len Lye. 1935. 6 min. Video/C 9417)
Quasi at the Quackadero (animated short) Video/C 999:3677
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow DVD 6072
Silent Running DVD 376

Clones and Other Unnatural Bodies

Blade Runner
See Dystopias and Future Worlds

The Boys from Brazil (UK / USA, 1978)
Director, Franklin J. Schaffner. Cast: Gregory Peck, Laurence Oliver, James Mason, Lilli Palmer. A band of Nazi leaders, escaped from postwar Germany, scheme to return to power. Their plans to dominate the world are based on a bizarre biological experiment undertaken by Josef Mengele. Based on the novel by Ira Levin. 104 min. DVD 4615
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Vackimes, Sophia. "The Genetically Engineered Body: A Cinematic Context." Max Planck Institute for the History of Science; Preprint 347 UC users only
Willson, Robert F., Jr. "From Novel to Film: De-Sinistering The Boys from Brazil." Literature/Film Quarterly, vol. 7, pp. 322-24, 1979. UC users only

The Clone Returns Home (Kurôn wa kokyô wo mezasu) (Japan, 2008)
Directed by Nakajima Kanji. Cast: Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Ishida Eri, Nagasaku Hiromi, Shimada Kyusaku, Shinagawa Toru. An astronaut dies on a mission, but he has a clone, which has been imprinted with his memories. Unfortunately, the upload malfunctions and the clone fixates on a tragic memory from the dead astronaut's youth, setting off a chain of events that will result in tragedy and a profound exploration of what it means to be human, and have a soul. 110 min. DVD X6138
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Four Sided Triangle (UK, 1956)
Directed by Terence Fisher. Cast: Barbara Payton, James Hayter, Stephen Murray, John Van Eyssen.Graduate students Robin Grant and Bill Leggat have both loved Lena since childhood. When Lena finally chooses Robin, Bill is devastated. He channels his frustration into developing a cloning device that duplicates matter, and uses it to create a "new Lena" for himself. 81 min. DVD X3158
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Shail, Robert. "Terence Fisher and British science fiction cinema." Science Fiction Film & Television, 2009, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p77-90, 14p UC users only

Frankenstein
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Godsend (USA / Canada, 2004)
Directed by Nick Hamm. Cast: Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Robert De Niro, Cameron Bright. Paul and Jessie are devastated when their 8-year-old son dies. When a fertility expert offers them an opportunity to resurrect their boy through a secret and illegal cloning procedure, they don't know that the doctor's hidden agenda will have horrifying repercussions when their "new" son passes his eighth birthday. Adam begins having "night terrors" and marked changes in his behavior, beginning to display a palpable sense of menace. Paul and Jessie cannot escape the fact that this Adam is different. 102 min. DVD 3677
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The Island (2005)
Directed by Michael Bay. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou, Sean Bean, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan. Lincoln Six-Echo is a resident of a utopian facility in the mid 21st century. Like all of the inhabitants, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to the "The Island." But Lincoln soon realizes that everything about his existence is a lie. He discovers that all of the inhabitants of the facility are actually human clones. Lincoln makes a daring escape with a beautiful fellow resident named Jordan Two-Delta. Relentlessly pursued by the forces of the evil facility that once housed them, Lincoln and Jordan engage in a race for their lives. 136 min. DVD 6071
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Island of Lost Souls
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Jurassic Park (1993)
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Sam Neill, Jaura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough. A wealthy entrepreneur invites a top paleontologist, a paleobotanist, a mathematician/theorist, and his two eager grandchildren to visit his secret island theme park Cast:living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. 127 min. DVD 2386
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Lilo & Stitch (1994)
Disney. Animated feature. The result of an illegal experiment in genetic mutation, Experiment #626 is so horrifyingly hostile that it's been locked up by its inventors. It escapes to Earth where Lilo, a young Hawaiian girl, mistakes it for a strange dog, adopts it, and renames it Stitch. As Stitch becomes part of Lilo's unusual family life, Lilo's innocence and the aloha spirit of the Islands confuse and ultimately civilize the creature. 85 min. DVD 3531
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Multiplicity (1996)
Directed by Harold Ramis. Cast: Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Harris Yulin, Richard Masur. Michael Keaton takes on four hilariously distinct roles in this comedy about a man who clones himself to save his marriage and then almost loses his wife to himself. 84 min. DVD 3533
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Never Let Me Go (UK | USA, 2010)
Directed by Mark Romanek. Cast: Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling, Keira Knightley, Sally Hawkins, Carey Mulligan. Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy are best friends who grow up together at an English boarding school with a chilling secret. When they learn the shocking truth that they are genetically engineered clones raised to be organ donors, they embrace their fleeting chance to live and love. Based on the book by Kazuo Ishiguro. 104 min. DVD X5413
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The 6th Day(2000)
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rapaport, Michael Rooker, Sarah Wynter, Wendy Crewson, Rod Rowland, Terry Crews, Ken Pogue, Colin Cunningham, Robert Duvall. Adam is an ace pilot in the very near future who is having a serious identity crisis. An evil corporation illegally cloned him, and now they're trying to kill him to hide the evidence. Torn from his beloved family and faced with a shocking exact duplicate of himself, Adam races against time to reclaim his life and save the world from the underground cloning movement. 124 min. DVD 7658
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Eberl, Jason T. "I, Clone: How Cloning is (Mis)Portrayed in Contemporary Cinema." Film & History , Fall2010, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p27-44, 18p UC users only
O'Riordan, Kate. "Human Cloning in Film: Horror, Ambivalence, Hope." Science as Culture, Jun2008, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p145-162, 18p UC users only

Splice(2009)
Directed by Vincenzo Natali. Cast: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chaneac, Brandon McGibbon, Simona Maicanescu, David Hewlett.Two young scientists become superstars by splicing different animal DNA to create fantastical new creatures. Ignoring legal and ethical boundaries, the scientists, who are romantically involved, introduce human DNA into their experiment and risk the dawn of a terrifying new era. 104 min. DVD X4675
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Marsen, Sky. "Splice." Journal of Evolution & Technology. Oct2010, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p63-65. 3p. UC users only

Universal Soldier(1992)
Directed by Roland Emmerich. Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Ally Walker, Ed O'Ross, Jerry Orbach, Leon Rippy, Tico Wells, Ralf Moeller. Luc Devreaux and Sgt. Andrew Scott are two soldiers who killed each other in Vietnam. They are both brought back to life 25 years later for a secret government program. Known as "Unisols", they are genetically enhanced, unstoppable killing machines without memory, feelings or free will. But when Devreaux's memory starts to return and he escapes the program, a superhuman chase across the country begins. 102 min. DVD X6171
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Disease, Infection, and Other Viral Catastropes

Horror Films

AeonFlux (2005)
Directed by Karyn Kusama. SEE Dystopias, Post-Apocalyptic Societies, and other Future Worlds

Andromeda Strain (1971)
Directed by Robert Wise. A remote village in New Mexico is contaminated by an alien germ from a crashed satellite. Scientists fight the clock trying to analyze the lethal organism and discover the nature of the deadly microbe before it starts a world wide epidemic. 130 min. DVD 6422
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Carriers (2009)
Directed by Àlex Pastor, David Pastor. Cast: Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Emily VanCamp, Chris Meloni, Kiernan Shipka. Determined to elude the deadly viral pandemic virus, Danny, his brother Brian, his girlfriend Bobby and Danny's school friend Kate speed across the Southwestern U.S. to reach a place of possible safety. Over the course of four days, they discover that their greatest enemy is not the microbe attacking humanity, but the darkness within themselves. Now the four will have to outrun the end of the world, as well as each other. 84 min. DVD X6418
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Contagion (2001)
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Cast: Bruce Boxleitner, Megan Gallagher, Lin Shaye, Jeffrey Combs, Thomas Wright, Matteo Crismani, Dan Luria. In the 21st century, terrorists have developed a new way to strike: disease. The first victim of the deadly Level Four Ebola virus is the President of the United States. The virus is extremely contagious and is spreading fast. If a cure can't be found the only chance for saving the world is to destroy the hospital and town where the victims, including the President are currently located. 95 min. DVD X6615
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The Crazies (1973)
Directed by George A. Romero. Cast: Lane Carroll, W.G. McMillan, Harold Wayne Jones, Lloyd Hollar, Lynn Lowry, Richard Liberty. A government plane carrying a biological warfare virus suddenly crashes near a small Pennsylvania town resulting in a poisoned water supply. When the residents embark on a chaotic, murderous rampage, the government sends in the army, unannounced, to quarantine the town and resolve the anarchy. A small war breaks out when the citizens find themselves caught between a lethal disease, their crazed neighbors and an unexplained occupying army. 103 min. DVD X2705
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District 9 (USA | New Zealand, 2009)
Directed by Neill Blomkamp. SEE Alien Invaders and other Things From Beyond

Doomsday (UK | USA | South Africa | Germany, 2008)
Directed by Neil Marshall. SEE Apocalyses and Future Catastrophes

I Am Legend (2007)
Directed by Francis Lawrence. SEE Dystopias, Post-Apocalyptic Societies, and other Future Worlds

Outbreak (Canada, 2008)
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Patrick Dempsey, Donald Sutherland, Kevin Spacey. A take-charge army virologist tryies to stave off global biological meltdown. A rare killer virus from the jungles of Zaire has taken hold in a California community. Its mortality rate is 100%. And some say the only way to stop its spread is to firebomb the town and everyone in it. 128 min. DVD X6607
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Albertini, Bill. "Contagion and the Necessary Accident." Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media & Culture, Fall2008, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p443-467, 25p UC users only
Kemp, Philip. "Outbreak" Sight & Sound, May 1995, Vol. 5, p51-52, 2p UC users only
Perkowitz, Sidney. "Genes and Germs Gone Bad." In: Hollywood science: movies, science, and the end of the world / Sidney Perkowitz. New York : Columbia University Press, 2010, c2007. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main; Moffitt PN1995.9.S26 P47 2007)

Pontypool (Canada, 2008)
Directed by Bruce McDonald. Cast: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly. Shock jock Grant Mazzy has been kicked off the airwaves and now works at a small-town morning show. Another mundane day on the job quickly turns deadly when reports pile in of people developing strange speech patterns and evoking brutal acts of violence. Before long, Mazzy discovers that the behavior is actually a deadly virus being spread through language. Now, he has to decide whether to stay on the air in the hopes of being rescued, or deny the virus the opportunity to leap over the airwaves and into the world. Adapted from the novel "Pontypool changes everything" by Tony Burgess. 96 min. DVD X6422
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Resident Evil (UK / Germany / France / USA, 2002)
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Cast: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes, Colin Salmon. A virus has escaped and infected a secret lab and the scientists turned into zombies. A special-operations force is sent to battle the virus before it infects the planet. Based upon Capcom's video game "Resident evil." Special features: Alternate ending; cast and filmmakers' commentary; visual effects commentary; 11 featurettes; filmographies; theatrical trailer. 101 min. DVD 7678
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The Stand (TV, 1994)
Cast: Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Miguel Ferrer, Corin Nemec, Matt Frewer, Adam Storke, Ray Walston, Rob Lowe. Millions perish, and as small, isolated frightened bands unite, the answers to their perpetual questions to justify this end of civilization are bared in their dreams--revelations that urge some to embrace a path of virtue and others one of darkness. As the opposing forces separate into two camps, the noble elements try to shield themselves from their corrupt enemy. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same title. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same title 359 min. DVD X6606
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Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Directed by Terry Gilliam. SEE Dystopias, Post-Apocalyptic Societies, and other Future Worlds

UltraViolet (2006)
Director, Kurt Wimmer. SEE Dystopias, Post-Apocalyptic Societies, and other Future Worlds

Warning Sign (1985)
Directed by Hal Barwood. Cast: Sam Waterston, Kathleen Quinlan, Yaphet Kotto, Jeffrey De Munn, Richard Dysart. Deep inside a genetic engineering complex in rural Utah, a mysterious toxin has accidentally been unleashed and a top-secret military containment team arrives to quarantine the facility. But for local sheriff Cal Morse, the disaster hits close to home: among the employees still locked inside is his security guard wife, Joanie. Now the contamination is spreading throughout the building, causing its victims to explode in psychotic rage. What sinister experiments have taken place in Lab P-4? Why is Joanie the only person immune to the infection? And even if Morse can break into the compound to rescue his wife, can they survive the onslaught of the insane? 99 min. DVD X6410
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The Invisible

Hollow Man (2000)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Elisabeth Shue, Kevin Bacon, Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, Joey Slotnick, Greg Grunberg, Mary Randle, William Devane. After years of experimentation, Dr. Sebastian Caine, a brilliant but arrogant scientist working for the Defense Department, has successfully transformed mammals to an invisible state and brought them back to their original physical form. Detemined to achieve the ultimate breakthrough, Caine instructs his team to move on to phase III: human experimentation, with himself as the first subject. 113 min. DVD 1581
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Cohen, Michael. "Too Much Bacon: what's visible in Hollow Man." Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 9, Sep-Oct 2000
Conroy, Melissa. "The Invisible Body of God: Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man." Journal of Religion and Film, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. [no pagination], Spring 2004
Holben, J. "Invisible force." [interview with Paul Verhoeven]. American Cinematographer v. 81 no. 8 (August 2000) p. 50-5UC users only
Ndalianis, Angela. "Paul Verhoeven and his hollow men." Screening the Past, Issue 13, 2001.
Telotte, J.P. "What you can't see can hurt you: of invisible and hollow men." In: Dark thoughts: philosophic reflections on cinematic horror Edited by Steven Jay Schneider, Daniel Shaw. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2003.(MAIN: PN1995.9.H6 D27 2003)
Telotte, J. P. "A 'Charming' Interlude: Of Serials and Hollow Men." In: Replications : a robotic history of the science fiction film Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1995. (MAIN: PN1995.9.S26 T46 1995; MOFF: PN1995.9.S26 T46 1995)
Thompson, D. "Hollow man." Sight & Sound v. ns10 no. 10 (October 2000) p. 45UC users only

Invisible Man (1933)
Directed by James Whale. Cast: Gloria Stuart, Claude Rains, William Harrigan, Dudley Digges, Una O'Connor, Henry Travers, Forrester Harvey. A scientist discovers how to make himself invisible but can't reverse the process. He realizes with terror that he has become a prisoner of his unseen self, and this unbearable state drives him to madness and murder. Special features: Background information on the film "Now you see him: the invisible man revealed," commentary with film historian Rudy Behlmer, production photographs and notes, cast and filmmakers bios. 71 min. DVD 504; DVD X4282
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Awards & Honors
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Jolly, John. "Scientist as Social Climber: James Whale's The Invisible Man." Cinefocus, vol. 1 no. 1. 1990 Jan. pp: 25-32.
Telotte, J.P. "What you can't see can hurt you: of invisible and hollow men." In: Dark thoughts: philosophic reflections on cinematic horror Edited by Steven Jay Schneider, Daniel Shaw. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2003.(MAIN: PN1995.9.H6 D27 2003)
Williams, Keith. "The Dis Appearance of the Subject: Wells, Whale and The Invisible Man." In: H.G. Wells modernity and the movies / Keith Williams. Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PR5778.F55 W55 2007)

The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
Directed by Joe May. Cast: Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Vincent Price, Nan Grey, John Sutton, Cecil Kellaway. Unjustly accused of murdering his brother, Geoffrey is given one last chance to find the real killer before going to the gallows. Sympathetic Dr. Griffin administers a drug that will make Geoffrey invisible for his investigation, but unknown to him, the drug has debilitating side-effects and the Dr. hopes to develop an antidote before he goes insane. Special DVD features:"Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed": a detailed look at the making of the classic horror film and its sequels by film historian Rudy Behlmer ; film historian Rudy Behlmer provides insightful commentary to the film on an aternate audio track ; Invisible Agent original theatrical trailer ; production photographs.82 min. DVD X4282; vhs 999:1140
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The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944)
Directed by Ford Beebe. Cast: Jon Hall, Leon Errol, John Carradine, Alan Curtis. An eager scientist tests his new formula for invisibility on an escaped fugitive. When the formula works the criminal runs off to terrorize a family he believes cheated him out of a fortune years earlier. 78 min. DVD X4282
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The Invisible Woman (1940)
Directed by A. Edward Sutherland. Screenplay by Curt Siodmak, Joe May. Cast: Kitty Carroll, John Barrymore, John Howard, Charles Ruggles. Eccentric Professor Gibbs, brilliant but impractical, invents an invisibility machine and advertises for a guinea pig. What he gets is Kitty Carroll, an attractive, adventurous model, who thinks being invisible would help her settle a few scores. Complications arise when three comic gangsters steal the machine to use on their boss. But they fail to reckon with the Revenge of the Invisible Woman! 73 min. DVD X4282
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The Invisible Agent (1942)
Directed by Edwin L. Marin. Screenplay by Curt Siodmak, Joe May. Cast: Kitty Carroll, John Barrymore, John Howard, Charles Ruggles. Frank Raymond, grandson of the original Invisible Man, still has the old formula but considers it too dangerous to use, even when Axis agents try to get it. But Pearl Harbor brings him to volunteer his own services as an invisible agent in Germany. Though a bit cold (clothes aren't invisible), his adventures are more comedy than thriller (with occasional grim reminders) as he makes fools of Nazi officials and romances a luscious double agent, in search of Hitler's secret plan. 82 min. DVD X4282
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New Invisible Man (El hombre que logró ser invisible) (Mexico, 1958)
Directed by Alfredo B. Crevenna. Cast: Arturo de Córdova, Ana Luisa Peluffo, Raúl Meraz, Augusto Benedico. Charlie Hill, falsely convicted of murder, is sentenced to 99 years in prison. Luckily, his scientist brother concocts an invisibility serum and smuggles it into prison. Hill takes the serum, vanishes, and simply walks out of jail. Invisibility enables Hill to make fools out of the police and prove his innocence. Unfortunately, that nasty side effect--creeping insanity--rears it ugly head. Hill decides that he rather terrorize the city than go back to being normal. Can he be stopped in time? 96 min. DVD X4095
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Prehistoric/Prehuman/Evolution and De-evolution

Klossner, Michael. Prehistoric humans in film and television : 581 dramas, comedies, and documentaries, 1905-2004. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (Main Stack PN1995.9.P675.K55 2006)

Altered States (1980)
Directed by Ken Russell. Cast: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid. The incredible terrifying tale of a research scientist experimenting with altered states of consciousness - and the horrors he finds in secret landscapes of the mind. Based on the novel by Paddy Chayefsky. 103 min.DVD X3067
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Iceman (1984)
Directed by Fred Schepisi. Cast: Timothy Hutton, Lindsay Crouse, John Lone. A team of Arctic researchers find a 40,000 year old man frozen in ice and bring him back to life. Anthropologist Stanley Shephard wants to befriend the Iceman and learn about man's past. Dr. Diane Brady and her surgical team want to discover the secret that will allow man to live in a frozen state. When the Iceman becomes part of their lives, the results are both moving and emotionally shattering. 101 min. DVD X4871; vhs 999:1728
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Link (1986)
Directed by Richard Franklin. Cast: Elisabeth Shue, Terence Stamp. Jane Chase, a pretty, young zoology student, goes to work for an enigmatic scientist in a lonely cliff-top house, also occupied by 3 chimpanzees. When left alone to look after the chimps, Jane finds herself a prisoner of Link, one of the chimpanzees. 102 min. vhs 999:1722
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The Lost World (Silent, 1925)
Screenplay and editorial direction, Marion Fairfax; dramatic direction, Harry O. Hoyt; research and technical director, Willis H. O'Brien. Cast: Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Bessie Love, Lloyd Hughes. Professor Challenger, a man of vision, persuades his skeptical colleagues to return with him to a remote South American plateau where he has discovered living dinosaurs. Resisting danger and death, Challenger's party returns to London in triumph with a captive Brontosaurus. But the beast escapes, turning the city into a shambles, before crashing through the London Bridge and swimming out toward the ocean. 93 min. DVD 2240
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One Million Years B.C. (1967)
Directed by Don Chaffey. Cast: John Richardson, Raquel Welch. Special visual effects by Ray Harryhausen. A prehistoric man, banished from the Rock People tribe, finds a friend in a tribeswomen from the Shell People tribe. They decide to face the world together cut off from all tribal support in a deadly world of dinosaurs and earthshattering volcanic eruptions. This film's pioneering special effects have made it a classic. 91 min. DVD X1078
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Hammer Films

Harryhausen, Ray. Ray Harryhausen : an animated life New York : Billboard Books, 2004. (MAIN: NC1766.U52 H374 2004)
Mandell, P. "Of genies and dragons: the career of Ray Harryhausen." American Cinematographer v. 73 (December 1992) p. 77-81

Planet of the Apes
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Prey [TV pilot, 1997]
"Hungry for Survival": What if global warming was changing our DNA? What if the changes were not good? In this sci fi thriller Sloan Parker is a bio-anthropologist who has just discovered that Darwin's theory might have current relevance. The human race hides an alternate race among its own, a more intelligent breed of serial killers. Their goal: to destroy human-kind in order to let the strong ones survive them. 46 min. Video/C 7642

Quartermass and the Pit (UK, 1958)
Directed by Rudolph Cartier. Cast: Andre Morell, Anthony Bushell, Christine Finn, Cec Linder, John Stratton. A "compilation version" of the BBC television miniseries. After London workers unearth prehistoric remains, a London anthropologist investigates the ancient insectoid creatures and a high-tech rocket that could have laid the foundation for mankind's civilization. 180 min. DVD X4978
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Rolinson, Dave; Cooper, Nick. "“Bring Something Back”: the Strange Career of Professor Bernard Quatermass." Journal of Popular Film and Television, Fall 2002, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p158-165, 8p UC users only

Quest for Fire (La Guerre du feu) (Canada / France / USA, 1981)
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Cast: Everett McGill, Rae Dawn Chong, Ron Perlman, Nameer El-Kadi. Colossal adventure odyssey that turns the hands of time back to the very beginning of man's existence. Against the perilous atmosphere of rugged terrain, rival tribes, and savage beasts, the vital quest ensued for the crucial flame and the knowledge to create it. The constant struggle is vividly re-created to make this a true visual extravaganza which also focuses on human drama as the primitive people experience their first feelings of compassion and caring for others. 100 min. DVD X4263
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Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)
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Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965)
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It Came from the 1950s and 60s! (50s and 60s Science Fiction Films)

1950s Horror Films

1950s Science Fiction bibliography

1950s

1950s Science Fiction TV
Contents: Space Patrol (14 min.) -- Tales of tomorrow: Substance X (28 min.) -- Tom Corbett space cadet: Space academy tournament (29 min.) -- Tales of tomorrow: The Dune roller (26 min.) Space patrol: Glen Denning, Lyn Osborn; Tales of tomorrow: Vicki Cummings, Will Kuluva, Charlott Knight (1st work), Bruce Cabot, Nang Coleman, Nelson Olmsted (2nd work); Tom Corbett space cadet: Frankie Thomas, Jan Merun, Al Markim, Edward Bryce. Early 50's television science fiction and space programs. In Space Patrol Kit Corey, commander of the Space Patrol and his sidekick, Happy, journey towards the man-made planet, Terra. In Tales of tomorrow: Substance X, a scientist develops an experimental food with unexpected side effects. In Tom Corbett space cadet, space academy cadets compete to win the annual trophy. In Tales of tomorrow: the Dune roller, a fiery self-reproducing meteor terrorizes the inhabitants of an island. Space patrol: director, Dik Darley, producer/writer, Mike Moser; Tales of tomorrow: producer, Mort Abrahams, director, Don Medford; Tom Corbett space cadet: producer, Allen Ducovny, director, George Gould. Video/C 4764

The Astounding She-Monster (1958)
Directed by Ronnie Ashcroft. Cast: Robert Clarke, Kenne Duncan, Marilyn Harvey, Jeanne Tatum, Shirley Kilpatrick, Ewing Brown. Hollywood gangsters kidnap a Beverly Hills socialite in her Cadillac convertible and whisk her off to a remote mountain cabin where a curvy "starlet" in a spandex spacesuit lands in her "white light' spaceship to bring handsome leading man Robert Clarke a message and to heat up his hormones. One problem with this cosmic encounter--her touch is deadly! 62 min. DVD 5980
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Hendershot, Cynthia. "Astounding She-Monsters: Femininity in Fifties Horror Films." In: I was a Cold War monster : horror films, eroticism, and the Cold War imagination / Cyndy Hendershot. Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H6 H46 2001)

The Atomic Submarine (1959)
Directed by Spencer G. Bennet. Cast: Arthur Franz, Dick Foran, Brett Halsey, Paul Dubov, Bob Steele, Victor Varconi, Joi Lansing, Selmer Jackson, Jack Mulhall, Jean Moorhead, Richard Tyler, Sid Melton, Ken Becker, Frank Watkins, Tom Conway, Pat Michaels, John Hilliard. When the nuclear-powered submarine the Tiger Shark sets out to investigate a series of naval disasters near the Arctic Circle, its fearless crew finds itself besieged by electrical storms, an unidentified floating saucer, and lots of hairy tentacles. 72 min. DVD 9116
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"Alex Gordon on The atomic submarine." In: Eye on science fiction: 20 interviews with classic SF and horror filmmakers Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, c2003. (MAIN: PN1995.9.S26 E9 2003)

Atomic T.V.
Five promotions for science fiction films which involve nuclear energy (11 min., 195-?) -- A Captain Midnight promotion featuring the ballplayer, Duke Snider (2 min., 195-?) -- Captain Midnight: Atomic proving grounds (demonstrates how this superhero survives an atom bomb explosion by hiding in an air raid shelter) (14 min., 195-?) Video/C 4803

Attack of the Crab Monster (1957)
Directed by Roger Corman. Cast: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson. A group of scientists are trapped on a remote island inhabited by atomically mutated giant crabs. 67 min. DVD X5371
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Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
Directed by Nathan Hertz. Cast: Allison Hayes, William Hudson, Yvette Vickers. After encountering an alien from space, a woman grows until she is 50 ft. tall. Seeking revenge against an unfaithful husband she storms through town destroying everything in her path. 74 min. DVD 8651; vhs 999:985
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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
Director, Eugene Lourie. Cast: Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey. Special visual effects, Ray Harryhausen. An atom bomb test deep in the Arctic Circle disturbs the sleep of a giant rhedosaurus encased in ice for over 100 million years. The Beast swims down from the Arctic to New York City on a rampage of destruction and death. Based on a story by Ray Bradbury. 80 min. DVD X454; vhs 999:3090
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Harryhausen, Ray. Ray Harryhausen : an animated life New York : Billboard Books, 2004. (MAIN: NC1766.U52 H374 2004)
Hendershot, Cyndy. "Darwin and the atom: evolution/devolution fantasies in 'The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms,' 'Them!,' and 'The Incredible Shrinking Man.'" Science Fiction Studies 25.n2 (July 1998): pp319(17).UC users only
Huebner, Andrew J. "Lost in Space: Technology and Turbulence in Futuristic Cinema of the 1950s." Film & History; Fall2010, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p6-26, 21p UC users only
Mandell, P. "Of genies and dragons: the career of Ray Harryhausen." American Cinematographer v. 73 (December 1992) p. 77-81

Beginning of the End (1957)
Director, Bert I. Gordon. Cast: Peter Graves, Peggie Castle, Morris Ankrum. An entomologist struggles to find a way to deliver Chicago from a swarm of giant locusts before the military resorts to wiping out the city, locusts and all, by dropping an atomic bomb. 73 min. DVD X3126
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Jowett, Garth S. "Hollywood, Propaganda and the Bomb: Nuclear Images in Post World War II Films." Film & History ; May1988, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p26-38, 13p UC users only
Vieira, Mark A. "Don't Step on It! Killer Bugs, Babes, and Beasts in 1950s Drive-in Cinema" Bright Lights Film Journal, August 2004 | Issue 45

The Blob (1958)
Directed by Irvin S. Yeawarth. Cast: Steven McQueen, Aneta Corseaut [i.e. Corsaut], Earl Rowe, Olin Howlin, Steven Chase, John Benson, Robert Fields. Residents of a small Pennsylvania town combat a slimy space invader. 82 min.DVD 4000
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Doherty, Thomas. "The Horror Teenpix." In: Teenagers and Teenpics : The Juvenilization of American Movies in the 1950s Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2002. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 D53 2002)
Hendershot, Cynthia. "Monster at the Soda Shop: Teenagers and Fifties Horror Films." In: I was a Cold War monster : horror films, eroticism, and the Cold War imagination / Cyndy Hendershot. Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H6 H46 2001)

The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)
Directed by Nathan Hertz. Cast: John Agar, Joyce Meadows, Robert Fuller, Thomas B. Henry, Kenneth Terrell, Henry Travis, E. Leslie Thomas, Tim Graham, Bill Giorgio. About an evil alien brain which takes over the body of a nuclear scientist, threatening world domination. 71 min. DVD X2733
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Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)
Directed by Arthur Hilton. Cast: Sonny Tufts, Victor Jory, Marie Windsor, Susan Morrow, Douglas Fowley, Bill Phipps, The Hollywood Cover Girls. An expedition to the moon discovers a subterranean cavern of ferocious, love-starved cat-women who have not seen men for centuries. The air supply is escaping from the caves and the moon maidens must capture the crew and escape to Earth. 64 min. DVD 9428
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Williams, Tony. "In the Science Fiction Name of National Security: Cat Women of the Moon." In: Horror at the drive-in: essays in popular Americana. Edited by Gary Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., c2003. (UCB Moffitt PN1995.9.H6 H66 2003)

Crash of Moons (Rocky Jones, Space Ranger: Crash of Moons)(TV, 1954)
Director, Hollingsworth Morse. Cast: Richard Crane, Scotty Beckett, Sally Mansfield, Robert Lyden, Maurice Cass, Charles Meredith, Patsy Parsons. Two inhabited planets are locked in constant orbit and astronomers predict they will soon collide with one another. Rocky and his team must race against time to save the lives of their citizens, while trying to persuade an arrogant dictator of one of the "moons," to cooperate with their rescue efforts. 78 min. DVD 7735
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Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
Directed by Jack Arnold. Cast: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno. In the upper reaches of the Amazon River, a scientific team discovers an amphibious creature, a living missing link. The creature is captured and falls in love with the female assistant of the leader of the research team. The lonely creature kidnaps her, and the scientist mounts an effort to reclaim his sweetheart and return the creature to his watery home. DVD special features: Back to the Black Lagoon, feature commentary with film historian Tom Weaver, production photographs, theatrical trailers, cast and filmmakers, production notes. 79 min. DVD 519; VHS 999:485
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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Directed by Robert Wise. Cast: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier, Lock Martin. A visitor from outer space comes with the warning that unless war is abolished, Earth will be destroyed by the more advanced planets of the universe. Bonus DVD features: Audio commentary by Robert Wise and Nicolas Meyer; 70-minute "Making the Earth stand still" documentary; Movietone newsreel (1951); restoration comparison; 5 still galleries; shooting script; theatrical trailer. 92 min. DVD 1595; vhs 999:873
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Day the World Ended (1955)
Directed by Roger Corman. Cast: Richard Denning, Lori Nelson, Adele Jergens, Touch (Mike) Connors, Paul Birch, Raymond Hatton, Paul Dubov, Jonathan Haze, Paul Blaisdell. After the Big Bomb, a motley crew of seven souls demonstrate human nature at its worst as they strive to survive. 80 min. DVD X4935
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The Deadly Mantis (1957)
Directed by Nathan Juran. Cast: Craig Stevens, Alix Talton, William Hopper, Donald Randolph, Pat Conway. A giant man-eating mantis frozen for millions of years thaws out in Alaska and makes its way to New York City. As the menacing insect kills everything in its path, scientists work feverishly to stop it in this battle between man and mantis! 79 min. 999:3135
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Bellin, Joshua David. "Us or them!: Silent Spring and the "big bug" films of the 1950s." Extrapolation - Spring 2009 v50 i1 p145(24) UC users only
Kozak, Warren. "Killer Monster Bugs from Hell! How Americans Forgot About the War and Learned to Loathe." (1950s and 1960s horror science fiction films on insects) ID Sept-Oct, 1997 Vol/Num: v. 44, n. 5, p. 76 (4 pages)
Leskosky, Richard J. "Size Matters: Big Bugs on the Big Screen." In: Insect poetics / Eric C. Brown, editor. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2006. (Main Stack PN56.I63.I57 2006)
Vieira, Mark A. "Don't Step on It! Killer Bugs, Babes, and Beasts in 1950s Drive-in Cinema." Bright Lights, August 2004 | Issue 45

Devil Girl From Mars (1954)
Directed by David MacDonald. Cast: Hugh McDermott, Hazel Court, Peter Reynolds, Adrienne Corri, Joseph Tomelty, Sophie Stewart, Patricia Laffan, John Laurie. A female alien from Mars is looking for healthy Earthmen to take back to Mars for breeding purposes. 77 min. DVD 5980
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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
Directed by Fred F. Sears. Cast: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis. Special visual effects, Ray Harryhausen. Zombie-like aliens arrive at a U.S. Army base in search of help for their dying planet only to have the military greet their fleet of flying saucers with gunfire. Provoked by the aggression, the populace of Washington DC is soon put to the test, when the flying saucers attack. Special features: The Harryhausen chronicles; This is dynamation; The making of Earth vs. the flying saucers. 83 min. DVD 3293; vhs 999:3093
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Harryhausen, Ray. Ray Harryhausen : an animated life New York : Billboard Books, 2004. (MAIN: NC1766.U52 H374 2004)
Hendershot, Cyndy. "From trauma to paranoia: nuclear weapons, science fiction, and history." Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, 1999, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p73-90, 18p UC users only
Mandell, P. "Of genies and dragons: the career of Ray Harryhausen." American Cinematographer v. 73 (December 1992) p. 77-81

First Man into Space (1959)
Directed by Robert Day. Cast: Marshall Thompson, Marla Landi, Robert Ayers, Bill Nagy, Carl Jaffe, Bill Edwards, Roger Delgado, John McLaren. In this interstellar cautionary tale, brash U.S. Navy test pilot Dan Prescott, hungry for fame, rockets himself beyond Earth's atmosphere, only to become encrusted with cosmic dust and return a blood-drinking monster. 77 min. DVD 9116
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The Fly (1958)
Directed by Kurt Neumann. Vincent Price plays a brilliant research scientist who has discovered how to transport matter through space. But during an experiment a common household fly plays an unwitting part in a bizarre tragedy which results in the man of science winding up with the head of a fly, while his own head is attached to the fly's body. 94 min. DVD 4012
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Gonder, Patrick. "Like a Monstrous Jigsaw Puzzle: Genetics and Race in Horror Films of the 1950s." The Velvet Light Trap Number 52, Fall 2003 UC users only
Knee, Adam. "The Metamorphosis of The Fly." Wide Angle: A Film Quarterly of Theory, Criticism, and Practice, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 20-34, Winter 1992.
Roth, Marty. "Twice Two: The Fly and Invasion of the Body Snatchers." In: Dead ringers : the remake in theory and practice / edited by Jennifer Forrest and Leonard R. Koos. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2002. (Main Stack PN1995.9.R45.D43 2002)

Return of the Fly (1959)
Directed by Edward L. Bernds. Cast: Vincent Price, Brett Halsey, John Sutton, David Frankham, Dan Seymour. A sequel to "The Fly," the story takes up with the scientists's son, who continues his father's experiments 15 years after his father's tragic accident that left him with the head of a fly. 87 min. DVD 4012
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Forbidden Planet (1956)
Directed by Fred Wilcox. Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman. After traveling to another planet in the year 2257 in search of survivors of an earlier expedition, a group of scientific explorers encounter one of the missing scientists and his daughter, and are terrorized by an unknown menace that threatens to destroy everybody. 99 min.DVD 502
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Four Sided Triangle (UK, 1956)
Directed by Terence Fisher. Cast: Barbara Payton, James Hayter, Stephen Murray, John Van Eyssen.Graduate students Robin Grant and Bill Leggat have both loved Lena since childhood. When Lena finally chooses Robin, Bill is devastated. He channels his frustration into developing a cloning device that duplicates matter, and uses it to create a "new Lena" for himself. 81 min. DVD X3158
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CShail, Robert. "Terence Fisher and British science fiction cinema." Science Fiction Film & Television, 2009, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p77-90, 14p UC users only

Godzilla King of the Monsters (Gojira) (1954, dubbed in English)
Directed by Morse & Honda. (Starring: Raymond Burr.) A radioactive monster, Godzilla, attacks Tokyo and terrifies the world. 79 min. DVD 6378; vhs 999:809
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The H-man (Japan, 1958)
Directed by Inoshiro Honda. Cast: Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Pete Postlethwaite, Amelia Warner, Caroline Chikezie, Paterson Joseph, Frances McDormand. 4Radioactive creatures are created when H-Bombs are dropped during tests in the Pacific. When a minor-league drug runner completely vanishes, leaving only his clothes behind, detective Tominaga investigates. Along the way, Tominaga makes the acquaintance of scientist Masada, who theorizes that the missing doper was melted into a liquid "H-Man" as a result of being exposed to nuclear radiation. Sure enough, the H-Man soon resurfaces, seeking out victims to "dissolve" so that he can continue to survive. 86 min min. DVD X2323
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I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
Directed by Gene Fowler, Jr. Cast: Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbott, Robert Ivers, Ty Hardin, John Eldredge, Alan Dexter. In this vintage science fiction thriller Marge is growing increasingly alarmed over the changes in her new husband Bill. And for good reason: Bill -- and most of the other men in their small town - have been taken over by sinister aliens who have arrived on planet Earth to marry human women with the hope of reviving their dying race. 77 min. DVD 2965
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Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Directed by Jack Arnold. Cast: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langton, Raymond Bailey. Scott Carey encounters a mysterious radioactive mist on a boating trip and soon finds his life taking a bizarre and frightening twist. His physical size begins to diminish as he shrinks to a mere two inches. Suddenly ordinary household situations loom over him with lethal intensity: a playful cat becomes demon and a spider a gargantuan monster. Carey finds he must rely on his wits to survive in his new oversized world. Based on the novel by Richard Matheson. 81 min. DVD 7477; 999:463
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Bradley, Matthew R. Richard Matheson on screen : a history of the filmed works / Matthew R. Bradley ; foreword by Richard Matheson. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3563.A8355 Z57 2010)
Wells, Paul. "The invisible man : shrinking masculinity in the 1950s science fiction B-movie." In: You Tarzan : masculinity, movies, and men / edited by Pat Kirkham and Janet Thumim. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M46.Y68 1993; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46.Y68 1993)

Invaders from Mars (1953)
Director, William Cameron Menzies. Cast: Arthur Franz, Helena Carter, Jimmy Hunt, Morris Ankrum, Leif Erikson, Hillary Brooke, Max Wagner. "The original 20th century landmark science fiction thriller that played on the paranoia and Communist threat invading Atomic Age America in the 1950s." A young boy is awakened during a storm to witness a flying saucer land in the field behind his home. No one will believe his story as, one by one, the townspeople are captured and put under the control of sinister forces from the planet Mars. Special DVD features: U.S. and alternate British versions of the film ; theatrical trailer, still gallery. 78 min. DVD 8453; vhs 999:3095
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Directed by Don Siegel. Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan, Caolyn Jones, Ralph Dumke, Jean Willes. Plant-like extraterrestrials have invaded Santa Mira, a small town in California, replicating the villagers in giant seed "pods" and taking possession of their souls while they sleep. In a terrifying race for his life, Dr. Bennell escapes to warn the world of the deadly invasion of the pod people. Based on the novel "The Body Snatchers" by Jack Finney. Special DVD features: Interview with Kevin McCarthy, original theatrical trailer. 80 min. DVD 466; VHS 999:150
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Invisible Boy (1957)
Directed by Robert Longo. Cast: Richard Eyer, Philip Abbott, Diane Brewster, Harold J. Stone, Robert H. Harris. In this sequel to "The Forbidden Planet", a ten-year-old boy and Robby the Robot team up to prevent a Super Computer from controlling the Earth from a satellite. But when Robby the Robot falls under the influence of the evil computer, the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance. Based on a story by Edmund Cooper. Special features: Deleted scenes and lost footage; 2 follow-up vehicles starring Robby the Robot: feature film "The invisible boy" ; "The thin man" TV series episode Robot client; 3 documentaries: TCM original "Watch the skies!: science fiction, the 1950's and US" ; The all-new amazing! "Exploring the far reaches of Forbidden planet" ; "Robby the Robot: engineering a sci-fi icon" ; excerpts from "The MGM parade" TV series; science-fiction movie trailer gallery. 89 min. DVD 8617
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It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955)
Directed by Robert Gordon. Cast: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis, Ian Keith, Dean Maddox, Jr. Special visual effects, Ray Harryhausen. An angry giant octopus, driven from the depths by an H-bomb explosion counts among its victims a fishing trawler, a family sunning at the beach, several San Francisco skyscrapers and even the Golden Gate Bridge! A daring attempt by a submarine commander and scientists to destroy the monster while saving themselves is a gripping finale to this science fiction thriller with terrific stop-motion special effects by the master, Ray Harryhausen. Based on a story by Ray Bradbury. 80 min. DVD 3292
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Harryhausen, Ray. Ray Harryhausen : an animated life New York : Billboard Books, 2004. (MAIN: NC1766.U52 H374 2004)
Mandell, P. "Of genies and dragons: the career of Ray Harryhausen." American Cinematographer v. 73 (December 1992) p. 77-81

It Came From Outer Space (1953)
Director, Jack Arnold. Cast: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Russell Johnson, Kathleen Hughes. After discovering that a meteor-like object buried under a landslide is an inhabited space ship from another planet, a young scientist delays an attack by panic-stricken townspeople so that the ship can leave the earth. Based on the story The meteor by Ray Bradbury. DVD special features: "The Universe according to Universal," an original documentary on It Came from outer space ; commentary wiht film historian Tom Weaver ; photography and poster gallery ; theatrical trailer ; production notes ; cast and filmmakers. 80 min. DVD X494; vhs 999:3092
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It!: The Terror from Outer Space (1958)
Directed by Edward L. Cahn. Cast: Marshall Thompson, Shawn Smith, Kim Spalding, Ann Doran, Dabbs Greer, Paul Langton, Robert Bice. In 1973, the first manned expedition to Mars is marooned. By the time a rescue mission arrives, only the leader of the expedition is left alive. He is accused of murdering his crew and is taken into custody. As the rescue ship returns to earth, the real killer, a life-devouring monster that has stowed aboard, begins attacking the crew. The remaining crew must find some way to stop it before the ship returns to a panic-striken Earth. 69 min. DVD X453
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The Man From Planet X (1951)
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: Robert Clarke, Margaret Field, Raymond Bond, William Schallert, Roy Engel, David Ormont, Gilbert Fallman, Tom Daly, June Jeffery. An alien arrives on Earth to seek help for his dying planet, but he is confronted with hostility. Evil scientist William Schallert wants to exploit the spaceman's highly developed intellect for his own selfish ends. Schallert's nastiness turns the alien against the other Earthlings; the creature enslaves their minds and transforms them into zombies. Both Schallert and the alien are eventually destroyed --as Planet X, failing to establish a bond with Earth, spirals off into deep space. 71 min. DVD X936
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Edgar G. Ulmer : Detour on Poverty Row / edited by Gary D. Rhodes. Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.U46 E34 2008; PFA PN1998.3.U46 E34 2008)
Sweney, Matthew. "The Man from Planet X." In: Edgar G. Ulmer : essays on the king of the B's / edited by Bernd Herzogenrath ; foreword by Arianné Ulmer Cipes. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.U46 E57 2009)

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The Monolith Monsters (1957)
Directed by John Sherwood. Cast: Grant Williams, Lola Albright, Les Tremayne, Phil Harvey, Trevor Bardette. A strange black meteor crashes near the town of San Angelo and litters the countryside with fragments. When a storm exposes these fragments to water, they grow into skyscraper-sized monoliths which then topple and shatter into thousands of pieces that grow into monoliths themselves and repeat the process. Any humans in the way are crushed or turned into human statues. The citizens of San Angelo desperately try to save themselves and the world from the spreading doom. 78 min. DVD 7477; vhs 999:3074
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Hendershot, Cyndy. "From trauma to paranoia: nuclear weapons, science fiction, and history." Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, 1999, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p73-90, 18p UC users only

The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)
Directed by Arnold Laven. Cast: Tim Holt, Audrey Dalton, Hans Conried, Barbara Darrow, Casey Adams, Harlan Warde. A routine Navy experiment in California's Salton Sea produces giant, radioactive, prehistoric monsters bearing eggs -- and the terrifying possibility of thousands more. The trouble really begins when an earthquake stimulates the slimy sea monsters to life. 84 min. DVD X453; vhs 999:3136
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The Mysterians (Chikyu Boeigun) (Japan, 1957)
Directed by Ishirô Honda. Cast: Sahara Kenji, Shirakawa Yumi, Shimura Takashi, Fujita Susumu, Kochi Momoko. Aliens arrive on Earth and ask permission to be given a certain tract of land for their people to live on. But when they are discovered to be invaders, responsible for the giant robot that is destroying cities, the armed forces attempt to stop them with every weapon available. 85 min. DVD 8485
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Not of This Earth (1958)
Directed by Roger Corman. Cast: Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Morgan Jones. An humanoid alien from the distant planet Davana is sent to earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war. 67 min. DVD X5371
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Phantom from Space (1953)
Directed by W. Lee Wilder. Cast: Ted Cooper, Rudolph Anders, Dick Sands, Noreen Nash, Harry Landers, Jim Bannon. The nation is shocked by the sighting of a strange creature from space in this documentary-style science fiction thriller. The country's only hope is to separate the evil beast from its helmet, which it needs to stay alive. 72 min. DVD 7733
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Plan 9 From Outer Space (1958)
Directed by Ed Wood, Jr. Cast: Tor Johnson, Vampira, Tom Keene, Gregory Walcott, Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot, Dudley Manlove, Mona McKinnon. Universally hailed as the worst movie ever made, this cult classic is also one of the funniest. Aliens invade the Earth in flying saucers that look suspiciously like paper plates, to rob graves in the San Fernando Valley conscripting the corpses into an army of mindless murdering zombies. 78 min. DVD 8245
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The Ed Wood Story. DVD 8245

Queen of Outer Space (1958)
Directed by Ed Wood, Jr. Cast: Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eric Fleming, Laurie Mitchell, Lisa Davis, Paul Birch, Patrick Waltz, Dave Willock. Male astronauts crash-land on an all-female planet Venus. The space travelers spend a lot of time drooling over their new hosts, dressed in highly practical mini-skirts, but the Venusian queen does not much care for her visitors and wants to see them executed. However, not everyone on the planet takes such a hard line against the male gender. One of the Venusians is played by Zsa Zsa Gabor in what is probably the highlight of her film career. From a story by Ben Hecht. Special features: Commentary by Laurie Mitchell and film historian Tom Weaver; theatrical trailer. 80 min. DVD 9427
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Radar Men from the Moon(1952)
Directed by Fred C. Brannon. Cast: George Wallace, Aline Towne, Clayton Moore, Roy Barcroft. In this motion picture serial strategic targets on Earth are being destroyed by an unknown weapon. Government security head Henderson suspects it's an "atomic ray" originating from the moon! He assigns Commando Cody, scientist and man of action with a secret flying suit, to investigate. Soon, Cody is battling Earth thugs in the pay of Krog the moon man and making trips in his experimental rocket to the moon itself, in a perilous and all but singlehanded effort to thwart the planned invasion of Earth. 1. Moon rocket -- 2. Molton terror -- 3. Bridge of death -- 4. Flight of destruction -- 5. Murder car -- 6. Hills of death -- 7. Camouflaged destruction -- 8. The enemy planet -- 9. Battle in the stratosphere -- 10. Mass execution -- 11. Planned pursuit -- 12. Death of the Moon Man. DVD 7300
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Red Planet Mars (1952)
Directed by Harry Horner. Cast: Peter Graves, Andrea King, Herbert Berghof, Walter Sande, Marvin Miller. In this Red-scare propaganda film masquerading as science fiction, an American scientist contacts Mars by radio and receives information that Mars is a utopia and that Earth's people can be saved if they return to the worship of God. Revolution sweeps the Earth, including the Soviet Union. But there remains doubt about the messages being genuine, as an ex-Nazi claims he was duping the Americans. 87 min. DVD 8753
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Rocky Jones, Space Ranger Menace from Outer Space (TV, 1956)
Director, Hollingsworth Morse. Cast: Richard Crane, Scott Beckett, Sally Mansfield, Robert Lyden. Cruising the galaxy in his space ship "The Orbit Jet" Space Ranger, Rocky Jones, Vena Ray, and 10 year-old Bobby defend the Earth and themselves against space-bound evil doers. 76 min. DVD 7726
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Rocky Jones, Space Ranger Menace from Outer Space (TV, 1956)
Director, Hollingsworth Morse. Cast: Richard Crane, Scott Beckett, Sally Mansfield, Robert Lyden. Cruising the galaxy in his space ship "The Orbit Jet" Space Ranger, Rocky Jones, Vena Ray, and 10 year-old Bobby defend the Earth and themselves against space-bound evil doers. 76 min. DVD 7726
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Rodan (Sora no daikaiju Radon) (1956)
Directed by Inoshiro Honda. Cast: Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, Akihiko Hirata, Akio Kobori, Fuyuki Murakami, Yasuko Nakata, Minosuke Yamada, Yoshibumi Tajima, Kiyoharu Ohnaka. When a small mining village starts to experience strange deaths in the nearby mines, the authorities discover that the caves by giant caterpillars with an appetite for humans! 72 min. DVD 6382
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Satellite Sky (UK, 1956)
Director, Paul Dickson. Cast: Kieron Moore, Lois Maxwell, Donald Wolfit and Bryan Forbes, Jimmy Hanley, Thea Gregory. The British launch the world's first orbital vehicle. Their military sends a super-bomb along, which goes wrong and threatens the crew and a stowaway. Now the crew of astronauts must defuse the bomb. 84 min. DVD X4541
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Target Earth (1954)
Directed by Sherman A. Rose. Cast: Richard Denning, Kathleen Crowley, Virginia Grey, Richard Reeves. A large city has been completely evacuated. An alien force of robots has invaded the city and is destroying all mankind! Frank and a handful of strangers wake up to the empty city and band together. Not only must they escape the robot patrols, but they must also contend with a psychotic killer amongst them. All the while scientists are racing against the clock to save earth from annihilation. 75 min. DVD 6152
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Teenage Monster (1958)
Directed by Jacques Marquette. Cast: Anne Gwynne, Stuart Wade, Gloria Castillo, Charles Courtney, Gilbert Perkins, Norman Leavitt, Gabe Mooradian. A rare fusion of the Old West, gothic horror and science fiction. Rays from a mysterious meteor kill one man and infect his teenage son with a mutating werewolf-like malady. The Meteor Monster goes on a murderous killing binge and terrorizes the countryside as the sheriff and townspeople watch in horror. One of the last films of legendary special effects make-up artist, Jack Pierce, who created the original Boris Karloff make-up in Frankenstein and The Mummy. 65 min. DVD X3082
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Teenagers From Outer Space (1959)
Directed by Tom Graeff. Cast: David Love, Dawn Anderson, King Moody, Harvey B. Dunn, Bryan Grant [i.e. Pearson], Tom Lockyear [i.e. Graeff], Ursula Pearson. "Thrill crazed space kids on a ray gun rampage!" A strange flying saucer lands in the desert near Hollywood, bringing a deadly menace to Earth: a mischievous gang of teenagers from outer space! 85 min. DVD X3083
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Them! (1954)
Directed by Gordon Douglas. Cast: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness, Onslow Stevens, Sean McClory, Chris Drake. Man has split the atom and created the ultimate weapon. But how could he have known he would also create Them!? The terror begins when a hard-nosed patrolman (James Whitmore) discovers a dazed child wandering in the New Mexico desert near a car and house trailer destroyed by a mysterious force. Whitmore next discovers a ransacked general store; its cash drawers are full but the sugar supply is missing. And on the floor lies a battered corpse containing enough formic acid to kill 20 men. Special DVD features: Behind-the-scenes archive footage; montage on the design and operation of giant ants; interactive menus; cast film highlights; theatrical trailer; scene access. 93 min. DVD 1389; vhs 999:465
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The Thing (The Thing From Another World) (1951)
Directed by Christian Nyby. A team of scientists, investigating a magnetic disturbance near the North Pole, discovers a disc-shaped object and some sort of man-like creature frozen beneath the ice. 80 min. DVD DVD 9158
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

This Island Earth (1955)
Directed by Joseph Newman. Cast: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Lance Fuller, Russell L. Johnson.In this classic, we encounter death rays, mutant bugs, college sweethearts turned nuclear fission experts, and a visit to the planet Metaluna via spaceship to aid Exeter in the defense of his planet. Based on the novel by Raymond F. Jones. 86 min. DVD X909
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Hendershot, Cyndy. "The Atomic Scientist, Science Fiction Films, and Paranoia: The Day the Earth Stood Still, This Island Earth, and Killers from Space." Journal of American Culture, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 31-41, Spring 1997UC users only
Westfahl, G. "From the back of the head to beyond the moon: the novel and film This island earth." In: Science fiction, children's literature, and popular culture : coming of age in fantasyland / Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000. (Main Stack PS374.S35.W44 2000)

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
Director, Nathan Juran. Cast: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia, John Zaremba, Thomas Browne Henry. An American rocketship returns from a flight to Venus but crashes in Italy, leaving behind a cute little creature from Venus. Unfortunately, the little creature doesn't stay little for long and threatens to tear apart the Colosseum. Technical effects, Ray Harryhausen. Special DVD features: Harryhausen chronicles; This is dynamation. 83 min. DVD 3294; vhs 999:3091
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Harryhausen, Ray. Ray Harryhausen : an animated life New York : Billboard Books, 2004. (MAIN: NC1766.U52 H374 2004)
Hendershot, Cyndy. "From trauma to paranoia: nuclear weapons, science fiction, and history." Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, 1999, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p73-90, 18p UC users only
Mandell, P. "Of genies and dragons: the career of Ray Harryhausen." American Cinematographer v. 73 (December 1992) p. 77-81

War of the Worlds (1952)
Director, Byron Haskin. Produced by George Pal. Cast: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne. H.G. Wells' chilling story of the invasion of Earth by Martians. Mass evacuation begins in panic as nations unite in an effort to repel the aliens. Special DVD features: Commentary tracks by cast members, the director, and film historian Bob Burns and Bill Warren, author of Keep watching the skies!; The sky is falling (making of the film); The war of the worlds (Mercury Theatre on the Air radio broadcast). DVD 9185
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H.G. Wells and the Movies

Burns, Bob; Weaver, Tom. "Memories of… George Pal." Cinefantastique; Aug2002, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p50-57, 6p UC users only
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When Worlds Collide (1951)
Directed by Rudolph Mate. Produced by George Pal. Cast: Barbara Rush, Richard Derr, Peter Hanson, John Hoyt. An empending collision with a runaway star signals the destruction of Earth. Private industrialists finance the building of a space ship which will carry a limited number of people to another planet to begin a new civilization. As doomsday approaches, they race against time and the panic of those who will be left behind. Based on a novel by Edwin Balmer and Philip Wylie. 81 min. DVD X5028; vhs 999:519
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Burns, Bob; Weaver, Tom. "Memories of… George Pal." Cinefantastique; Aug2002, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p50-57, 6p UC users only
The Fantasy Worlds of George Pal. DVD 370
Torry, Robert. "Apocalypse Then: Benefits of the Bomb in Fifties Science Fiction Films." Cinema Journal, Fall91, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p7-21, 15pQuarterly. 17(64):182-191. 1981 Winter. UC users only

The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)
Directed by Ranald MacDougall. Cast: Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens, Mel Ferrer. A coal miner is trapped by a cave in. When he finally finds his way back to the surface, he discovers most of the human race has been killed off by nuclear poison. He and the few remaining remnants of humanity must choose to either learn from the mistakes of the past or resort to the old failed methods and divisive issues. 95 min. DVD X6062
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Hatch, Robert. "The World, the Flesh and the Devil" Nation, 6/13/1959, Vol. 188 Issue 24, p542-543, 2p UC users only
Larrieux, Stephanie. "The World, the Flesh, and the Devil: The Politics of Race, Gender, and Power in Post-Apocalyptic Hollywood Cinema." Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Mar2010, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p133-143, 11p UC users only
Nama, Adilifu
"Black Sex in the City." In: Black space : imagining race in science fiction film / Adilifu Nama. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2008. Location Call No. Status (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S26 N36 2008)

World Without End (1956)
Director, Edward Bernds. Cast: Hugh Marlowe, Nancy Gates, Nelson Leigh, Rod Taylor, Shawn Smith, Lisa Montell, Christopher Dark, Booth Colman, Everett Glass. Four astronauts returning from mankind's first mission to Mars enter a time warp and crash on a 26th Century Earth devastated by atomic war. Our heroes meet with hideous mutant cavemen, giant spiders, love-struck beauties in short dresses, and jealous old geezers in sparkly skullcaps as they struggle to save humanity and build a new world. 81 min. DVD X4541
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X: The Unknown (UK, 1952)
Director, Leslie Norman. Cast: Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo MacKern. British soldiers on maneuvers near a muddy marsh become ill with mysterious symptoms and horrific burns. Dr. Royston, an atomic scientist, suspects lethal radiation but is mystified by the cause. As this unknown force claims more victions, Dr. Royston becomes desperate to trap the force before its power overcomes mankind. 1952. 91 min. DVD X3158
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1960s

The Angry Red Planet (1960)
Directed by Ib Melchior. Cast: Gerald Mohr, Nora Hayden, Les Tremayne, Jack Kruschen. In this sci-fi thriller the four people who are the first humans from Earth to land on Mars find that they are not welcome as horrifying, gigantic creatures try to kill them, including an enormous breathing amoeba. 84 min. DVD X4984; vhs 999:2518
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Freedman, Carl. "Marxism, cinema and some dialects of science fiction and film noir." In: Red planets : Marxism and science fiction / edited by Mark Bould and China Miéville. Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN3433.6 .R43 2009)
Hammond, Alexander. "Rescripting the Nuclear Threat in 19(53): The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms." Northwest Review, 1984, Vol. 22 Issue 1-2, p181-194, 14p
Hendershot, Cyndy. "Anti-Communism and Ambivalence in "Red Planet Mars, Invasion USA", and "The Beast of Yucca Flats"." Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Jul., 2001), pp. 246-260 UC users only

Assignment: Outer Space (aka Space Men) (Italy, 1960)
Directed by Antonio Margheriti. Cast: Rik Von Nutter, Gaby Farinon, David Montresor, Archie Savage, Alain Dijon. Astronauts on a secret mission to Mars discover that an unstoppable renegade space station is speeding toward a defenseless Earth on a deadly collision course. The scientists are faced with a horrific choice - watch helplessly as their planet is destroyed or risk their lives on a million-to-one chance to stop the impact. When every option seems exhaused, a heroic reporter makes a final attempt to save the Earth. A showcase for the groundbreaking special effects work of Caesar Peace. 79 min. DVD 7734
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Atomic Rulers of the World (Japan, 1964)
Directors: Koreyoshi Akasaka, Teruo Ishii, and others. Cast: Nakayama, Kan Hayashi, Minoru Takada, Utako Mitsuya. A hero from the deepest reaches of space arrives on planet Earth to save mankind from atomic destruction in this feature film comprised of episodes of the popular Japanese sci-fi series Super Giant. As the citizens of the distant planet Emerald watch over Earth, they are shocked to discover that the rouge nation of Mirapolia has distributed atomic weapons all over the planet. Though the Mirapolians have vowed to destroy Earth if they cannot rule over it, the arrival of space savior Starman provides the frightened citizens of the endangered planet a ray of hope in what may be their darkest hour. In English ; dubbed from the original Japanese. 76 min. DVD 7732
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Battle in Outer Space (Uchu daisenso) (Japan, 1960)
Directed by Ishirô Honda. Cast: Ryo Ikebe, Kyoko Anzai, Leonard Stanford, Harold Conway, George Whyman, Elise Richter. The nations of the earth are banding together to fight off invaders from outer space. At the core of their defense is an attack in which two space ships from the earth land on the moon where the aliens have set up their base of operations. But this pre-emptive strike is not enough because back on terra firma, heat-ray guns are called into action as the invasion of flying saucers swings into a full-scale operation. Based on a story by Jotaro Okami. 86 min. DVD X2323
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The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1963)
Directed by Joseph Green. Cast: Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Adele Lamont, Bruce Kerr, Lola Mason. When his fiancee, Jan Compton, is decapitated in a car crash, brilliant but psycho surgeon Bill Cortner can't let her go. He keeps her head alive while searching for a new body. She grows to hate him for not allowing her to die. Using ESP to communicate with one of Dr. Bill's failed experiments - a monster locked in a lab next door - Jan plots revenge. 83 min. DVD X2794
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Annandale, David. "Horror Has Its Ultimate, and I Am That: Severing the Bonds of Identity in The Head and The Brain That Wouldn't Die." In: In: Horror at the drive-in : essays in popular Americana / edited by Gary D. Rhodes. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2003. (Moffitt PN1995.9.H6 H66 2003)
Gonder, Patrick. "Like a Monstrous Jigsaw Puzzle: Genetics and Race in Horror Films of the 1950s." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television; Fall2003, Issue 52, p33-44, 12p

Children of the Damned (UK, 1963)
Directed by Anton M. Leader. Cast: Ian Hendry, Alan Badel, Barbara Ferris, Alfred Burke, Sheila Allen, Ralph Michael, Patrick Wymark. Six gifted young children are found to pose a threat to the world. They all live in England but are from different parts of the world and have no parents. When a psychologist attempts to find out more, he unlocks a horrifying mystery that could lead to the destruction of the universe. Based on the novel by John Wyndham. 89 min. DVD 2832
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Loban, Lelia. "If looks could kill: an examination of the sci-fi classics: "Village of the Damned" and "Children of the Damned."" Scarlet Street, Spring 1994, Issue 14, p64, 7p
Sawyer, Andy. "'A stiff upper lip, and a trembling lower one': John Wyndham on Screen." In: British Science Fiction Cinema London ; New York : Routledge, 1999. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S26 B65 1999)

Colossus: The Forbin Project (1969)
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The Day of the Triffids (UK, 1962)
Directed by Steve Sekely and Freddie Francis (uncredited). Cast: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Kieron Moore, Janette Scott, Mervyn Johns. A spectacular meteor shower blinds most of Earth's population and unleashes a plant spore that grows into giant mobile carnivorous plants threatening humankind. As these Triffids multiphy, an American seaman and his friends flee to Spain for a final confrontation with the plants. Based on the classic novel by John Wyndham (Main (Gardner) Stacks PR6015.A6425 D3 1951). DVD X1473
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Sawyer, Andy. "'A stiff upper lip, and a trembling lower one': John Wyndham on Screen." In: British Science Fiction Cinema London ; New York : Routledge, 1999. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S26 B65 1999)

The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
Directed by Val Guest. Cast: Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Edward Judd. When the United States and the Soviet Union simultaneously set off nuclear explosions, the London Daily Express begins to report on bizarre weather changes around the world. But when the reporters dig deeper, they discover that the blasts have knocked Earth off its axis and sent it hurtling towards the sun. Now, as scorching heat and devastating floods plague the planet, cites explode in chaos and mankind is left with one last hope: a final massive detonation that will either re-balance Earth's orbit or destroy our world forever. 90 min. DVD 933
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Hunter, Ian. "The Day the Earth Caught Fire." In: British Science Fiction Cinema London ; New York : Routledge, 1999. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S26 B65 1999)

Destination Moon (1950)
Directed by Irving Pichel. Co-scripted by Robert A. Heinlein from his novel, Rocketship Gallileo. Produced by George Pal. An American inventor gets private backing to build a rocket so that the United States can reach the moon before the Russians. 91 min. DVD X3091
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Burns, Bob; Weaver, Tom. "Memories of… George Pal." Cinefantastique; Aug2002, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p50-57, 6p UC users only
Doherty, Brian . "Destination Moon: Real Science Fiction and the Real World." In: The science fiction film reader New York : Limelight Editions, 2004. (MAIN; PFA: PN1995.9.S26 S344 2004)
The Fantasy Worlds of George Pal. DVD 370
Lee, Michael. "Teaching fear in 1950s science fiction films." In: Docufictions : essays on the intersection of documentary and fictional filmmaking / edited by Gary D Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995.9.D62 D63 2006)

Destroy all Planets (Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu) (Japan, 1968)
Directed by Noriaki Yuasa. Cast: Kojiro Hongo, Toru Takatsuka, Kurl Crane. Earth is invaded by evil aliens. The prehistoric monster, Gamara, stops the attack. Through mind control, the monster ravages the cities of Japan until it is freed to fight the final battle against the aliens. 91 min. DVD 7725 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Earth Dies Screaming (UK, 1964)
Directed by by Terence Fisher. Cast: Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price. The world has just been decimated by an unstoppable, merciless army of killer robots, and millions of innocent souls have been wiped out. Only a handful of survivors have managed to escape the deadly alien apocalypse, and they must endure a non-stop struggle to save themselves from destruction, and somehow find a way to defeat the marauding death machines-- before the entire human race becomes extinct. 62 min. DVD X3166
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Shail, Robert. "Terence Fisher and British science fiction cinema." Science Fiction Film & Television, 2009, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p77-90, 14p UC users only

Evil Brain from Outer Space(Japan, 1964)
Directors: Koreyoshi Akasaka, Teruo Ishii, and others. Cast: Ken Utsui, Sachihiro Ohsawa, Junko Ikeuchi, Minako Yamada, Shoji Nakayama, Kan Hayashi, Minoru Takada, Utako Mitsuya. From a Japanese television series complete with corny costume, super strength, and the ability to fly from planet to planet, Starman clobbers the bad guys with a frenzied fighting style that looks like a cross between martial arts and a berserk ballet. "The most brilliant mind in the universe" tries to conquer the earth with an army of mutants, monsters, mad doctors, and a "super germ" that turns into a white-faced-witch-like woman with killer-claws. 78 min. DVD 7740
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Fantastic Voyage (1966)
Directed by Richard Fleischer. Cast: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence, Arthur O'Connell, William Redfield, Arthur Kennedy, Jean Del Val, Barry Coe, Ken Scott, Shelby Grant, James Brolin, Brendan Fitzgerald. An elite team of medical and scientific specialists race to save a top government scientist who is suffering from blood clot on the brain. Their mission is to be reduced along with their submarine-like craft to microscope size, enter the bloodstream of the ailing scientist, and journey to the brain to perform an emergency procedure. With only sixty minutes to complete their mission, the scientists find themselves fighting off an attack by white corpuscles, caught in a tornado-like storm in the lungs, and struggling to survive sabotage from one of their own. Special features: Commentary by film & music historian Jeff Bond; isolated score track with commentary by film & music historians Jeff Bond, Jon Burlingame and Nick Redman; "Lava lamps & celluloid: a tribute to the visual effecs of Fantastic voyage;" original props (with video and stills); theatrical trailer; 2 TV spots; deleted scenes; script-to-storyboard; storyboards: pre-miniaturization sequence; production art & stills; posters; lobby card; interactive pressbook. 101 min. DVD 8076
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Brodesco, Alberto. "I've Got you under my Skin: Narratives of the Inner Body in Cinema and Television. Nuncius: Journal of the History of Science; 2011, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p201-221, 21p UC users only
Sawchuk, Kim "Biotourism, Fantastic Voyage, and Sublime Inner Space." In: Wild science : reading feminism, medicine, and the media / edited by Janine Marchessault and Kim Saw (Anthropology RA418.5.M4 W54 2000)
Van Parys, Thomas. "A Fantastic Voyage into Inner Space: Description in Science-Fiction Novelizations." Science Fiction Studies. Jul2011, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p288-303. 16p. UC users only

First Men in the Moon
Directed by Nathan Juran. Cast: Edward Judd, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries. Visual effect, Ray Harryhausen. As a team of United Nations astronauts prepares for a moon mission, they are confused by a man who claims he, his fiancee and a scientist journeyed to the moon 65 years ago and were attacked by grotesque, human-like forms that live in immense crystal caverns. From H.G. Wells' "Account of Life on the Moon". Special DVD features: Photo gallery; This is dynamation; Harryhausen chronicles. 103 min. DVD 3297
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Harryhausen, Ray. Ray Harryhausen : an animated life New York : Billboard Books, 2004. (MAIN: NC1766.U52 H374 2004)
Mandell, P. "Of genies and dragons: the career of Ray Harryhausen." American Cinematographer v. 73 (December 1992) p. 77-81

Godzilla vs. Mothra (Mosura tai Gojira) (Japan, 1964, dubbed in English)
Directed by Ishiro Honda. Cast: Akira Takarada, Hiroshi Koizumi, Yuriko Hoshi, Yoshibumi Tajima, Kenji Sahara, Emi & Yumi Ito, Yu Fujiki, Jun Tazaki, Kenzo Tadake, Susumu Fujita, Yoshio Kosuge, Yutaka Sada. A giant egg washes ashore in Japan and becomes an instant tourist attraction. The only problem is, it belongs to a giant butterfly-like creature from Monster Island named Mothra - and she wants it back! 87 min. DVD 6379
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Godzilla's Revenge (Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru kaijû daishingeki) (Japan, 1969, dubbed in English)
Directed by Ishiro Honda. Cast: Tomonori Yazaki, Kenji Sahara, Eisei Amamoto, Sachio Sakai, Kazuo Suzuki. Little boy Ichiro is tired of being beat up by the local bully and imagines what Godzilla's son Minilla would do in the same situation, so he imagines traveling to Monster Island where he's befriended by Minilla in person! 70 min. DVD 6381
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Last Woman on Earth (1961)
Directed by Roger Corman. Cast: Anthony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Edward Wain. All of the Earth's oxygen temporarily disappears, killing everyone except for two men and one women who are scuba diving. Harold, his wife Evelyn and their friend Martin surface to find that no one else is alive ... anywhere. The two men must compete for the ultimate prize: Evelyn. 71 min. DVD X3599
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Roger Corman bibliography

The Mind Benders (UK, 1962)
Directed by Basil Dearden. Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Mary Ure, John Clements, Michael Bryant, Wendy Craig. When Dr. Henry Longman suspects that the death of his friend, a government scientist, may have been the result of brainwashing, he decides to prove his theory by subjecting himself to sensory deprivation. 109 min. DVD 5794
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Mothra (Mosura)(Japan, 1961)
Directed by Inoshiro Honda. Cast: Furanki Sakai, Koizumi Hiroshi, Ito Emi, Ito Yumi, Kagawa Kyo-ko, Jeri Ito , Sahara Kenji, Hirata Akihiko, Kawazu Seizaburo , Shimura Takashi, Uehara Ken. A giant larva is worshipped by island tribesmen and guarded by twin sisters (Emi and Yumi Ito) who stand only a few inches high. When her tiny protectors are kidnapped from the island previously used for atomic tests, they call for help to Mothra, who metamorphoses into a giant female moth and swoops down on Tokyo to save them. 87 min. DVD X2323
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One Million Years B.C. (1967)
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Panic in Year Zero!
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Planet of the Apes (1968); Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1969)
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Robinson Caruso on Mars (1964)
Director, Byron Haskin. Cast: Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin, Adam West, and The Woolly Monkey. When his spaceship crash-lands on the barren wastelands of Mars, U.S. astronaut Commander "Kit" Draper must fight for survival, with a pet monkey his only companion until he meets "Friday," an alien. Special features: 1994 audio commentary featuring screenwriter Ib Melchior, actors Paul Mantee and Victor Lundin, production designer Al Nozaki, Oscar-winning special effects designer and "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" historian Robert Skotak, and excerpts from a 1979 audio interview with director Byron Haskin; excerpts from Melchior's original screenplay. Survival kit: "Destination: Mars": a new video featurette by Michael Lennick detailing the science and dreams behind Robinson Crusoe on Mars; new music video for Lundin's song "Robinson Crusoe on Mars"; stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos, production designs, and promotional material; theatrical trailer. Program notes feature an essay by filmmaker and space historian Michael Lennick, Melchior's "Brief Yargorian dictionary" of original alien dialect, and a list of facts about Mars from his original screenplay inserted in container. 108 min. DVD X4063
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These are the Damned (aka The Damned) (UK, 1961; released 1963)
Directed by Joseph Losey. Cast: Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Viveca Lindfors, Alexander Knox. "Legal and illegal criminality. An American tourist with a boat is robbed by a gang of teenager boys, assisted by the leader's sister. But soon afterward she jumps to the victim's boat to escape her brother's incestuous jealousy. The couple fly together and is hunted by the entire gang. Both happen to enter high-classified military territory. There might be a third and atomic world war, after which no ordinary man could survive. But now and then children are born who are "naturally" radio-active and have cold blood. They might survive in the post-war world and carry on mankind. They are fetched and brought to an underground construction where they are educated by TV. They are told that they are on a space ship moving toward the earth, which they should eventually colonize. This military project seems to be a failure because of a high mortality among the children. - The military soon finds the gang. The couple finds the children and tries to help them to escape. This situation will develop into psychological and other horror." [IMDB] Based on the novel, The children of light, by H.L. Lawrence. 95 min. DVD X3888; also DVD X5848
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Gardner, Colin. "From Mimicry to Mockery: Cold War Hybridity in Evan Jones' The Damned, Modesty Blaise, and Funeral in Berlin." Media History; Aug2006, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p177-191, 15p UC users only
Hodgens, R. M. "These Are the Damned." Film Quarterly Vol. 19, No. 1 (Autumn, 1965), p. 63 UC users only
Ward, James J. "Outlaw Motorcyclists They're Not: A Contrarian Reading of Joseph Losey's These Are the Damned (1961) and Sidney Furie's The Leather Boys (1964)." Journal of Popular Culture, Apr2010, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p381-407, 27p, UC users only

The Time Machine (1960)
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Village of the Damned (UK / USA, 1960)
Director, Wolf Rilla. Cast: George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn, Martin Stephens, Laurence Naismith. The monsters of this film are a band of innocent-faced, platinum-blond children, all of whom are born in a small, peaceful village on the same day. Their rapid physical development is matched by their fast-growing mental powers. With calm, blood-curdling efficiency, they are soon terrorizing the tiny hamlet. Based on the novel by John Wyndham. 77 min. DVD 2832
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Hendershot, Cyndy. "Domesticity and Horror in House of Usher and Village of the Damned." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 221-27, Fall 2000
Loban, Lelia. "If looks could kill: an examination of the sci-fi classics: "Village of the Damned" and "Children of the Damned."" Scarlet Street, Spring 1994, Issue 14, p64, 7p
Sawyer, Andy. "'A stiff upper lip, and a trembling lower one': John Wyndham on Screen." In: British Science Fiction Cinema London ; New York : Routledge, 1999. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S26 B65 1999)

Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)
Director, Peter Bogdanovich. Cast: Mamie Van Doren, Mary Marr, Paige Lee, Margot Hartman, Irene Orton, Pam Helton. A team of astronauts are stranded after a crash landing on Venus and are assaulted by prehistoric creatures and bewitching alien women. The Venusian sirens become enraged when the astronauts kill their god, a terrible flying beast, and vow to destroy the invaders, calling upon the deadly powers of their ancient gods. As the planet is engulfed in lava and assaulted by storms, the Earthlings must find a way to escape Venus and prevent their ultimate destruction. 79 min. DVD X3469
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Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965)
Director, Curtis Harrington. Cast: Basil Rathbone, Faith Domergue, Marc Shannon, Christopher Brand, John Bix, Lewis Keane, Robert Chantal, Kurt Boden. In 2020 scientists land on Venus and find it populated with such alien creatures as tentacled carnivorous plants, lizard men, and dinosaurs. Special effects and action sequences acquired from the Soviet science fiction film Planeta Burg. 77 min. DVD 7727
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Jules Verne

Jules Verne on film bibliography

The Fantastic Voyages of Jules Verne (Les voyages extraordinaires de Jules Verne) (Animated versions of Verne stories)

Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Directed by Michael Anderson. Cast: David Niven, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Newton, Cantinflas. Traveling across two oceans, over five seas and through 16 countries, an Englishman in the 1870s tries to circumnavigate the world in eighty days to win a wager. DVD special features: Introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne; feature length audio commentary by BBC radio's Brian Sibley documentary 'Around the World in 90 min.'; star-filled extravaganza commemorating the film's one-year anniversary; highlights of the March 27, 1957 academy awards ceremony; newsreels of the Los Angeles premiere and opening in Spain; outtakes; Georges Melies 'A trip to the moon'; stills gallery; theatrical trailers. 179 min. DVD 5483
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Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
Directed by Frank Coraci. Cast: Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Cecile de France, Jim Broadbent, Ewen Bremner, Ian McNeice, Arnold Schwarzenegger. In a lively discussion with Lord Kelvin, inventor Phileas Fogg states his belief that it's possible for someone to travel around the globe in a mere 80 days. Kelvin challenges him to prove it, and adds a wager: if Fogg can't circumnavigate the globe in 80 days, he'll have to give up inventing forever. Fogg and his crew of two take the challenge. They travel by train, boat, balloon, horseback, or any other means at their disposal. 120 min. DVD 3164
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Picture
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Motion Picture Actor - Comedy/Musical (Cantinflas)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film

Around the World in 80 Days (Le tour du monde en 80 jours) (France, 2001)
Directed by Henri Heidsieck. An animated version of the Jules Verne tale about a bet that sends a British inventor, a Chinese thief, and a French artist on a worldwide adventure trying to prove that they can circle the globe in 80 days. Based on Le tour du monde en 80 jours by Jules Verne. 60 min. DVD X2050
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Conquest of the Pole (La conquête du pôle) (France, 1912)
Directed by George Méliès. Scientists from all over the world are meeting to discuss the best way to reach the North Pole. Professor Maboul demonstrates for them the innovative equipment that he has designed for the purpose. When everything is ready, Maboul and several other scientists depart for the pole. Their trip will prove to be even more eventful than expected. DVD 9625; vhs 999:603

Excursion to the Moon (Excursion dans la lune) (France, 1908)
Directed by Segundo de Chomón. DVD 9637: Disc 5; DVD 9450; DVD X5245

The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (Vynález zkázy) (Czechoslovakia, 1958)
Directed by Karel Zeman. Cast: Lubor Tokos, Arnost Navrátil, Miroslav Holub, Jana Zatloukalová, Frantisek Cemý. Using a technique which combines live actors with props and backdrops designed to resemble 19th century illustrations tells the story of an evil man who wants to control all the world. Based on the novel Face au drapeau (English title: For the flag) by Jules Verne. 83 min. DVD X6443
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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
Directed by Henry Levin. Cast: Pat Boone, James Mason, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker.Based on the Jules Verne science fiction novel, a daring scientiest leads an expedition into the interior of the Earth, where fierce dinosaurs and an intelligent reptilian race battle a primitive human civilization. 129 min. DVD 4632
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Journey to the Center of the Earth (Voyage au centre de la terre) (France, 2001)
Directed by Zoltán Szilágyi Varga. An animated version of the Jules Verne tale about a daring scientiest who leads an expedition into the interior of the Earth, where fierce dinosaurs and an intelligent reptilian race battle a primitive human civilization. Based on Voyage au centre de la terre by Jules Verne. 60 min. DVD X2049
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Mysterious Island (1961)
Directed by Cy Endfield. Cast: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill, Beth Rogan, Herbert Lom. Visual effects, Ray Harryhausen. In this sequel to "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", escapees from a Confederate prison camp seize a balloon which is wrecked on a Pacific island, where Captain Nemo of the submarine Nautilus attempts to rescue them from the dangers of the island. Based on the story by Jules Verne. Special features: "The making of Mysterious Island"; "The Harryhausen Chronicles"; and "This is Dynamation" featurette. Based on the story by Jules Verne. 100 min. DVD 3295
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Harryhausen, Ray. Ray Harryhausen : an animated life New York : Billboard Books, 2004. (MAIN: NC1766.U52 H374 2004)
Mandell, P. "Of genies and dragons: the career of Ray Harryhausen." American Cinematographer v. 73 (December 1992) p. 77-81
Renzi, Thomas C. Jules Verne on film: a filmography of the cinematic adaptations of his works, 1902 through 1997 / Thomas C. Renzi. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, c1998. (UCB Main PQ2469.Z5 R37 1998)

The Mysterious Island (L'île mystérieuse) (France, 2001)
Directed by Claude Allix. An animated version of the Jules Verne tale about escapees from a Confederate prison who land in a balloon on an uncharted island in the Pacific. The island is home to carnivorous monsters, bloodthirsty pirates, and the mad genius Captain Nemo, who inhabits the island for his own strange ends. Based on L'île mystérieuse by Jules Verne. 60 min. DVD X2051
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Trip to the Moon (Voyage dans la lune) (France, 1902)
Directed by George Méliès. A group of men travel to the moon by being shot in a capsule from a giant cannon. They are captured by moon-men, escape, and return to the earth. DVD 9625; also DVD 1044; vhs 999:603

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Directed by Richard Fleischer. Cast: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke, Ted de Corsia, J.M. Kerrigan. A trouble-shooting 19th century seaman is trying to discover why so many whaling ships have been disappearing of late. Teaming with a scientist and a diver, they set sail to investigate and are promptly captured by the megalomaniac Captain Nemo, who skippers a lavish, scientifically advanced submarine. 127 min. DVD 1698
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Attebery, Brian. "Beyond Captain Nemo: Disney's science fiction." In: From mouse to mermaid: the politics of film, gender, and culture / Elizabeth Bell, Lynda Haas, Laura Sells, editors. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, c1995. (Electronic location: http://www.netlibrary.com/summary.asp?id=614 (UCB users only; Anthropology PN1999.W27.F76 1995; Main Stack PN1999.W27.F76 1995)
Maertens, James W. "Between Jules Verne and Walt Disney: Brains, Brawn, and Masculine Desire in 20,000 Leagues under the Sea." Science-Fiction Studies. 22(2):209-25. 1995 UC users only
Telotte, J. P. "Science Fiction as "True-Life Adventure": Disney and the Case of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." Film & History Fall2010, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p66-79, 14p UC users only

Miscellaneous Science Fictions

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
Director: Walter R. Booth. Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, John Slattery, Anthony Mackie, Michael Kelly, Terence Stamp. A man glimpses the future fate has planned for him and chooses to fight for his own destiny. Battling the powerful Adjustment Bureau across, under, and through the streets of New York, he risks his destined greatness to be with the only woman he's ever loved. Based on the short story: Adjustment team by Philip K. Dick. 106 min. DVD X5977
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The Airship Destroyer (Der Luftkrieg der Zukunft)(Germany, 1909)
Director: Walter R. Booth. An airship returns to its squadron. Unaware of the looming danger, two young men dream of their future. One of them, a talented inventor, has perfected an astonishing flying machine, which he is about to try out. Suddenly, an invincible and inaccessible army of airships attacks with bombs and homing missiles. The creativity of the special effects turns this short film into a real gem of science fiction cinema.

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April 2000 (Austria, 1952)
Directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner. Cast: Hilde Krahl, Josef Meinrad, Waltraut Haas, Judith Holzmeister, Hans Moser, Curd Jurgens. A comic satirical science-fiction film, as much as a document of a rather short period of Austrian history, namely the ten years from 1945 to 1955 when the four occupying powers were here. The film takes a look into the future year 2000 where some things changed radically but most things are just the same as they were. The Big Four are still in the country and the new president suddenly claims that Austria is independent. The occupying powers immediately call the "World Protection Commission" that should decide whether Austria is endangering the world peace or not. If so, they will destroy the country or at least evacuate the population into sparsely populated regions of the world. In German without subtitles. 101 min. DVD 7748
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Blade (1998)
Directed by Stephen Norrington. Cast: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright, Donal Logue. In this science fiction thriller a tortured soul Blade, possessing powers greater than any man, sharpens his lethal skills under the guidance of a professional vampire hunter. When the bloodthirsty Immortals' lord, Deacon Frost, declares war on the human race, Blade is humanity's last hope for survival. "Blade and Deacon Frost characters created for Marvel Comics by Mary Wolfman & Gene Colan." Special features: Optional audio feature commentaries by actors Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, writer David S. Goyer, cinematographer Theo Van de Sande, production designer Kirk M. Petruccelli, and producer Peter Frankfurt ; optional isolated musical score with commentary by composer Mark Isham ; featurettes: "La Magra" [alternate ending scene] -- "Designing Blade" -- "The Origins of Blade" (an exploration of dark comics) -- "The Blood Tide" [a literary history of vampires, plus a look at real-life blood rituals] -- "House of Erebus" [information about the different vampire houses] -- cast and crew bios [text feature] -- pencil sketches through production designs ; theatrical trailer.91 min. DVD X5629; vhs 999:2119
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Holden, Stephen. "Blade."(Review) (movie reviews) New York Times v147 (Fri, August 21, 1998):B27(N), E27(L), col 1, 12 col in.
Jordan, John J. "Vampire Cyborgs and Scientific Imperialism." Journal of Popular Film and Television, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 4-15, Summer 1999. UC users only
O'Hehir, Andrew. "Blade."(Review) (movie reviews) Sight and Sound v8, n11 (Nov, 1998):42 (2 pages).
Sandars, Diana. "From The Warehouse to the Multiplex: Techno and Rave Culture's Reconfiguration of the Late 1990's Sci-Fi Spectacle as Musical Performance." Screening the Past; Jul2005, Issue 18, p1, 1p

Brain in a Box: The Science Fiction Collection [SOUND RECORDING]
A compilation of music from the science fiction genre, the best representing the era from the 1950s through the end of the millennium. Spanning 50 years, "this 5 disc set is assembled thematically for your cosmic pleasure: one each for movie themes, TV themes, incidental and lounge music, pop and novelty songs." Contents: Disc 1. Movie themes: Rocky horror picture show -- 2001: a space odyssey -- Forbidden planet -- Day the Earth stood still -- It came from outer space -- Creature from the Black Lagoon -- Incredible shrinking man -- Time machine -- Them! -- The Thing (from another -- First men in the moon -- Beast from 20,000 fathoms -- Fantastic voyage -- Planet of the apes -- Andromeda strain -- Close encounters of the third kind -- Aliens -- E.T -- Robocop -- Terminator 2: Judgement day -- Outland -- War of the worlds -- Predator -- Fly -- Mars attacks! --- Matrix. Disc 2. TV themes: Twilight zone -- Lost in space -- My favorite martian -- Doctor Who -- Jetsons -- Time tunnel -- One step beyond -- Outer limits -- Men into space -- Thunderbirds -- Stringray -- Astro boy -- Voyage to the bottom of the sea -- Land of the giants -- Star trek -- Star trek: the next generation -- V (the series) -- Babylon 5 -- Simpsons -- X-files -- Changing channels. Disc 3. Pop: Telstar -- Blast off -- Out of limits -- Have you seen the saucers -- Waiting for the UFO's -- Spaceman -- Space child -- Flying saucer safari -- UFO -- Rocket -- Rocket to nowhere -- For science -- Machines -- Beyond tomorrow -- Theme for The creature from under the sea -- Humans from Earth -- Fear (from "One step beyond") -- Rocket ship -- Radar blues -- Creature with the atom brain -- Rocket ship -- After the gold rush. Disc 4. Incidental/lounge: Frozen Neptune -- Lunar rhapsody -- Man from Mars -- On the dark side of the moon -- Saturday night on Saturn -- Welcome to tomorrow -- Space reflex (blues in 5/4) -- Mars, bringer of war from The Planets -- Theremin solo --Guitars in space -- Nova (Exploding star) -- Space is the place -- Twilight zone -- Cosmic ballad -- Moon gas -- Monsters of Jupiter -- She like me -- Tone tales from tomorrow -- Alien -- On planet X. Disc 5. Novelty: Flying saucer -- Beep! Beep! -- The blob -- Martian hop -- Music to watch space girls by -- Planet Claire -- Gigantor -- Two little men in a flying saucer -- Flying saucer attack -- Flyin' saucers rock 'n roll -- UFOs, big rigs and BBQ -- We're going UFO'ing -- Surf trek -- Mister spacemen -- Meet space pilot Jones -- Purple people eater -- Knocked out joint on Mars -- Tiny space man -- When you see those flying saucers -- Unfunky UFO -- You came from outer space. Sound/D 85 (compact disc)

Brave New Worlds: The Science Fiction Phenomenon
Commentary: Robert Silverberg, Paul Verhoeven, Arthur Clarke, Mark Kermode, Geoff Ryman, John Clute, Brisn Aldiss, Dick Jude, J. G. Ballard, Kim Stanley Robinson, Karen Joy Fowler, Octavia Butler, Dan O'Bannon, Bob Burns, John Brosnan, Robert Wise, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson. This documentary looks at science fiction classic films and novels, pulp fiction, B movies, and the special-effects wizardry of science fiction adventure epics. Interviews with key writers and filmmakers of the genre map out the history of science fiction while clips from a selection of popular films visually demonstrate an "image of the future." 1992. 51 min. Video/C 7391

Dark City (Australia / USA, 1998)
Directed by Alex Proyas. Cast: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, Richard O'Brien, Ian Richardson, William Hurt. When John Murdoch awakens in a strange hotel room, he finds that he is wanted for a series of brutal murders. The problem is he can't remember a thing. Pursued by the police and haunted by the Strangers, mysterious beings who possess the ability to stop time and alter reality, he seeks to unravel the twisted riddle of his identity. But in a city where reality is the ultimate illusion, discovering the truth could be fatal. 100 min. DVD 6088
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Death Watch (La mort en direct)(France / West Germany / UK, 1980)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Cast: Romy Scheider, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton, Therèse Liotard. Roddy has a camera implanted in his brain. He is then hired by a television producer to film a documentary of terminally ill Katherine, without her knowledge. His footage will then be run on the popular TV series, "Death Watch"... 128 min. DVD 8817
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Existenz (Canada / UK / France, 1999)
Director, David Cronenberg. Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Ian Holm, Don McKellar, Sarah Polley, Christopher Eccleston, Willem Dafoe. During the first closed-door demonstration of an amazing new virtual reality game the system's brilliant designer, Allegra Geller, is violently attacked by a crazed assassin intent on killing her and destroying her creation. Forced to flee into hiding, Allegra enlists a young assistant to help her in testing the damaged system. 97 min. DVD 898
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Fantastic Voyage (1966)
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FearDotCom (Fear.com) (2002)
Directed by William Malone. Cast: Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea, Udo Kier, Amelia Curtis, Jeffrey Combs. A mad genius has created a live-cam website that determines a person's deepest fear and then 48 hours later that fear becomes a brutal reality. An investigating detective and a city health inspector know the danger of logging into the site, but both are determined to solve the mystery. 101 min. DVD 3015
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The Futurists; Wizards of the EFX.
Commentary: Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Gene Roddenberry, Dennis Muren, Jim Danforth. The futurists: Takes a look at the history of the development of science fiction films which present a tantalizing peek into what the future might be. Wizards of the EFX: Explains the mechanics and history of special effects including the development of such techniques as stop motion, double exposure, dissolves, miniature models and mirror shots. c1991. 45 min. Video/C 8305

A Galaxy Far, Far Away
"Star Wars" movies have sold more tickets and made more money than any other films in history. This documentary goes deep into what drives this phenomenon through interviews with fans, movie executives, producers and other celebrities to shed new light on the film trilogy that has captivated generations of moviegoers, offering new insight into why these fast-paced science fiction films struck such a powerful chord that crossed race, gender and age lines. c2000. 62 min. Video/C 8491

The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick
A profile of the life of the influential science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick presented through interviews with contemporaries and excerpts from his writings. Dick's writing and ideas on reality, humanity and technology which blend West Coast utopianism, counterculture paranoia and mystical experience have been adapted into films, including Blade Runner and Total Recall. Since very little interview footage exists of Philip K. Dick, this documentary relies on audio taped interviews with Dick, allowing him to comment in his own words. 2000. 80 min. Video/C 7650

Inception (2010)
Directed by Christopher Nolan. Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine. In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, Dom Cobb is the best there is at extraction; stealing valuable secrets inside the subconscious during the mind's vulnerable dream state. His skill has made him a coveted player in industrial espionage, but also has made him a fugitive and cost him dearly. Now he may get a second chance if he can do the impossible; inception, planting an idea rather than stealing one. If they succeed, Cobb and his team could pull off the perfect crime. 148 min. DVD X5023
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The Lawnmower Man (UK / USA / Japan, 1992)
Directed by Brett Leonard. Cast: Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan, Jenny Wright, Geoffrey Lewis. A brilliant scientist, obsessed with perfecting a revolutionary virtual reality software program, enlists the aid of a slow-witted gardener, only to encounter a shadowy group seeking to turn the "lawnmower man" into the ultimate weapon. Based on a story by Stephen King. 108 min. DVD X488
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The films of Stephen King : from Carrie to Secret window Edited by Tony Magistrale. New York ; Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, c2008. (MAIN and PFA: PS3561.I483 Z6555 2008)
Browning, Mark. Stephen King on the big screen / Mark Browning. Bristol, UK ; Chicago, USA : Intellect, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3561.I483 Z56 2009)
Magistrale, Tony. Hollywood's Stephen King New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. (Full-text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3561.I483 Z758 2003)
Williams, Tony. "The King Adaptations." In: Hearths of darkness: the family in the American horror film / Tony Williams. Madison [New Jersey]: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1996. (UCB Main and Moffitt PN1995.9.H6 W46 1996)

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)
Directed by Larry Blamire. Cast: Fay Masterson, Andrew Parks, Susan McConnell, Brain Howe, Jennifer Blaire, Larry Blamire, Dan Conroy, Robert Deveau. In this spoof of 1950's B sci-fi movies a scientist tries to save the world from an assortment of aliens, monsters, an evil scientist and a crabby skeleton. Special features: Retro-style trailer, classic Skeleton frolic cartoon, cast and crew commentaries, Q & A at the American Cinemathéque, "Obey the lost skeleton!" featurette, blooper reel (in color), virtual skelectables. 90 min. DVD X862
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The Master Mystery (1920)
Directed by Burton L. King. Cast: Harry Houdini, Marguerite Marsh, Jack Burns, Ruth Stonehouse, Charles Graham. A motion picture serial starring Houdini as government agent Quentin Locke who infiltrates a corrupt patents company, only to run into the gleaming terror of its robot protector, the Automaton. In order to save the beautiful Eva Brent and find a cure for the dreaded Madagascar Madness, Locke suffers an inhuman array of tortures and physical restraints. He is chained, tied with barbared wire, padlocked in a crate and thrown in the water, tied beneath a descending elevator, strapped to an electric chair, and bound in an elaborate Oriental torture chamber. 238 min. DVD 9731
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Max Headroom (TV, 1985)
Directed by Rocky Morton & Annabel Jankel. Television networks battle one another in an unrelenting ratings war. Whoever controls the airwaves controls the dystopic world in which they broadcast. So when Network 23's star reporter, Edison Carter, uncovers a deadly secret that could shake up the stations dominion over its viewers, the only option is to eliminate Carter before he can make his story public. After Carter's "accident," his mind is uploaded to create the world's first self-aware, computer-generated TV host--Max Headroom! But will Max bow to his creators? Or will he be key to his human alter ego bringing down a network superpower? Disc 1. Blipverts ; Rakers ; Body banks ; Security systems -- disc 2. War ; The blanks ; Academy -- disc 3. Deities ; Grossberg's return ; Dream thieves ; Whackets -- disc 4. Neurostim ; Lessons ; Baby Grobags -- disc 5. Bonus features: Live on Network 23: the story of Max Headroom; Looking back at the future; The big-time blanks; The science behind the fiction.. 60 min. DVD X4314; vhs 999:879
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The Mind Benders (UK, 1962)
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Minority Report (2002)
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max Von Sydow, Lois Smith, Peter Stormare, Tim Blake Nelson, Steve Harris, Kathryn Morris. Washington, D.C. has been murder-free thanks to astounding technology which identifies killers before they commit their crimes. But when the chief of the Pre-Crime Unit is himself accused of a future murder, he has just 36 hours to discover who set him up. Based upon the short story by Philip K. Dick. 144 min. DVD 1479
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The Net (1995)
Directed by Irwin Winkler. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller. A freelance software analyst, Angela Bennett, is inadvertently drawn into a dangerous conspiracy when a client asks her to de-bug a CD-ROM game. Soon the client turns up dead and Angela is next on the hit-list. After the assassins obliterate her official identity, Angela realizes hers is not the only life being destroyed on the Net. 114 min. DVD 6118
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Old Time Radio. Science Fiction [sound recording]
Mercury theatre on the air. "War of the worlds" / writer, H.G. Wells; with Orson Welles, Frank Readick, Ray Collins, Suspense. "Zero Hour" / writer, Ray Bradbury; with Iza Ashdowne, Parley Baer, Lights out. "Meteor Man" / writer, Arch Oboler; with Pedro De Cordoba, X minus one "Mars in heaven" / writer, Ray Bradbury; with Wendell Holmes, Peter Kapell, Bill Zuckert, Mysterious traveler "Operation tomorrow" / writer, Robert A. Arthur, David Kogan; with Leon Janney, Charlotte Holland., Escape "Time machine" / writer, H. W. Wells; with John Dehner, Lawrence Dobkin, Georgia Ellis, Arch Oboler's plays "Rocket from Manhattan" / writer, Arch Oboler; with Elliott Lewis, Lou Merrill, Irvin Lee., Family theater "Twenty thousand leagues under the sea" / writer, Jules Verne; with Gene Lockhart, Bill Woodson , Suspense "Donovan's brain" / writer, Curt Siodmak; with Orson Welles, John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Dimension X "Martian Chronicles" / writer, Ray Bradbury; with Inge Adams, Roger DeKoven, Donald Buka. Originally recorded between 1938 and 1955. Sound/D 97

The Outer Limits (TV Show)
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Pi (Π)(1998)
Director, Darren Aronofsky. Cast: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Samia Shoaib, Pamela Hart, Ajay Naidu, Joanne Gordon, Stephen Pearlman. A brilliant mathematician teeters on the brink of insanity as he searches for an elusive numerical code that will allow him to predict patterns in the stock market. 85 min. DVD 955
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Ray Bradbury Theater
Selections from the Canadian-produced television science fiction series by famed science-fiction author Ray Bradbury. All shows were written by Ray Bradbury, based on his original stories. Originally presented by Home Box Office Television for broadcast between 1985 and 1992.

Dwarf; Miracle of rare device; Lake; Tyrannosaurus rex; There was an old woman; Skeleton; Punishment without crime; And so died Riabouchinska; Haunting of the new; To the Chicago abyss; Veldt; Boys! raise giant mushrooms in your cellar; Pedestrian. Cast: Eugene Levy, Donald Pleasance, Alan Bates, David Ogden Stiers. DVD 5761 (disc 1)

Sound of thunder; Wonderful death of Dudley Stone; Hail and farewell; Here there be tygers; Touched with fire; Wind; Touch of petulance; Black Ferris; Long years; Exorcism; Mars is heaven; Murderer; Usher II. Cast: John Saxon, Eileen Brennan, Barry Morse, Hal Linden, Cedric Smith, Eddie Albert, Robert Culp, Timothy Bottoms. DVD 5761 (disc 2)

Toynbee convector; Day it rained forever; And the moon be still as bright; Colonel Stonesteel and the desperate empties; Earthmen; Zero hour; Utterly perfect murder; Happiness machine; Concrete mixer; Let's play poison; Dead man; Martian; Jar. Cast: Michael Hurst, James Whitmore, David Carradine, Kenneth Welsh, Harold Gould, Ben Cross, Jennifer Dale, Elliott Gould. DVD 5761 (disc 3)

Lonely one; Long rain; Anthem sprinters; Fee fie foe fum; Downwind from Gettysburg; By the numbers; Tombstone; Tomorrow's child; Silent towns; Some live like Lazarus; Sun and shadow; Great wide world over there; Handler. Cast: Joanna Cassidy, Lucy Lawless, Jean Stapleton, Robert Joy, Marton Csokas, Shelley Duvall, Michael J. Pollard, Tyne Daly, Carol Kane. DVD 5761 (disc 4)

Crowd; Marionettes, Inc.; Playground; Screaming woman; Town where no one got off; Banshee; Coffin; Gotcha!; Emissary; Man upstairs; Small assassin; On the Orient, north; Fruit at the bottom of the bowl. Cast: Drew Barrymore, Jeff Goldblum, William Shatner, Peter O'Toole. DVD 5761 (disc 5)

The Sci-Fi Files
For centuries, science fiction has predicted the future. This film series explores the history of this art form using clips from films and expert commentary. Parts 1-4, each preceded by 7 minutes of theatrical advertisements. 50 min. each.

Part 1. Children of Frankenstein. Part 1 traces one of the prevalent themes of science fiction, biological experimentation and its potentially dangerous repercussions. From Frankenstein to 2001, from The Outer Limits to The Fly, this segment highlights some of the dangers of society's relationship with science. Films reviewed: Frankenstein -- Outer limits -- Sleeper -- The Fly --Metropolis -- The Humanoids -- The Time Machine -- Futureworld -- Robocop -- Brazil -- Terminator 2 -- Blade runner -- Barbarella -- Dr. Who -- Time bandits -- Planet of the apes -- 2001: a space odyssey. Video/C 5987

Part 2. Spaceships and Aliens. Part 2 examines spaceships and aliens, some of the most enduring icons of science fiction. This episode describes space as the playground for both mystery and adventure. Clips from films such as Men in Black and Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the quintessential space program, Star Trek are presented to illustrate the role science fiction has played in our quest for and conquest of the universe. Films reviewed: Alien, Trip to the moon, Star Trek, Destination moon, Flash Gordon, 2001: a space odyssey, Forbidden planet, War of the worlds, Men in black, Village of the damned, Day the earth stood still, Invasion of the body snatchers, Woman in the moon, First men in the moon, Dark star, Close encounters of the third kind, It: the monster from outer space. Video/C 5988

Part 3. March of the Machines Part 3 looks at robots, one of the great figures in science fiction. Using clips from classic films and comic strips this episode examines science fiction's obsession with technology, from robotics to computers, from cyberspace to the technological development of weapons. Films reviewed: Robocop, Metropolis, Dr. Who, Johnny Mnemonic, Sleeper, 2001: a space odyssey, Godzilla, Them, War game, Terminator 2, Dr. Strangelove, War games, Mad Max 2, Destination moon, Moonraker, Forbidden planet. Video/C 5989

Part 4. Living in the Future Part 4 examines science fiction movies that project into the future of mankind. By tracing the evolution of the city, attitudes towards women, sex and relationships and the continuing fascination with building ourselves a Utopia--perhaps on Mars, the film examines the dream of what the future may bring. Films reviewed: 1984, Forbidden planet, Rocketship X-M, Stepford wives, Barbarella, Robot monster, Flash Gordon, Devil girl from Mars, Queen of outer space, Metropolis, Woman in the moon, Terminator 2, Blade runner, Soylent green, Johnny Mnemonic, Total recall. Video/C 5990

Seconds (1966)
Directed by John Frankenheimer. Cast: Rock Hudson, Salome Jens, Will Geer, John Randolph, Richard Anderson. Desperate to escape his dreary, dead-end life, an aging banker succumbs to a mysterious organization's offer of a new identity and a fresh start. Surgically transformed into a handsome, young man, he begins a jet-set existence among a shadowy community of similar "reborns." But his heady exhilaration spirals into a heart-stopping terror as he discovers that his newly purchased life carries a terrifying price. 107 min. DVD 1135
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The Signal (2007)
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Cast: A.J. Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Justin Welborn, Scott Poythress, Sahr Cheri Christian, Chad McKnight. New Year's Eve in the city of Terminus. Chaos is this year's resolution. Imagine every cell phone, radio, and television suddenly broadcasting the same mysterious signal over and over. Now imagine these transmissions evoking violent, uncontrollable, psychotic chaos from everyone who comes in contact with them. The signal begins to invade the minds of everyday citizens. Suddenly struck by the power of the insidious transmissions, they are compelled to kill or be killed. Special features: Deleted scenes; "Inside Terminus: the making of The signal" featurette; "Signal breakdown" featurette; transmission intro; "Transmission 14: technical difficulties" featurette; "Transmission 23: the return" featurette; "Transmission 37: crosstown traffic" featurette; "The Hap Hapgood story" (short film); "The signal;" directors commentary. 103 min. DVD X6413
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Stereo (Canada, 1969)
Directed by David Cronenberg. Cast: Jack Messinger, Iain Ewing, Clara Mayer, Paul Mulholland, Ronald Mlodzik. In this first film by Cronenberg, he borrows the structure of an educational film, masquerading as a documentary record of an experiment performed by The Canadian Academy for Erotic Inquiry. The plot centers around a series of surgical techniques that are designed to create the ability for telepathic communication. Initially successful, the researchers introduce the telepaths to various drugs, including aphrodisiacs, to increase the intensity of the bond and induce a state of "omnisexuality." When the telepaths begin to isolate themselves, however, it becomes clear that the experiment has had unforseen side effects -- that ultimately lead to violence. 63 min. DVD 4963
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Smart House (TV, 1999)
Directed by LeVar Burton. Cast: Ryan Merriman, Kevin Kilner, Jessica Steen, Katie Volding. Ben Cooper goes on-line to win a house designed to make life easier. The Smart House takes on a virtual motherly identity who not only becomes overly possessive of the Coopers, but replicates herself into PAT (Personal Applied Technology), out-of-control and dangerously un-delete-able. 82 min. 999:3669
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Source Code (2011)
Directed by Duncan Jones. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Arden, Cas Anvar and Russell Peters. When Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of an experimental government program called the 'Source Code' that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last eight minutes of his life. Armed with the task of identifying the bomber of a Chicago commuter train, Colter must relive the incident over and over again, gathering clues until he can solve the mystery and prevent an even deadlier second terrorist attack. 94 min. DVD X6136
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Spawn (1997)
Directed by Thomas A. Nelson. Cast: Chuck Patton, et al. An animated tale from the comic book industry of a man now a "hell-spawn," battling the forces of evil on Earth and in himself. Using his strange powers, he fights to uncover the truth about his identity and fulfill his destiny in this high action espionage drama full of fantastic imagery. 147 min. DVD X4952
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The Stepford Wives (1975)
Directed by Bryan Forbes. Cast: Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson, Nanette Newman, Tina Louise, Carol Rossen, Patrick O'Neal, Mary Stuart Masterson. Joanna reluctantly moves with her husband and children from New York City to the suburban community of Stepford, Connecticut. But when life in Stepford begins to seem too perfect, Joanna and her new friend Bobby investigate a mysterious conspiracy among the town's husbands. Based upon the book by Ira Levin. 115 min. DVD 4051
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The Stepford Wives (2004)
Directed by Frank Oz. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken, Roger Bart, Faith Hill, Jon Lovitz, Glenn Close. After moving with her husband and children to the well-manicured community of Stepford, Connecticut, former New York television executive Joanna Eberhart is beginning to realize that Stepford is more than just the "perfect" place to live ... it's a little to perfect. All the wives in town are models who cater to their husband's every desire. What is going on behind the closed doors of the Stepford Men's Association and the Stepford Day Spa? Can Joanna figure out the problem before it's too late? Based upon the book by Ira Levin. Special features: Commentary by director Frank Oz; Stepford: a definition; Stepford: the architects; Stepford: the builders; Stepford wives and Stepford husbands; Stepford: deleted scenes introduced by director Frank Oz; Stepford: gag reel; theatrical trailers. 92 min. DVD X2231
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Terror Island (1920)
Directed by James Cruze. Cast: Harry Houdini, Lila Lee, Jack Brammall, Eugene Pallette. A swashbuckling inventor steers his high-tech submarine to a forbidden tropical isle to rescue the father of the woman he loves. The plot, such as it is, involves a ship of sunken pearls, a South Seas trader held hostage for the return of the idol's eye, human sacrifice, and a most peculiar tribe of Polynesians, in which the men are all African Americans and the women are blondes. 55 min. DVD 9731
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Tetsuo, The Iron Man (1988)
Written,edited and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. Fueled by cyberpunk sensuality and wrought iron perversion, the film begins with a bizarre merging of flesh and metal and accelerates into a hyper-hallucinatory state where springs, wires, and solder erupt fountain-like from a man's body. As the "Iron man" mutates uncontrollably into a walking, clanking man-machine, terrorized by his new body parts, sex becomes dehumanized and mechanical. 67 min. DVD 821
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The Thirteenth Floor (1988)
Directed by Roland Emmerick. Cast: Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dennis Haysbert, Armin Mueller-Stahl. To uncover the mystery of a violent slaying and reveal the true intentions of a beautiful seductress, a young scientist must crossover to the virtual world he has created. Based on the novel Simulacron 3 by Daniel Galouye. 100 min. DVD X7173
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The Trouble With Dick (1987)
Directed by Gary Walkow. Cast: Tom Villard, Susan Dey, Elaine Giftos, Elizabeth Gorcey, David Clennon, Jack Carter. The trouble with Dick is women. The trouble with Dick is he's a writer with writers' block. The trouble with Dick is his out of control science fiction imagination! 86 min. 999:3773
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Unforgettable (1996)
Directed by John Dahl. Cast: Ray Liotta, Linda Fiorentino, Peter Coyote, Christopher McDonald, David Paymer. Accused of murdering his wife years ago in a blind, alcoholic rage, Dr. David Krane is desperate to clear his name and discover the identity of the real killer. When a researcher unveils an experimental drug that allows the user to relive the memories of another person, living or dead, Krane sees his chance, and steals a dose of the compound. 117 min. DVD 3773
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Weird Science (1985)
Directed by John Hughes. Cast: Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Bill Paxton, Suzanne Snyder, Judie Aronson, Robert Downey (Jr.), Robert Rusler. Two nerdy best friends have the power to create the "perfect woman". Like a computer-generated fairy godmother, the two use their creation to learn about the pleasures and pitfalls of adolescences. 93 min. DVD 6140
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X: The Unknown (UK, 1952)
Director, Leslie Norman. Cast: Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo MacKern. British soldiers on maneuvers near a muddy marsh become ill with mysterious symptoms and horrific burns. Dr. Royston, an atomic scientist, suspects lethal radiation but is mystified by the cause. As this unknown force claims more victions, Dr. Royston becomes desperate to trap the force before its power overcomes mankind. 1952. 91 min. DVD X3158
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