The Renown Pictures Vintage Sci-Fi Collection
ONCE IN A NEW MOON – (1935) Director: Anthony Kimmins. Stars: Eliot Makeham, René Ray, Morton Selten, Derrick De Marney. When the small town of Shrimpton-on-Sea is dragged out into space by the force of a ‘dead star’ passing Earth, the populace try to organise a local government based on equal rights for all, but conflicts arise between the local aristocracy and the villagers. Filmed At Shepperton Studios. Watch out for the great Wally Patch and a young Thorley Walters at the start of his career.
THE NIGHT CALLER – (AKA Blood Beast From Outer Space) (1965) Director: John Gilling. Writers: Jim O’Connolly (screenplay), Frank Crisp (novel). Stars: John Saxon, Maurice Denham, Patricia Haines. An intelligent, restrained, moody and highly effective film. Scientist John Saxon, working at England’s Falsley Park research station, grapples with a mysterious sphere that has touched down on the moors, direct from the Jovian moon Ganymede. The film cleaves fairly evenly into two discrete sections. In the first, Saxon and his Falsley co-workers (including blonde, no-nonsense Ann Barlow, played by the excellent Patricia Haines) conduct tests on the sphere and endeavour to puzzle out its mysteries. In the second half, Saxon assists Scotland Yard in its investigation of the disappearances of several dozen young women, all of whom had answered an ad for a modelling job in “Bikini Magazine.” Filmed At Shepperton.
PHANTOM FROM SPACE (1953) Directed and Produced by W Lee Wilder. Stars: Ted Cooper, Tom Daly, Steve Acton and Burt Wenland. An alien being with the power of invisibility lands in Santa Monica. Killing two people who attacked him due to the menacing appearance of his spacesuit, the creature takes it off while being pursued by the government authorities.
DR.CYCLOPS (1940) Castle Films Digest version. Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack. Producer: Dale Van Every. Stars: Albert Dekker, Thomas Coley, Janice Logan, Charles Halton, Victor Kilian, Frank Yaconelli, Paul Fix and Frank Reicher. Four explorers are summoned to Peru by the brilliant physicist Dr Thorkel. They discover a rich source of radium and a half-mad Thorkel who shrinks them down to one-fifth their normal size when they threaten to stop his unorthodox experimentation. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for special effects in the 1941 ceremony.
TARGET EARTH – (1954) Director: Sherman A. Rose. Stars: Richard Denning, Kathleen Crowley, Virginia Grey. Raw Panic The Screen Never Dared Reveal! Giant robots from Venus invade Chicago… Stranded in the deserted city are strangers Frank and Nora.
STRANGER FROM VENUS – (1954) Director: Burt Balaban. Stars: Patricia Neal, Helmut Dantine, Derek Bond. Tonight, first contact will be made! A beautifully-crafted tale of a superior being from Venus who has the power of life and death at his touch. Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Neal’s glowing and sensitive performance as a woman caught up in the biggest event in history is complemented by Helmut Dantine’s powerful, moving portrayal as the Stranger.
THE ALIEN FACTOR – (1978) Director: Don Dohler (as Donald M. Dohler). Stars: Don Leifert, Tom Griffith,Richard Dyszel. A spaceship containing specimens for an intergalactic zoo crashes on Earth near a small back woods town. The specimens escape, and soon town folk are turning up mutilated.
CAPTIVE – (1980) Directors: Robert Emenegger, Allan Sandler. Writers: Seth Marshall III (screenplay),Robert Emenegger. Stars: Cameron Mitchell, David Ladd, Lori Saunders. Earth and the planet Styrolia are at war over the possession of valuable Dirathium crystals. A Styrolian warship is shot down on Earth, and the surviving aliens make their way to a nearby farmhouse where they take the family captive.
PSI FACTOR – (1980) Director: Bryan Trizers. Writers: Steven Posner, Robert Emenegger. Stars: Peter Mark Richman, Gretchen Corbett, Tom Martin. Aliens from another dimension cross space and time to come to Earth. A scientist tries to discover what their motives are.
THE DREAM DOCTOR (1936) Director: R W Lotinga (real name Widgley R Newman). Cinematography: John Miller. Stars: Julie Suedo, Sydney Monckton, Leo Genn, Margaret Yarde, Yvonne Murray, Peter Cousins, Thelma Sheehan and Jennifer Skinner. A lady gypsy interprets the dreams of a doctor’s patients, but are her readings any more true than her psychic pronouncements?