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31 Days Of Space: The Spooky Frontier – I Married A Monster From Outer Space

space the spooky frontierDon’t the goofy title fool you. This entertaining and tense little thriller from 1958 is a lot better than the title suggests.

Newly married Marge Farrell (Gloria Talbott) starts noticing something is wrong with her husband Bill (Tom Tryon). He’s acting cold, distant and even his beloved dogs notice something is up. Marge notices that Bill isn’t the only man in town acting strange. She follows Bill one night and finds him walking to a space ship where an alien leaves his Bill suit and enters the ship!
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31 Days Of Space: The Spooky Frontier – This Island Earth

space the spooky frontierScientist Dr. Cal Meacham (Rex Reason) returns to his home after leaving a conference. Dr. Meacham flies himself but his plane loses power but is fortunately saved by a mysterious green light.

Once he arrives home his assistant Joe Wilson (Robert Nichols) informs him of a mysterious package arriving. The package contains instructions for building a strange new device. Dr. Meacham and Wilson quickly build what turns out to be something called an interocitor, a TV-like device that suddenly has a strange man named Exeter (Jeff Morrow) appear on it informing Meacham that he has passed a test and is invited to join other scientists working for Exeter. Wilson thinks it’s a bad idea but Dr. Meacham goes.
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31 Days Of Space: The Spooky Frontier – Invisible Invaders

space the spooky frontierThe good Dr. Karol Noymann (John Carradine) is killed in an explosion and his colleague Dr. Penner (Philip Tonge) quits the U.S. Atomic Commission calling for change. Later at his house Dr. Penner is visited by the recently deceased Dr. Noymann. Noymann`s moving corpse has been taken over by an alien. An invisible alien!

The alien informs Dr. Penner that his race is going to conquer the Earth and that he should inform the governments to stop atomic testing and to surrender to avoid bloodshed. The race of aliens are invisible and will take over the bodies of the dead if their demands aren’t heeded. Dr. Penner tries to warn the government but nobody believes him. The aliens then step up and start taking over the dead and informing the public to cease testing and surrender.
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Shoot the Messenger’s Elyse Levesque: SK Fostered My Creativity

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A member of the accomplished generation of actresses born in Regina in the mid-eighties (a group that includes Tatiana Maslany and Amy Matysio), Elyse Levesque had already reached notoriety thanks to geek favorite series Stargate Universe. Now she is the lead of the new CBC drama Shoot the Messenger.

Roughly inspired by Rob Ford’s controversial tenure as Mayor of Toronto, Shoot the Messenger is anchored by Daisy (Levesque), a reporter with a nose for exclusives and messy personal life. A seemingly meaningless gang-related death leads her to a vast net of corruption, involving dirty cops, crooked politicians and unsavory characters.

Elyse Levesque relates to Daisy’s ambition and drive. “The character appealed to the darker side of myself”, the actresses confesses. Even though she is often cast in shows filming in Canada (Messenger, Stargate, Cedar Cove) Levesque is based in Los Angeles: “I work everywhere but the city I live in.”

– You have been cast in a number of TV shows. Do you have an inkling early on which ones will last?

– You never do. The industry is so weird, it’s really hard to predict. Stargate Universe was such a great show, great cast, we were confident we were coming back for a third season and found out that was not the case. It’s unfortunate, because you can get really attached to people and is hard to say goodbye. Now that I’m older I try to choose projects that I would like to watch and hopefully other people share my taste. Continue reading “Shoot the Messenger’s Elyse Levesque: SK Fostered My Creativity”

31 Days Of Space: The Spooky Frontier – It Came From Outer Space

space the spooky frontierToday’s 31 Days of Horror entry is the 1953 3D sci-fi horror It Came from Outer Space.

An astronomer John Putnam (Richard Carlson), newly moved to the little town of Sand Rock, Arizona is out with romantic interest and teacher Ellen Fields (Barbara Rush) when the couple see a meteorite crash into Earth just nearby.

They travel out to an abandoned mine and John climbs into the crater finding a glittery trail that leads him to a spaceship. A barely seen alien causes a cave in hiding the ship and blocking it from John. When he gets back the town sheriff Matt Warren (Charles Drake) has arrived and doesn’t believe John’s story of aliens.
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31 Days Of Space: The Spooky Frontier – Critters

space the spooky frontierChanging things up a bit, here’s a movie about aliens landing Earth that don’t want human blood. They just want to eat humans.

On a prison out in the middle of space, the critters escape, making their way to Earth, landing on the Brown’s farm in rural Kansas. The prison hires two shape-changing bounty hunters to capture/kill the critters. The critters a kind of furry looking balls with lots of teeth that shoot out poisonous quills. Father Jay (Billy Green Bush) and son Brad (Scott Grimes) see what they believe is an asteroid crashing in their field. They go check and find a cow has been completely devoured.
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31 Days Of Space: The Spooky Frontier – Not Of This Earth

space the spooky frontierRoger Corman made a lot of movies throughout his long career. Most of them were cheap crap but he managed to make several great films despite his fast shoot time and low budgets. Early in his career he made this 1957 sci-fi horror with his frequent writing collaborator Charles B. Griffith.

A man drops of a woman at her house. As she walks up her steps she sees a man wearing strange sunglasses and carrying a weird briefcase. The man takes off his sunglasses and suddenly kills the woman. He opens up the suitcase and begins draining her blood.
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31 Days Of Space: The Spooky Frontier – Pandorum

space the spooky frontierIn the year 2174 with the Earth massively overpopulated, the spaceship Elysium leaves on a 123 year trip to the distant Earth-like planet of Tanis. The 60,000 passengers are all in cryogenic sleep while a rotating crew run the ship for two year shifts. Eight years into the flight Elysium receives a transmission from Earth informing the crew that they are all that’s left. Earth is gone.

Crew member Bower (Ben Foster) wakes up in his tube, disorientated and confused. Something has gone wrong and he’s suffering from temporary amnesia. Another crew member also wakes up named Payton (Dennis Quaid). He’s suffering the same disorientation and memory loss. There’s something wrong with the ship. There’s no crew and the bridge is sealed off because of power surges. It’s seems like the ship’s reactor is unstable and the doors won’t open. Payton takes command and sends Bower through the air ducts to fix the reactor.
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31 Days Of Space: The Spooky Frontier – Night Of The Creeps

space the spooky frontierIt’s 1959 and a space ship is traveling across the galaxy. Two aliens on the ship are chasing a third that’s carrying a canister. Before they can stop him, the canister is launched out into space and at Earth where crashes in the woods. A young man and his lovely date see the crash and go to investigate. Meanwhile an escaped mental patient welding an axe is on the loose nearby. As the young man takes a look at the canister, a slug jumps into his mouth as his girlfriend is killed by the escaped patient.

27 years later (1986) Chris Romero (Jason Lively) and his disabled friend J.C. (Steve Marshall) have entered college. Chris falls in love with Cynthia (Jill Whitlow), who already has a boyfriend, but he tries to impress anyway by joining a fraternity. As part of their pledge they are ordered to go steal a corpse from the college’s medical centre and leave it on the front porch of a sorority house.
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31 Days Of Space: The Spooky Frontier – The Day Of The Triffids

space the spooky frontierBased on John Wyndham’s novel of the same name, this 1963 sci-fi horror strays from the novel but is still fun to watch.

Bill Masen (Howard Keel) awakens in a hospital, his eyes bandaged from an accident. While he was in the hospital a meteor shower graced the skies of Earth and blinded anyone who was watching it. Along for the ride with the meteors are the triffids, venomous plants that can walk and communicate with each other. They also like eating people.
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