Sci-Fi Horrorfest: A Trip to the Moon (1902)

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2018 Sci-Fi Horrorfest: A Trip to the Moon (1902)
Cast:        Victor Andre as The Astronomer
Henri Delannoy as Captain of the Rocket

Based on the works of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells
Directed by George Melies

Plot: A group of men build a rocket and travel to the moon, where they discover it’s inhabited by moon creatures. Will they escape to return safely to Mother Earth?

Richard’s Review: At a running time of just 16 minutes, this short feature has never looked better. With a restored color-tinted print, it is a brilliant showcase of a genius before his time. While the film is certainly dated (it is 116 years old after all), it remains as amazing as ever and a true symbol of celluloid ingenuity that is sorely missing in many filmmakers today. And while I normally prefer a more traditional score, musical duo Air do a fantastic job of creating mysterious and innovative music that enhances the journey. Highly recommended!

Karla’s Thoughts: The special features are an absolute must, with the 65-minute documentary, The Extraordinary Voyage, telling the sad yet incredible story of George Melies. It should be viewed before the movie as it will make you appreciate it even more. I was also surprised by the bright colors in this print. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Bonus Recommendation: Karla and I both recommend you also watch Hugo (2011) for an interesting tale that weaves the story of George Melies with the story of a young boy named Hugo (Asa Butterfield). It’s a beautifully made film by Martin Scorsese that is both fantasy and informative. Plus, Sir Ben Kingsley is wonderful as George Melies.

Hugo

Trivia:

  • In 1898, George Melies produced the first version of A Trip to the Moon, which featured an astronomer looking at the moon through a telescope.
  • Elements from the Jules Verne novel, From the Earth to the Moon, are interwoven ever so loosely into the script.
  • George Melies never made any money from this classic film, due in large part to Thomas Edison making illegal copies of the film for distribution in the United States.
  • While Melies made more than 500 films, only 300 or so still exist. Considering Melies destroyed his own copies of the films out of anger over being pushed out of filmmaking, it’s a miracle any of his films still exist today.
  • Although prints of the film existed for years, the first color-tinted print was discovered in 1993. It was only in 2010 that technology allowed a complete restoration of the original color-tinted prints.

Availability: Flicker Alley originally produced a special edition Blu-ray in 2012, but it soon went out-of-print and prices skyrocketed. Thankfully, a new edition has just been released with all of the special features still intact.

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2018 Sci-Fi Horrorfest Begins Tomorrow

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Last summer, I embarked on a summertime journey to watch a nice stack of sci-fi and horror movies that had been on my “to watch” list for awhile. Sadly, the journey got sidetracked by real life. This year, the summer of 2018 looks a lot calmer (knock on wood) so Karla and I are loading up the intergalactic Winnebago to embark on the 2018 Sci-Fi Horrorfest. There’ll be new flicks, revisits and a few surprises. From Harryhausen to giant ants, it’s going to be a fun trip!

The first stop is tomorrow as we travel back about as far as we can go…to the year 1902! So get the popcorn popping and the Coca-Cola chilling as we fire up the projector at warp speed! 

Classic Horrors Club Podcast – Those Pesky Flies

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What’s that buzzing you hear? What does that spider have captured on it’s web? This month on episode 18 of the Classic Horrors Club Podcast, Jeff and I sit down to talk about The Fly trilogy. We start with the two Vincent Price classics, The Fly (1958) and Return of the Fly (1959), before wrapping up with Curse of the Fly (1965).

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Mihmiverse – Killers from Another World

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The Kansas City Crypt is open again and this month on episode 43 of the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast, the Monster Movie Kid talks about Killers from Space (1954) and how it relates to the Christopher R. Mihm classic, It Came from Another World (2007)!

Be sure to check out the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm for all of the great merchandise and information on how you can help make future films happen!

Classic Horrors Club Podcast – Happy Birthday, Rondo Hatton!

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April 22 is the birthday of Rondo Hatton and since this is also the month of the Rondo Awards, Jeff and I decided to sit down and dedicate episode 17 of the Classic Horrors Club Podcast to all things Rondo. In addition to talking about the awards, we also talk about the last three films of Rondo Hatton, all from 1946. First, we go over The Spider Woman Strikes Back, then House of Horrors and, finally, The Brute Man.

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Podcasts, Piranha (1978) and More!

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It’s a double dose of podcasts as piranha are on the loose! First up, Jeff Owens and I recently returned to the Nightmare Junkhead podcast for episode 114 and their second annual March Madness tournament of horror classics. This year, we traveled back to 1978 to discuss Halloween, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dawn of the Dead and, of course, Piranha!

Then, this week on episode 553 of the Dread Media Podcast, tune in to listen to my full review of Piranha. Summer is right around the corner, so will it be safe to go back into the water?

As always, tell ’em Monster Movie Kid send you!