Tuesday, September 27, 2016
THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE (1972)
This film really seems like something that woulda been made back in the 50s but it's actually a pretty low-budget sci-fi deal from 1972. The plot is a really simple one that concerns a spaceship to Venus that winds up holding the last few humans left alive after those rascally Chinese blast the Earth to smithereens with their "doomsday machine". Four men and two women comprise the crew which leads to some uncomfortableness including one near-rapey scene (since this wasn't actually made in the 50s) and lots of pondering humanity's weaknesses. America's Top 40 radio host Casey Kasem shows up briefly working in mission control and a couple of guys from M*A*S*H*(Mike Farrell and Wayne Rogers) play reporters but most of the movie takes place in the stuffy confines of our spacecraft. For the most part a serious piece of 70s sci-fi(with some goofy bleeding eyeballs!) that uses quite a bit of stock footage from the Japanese flick GORATH and the American movie THE WIZARD OF MARS and is a little tough to stay awake through at 4am so pick a more respectable time and give it a look if it sounds like your cup of tea.
This was one of the more boring movies Elvira hosted on her Movie Macabre show.
AKA ARMAGEDDON 1975 and DOOMSDAY.
Released on VHS as ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH: