Warner Archive Part Deux

Some more of the films I caught during my FREE trial of Warner Archive Instant.

The Black Scorpion

The Black Scorpion (1957) – “Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City.

There are nice stop-motion special effects in this but also some pretty laughable ones (see poster).

Moon Zero Two

Moon Zero Two (1969) – “A space salvage expert and his partner become involved with a group of criminals intent on hijacking a small asteroid made of sapphire and crashing it into the moon for later recovery. The only place that they can bring the asteroid down without drawing attention to themselves is a far side mining claim. But first they must dispose of the miner. Little known to them, however, is the fact that the miners sister has hired the same salvage team to help her locate her missing brother.

One of the few Hammer movies I’ve never seen. Sadly it is not very good.

The Ultimate Warrior (1975) – “Atomic holocaust is not the only plague that threatens our future. New York City, 2012 A.D.: In a devastated world, one tired man finds a reason to fight.

Yul Brynner poses and stabs people – repeat until end of movie in this cheesy, very low-budget post-apocalyptic movie.

World Without End

World Without End (1956) – “Astronauts returning from a voyage to mars are caught in a time warp and are propelled into a post-Apocalyptic Earth populated by mutants.”

Some interesting concepts (the more civilized we become, the less able we are to handle violence) combined with really bad make-up (the mutants) make for a campy 50s sci-fi outing.

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) – “Adventurers return to the overturned ship, seeking a fortune.

The Poseidon Adventure is a classic disaster movie. Beyond the Poseidon Adventure is a classic disaster of a movie. Sally Field’s spunky personality is misused here, creating a character you want to see drowned.

This was supposed to be a tale of the passengers who headed the other way (briefly glimpsed in the original). They then add a crew of salvors who happen to come across the Poseidon after the rescue team has left but before it sinks. Apparently that wasn’t enough so there is also another team that also happens to arrive at the same time that is searching for cargo on the ship. Another movie Michael Caine and the others would like erased from their resumes.

Flood! (1976) – “After several weeks of heavy rainfall, the dam above Brownsville is short from running over. However the mayor refuses to open it’s gates, because he fears for the fishes in the lake… and paves the way for disaster.”

This is a terrible disaster movie from Irwin Allen. He assembled a nice set of B-list celebrities (Roddy McDowall, Robert Culp, Martin Milner, Barbara Hershey, Carol Lynley, etc.) but nothing was spent on production. The effects are terrible and the story is ripped straight from Jaws, replacing Bruce with a seldom-glimpsed dam.

He Knows You’re Alone! (1980) – “A young bride-to-be is being stalked upon by a serial killer. She gets help from a former lover, but will they manage to escape?”

AKA Tom Hanks big break. As expected this isn’t very good and Tom Hanks is not in much of the movie so there isn’t much to recommend it.

 

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