The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

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In 1943, scientists experiment with a device that will make a destroyer escort radar invisible. It makes the ship disappear all right, it makes it vanish completely and two of the sailors aboard get dropped into the year 1984, more than 40 years into the future.

Coincidentally, in 1984 a similar experiment, this time a missile shield, is attempted with a small town which is sucked into a time vortex connecting the two experiments. It is up to David Herdeg, one of the sailors, and Allison Hayes (from 1984) to shut down the experiment and heal the rift in time.

I really liked this film. The sequel was just OK and the 2012 remake is OK, not great.

IMDB Score: 6.1/10
Amazon Score: 4.2/5

 

The Phantom Planet (1961)

Phantom Planet

It’s the distant future (1980) and a space patrol rocket is sucked into a crash landing on an asteroid the size of a planet.  The asteroid appears then disappears on radar.  Astronaut Chapman is pulled off of the Mars project to check out the disappearance and is pulled down to the asteroid as well.

On the asteroid, Chapman is greeted by several tiny men, only to be shrunk himself!  When his ship is sent away, how will Chapman escape?

Here’s another film that has been colorized for no real good reason.

IMDB Score 3.2/10
Amazon Score 3.1/5

 

 

Phantom from Space (1953)

Phantom Space

A UFO is tracked to Santa Monica but disappears.  Radio interference in the area brings the FCC to the area.  A man in a strange suit, and with no head, attacks two men.

The hunt is on for the man and the radio interference.

I can’t say I understand why they went to the trouble to colorize this movie, it’s not that great.

IMDB Score 4.0/10
Amazon Score 3.3/5

 

The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1955)

Phantom Leagues

When a fisherman washes ashore with strange burns, Ted Baxter/Dr. Stephens, an oceanographer, is interested, so is William S. Grant, Special Investigator for the DOD.

Meanwhile, Professor King is conducting secret research.  Does The Phantom have anything to do with this research?  Is the radioactive spot on the ocean floor man-made?

I can see why this was so popular at the drive-ins.  It’s actually a pretty good movie.

IMDB Score 3.3/10
Amazon Score 2.5/5

 

The Phantom Creeps (1939)

Phantom Creeps

Bela Lugosi stars as Dr. Alex Zorka in this serial from the 30s.  Zorka is a mad scientist who has numerous inventions that the government wants:  Suspended animation, a robot and invisibility all powered by a meteorite fragment of his own discovery.  Unfortunately certain nefarious characters wants his inventions as well.

Pursued by Captain West of Army Intelligence, Zarka tries to make good his escape.  Invisible, Dr. Zorka is The Phantom.

This is just a so-so serial with a disappointing ending.

IMDB Score 4.5/10
Amazon Score 3.6/5

 

Parts: The Clonus Horror (1979)

Parts - Clonus Horror

OK. This movie is out of print and the asking price for a used copy is stupid. Now, the IMDB score is a little low and the Amazon score is a little high. If you’re connected to my Plex server, watch this film for the joy of B movies and interesting plot ideas.

In a future not far from our own, there is a secret project where the ultra-rich can pay for a clone that can be used for body parts should you ever need them.

The clones are in top shape before they qualify to “go to America” (are killed and frozen for later harvesting).

But a clone escapes the compound and seeks out his sponsor.

IMDB Score: 3.4/10
Amazon Score: 4.1/5

  

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

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Ofelia is lead to the labyrinth by a stick insect which becomes a fairy.  Believed to be the reincarnated princess of the underworld, Princess Moanna, the faun there gives her the Book of Crossroads that explains the first two of three tasks she must complete before the full moon.  But, she doesn’t follow directions on the second task and this angers the faun.

Meanwhile, the Captain (Ofelia’s step-father) is leading the attack against rebels of the state in a nearby wood.  The Captain’s housekeeper Mercedes is working for the rebels from within the household as is the doctor.

This is not a hollywood film so lacks the rousing finale, but ends well.

This movie is in Spanish with English subtitles.

IMDB Score 8.2/10
Amazon Score 4.4/5

 

Pacific Rim (2013)

 

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Sea monsters from another dimension have begun to invade the Earth through a rift in the ocean floor.  After battling them with conventional weapons and barely winning, huge battle-bots are created to challenge the creatures.

Driven by two humans that are mind linked, the battle-bots successfully defeat the creatures, but slowly loose ground.  They are retired after giant walls are erected around the continents.  This does not work as well as expected so the battle-bots are resurrected in a grass-roots effort.

An old driver comes out of retirement and challenges the monsters again with a rookie pilot at his side.

The fight scenes are a bit drawn out and this cuts down on plot time.  This isn’t a bad flick, but the scores may be a little high.

IMDB Score 7.0/10
Amazon Score 5.0/5

 

Omega Man (1971)

 

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Doctor/Colonel Robert Neville is the last surviving member of the human race because of an experimental vaccine he took as a desperation measure when a world-wide plague struck.

But he’s not alone on Earth, The Family lives a nocturnal life in the same city as the Doctor.  The family is a large group of near-human creatures that were changed because of the plague.

When Neville discovers other survivors, it is up to him to keep them from changing themselves.

This is an OK movie but lacks real action.

IMDB Score 6.6
Amazon Score 4.1/5

 

Oblivion (2013)

Oblivion

Normally an IMDB score of 7 or higher is a guaranteed good movie, but I have to disagree with this movie.

First problem, it stars Tom Cruise.  I don’t much care for him.  Secondly was the plot.  I think it had too much filler.  The twist was good, but not enough to make it a great movie.

Jack Harper is a drone repair tech.   The drones protect fusion energy generators which work to secure resources for the colonists on Titan, where humanity has gone after a devastating war on Earth.  The drones specifically protect against attacks from Scavs (Scavengers) the enemy in the war.

But all is not as it seems and Jack discovers this.

IMDB Score 7.0/10
Amazon Score 3.9/5