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  • Satan's Satellites

    Satan's Satellites

    ★★★

    One of many Republic chapterplays the studio recycled by editing them down to feature-length and releasing them to theaters and, later, television. This one is a cut-down version of 1952’s 12-chapter ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE, the third serial featuring the Commando Cody character. It played double bills with MISSILE MONSTERS, which was a similarly cut-down version of FLYING DISC MAN FROM MARS.

    It was actually filmed between episodes of a proposed half-hour COMMANDO CODY, SKY MARSHAL OF THE UNIVERSE television…

  • Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut

    Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut

    In 1976, producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind hired Richard Donner, who had just completed THE OMEN, to direct two films about Superman simultaneously. Donner was replaced during production by director Richard Lester (A HARD DAY’S NIGHT), who reshot a lot of Donner’s SUPERMAN II footage and ultimately took solo screen credit. When director Bryan Singer’s SUPERMAN RETURNS was released in 2006, Warner Brothers allowed Donner and his writing partner Tom Mankiewicz (THE SPY WHO LOVED ME) to piece together a…

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  • Action U.S.A.

    Action U.S.A.

    ★★★★½

    Only watch this if you love car chases, car jumps, car explosions, car smashes, and burning men.

  • Invasion of the Star Creatures

    Invasion of the Star Creatures

    ½

    Goddamn this wretched science fiction comedy created by a pair of Roger Corman actors. Jonathan Haze, the star of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, wrote the story and screenplay, which was originally titled MONSTERS FROM NICHOLSON MESA as a tribute to AIP head honcho James H. Nicholson. Bruno ve Sota, whose Corman credits include A BUCKET OF BLOOD and THE WASP WOMAN, directed the film, his third and last as a director. INVASION OF THE STAR CREATURES is worse than any…