Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X
Dir: Paul Bunnell
“They Sing! They Dance! They're Juvenile Delinquents From Outer Space!” Director Paul Bunnell used the last of Kodak’s 35 mm black-and-white film stock to make this mad concoction of ’50s sci-fi, crime and rock & roll flicks. Banished to Earth, Johnny X (Will Keenan) and his gang search for a powerful “resurrection suit” and find dangerous dames, zombie musicians and loads of B-movie fun. Songwriter Paul Williams and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS’ Kevin McCarthy (in his final feature film) shine in cameo roles.
Director Don Siegel (DIRTY HARRY) and screenwriter Daniel Mainwaring adapted Jack Finney’s novel into a brilliant, utterly compelling sci-fi story of a small Southern California town overtaken by alien seedpods, which mutate into emotionless doppelgangers of the human inhabitants. Still one of the most frightening movies ever made and a paranoiac’s delight, the picture has been credited as a metaphor for the Red Scare. Kevin McCarthy is excellent as the returning-from-a-trip doctor who gradually realizes the insidious changes going on right under his nose. The exceptional supporting cast includes Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones (Morticia of TV’s "The Addams Family"), King Donovan, Larry Gates and a cameo by a young Sam Peckinpah (!).
New World Pictures,
Dir: Joe Dante
Screenwriter John Sayles cleverly riffs on JAWS in this early directorial effort from Joe Dante, in which a school of deadly mutant piranha heads for a sleepy summer community. Combining crisp action with razor-sharp satire, this fast, funny and scary creature feature is one of the best films to come out of producer Roger Corman's New World Pictures in the 1970s.