Category Archives: Classic Movies

Star Trek Enterprise The Finale And Aborted Fifth Season

These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise that never took place. Nice insight into the final episode of Star Trek Enterprise and the fifth season that never was. While not a huge fan of the series, I thought it had finally hit its stride in the fourth season and it should have had a fifth.

This isn’t the first time a former ‘Enterprise’ producer has teased the season that never was. In particular, fourth season showrunner Manny Coto has described planned stories dealing with the construction of the first starbase, a return to the mirror universe, and a “previsit” to the cloud city of Stratos (originally seen in the original series episode ‘The Cloud Minders’). In addition to these episodes, Coto has also said that the writing staff was seriously considering promoting the recurring character Shran (played by Jeffrey Combs) to a series regular. This would have involved him joining the crew in a similar capacity to T’Pol.

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‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ Producer On The Finale And Aborted Fifth Season


The Dark Side Of Gulliver’s Travels To The Moon With Pink Floyd

So you thought the mashup of Pink Floyd and The Wizard Of Oz was cool? Check this out, the super cool first ever live performance of Dark Side Of The Moon in London on December 17, 1972 put to the classic Max Fleischer animation of Gulliver’s Travels from 1939. Sit back, toke up and enjoy.

John Wayne 10 Hours Of Classic Movie Serials

Hurricane Express 1932 Classic Movie Serial from 1932 starring a 25 year old John Wayne. Epic length nearly four hours. When his father is killed in a train wreck, Larry Baker (John Wayne) vows to unmask a mysterious criminal called “The Wrecker,” who has targeted the L&M Railroad for deadly” accidents.

The Three Musketeers 1933 Tom Wayne, played by John Wayne, rescues Clancy, Renard and Schmidt in the Arabian desert and they join him in going after El Shaitan, a bad guy who is never seen as he tries to wipe out the Foreign Legion. Look for Lon Chaney Jr. and Noah Beery Jr. in the supporting cast.

Shadow of the Eagle 1932 The Eagle uses sky writing to make threats against a corporation. Nathan Gregory owns a traveling fairground and is thought to be the Eagle. Craig McCoy (John Wayne) is a pilot who goes looking for the Eagle when Gregory turns up missing.

These movies are in the Public Domain

The B List ~ My Favorite Sci-Fi Horror Films

Any kid who grew up in the sixties probably got their first taste of Science-Fiction and Horror from the Saturday night Fright Flicks which were endemic to local TV in that era. I lived in Ames, Iowa from 1963 to 1967 and our show was Grave’s End Manor which was hosted by a bald headed whack job named Malcolm and his hunchbacked, mute sidekick Claude. Eventually, they were joined by the Count of Dezmodat, a comic vampire and Claude’s girlfriend, Esmeralda. Luckily, this one clip of the boys in action yet remains.

These cats were fun to watch, but the best was the bizarre movies they introduced us to, so I’ve decided to make a list of these must see B classics. Among them are the Universal standards from the 1930s and 40s starring Karloff, Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr., but also a host of rarely seen later classics made on a shoestring budget that have defied the odds and lived on, in their monstrous afterlife, to become cult classics. Here are three of my favorites that have stood the test of time.

Beyond The Time Barrier 1960

Filmed in a shopping mall in Texas, this low budget film is surprisingly realistic and effective. On par with the original Night of the Living Dead for its inherent spookiness.

The Angry Red Planet 1959

It’s what you don’t see that you remember in this movie. You’ll always be wondering what was on the mysterious island the astronauts were trying to reach. Shot in ten days for $200,000.

Castle Of The Living Dead 1964

A diabolically over the top Christopher Lee performance, was there any other kind, mixed in with Donald Sutherland playing two roles as both a nose picking military fool and cross dressing as a mystic crone.  And oh yeah, a heroic dwarf. Far out. It doesn’t get much better than this.