Ape Week: Planet of the Apes: The Five Telefilms from the 1974 Series (1981)

B&S Movies’ readers are already up to speed on everything ape, with the franchise’s production minutiae readily available—if you want it. But here are the basics that led to the post-Star Wars POTA movies: As result of the first four films’ box office returns—it was the Star Wars of its day—Arthur P. Jacobs, the producer… Continue reading Ape Week: Planet of the Apes: The Five Telefilms from the 1974 Series (1981)

Before Star Wars: Destination Moonbase Alpha (1973) (1978)

Alternately known as Saturn 1999, Space 2100, Space: 1999 Moonbase Alpha, and Space 1999: 1 in various overseas markets for its TV syndication and foreign theatrical distribution, Destination Moonbase Alpha is the Star Wars-inspired feature-film created from the 1976-1977 second season, two-part story arc of Space: 1999: “The Bringers of Wonder” (Ep. 18 and 19,… Continue reading Before Star Wars: Destination Moonbase Alpha (1973) (1978)

A Christmas Cruise (2017)

David DeCoteau made The Wrong Cruise for Lifetime, which also stars Vivica A. Fox, and that movie uses the exact same establishing shot of a cruise ship as this movie. Welcome to the world of DeCoteau, where stock footage and ADR rules the day. This is the second combo of Fox and DeCoteau that I've watched… Continue reading A Christmas Cruise (2017)

Christmas Spirit (2011)

Also known as A Christmas Puppy, this is yet another movie yawned forth from the hellscape of movies that are made by David DeCoteau. If you watched A Talking Cat!?! and were like, hey -- I'd like him to make a Christmas movie, well, you already have Santa's Summer House. But then if you want more, what kind… Continue reading Christmas Spirit (2011)

Before Star Wars: Genesis II (1973), Planet Earth (1974), and Strange New World (1975)

Author Note: This review was previously posted on September 28, 2019, as part of our September Post-Apocalypse Month. You can catch up with all of those reviews by visiting our Atomic Dustbin recap. * * * Okay. Let’s get this out of the way: This is the movie were you video fringe horndogs lose it… Continue reading Before Star Wars: Genesis II (1973), Planet Earth (1974), and Strange New World (1975)

Star Wars Droppings: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)

"In the year 1987, at the John F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA launched the last of America's deep space probes. The payload, perched on the nosecone of the NASA rocket, was a one-man exploration vessel: Ranger 3. Aboard this compact starship, a lone astronaut, Captain William "Buck" Rogers, was to experience cosmic forces beyond all… Continue reading Star Wars Droppings: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)

Brave New World (1980): NBC-TV’s other “Star Wars”

This is a big week for Star Wars fans, courtesy of the nationwide premiere of Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker and with Alden Ehrenreich from Solo: A Star Wars Story cast in the lead as John the Savage in Universal Studios’ third adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s 1932 dystopian novel. Set to… Continue reading Brave New World (1980): NBC-TV’s other “Star Wars”

Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby (1976)

When audiences turned in to the ABC Friday Night Movie on October 29, 1976, they got to see the sequel to one of the biggest horror films ever. However, what they ended up watching had little to nothing to do with its inspiration, 1968's Rosemary's Baby, or the Ira Levin-written sequel Son of Rosemary. The only actor… Continue reading Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby (1976)

Picture Mommy Dead (1966)

Bert I. Gordon was known as "Mister B.I.G." which was a reference to both to his initials and to his preference for directing movies with giant-sized monsters and people like The Amazing Colossal Man, War of the Colossal Beast and Attack of the Puppet People. His daughter Susan Gordon appears in this movie as well.… Continue reading Picture Mommy Dead (1966)