Are you a fan
of vintage SF (film and TV) of the '30's through late '60's?
Would you like to get together with other local fans to watch & discuss your
This was the age of damsels in distress, pocket-change special effects, and
those fabulous rubber monster suits. At the same time, such writers
as Robert Heinlein, C.L. Moore, and Theodore Sturgeon crafted mature and
contemplative screenplays for television and theater audiences. Come watch
the best and worst from this era!
For more information, e-mail:
Gerry Williams (filmist "-at-" mac.com)
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Saturday, August 17, 2019
7:00PM - 11:00PM (approx)
THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS
(USA, 1953) 80 minutes
As a result of an arctic nuclear test, a carnivorous dinosaur thaws out and starts making
its way down the east coast of North America. Professor Tom Nesbitt, only witness to the beast's
existence, is not believed, even when he identifies it as a "rhedosaurus" to paleontologist
Thurgood Elson. All doubts disappear, however, when Elson is swallowed whole during an oceanic
bathysphere excursion to search for the creature. Soon thereafter the rhedosaurus emerges from
the sea and lays waste to Manhattan Island until Nesbitt comes up with a plan to try to stop
the seemingly indestructible beast.
BEGINNING OF THE END
(USA, 1957) 76 minutes
Reporter Audrey Ames is driving along a highway in Illinois when she is stopped by the
military. She then finds out that a small town was destroyed and everyone has seemingly
disappeared. She then goes to a lab run by the Department of Agriculture. While she is there
she meets the lab's director, Dr. Ed Wainwright. Ed then tells her that strange things have
been happening ever since he discovered that a bunch of grasshoppers managed to get into a
silo containing a batch of radioactive wheat. They soon discover that the grasshoppers have
grown to monstrous proportions and not only are devouring the local vegetation, but have
developed a taste for human flesh as well. Now the locusts are marching towards Chicago and
the military is threatening to destroy the city with the atom bomb. Can another solution to
stop the monsters be found before it is too late?
JONNY QUEST: DRAGONS OF ASHIDA
(USA, 1964) 25 minutes
The Quests visit an old colleague, an esteemed biologist who now turns out to be
an insane breeder of vicious monster lizards.
San Diego Reader Building
San Diego, CA 92102
Please RSVP to Gerry Williams (filmist "-at-" mac.com)
as seating is limited.
NEXT MONTH: August 17, 2019
"Missile to the Moon" (1958)
and "Mutiny in Outer Space" (1965)
and "Jonny Quest: Pursuit of the Po-Ho" (1964)