Ten feature-length grindhouse science fiction classics on 5-DVDs:
The Brain Machine (1977, Color): A group of volunteers take part in a top-secret experiment involving a computer that can read minds. Designed to be therapeutic, the system performs its tasks with cold efficiency. Misinterpreting the subjects' mild illusions of immortality as dangerous delusional states of denial, the system takes drastic measures to "cure" this "condition" by initiating an extermination program. As scientists race to destroy the computer, shadowy agents from the darker corners of government insist at gunpoint that the experiment run its course to the inevitable bloody conclusion.
Starring James Best, Gerald McRaney, Barbara Burgess, Gil Peterson; Directed by Joy N. Houck, Jr.
The Astral Fiend (1976, Color): A psychopathic serial stangler is convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Despite his deranged mental state, the killer masters a unique form of astral projection and uses his occult powers to escape. A subsequent rash of "invisible stranglings" has policemen chasing shadows, as victims are murdered by unseen hands right before their eyes. Beleaguered detective Charles Barrett must set a trap to snare the astral maniac before he can kill again.
Starring Stephanie Powers, Elke Sommer, Sue Lyon, Robert Foxworth, Alex Drier; Directed by John Florea.
The Day Time Ended (1980, Color): Death-ray robots and swarms of alien spaceships from the future pour through a time-warp, as prehistoric monsters claw their way up from the past, turning the Williams family's isolated desert home into a living nightmare from hell. As chaos swirls around them, their last desperate hope for survival may be the very source of their horror - the worm-hole in time!
Starring Jim Davis, Dorothy Malone, Christopher Mitchum, Natasha Ryan; Directed by John "Bud" Cardos.
The Doomsday Machine (1972, Color): A nuclear showdown between the U.S. and the Red Chinese reaches a boiling point when spies discover that the communists have created a doomsday machine capable of disintegrating the Earth. As the world approaches apocalypse, the Americans hastily launch a crew of male and female astronauts into space in a last ditch effort to save the human race. The orbiting survivors watch horrified as the Earth is destroyed. Adrift in their tiny, vulnerable ship, they must face their greatest fears and a very dark future of hardship, madness and death.
Starring Grant Williams, Mala Powers, Henry Wilcoxon, Ruta Lee; Directed by Harry Hope and Lee Sholem; Cinematography Stanley Cortez.
The Galaxy Invader (1985, Color):A hideous reptilian alien crashes his space ship in rural Maryland. Soon the night woods are crawling with beer-drinking rednecks hankering to capture the "green man," get famous and make a whole lot of money. Leading the chase is drunkard Joe Montague, the violent patriarch of a poor backwoods family. After six men in the hunting party die in a fierce shoot-out, Joe manages to lasso the creature. But a local teen and a freelance UFO investigator are determined to rescue the alien, setting the stage for an angry confrontation that can only lead to more deadly violence.
Starring Richard Ruxton, George Stover, Glenn Barnes, Fave Tilles, Don Liefert; Written & Directed by Don Dohler.
Special Galaxy Invader BONUS Feature: Commentary Track with George Stover, Leanna Chamish, and Dick "Count Gore DeVore" Dyszel
Kong Island (1969, Color): Robot-controlled killer gorillas, guided by signals from a mad scientist's secret underground lab, raid a safari camp, and kidnap beautiful young Diane as she undresses for bed. Her father begs mercenary soldier Burt Dawson to lead a rescue mission. Burt's crew is ambushed in the jungle, leaving him the only survivor. Racing for his life through the underbrush, he comes face to face with the "Sacred Monkey" - a beautiful girl who had been raised by apes. Her help will be crucial for Burt's escape from the dark labyrinths of Kong Island.
Starring Brad Harris, Marc Lawrence, Ursula Davis, Esmeralda Barros; Directed by Robert Morris.
Star Odyssey (1979, Color): A fleet of invading UFOs piloted by android assassins menaces the Earth, and the planetary defense forces are powerless to repel them! Only the world's most brilliant scientist, aided by his hand-picked team of galactic warriors, has any chance of mounting a counter- offensive. Their best hope is to find a way to penetrate the enemy ships' armor, made from Endurium, the strongest substance in the universe. But their desperate search for Anti-Endurium is running out of time as the invaders begin herding millions of humans into slave transport ships. When help finally arrives in the unlikely form of a pair of love-struck robots, the final battle for Earth begins!
Starring Yanti Sommer, Gianni Garko, Malisa Longo, Chris Avram, Ennio Balbo; Directed by Alfonso Brescia.
Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983, Color): A scientist's teleportation device rips a hole in space that leads to another dimension! A bizarre series of accidents sends inventor Dr. Hartmann, beautiful TV reporter Carrie Madison, and martial arts champ Dan through time and into a violent world of swords, warlords and blood-sucking subterranean monsters. Dan's fighting skill's won't be much help after Dr. Hartmann, posing as a wizard, strikes an alliance with Malachi, the barbarian chief, buying his own safety with gifts of powerful "magic" never before seen in this primitive realm - gunpowder and nitroglycerin!
Starring Richard Hatch, John Saxon, Kay Lenz, Peter O'Farrell, Kenneth Hendel; Directed by Terry Marcel.
War Of the Robots (1978, Color, 103 minutes): An army of androids from beyond the solar system is sent to earth to kidnap its greatest scientist in a desperate bid to save their home planet from extinction. A team of space rangers is sent on a daring rescue mission, leading to a final cataclysmic battle in space, as Earth tries to hold off a mass invasion by the robot fleets.
This lavish Italian production comes on the heels of the phenomenal success of American director George Lucas' groundbreaking Star Wars - and its influence is apparent (watch for the light sabers!). Director Alfonso Brescia alternated between gladiator, mafia and space operas in his thirty year filmmaking career. Star Antonio Sabato is the father of well-known American TV personality, Antonio Sabato, Jr.
Starring Antonio Sabato, Yanti Somer, Malisa Longo, Patrizia Gori; Directed by Alfonso Brescia.
It's Alive (1968, Color, 80 minutes): In a subterranean labyrinth beneath the remote mountain home of a deranged madman lurks a hideous creature that lives on human flesh. Three victims, imprisoned in the volcanic hell-hole, plead for their lives to their diabolical captor as they desperately attempt to escape their fate - a quick meal for the monster. This low-budget shocker from notorious Z-budget director, Larry Buchanan (The Eye Creatures, Zontar - The Thing from Venus, Mars Needs Women) stars Tommy Kirk, one-time Disney teen heart-throb. Kirk starred in many Disney live-action classics in the 1950s, including Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson and The Absent-Minded Professor.
Starring Tommy Kirk, Bill Thurman, Shirley Bonne, Annabelle MacAdams, Coveth Ousterhouse; Directed by Larry Buchanan.