TAMMY AND THE T-REX
1994, Vinegar Syndrome, 82 min, Dir: Stewart Raffill

In this brilliant hybrid of sci-fi, offbeat comedy and rom-com, Michael is a high school student in love with his sweetheart, Tammy. The two of them lead fairly normal lives, barring regular fights with Tammy’s ex, the school bully, Billy. But when Michael is killed trying to escape Billy and his thugs, his body is stolen by evil scientist Dr. Wachenstein, who transfers his brain into a giant, mechanical T-Rex. Soon, Michael is wreaking havoc on his high school tormentors, continuing his romance with Tammy AND trying to stop the evil doctor - as a dinosaur! Featuring the holy trifecta of Paul Walker, Denise Richards and Terry Kiser in the lead roles and stellar work by SFX legend John Carl Buechler, TAMMY AND THE T-REX is a weirdo classic that deserves to be seen on a big screen in all its splatterific gore.


COLOR OUT OF SPACE
2019, 111 min, Dir: Richard Stanley

Director Richard Stanley brings to the big screen his long-gestating adaptation of the H.P Lovecraft short story, starring Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson. After Nathan Gardener (Cage), his wife (Richardson) and their three kids move to a rural farmstead once owned by Nathan’s father, their idyllic new life is shattered by a meteorite that crashes into their front yard, bringing with it an alien organism. The pathogen quickly begins to contaminate plant life, farm animals and, in time, the Gardeners themselves, filling the screen with beautiful, disturbing, hypnotic and hallucinatory images. This creeping, atmospheric tale envelops the viewer in dread and unease until everything finally erupts into an effects-laden, soul-shattering climax.


2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT
1984, Warner Bros., 116 min, USA, Dir: Peter Hyams

Adapted from Arthur C. Clarke's follow-up novel, this underrated sequel to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY follows a joint U.S.-Soviet mission sent to discover what happened to the Discovery spacecraft. Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Bob Balaban and Helen Mirren lead the team of astronauts, with Keir Dullea and Douglas Rain (the voice of HAL 9000) returning from the original film. “This is a good movie. … Once we have freed 2010 of the comparisons with Kubrick's masterpiece, what we are left with is a good-looking, sharp-edged, entertaining, exciting space opera.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


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