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Although NASA scientists are claiming the unexpected eclipse and strange "hot hail" are nothing to worry about, Dr. Hans Zarkov (Topol) knows better, and takes football star Flash Gordon (Sam Jones) and travel agent Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) with him into space to rectify things. They land on planet Mongo, where the despot Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow) is attacking Earth out of pure boredom. With the help of a race of Hawkmen, Flash and the gang struggle to save their home planet.

Initial release: September 1980 (Turkey)
Director: Mike Hodges
Featured song: Flash
Budget: 35 million USD
Music composed by: Queen, Howard Blake

A group of models and cameramen go to a castle to shoot covers for horror novels where they’re captured and tortured by the castle’s owner, the Crimson Executioner. The evil spirit of a former resident known as ‘the Crimson Executioner’ is then released by accident. The spirit possesses Travis, who begins punishing his guests for their (unspecified) physical and spiritual imperfections.

Seymour Krelboin (Jonathan Haze) works in the Skid Row flower shop owned by Mr. Mushnik (Mel Welles). In his spare time, Seymour creates a new plant species he names Audrey Junior in honor of his girlfriend Audrey (Jackie Joseph). Audrey Junior begins speaking and demands to be fed human blood and flesh, convincing Seymour to kill a railroad detective, a sadistic dentist and a trollop. Seymour's guilt over the deaths forces him to confront Audrey Junior in a final confrontation.
Initial release: August 5, 1960
Director: Roger Corman
Screenplay: Charles B. Griffith
Producer: Roger Corman
Cinematography: Archie R. Dalzell, Vilis Lapenieks

The Adventures of Superboy is a proposed TV series that was put into production in 1961. It was meant to capitalize on the success of Adventures of Superman, which went out of production in 1958. Only a pilot episode ("Rajah's Ransom") was produced, although 12 additional scripts were prepared, should the series be picked up.

It featured the first non-comic book portrayals ever of Superboy and Lana Lang and stands as a forerunner of later series Superboy, which lasted four seasons and Smallville, which lasted ten seasons.

Popeye the Sailor is a cartoon fictional character created by Elzie Crisler Segar. The character first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip, Thimble Theatre, on January 17, 1929, and Popeye became the strip's title in later years; Popeye has also appeared in theatrical and television animated cartoons.

Episode 1: The Purple Death is part of the classic Captain America serial from 1944 starring Dick Purcell as Captain America.

A rash of suspicious suicides among scientists and businessmen, all found holding a small scarab, gets the attention of Mayor Randolph. He demands that Police Commissioner Dryden and District Attorney Grant Gardner get to the bottom of the case, while openly wishing that Captain America, a masked man who has helped defeat crime in the past, were around to solve the mystery. Gail investigates and realizes someone knows of the purple death. However he then pulls out a gun and takes her into another room. He then orders an associate to tie her up. The D.A. realizes she is there and forces the man to take him to her. He finds her tied up and gagged. He frees her but it is threatened that the purple death will be dropped killing them all. But the D.A. shoots him then gets out of the room with Gail.

All of the suicides were members of an expedition to some Mayan ruins. One of the few remaining survivors, Professor Lyman, turns to his friend Dr. Maldor for support. Dr. Maldor, however, reveals that he is the man responsible for the deaths. He wants revenge because he planned and organized the expedition but everyone else claimed the fame and fortune. However, Lyman has developed the "Dynamic Vibrator" - a device intended for mining operations but one that can be amplified into a devastating weapon. Using his "Purple Death", a hypnotic chemical responsible for the suicides, Dr. Maldor forces Lyman to disclose the location of his plans.

Captain America intervenes as the Scarab's heavies attempt to steal the plans and this leads to a sequence of plots by the Scarab to acquire a working version, as well as other devices, while trying to eliminate the interfering Captain before he succeeds in discovering Dr. Maldor's true identity or defeats him.

When Playmate Magazine publisher Mr. Funazu (Keisuke Inoue) decides to develop an animal-themed park, he dispatches a crew to a remote Pacific island in search of exotic species. Crew members Hiroshi Kurosaki (Tamio Kawaji) and Itoko Koyanagi (Yoko Yamamoto) run afoul of some natives who worship a god named Gamma. Then they discover a giant egg that hatches into a strange creature. They take it to Tokyo against the natives' wishes and soon incur the wrath of the creature's parents.
Initial release: April 22, 1967
Director: Haruyasu Noguchi
Initial DVD release: December 9, 2000
Screenplay: Gan Yamazaki
Production company: Nikkatsu

Dr. Bill Cortner (Jason Evers) and his fiancée, Jan Compton (Virginia Leith), are driving to his lab when they get into a horrible car accident. Compton is decapitated. But Cortner is not fazed by this seemingly insurmountable hurdle. His expertise is in transplants, and he is excited to perform the first head transplant. Keeping Compton's head alive in his lab, Cortner plans the groundbreaking yet unorthodox surgery. First, however, he needs a body.

A 1939 American cel-animated Technicolor feature film, directed by Dave Fleischer and produced by Max Fleischer for Fleischer Studios. The film was released on December 22, 1939 by Paramount Pictures, who had the feature produced as an answer to the success of Walt Disney's box-office hit Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The sequences for the film were directed by Seymour Kneitel, Willard Bowsky, Tom Palmer, Grim Natwick, William Henning, Roland Crandall, Thomas Johnson, Robert Leffingwell, Frank Kelling, Winfield Hoskins, and Orestes Calpini. This is Paramount's first feature-length animated film.

"Can your heart stand the shocking facts about grave robbers from outer space?" That's the question on the lips of the narrator of this tale about flying saucers, zombies and cardboard tombstones. A pair of aliens, angered by the "stupid minds" of planet Earth, set up shop in a California cemetery. Their plan: to animate an army of the dead to march on the capitals of the world.

In this classic yet still creepy horror film, strangers hold up in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse and battle constant attacks from dead locals who have been brought back to life by mysterious radiation. Note: This item contains a user-contributed srt subtitle file.

Language: English Country: USA Year: 1945
Director: Frank Lloyd
Starring: James Cagney; Sylvia Sydney; Porter Hall; John Emery
Genres: Action, Romance, Thriller
Synopsis: An American newspaperman in Tokyo runs afoul of the Imperialist Japanese government. The authorities believe he has valuable information and target him for some friendly persuasion. Based on a true story. Black & White.

This is a typical sex exploitation film from the early 1930s - complete with wild parties, sex out of wedlock, lesbianism, etc. A chorus girl's exposure to the "casting couch" also exposes her to syphilis. Exploitation filmmakers hoped to capitalize on the taboo subjects of venereal disease, sex before marriage, lesbianism, etc. while skirting the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 which forbade a film from containing such content. Films like this would tour the United States for years - mostly being shown in rundown, skid row theaters. This film has been re-edited and re-titled ("Human Wreckage", "They Must Be Told", "Trial Marriage", "About Trial Marriage") many times to attract the same audience to film, to take advantage of a taboo subject which may have gotten press recently or to appease local censors who disapproved of the film's content.

Language: English Country: USA Year: 1926
Director: Albert Parker
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks; Billie Dove
Genres: Action, Adventure
Synopsis: Seeking revenge, a nobleman infiltrates a band of pirates responsible for the death of his father. Black & White.
Copyright
Notes: Original music Mortimer Wilson (d. 1932)

Language: English Country: USA Year: 1952
Director: Felix E. Feist
Starring: Kirk Douglas; Eve Miller
Genres: Action, Drama
Synopsis: Quakers battle a timber baron to save California's giant redwoods.
Copyright
Notes: No renewal record for film, but there is a 1990 original record (non-renewal) on the 1951 screenplay (PAu-1-442-382) - not sure what this means. Uncredited songs by M.K. Jerome and Jack Scholl with unknown copyright status. There is a Spanish dubbed version that is copyright (PAu-718-239), and copyright captioned version (PAu-1-243-734).

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