ROGER CORMAN'S CULT CLASSICS TRIPLE...
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Attack: People get trapped on an island where there are brain-eating crabs afoot.
War of the Satellites: An "unknown force" declares war against planet Earth when the United Nations disobeys warnings to cease and desist in its attempts at assembling the first satellite in the atmosphere.
Not of this Earth: An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war.
Is it good movie?
Alright, we've got some old schlock to get through so let's get to it!
Attack: This is one of Corman's more well-known movies, and I will admit to thinking it was really fun. The effects are awful, and this one is way more watchable than you might expect. It's an exciting story of survival, where the characters are put in tense situations that you think they'll never survive. The monster is truly hilarious looking, but what did you expect?
War of the Satellites: This is pure old-school sci-fi at its best, with all kinds of classic cliches being served up. Yes friends, the spaceships in this movie are on visible wires! That is awesome stuff. This is one of those flicks where the 'scientific ideas' are laugh out loud funny and presented with full bravado (satellites that explore space all on their own?). It feels like everyone was flying by the seat of their pants, but this isn't the most exciting movie of the bunch. At least it's only an hour long.
Not of This Earth: This isn't the 80's remake with porn starlet Traci Lords, but rather the 1957 original film. This one attempts to combine vampires and aliens and it actually works fairly well. I dug Paul Birch's low-key alien dude. This one doesn't rely so much on awful effects (although they're in there), and is certainly watchable. This one comes off a bit tongue-in-cheek these days and is off the wall, a bit wacky and certainly fun. I enjoyed it.
Video / Audio
Crab and Earth are presented in 1.78:1 widescreen, and War of the Satellites is presented in the original aspect ratio of 4:3 widescreen. These movies look as good as they can, although the original source is old and weathered. You wouldn't expect anything less really.
Audio for all three movies comes in Mono. Nothin' fancy here.
If you dig Commentary tracks, Crab Monster and Not of this Earth have one from the authors of Universal Horrors Tom Weaver, John Brunas and Mike Brunas. These guys love this stuff and are full of great bits of trivia and fun facts.
There's also an interview with Corman on disc one that is brief but informative as he looks back on all three movies.
You'll find a great little tribute piece on disc two called A Salute to Roger Corman, where a few stars come out to pay respect to the man himself. It's good stuff.
Finally, 25 trailers for other Corman films! Awesome inclusion.
It's impossible to pick this up knowing what it is and then hate it. Roger Corman is a fixture in the b-movie industry and this little collection gives you a taste of what he was all about. Sure the films haven't aged perfectly but they're a riot at times and almost always pretty compelling. Grab a few friends (or young ones, to teach them what movies were like in 'the old days) and fire this up!