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UEN-TV Sci-Fi Friday

UEN Sci-Fi Friday offers a weekly science fiction feature film from the heyday of Sci-Fi - the 1920's to 1970's. Join other Utah science fiction movie fans after the film for an accompanying podcast where Utah experts discuss topics from the movie. In addition to TV movies, our partners at the Utah Museum of Natural History offer in-person science movie nights every month. Science fiction film is a bridge to science in the 21st century - enjoy the movies and science together. We welcome your comments.

  • Gorgo (1961)
    Friday, March 12
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Greedy sailors capture a giant lizard off the coast of Ireland and sell it to a London circus. Then its mother shows up.
  • Destroy All Monsters (1968)
    Friday, March 19
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.
  • Godzilla Vs. Megalon (1973)
    Friday, March 26
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The undersea nation of Seatopia sends the gigantic Megalon to destroy the world above - and it's up to Godzilla and a size-shifting robot, Jet Jaguar, to defeat him.
  • Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1956)
    Friday, April 2
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    A team of astronauts lands on a moon of Jupiter to find it populated with beautiful young women looking for mates. An old man explains to the explorers the group's story, as well as the moon's dangers.
  • The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)
    Friday, April 9
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The ultimate talking head movie with the horrible monster in the closet! A brilliant but mad doctor departs from normal medical practice and saves the life of a patient his father had operated on but was unable to save. In a more extreme case, he keeps the head of his fiancee alive after it has been decapitated in a car crash while he tries to find an appropriate body to attach it to. The head becomes enraged at this scheme and enlists the help of a badly deformed monster from one of the doctor's previous experiments to exact revenge for their inhuman treatment.
  • Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1955)
    Friday, April 16
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    A seaside community is terrorized by a hideous sea monster, which has been created by experiments in atomic radiation.
  • The Indestructible Man (1956)
    Friday, April 23
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This film is a most unusual hybrid of 40's horror film and 50's film noir. Lon Chaney, Jr. Plays a convicted killer nicknamed 'The Butcher' who is condemned to death. The Butcher vows to get revenge on a crooked lawyer, who set him up and is trying to find out where he hid $600,000 from a robbery, and two minor thugs who turned state's evidence against him. The lawyer, Paul Lowe, who was behind the robbery, laughs off the threat knowing Chaney is to die in a few hours. Although the lethal injection does its job, Chaney has the incredible good fortune to be brought back to life by a scientist who pays off the morgue to use Chaney's body for his experiments in curing cancer. Check out Joe Flynn from McHale's Navy as the lab assistant who gets strangled when Chaney is brought back to life! Chaney is invincible because the regeneration process causes his cells to multiply to such an extent that he is almost indestrucible. He has to be subdued with a bazooka and flame thrower, and even that doesn't kill him! He's finally done in when a huge crane he is riding on hits high tension wires and he is electrocuted.
  • The Killer Shrews (1959)
    Friday, April 30
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    On an isolated island, a population control experiment goes awry and tiny shrews, grown to gigantic proportion, threaten the scientific team of Dr. Milo Craigis, his lovely daughter, Ann, and Skipper Thorne Sherman (James Best), who has just delivered supplies to the island and must wait out a hurricane. The monstrous shrews are hilarious, although only seen for the briefest of moments so as not to give the audience a chance to dwell on how seedy the 'shrew' costumes look. The menacing sound of gnashing teeth eating through walls keeps the audience in suspense and the ingenious garbage cans escape sequence is one of the greatest moments of bad filmdom.

 

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  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956)
    Friday, March 5
    9:01 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo. (Stars include Raymond Burr.)
  • Last Woman On Earth (1960)
    Friday, February 26
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    One of the great lines in this Roger Corman end-of-the-human-race sci-fi disaster film is uttered by the title character, which sort of sums up the film, "I have so little to say, and no one who will listen." True to Corman"s reputation to bring in a film on a shoe string, this one was shot in Puerto Rico with a cast of only three and a premise so simple no one but Corman would have thought of it. While a business tycoon, his wife, and his lawyer are scuba diving, all the oxygen is mysteriously syphoned from the atmosphere, instantly killing everyone on Earth except our underwater party. No expensive special effects here, our characters just instantly become the last humans on Earth. While watching this boring premise unfold, it suddenly comes to life with the drama of the two men vying for the same woman. Corman regular Anthony Carbone is Harold, a bullying business tycoon and his new wife, Evelyn (Betsy Jones-Moreland), is a bimbo. When Evelyn falls for Martin (Robert Towne) because he is more sensitive, Harold bashes his head with a rock, revealing his true brutality. Martin staggers back to find Evelyn and dies, leaving the somewhat redeemend Evelyn in the same predicament we first found her, being stuck with a loutish bore for a man.
  • The Ape (1940)
    Friday, February 19
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr. Bernard Adrian (Boris Karloff) is a kindly mad scientist who seeks to cure a young woman's polio. He needs spinal fluid from a human to complete the formula for his experimental serum. Meanwhile, a vicious circus ape has broken out of its cage, and is terrorizing towns people.
  • Scared to Death (1947)
    Friday, February 5
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This film is a camp comedy/horror gem, most enjoyable to watch, not only because it is a rare opportunity to see the great Bela Lugosi in color, but it has some pretty sharp dialogue with great one-liners delivered by Bela sparring with Douglas Fowley, as Terry Lee and horror icon George Zucco. Lugosi and Zucco are cousins, with Bela as Leonide, a bit of a shyster, who, as reporter Lee points out, had an act as a stage magician and was accused of making the box office receipts disappear after one of his performances. The film has an interesting plot device, which tells the story, in flashback, of a murdered woman lying on a slab in the morgue. The film moves at a good clip, interspersed with our discovering how she came to be murdered. In a hilarious exchange, after Bela is introduced to Terry Lee, the energetic and rapid fire reporter, Bela abruptly states, "Oh, the press. See you later!" Also, Nat Pendleton's performance, as the moronic police detective, Billy "Bull" Raymond, has to go down as one of the daffiest portrayals of a gumshoe ever!