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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.

  • Nightmare Castle (1965)
    Friday, October 23
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In a haunted gothic castle, a scheming and vengeful scientist kills his wife (Barbara Steele) and her lover in a plot to steal her fortune. In exchange for her help in getting his wife’s money, the scientist has promised his aging housekeeper to restore her youth and beauty with an infusion of a new type of blood he has been experimenting with. Upon his wife’s death he learns that she has left all her money to her twin blonde sister, who is mentally ill. He marries her and plans to drive her insane so he can get the money. However, the doctor who has been treating her, catches on to the plot by analyzing her bizarre nightmares which reveal that the scientist has murdered her sister. In a gory climax, the horribly disfigured wife returns from the dead with her equally disfigured lover to exact revenge against the scientist.
  • The Invisible Ghost (1941)
    Friday, October 30
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr. Charles Kessler (Bela Lugosi) is the perfect gentlemen, well liked and respected by his family and the community alike. There are two things strange about him; a fixation that his dead wife will reappear and a series of baffling unsolved murders which has taken place in his house. When his daughter’s fiance, Ralph Dixon, is falsely convicted and then executed for the murder of the maid, Ralph s twin brother appears and together with Kessler’s daughter presses the investigation. Unbeknowst to all, Kessler is being controlled by his dead wife’s ghost who has hypnotized him and is forcing him to commit the murders.
  • The Robot Vs. The Aztec Mummy (1957)
    Friday, November 6
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This wacky Mexican mummy film is a 'cult classic' for Mexican horror fans. This version is tailor made for the American market by horror master K. Gordon Murray, who starts off his English narrated version with ominous images of Aztec ruins with the observation, 'This picture is a combination of factual data mixed with fiction...' Armed with a justification for the preposterous story that follows, the film proceeds to weave a less than horrific tale of a criminal named Dr. Krupp, alias The Bat , who hypnotizes the wife of his colleague, Dr. Armanda, so she will lead him to the mummy guarding an Aztec breastplate which will lead him to the treasure. While pretending to be against Armanda's theories, he uses Armanda's wife to find Popoca. The plot gets even wackier, with The Bat creating a Frankenstein type Robot which he brings to life to do battle with Popoca to retrieve the Aztec breastplate. The mad Dr. Krupp plans to build an army of Robots to take over the world and needs the Aztec treasure to finance his scheme. Never mind that the special effects are pathetic (the Robot has lightbulb ears and the Mummy crumples him like the cheap tin foil he is), this is a camp classic and quite enjoyable at that!
  • Robot Monster (1953)
    Friday, November 13
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Ro-Man, a robot monster (dressed in a gorilla suit and diving helmet) has destroyed all of humanity with the exception of a small band of survivors. It’s up to these last brave souls to re-populate the human race and to destroy the mighty Ro-Man and his commander, The Great Guidance. If Ed Wood’s Plan Nine From Outer Space speaks to you, Phil Tucker’s Golden Turkey Award-Winning Film will scream. Scored by legendary Academy Award-winning composer Elmer Bernstein (maybe his finest score other than Cat Women of the Moon) and photographed on-location at scenic Bronson Canyon, Robot Monster leaves its residue in the Hollywood Hall of Fame. In exciting 2-Dimensions. No special glasses needed!
  • Beyond Tomorrow (1940)
    Friday, November 20
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The ghosts of three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to Earth to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together.
  • Tormented (1960)
    Friday, November 27
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This underrated horror gem is a ghost story with elements of a classic film noir. Much like Mickey Rooney's wonderful performance in the noir classic Quicksand, where one mistake leads deeper and deeper into the mire of despair, so it is with Richard Carlson's excellent portrayal of the doomed Tom Stewart. Tom must sever his romantic ties with his girlfriend, the sexy and seductive Vi Mason. While the couple meet at their favorite Lighthouse rendezvous, he tells her he is going to marry someone else. Vi is outraged, and when she accidently falls from the lighthouse tower, Tom can't bring himself to save her, and must live with a guilty conscious. When Vi's ghost starts to haunt him, he becomes unhinged. What makes this quite compelling is that we like Tom, and casting the venerable Richard Carlson, recognized widely as a positive figure in many 50's sci-fi classics (It Came From Outer Space) was a stroke of genius. When the beatnik boatman tries to blackmail Tom before his wedding, we almost condone Tom for killing him. But when his young friend, Sandy (producer Bert Gordon's daughter, Susan Gordon), his bride-to-be's younger sister, witnesses the murder, the stage is set for Tom to succumb to the "quicksand." Taking the innocent Sandy to the lighthouse tower, Tom is about to push her off, when Vi's ghost appears and scares him off the edge to his death below.

 

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  • Dead Men Walk (1943)
    Friday, October 16
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This is a horror gem, starring horror veteran George Zucco as Jekyll and Hyde like twin brothers out to destroy each other. The good brother, Dr. Lloyd Clayton, attends his bad brother's funeral, glad the world is rid of the evil he propagated. To Lloyd's horror, he is visited by his dead brother who has become a vampire and vows to destroy Lloyd for committing his murder. Now Lloyd has a problem - no one believes that his brother is a vampire, and all the murderous acts committed by his evil twin are attributed to Lloyd. A mob assembles and, in true horror tradition, is out for vigilante justice for the murders they believe Lloyd has committed. If the face of Elwyn Clayton's loyal assistant, Zolarr (Dwight Frye), looks familiar, it is because he was also Bela Lugosi's assistant in the original 1931 Dracula.
  • Hands of a Stranger (1962)
    Friday, October 9
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Even in a normal state, concert pianist Vernon Paris (James Stapleton) is a bit of a chilling character. He is obsessed with protecting his hands to the point where he won’t go without gloves, except when playing the piano. But after a freak car accident crushes his hands, he becomes manic when he wakes up from surgery to discover that he has received a hand transplant and doesn’t like the results. Paul Lukather, as Dr. Gil Harding, gives a restrained performance as the slightly mad surgeon whose heart is in the right place, which allows the psychological elements of the pianist’s deranged personality to take center stage. The interesting twist is that we somehow feel for Paris, even though he commits a heinous act (the murder of 10 year old Barry (A Thousand Clowns) Gordon by crushing his hands). This film uses many “film noir” elements, including the trademark flashing neon lights, stark black and white photography, and a great, edgy music score emphasizing the pianist’s psychological downward spiral to commit murderous acts.
  • Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory (1961)
    Friday, October 2
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This is a suprisingly intelligent wolf-man film with a European flavor. The original title, Lychanthropus, obviously too subtle for a distributor in search of a mass audience, was changed to imply that a werewolf was prowling a college girls' dormitory. In fact, it is a European girls 'reformatory'. Professor Julian Olcott (played by Carl Schell, brother of noted German actor Maximillian Schell) arrives in a Bavarian Alps girls Reformatory to start his new teaching position, and escape his traumatic past. When the headmaster of the reformatory, Mr. Swift, is confronted with the horrible clawing deaths of a couple of inmates, Prof. Olcott's expertise in Lycanthropy is called upon. The plot of the film cleverly teases the audience with a variety of suspicious characters, including Olcott himself who thinks even he could be the werewolf.
  • The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
    Friday, September 25
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Although the special effects in this film are ludicrous and the titular creature laughably un-scary, the plot has some positive elements, like teenagers acting more mature than the adults. The understaffed sheriff even asks the hot-rodding teenagers for help investigating the strange disappearance of local oil man Wheeler's teenage son, Pat and his girlfriend Liz, and relies on the teenager's leader Chace Winstead (Don Sullivan) to help solve the case. After one of Wheeler's oil trucks is destroyed and the driver disappears, and a train is wrecked with reports of a giant gila monster at the scene, the sheriff concludes that the gila monster may be responsible for devouring the teenagers and driver. At a barn dance, disk jockey Steamroller Smith spins the latest rock and roll records, including an original song composed and sung by Chace. The fun suddenly turns to panic as the giant gila monster breaks up the dance by smashing through the barn wall. The sheriff's bullets can't stop the monster, but quick thinking Chace saves the day by driving his prized hot rod loaded with nitroglycerin into the monster.
  • The Gorilla (1939)
    Friday, September 18
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    When a wealthy man is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive.
  • The Vampire Bat (1933)
    Friday, September 11
    9:01 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Corpses with drained blood start popping up in a small village and the town elders suspect a vampire. Starring Burt Lancaster & Robert Walker.
  • Day The Sky Exploded (1958)
    Friday, September 4
    9:01 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Astronaut John McClaren is the first man to be launched into space, but his triumph is short lived as his rocket veers off course and out of control, forcing him to eject from his cabin and parachute back to Earth. Scientists discover that the atomic engines are hurtling into space and an explosion is detected on the trajectory course to the Delta asteroids. Calculations reveal that several dislodged asteroids are heading towards Earth. To prepare for the calamity of tidal waves and mass destruction, all coastal regions are evacuated. The only hope to save the Earth is for every country to launch its missiles to intercept and destroy the asteroids before they enter Earth's atmosphere.