What's On UEN-TV

 

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.

  • Revolt of the Zombies (1936)
    Friday, April 3
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This was the follow-up film to White Zombie, the highly successful original zombie film produced by the Halperin brothers in 1932. They even used Bela Lugosi's menacing eyes from the earlier film, even though he doesn't appear in this one. During World War I Armand Lougue (Dean Jagger) is unable to convince his commanding officer, General Duval, to use a regiment of zombies from Cambodia to fight on the Franco Austrian front and is chastized by his buddy, Clifford Grayson, for not pursuing his objective with a strong enough will. When Armand marries the beautiful Claire Duval, General Duval's daughter, but loses her because she really loves Grayson, he uses his former friend's strategy to unlock the Cambodian high priest's secret of turning men into zombies to gain power for the sole purpose of winning back the woman he loves. Although he can control Grayson, he can't make Claire love him. To make her happy, he releases Grayson and the zombie army from his power. His weak will proves fatal as the newly freed zombies revolt and kill him.
  • Frozen Alive (1964)
    Friday, April 10
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    A scientist experimenting with suspended animation decides to use himself as a test subject. Before he is frozen, his wife is killed, and he is suspected of her murder.
  • Killers from Space (1954)
    Friday, April 17
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    An atomic scientist claims he was abducted by aliens after being injured in a plane crash.
  • The Ape (1940)
    Friday, April 24
    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.
  • Unknown World (1951)
    Friday, May 1
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    You have to appreciate the context in which this film was made, as 1950 was the height of the Cold War and nuclear annihilation was a distinct possibility in many people's minds. Dr. Jeremiah Morley is the head of the Society to Save Civilization and is a prophet of doom. He is determined to save civilization from 'weapons of mass destruction' and has invented the Cyclotram, a device which can bore down to the center of the Earth. Morley has arranged for a scientific expedition utilizing his invention to discover a safe haven far beneath the Earth's surface. After a number of harrowing experiences, the crew discovers an idyllic cavern 1,540 miles below the surface. Unfortunately, they also discover the sterile atmosphere is not conducive to reproduction, hence Morley's theory of saving civilization by propagating succeeding generations is proven incorrect. Stranded at the center of the Earth, the crew of the Cyclotram find a channel in the undersea ocean and are able to ascend to the surface of the Earth's ocean to the welcome sight of their 'doomed' world.
  • First Spaceship On Venus (1962)
    Friday, May 8
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    After discovering a communications device from Venus containing a message of the impending attack of Earth, an international crew of astronauts and scientists embark on the first manned expedition to the mystery-shrouded planet. Upon arrival, they discover the ruins of an advanced civilization that destroyed itself in its zealous quest to master atomic weaponry. Based on the best-selling novel, The Astronauts, by Poland’s most famous science fiction writer, Stanislaw Lem, First Spaceship on Venus has been called "the first influential post-war space opera from Eastern Europe," (Aurum Film Encyclopedia).
  • Last Woman On Earth (1960)
    Friday, May 15
    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 Indestructible Man (1956)
    Friday, May 29
    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.

 

Load All

  • The Invisible Ghost (1941)
    Friday, March 27
    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.
  • Nightmare Castle (1965)
    Friday, March 20
    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.
  • Beyond Tomorrow (1940)
    Friday, March 13
    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, March 6
    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.
  • Robot Monster (1953)
    Friday, February 28
    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!
  • Scared to Death (1947)
    Friday, February 21
    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!
  • Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory (1961)
    Friday, February 14
    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.
  • Dead Men Walk (1943)
    Friday, February 7
    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.