Rocket Sci-Fi Matinees

Rocket Sci-Fi

Are you a fan of vintage science fiction films from the 50’s and 60’s? Do you like hilarious, somewhat ridiculous, entirely awesome cinematic gems with epic plot lines including giant insects, aliens, 50ft women, and the like? Well, this series is for you. Rocket Sci-Fi Matinees – on select Saturday afternoons at PFC, featuring awesome introductions by PFC’s Resident Film Academic, Steve Meyers.

Tarantula

With introduction by Steve Meyers. Admission is only $3.
Professor Gerald Deemer has been working fervently on a new project: a special growth formula. After he tests it on his lab tarantula in Arizona, the thing somehow escapes into the desert and grows to gargantuan size, destroying all in its path....
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The Deadly Mantis

With introduction by Steve Meyers. Admission is only $3.
This is the one in which the "villain" is a huge, carnivorous praying mantis. After the titular insect has attacked several people in a remote Arctic region, Col. Joe Parkham (Craig Stevens) swings into action. Parkham and his associates, Dr. Ned Jackson (William Hopper) and Ned's assistant Margie Blake (Alix Talton), track the predatory mantis as it heads southward to Washington DC (how did it get past customs?) The green monstrosity...
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Microcosmos

With introduction by Steve Meyers. Admission is only $3.
This fascinating documentary offers a unique look into the daily dramas played out amongst the tiny residents of a French country meadow. It is shot without dialogue and begins with an aerial view of the meadow and then drops wildly down amongst the herbs and soil of the meadow where the stage is set. Using specially designed cameras and lighting equipment, the filmmakers Claude Nuridsany (who also did the extraordinary filming)...
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The Fly

With introduction by Steve Meyers. Admission is only $3.
A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device....
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The Black Scorpion

With introduction by Steve Meyers. Admission is only $3.
Filmed in Mexico, The Black Scorpion was the last theatrical feature to bear the imprimatur of special-effects maven Willis O'Brien. Allegedly an outgrowth of a ten-minute "test" film, the story is set in motion by a volcanic eruption which releases dozens of giant scorpions from a cave. American geologist Richard Denning and his cohorts try to drive the scorpions back into their lair, but the huge arachnids are soon at large...
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