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RIDERS TO THE STARS
(1953/Tors) 81mins. US.
Credits: Dir: Richard Carlson; Prod: Ivan Tors; A.Prod: Maxwell Smith & Herbert L. Strock; Sc: Curt Siodmak; Ph: Stanley Cortez; Ed: Herbert L. Strock; Art: Jerome Pycha Jnr.; Sfx: Harry Redmond Jnr. & Jack R. Glass; Mus: Harry Sukman.
Cast: William Lundigan, Herbert Marshall, Richard Carlson, Dawn Addams, Robert Karnes, King Donovan, Martha Hyer, Lawrence Dobkin, George Eldredge, Dan Riss, Michael Fox, James K. Best.
While trying to create a frictionless surface for a space craft, some scientists travel beyond the Earth's atmosphere to obtain meteors and solve the problem of cosmic bombardment.
An extremely dated film that concentrates more on the dramatic events involving the characters than the science fiction elements. Included are several inserts of actual rocket flights.

RIKO NA OYOME-SAN (1958/Toei) Japan.
Aka: IMAGE WIFE.
Credits: Dir: Kenjyu Imaizumi; Prod: Hiroshi Okawa; Sc: Koreya Senda; Ph: Nenji Ohyama; Ed: Yoshiki Nagasawa; Art: Seigo Shindo; Mus: Hikaru Hayashi.
Cast: Etsuko Ichihara, Kanjiro Taira, Chieko Higashiyama, Sue Mitobe, Kappei Matsumoto, Koreya Senda.
In Ancient China a beggar gives a chicken farmer a scroll with a beautiful woman painted on it. When she comes to life and steps off the paper she becomes his wife and later uses her magical powers to defeat an evil emperor.

RING OF TERROR (1962/Playstar Records) 71mins.
Credits: Dir: Clark Paylow; Prod: Alfeo Bocchicchio; Sc: Lewis Simeon & G.J. Zinnamon; Ph: Brydon Baker; Ed: Jodie Copelan; Art: Gene La Rouche; Mu: Roland Ray; Mus: James Cairncross.
Cast: George Mather, Esther Furst, Austin Green, Joseph Conway.
A student completely without fear except for a mortal terror of the dead is forced during a fraternity initiation to take a ring off the corpse in a coffin, but he dies of fright.

RITUAL OF EVIL (1969/Universal/NBC.) 96mins. TVM.
Sequel to: Fear No Evil.
Credits: Dir: Robert Day; Prod: David Levinson; Sc: Robert Presnell Jnr.; Ph: Lionel Lindon; Ed: Douglas Stewart; Art: William D. DeCinces; Mus: William Goldenberg.
Cast: Louis Jordan, Anne Baxter, Diana Hyland, John McMartin, Wilfred Hyde White, Belinda Montgomery, Carla Borelli, George Stanford Brown, Rege Cordic, Dehl Berti.
A psychiatrist, (Jordan), delves into the mysterious suicide of one of his patients and uncovers a bizarre plot surrounded by Black Magic.
A second pilot film of considerable quality that was intended to launch a television series titled "Bedevilled". Unfortunately the television series was never released.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS
(1964/Devonshire/Paramount) 110mins. US.
Credits: Dir: Byron Haskin; Prod: Aubrey Schenck; Sc: Ib J. Melchior & John C. Higgins; Ph: Winton C. Hoch; Ed: Terry Morse; Art: Hal Pereira & Arthur Longergan; Sfx: Lawrence Butler; Mu: Wally Westmore & Bud Bashaw; Mus: Van Cleave. From "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe.
Cast: Paul Mantee, Adam West, Vic Lundin, Mona the monkey.
"One US. astronaut pitted against all the odds beyond this earth!"
A tragic mission to Mars kills one of a two man crew, (West), while the other astronaut, (Mantee), is left to wander the barren landscape with only a monkey for company until his air supply runs out. Just as he believes he is going to die, he discovers that a strange rock gives off oxygen when burnt and he is able to continue his existence by finding food shelter and water. One day he meets a slave who has escaped from his alien captivity when they land to mine for minerals. Together the astronaut and the slave he names Friday, (Lundin), avoid recapture by the alien visitors and survive.
Despite the silly title this is an imaginative and intelligent science fiction movie filmed in Death Valley that closely follows Defoe's original novel. Only the poor spacecraft effects could have been improved.

ROBOT MONSTER (1953/Astor) 63mins. BW. 3-D. US.
Aka: MONSTER FROM THE MOON; MONSTER FROM MARS.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Phil Tucker; Ex.Prod: Al Zimbalist; Sc: Wyatt Ordung; Ph: Jack Greenhalgh; Ed: Bruce Schoengarth; Sfx: Jack Rabin & David Commons; Mus: Elmer Bernstein.
Cast: George Nadar, Claudia Barrett, Selena Royle, Gregory Moffet, George Barrows, John Mylong, Pamela Paulson.
After suffering a fall and losing conciousness, a young boy named Johnny dreams that the earth is invaded by Ro-man, a gorilla-like creature wearing a space helmet, who decimates the world's population with the Calinator Death Ray (U-ray), under orders from The Great One, (Barrows). Six hu-mans survive the onslaught, one of whom, a professor, (Mylong), develops an antidote to Ro-man's weapon, but when the invader no longer seems interested in killing the earthlings, the Great One bombards the globe with cosmic rays that bring back the dinosaurs. With the world nearing destruction Johnny awakes to see several Ro-men leaving a nearby cave.
Four days in Bronson Canyon and $20 thousand later results in this badly made film with just enough endearing qualities to give it a certain cult status with bad movie fans. The U-ray was a machine that blew bubbles for wonderful 3-D effects and the scenes of dinosaurs were borrowed from One Million B.C.
Reportedly written in thirty minutes it is surprising to see clear 3-D effects in a film that is actually not as bad as many other productions on a similar budget.
When this was released on video during the eighties, the laughs of derision drove Phil Tucker to a nervous breakdown and reportedly to a suicide attempt.

THE ROBOT VERSUS THE AZTEC MUMMY (1959)
see La Momia Contra el Robot Humano

THE ROCKET MAN (1954/Panoramic Prod./TCF.) 79mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Oscar Rudolph. Prod: Leonard Goldstein; Sc: Lenny Bruce & Jack Henley; Ph: John F. Seitz; Ed: Paul Weatherwax; Art: George Patrick; Mus: Lionel Newman. From a stroy by George W. George & George F. Flavin.
Cast: Charles Coburn, George "Foghorn" Winslow, Spring Byington, Anne Francis, John Agar, Emory Parnell, Stanley Clements, Beverly Garland.
A visitor from outer space gives an orphan, (Winslow), a ray gun that when fired at crooks turns them into honest men and forces others to tell the truth.
An amusing fantasy.

ROCKET TO THE MOON (1954) see Cat Women of the Moon

RODAN (1956/Toho) 79mins. Japan.
Aka: RADON; RADON, THE FLYING MONSTER.
Credits: Dir: Inoshiro Honda; Prod: Tomoyuki Tanaka; Sc: Takeshi Kimura & Takeo Murata; Ph: Isamu Ashida; Art: Tatsuo Kita; Sfx: Eiji Tsuburaya; Mus: Tadashi Yamauchi. From a story by Takeshi Juronuma.
Cast: Kenji Sawara, Yumi Shirakawa, Akihiko Hirata, Akio Kobori, Yasuko Nakata, Minosuke Yamada, Yoshimubi Tojima, Kiyoharu Ohnaka.
A flying dragon and a host of mutated giant insects emerge from a Japanese coalmine after hydrogen bomb tests cause a shift in the earth's continental plates. The insects devour the miners and descend on the small village of Kitamatsu while the dragon named Rodan embarks on a rampage of destruction and is joined by another dragon hatched from the same batch of eggs deep within the earth's surface. The military cause a volcanic erruption that destroys one of the flying creatures, but the other, who does not want to live on alone, dives into the streaming lava to join it's mate in death.
The first Toho monster movie made in colour is a well crafted story with some surprisingly touching moments and good special effects.
The version marketed to American audiences was produced by the King brothers.
Rodan later appeared in Ghidorah, Sandai Kalju Chikyu Saidai No Kessen (1964).

ROMA CONTRA ROMA (1963/Galatea) 105mins. Italy.
Aka: NIGHT STAR, GODESS OF ELECTRA (tv); WAR OF THE ZOMBIES.
Credits: Dir. & Ed: Guiseppe Vari; Prod: Ferruccio De Martino & Massimo De Rita; Sc: Piero Pierotti & Marcello Sartarelli; Ph: Gabor Pogany; Art: Giorgio Giovannini; Sfx: Ugo Amadoro; Mus: Roberto Nicolosi.
Cast: John Drew Barrymore Jnr., Mino Doro, Susi Andersen, Ida Galli, Ettore Manni, Phillippe Hersent, Ivano Staccioli.
Armenia's evil magician, Aberbal, (Barrymore), revives the corpses of Roman soldiers with a mystical idol to try and conquer the world. Gaius the gladiator tries to find some missing treasure and encounters Aderbal and his evil schemes, but when Gaius destroys the mystical idol the zombie soldiers perish.
A muddled sword and sorcery adventure.

LA ROSE ESCORCHEE (1969/Transatlantic/Allied Artists) 92mins. France.
Aka: THE BLOOD ROSE; RAVAGED.
Credits: Dir: Claude Mulot; Prod: Edgar Oppenheimer; Sc: Claude Mulot, Edgar Oppenheimer & Jean Carriga; Ph: Roger Fellows; Ed: Monique Kirsenoff; Sfx: Guy Delecluse; Mus: J.P. Dorsay.
Cast: Frédéric Lansac, Elizabeth Tessier, Annie Duperey, Phillippe Lemaire, Howard Vernon, Michelle Perello, Olivia Robin.
A plastic surgeon, (Vernon), is blackmailed into grafting new skin to the scarred face of a painter's wife. The surgeon uses the skin from the faces of captured women, but the results are none too pleasing.
More of a sex film than a horror movie.
Although the lesbian love scenes were removed for the badly dubbed American release, this is still sexually charged.

ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968/William Castle/Paramount) 137mins. US.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Roman Polanski; Prod: William Castle; A.Prod: Dona Holloway; Ph: William Fraker; Ed: Sam O'Steen & Bob Wyman; Des: Richard Sylbert; Sfx: Farciot Edouart; Mu: Allan Snyder; Mus: Krzysztof Komeda. From a novel by Ira Levin.
Cast: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Maurice Evans, Sidney Blackmer, Ruth Gordon, Ralph Bellamy, Elisha Cook Jnr., Angela Dorian (Victoria Vetri), Emmaline Henry, Marianne Gordon, Patsy Kelly, Philip Leeds, Wend Wagner, Charles Grodin, Hope Summers, Almira Sessions, William Castle, Anton Szandor La Vey. Tony Curtis (Voice only).
Guy, (Cassavetes), and Rosemary, (Farrow), rent an apartment in an old house in New York City that they later discover has a sinister reputation. Their extremely friendly neighbours with whom Guy becomes ever more involved are actually satanists who convert Guy with the promise of personal success as an actor. That night Rosemary suffers an agonising nightmare in which she dreams she is raped by a demon, (La Vey), and is later surprised to discover that she is pregnant. When she confides to an old friend, (Evans), of her suspicions he investigates the building's history, but suffers a mysterious coma and dies before he can tell Rosemary what he discovered. Meanwhile the neighbours become increasingly more involved with her pregnancy, until the day she gives birth and she is abruptly told that the baby has died. Creeping into the upstairs apartment that is filled with strangers, Rosemary sees her child in a crib dressed in black with an inverted crucifix hanging above it. Taking the child in her arms, Rosemary accepts her fate as the mother of the antichrist.
An atmospheric and eerie thriller for which Polanski's script won an Acadamy Award Nomination. The power of the film began a series of Devil movies that reached a pinnacle with THE EXORCIST (1974). However, it is unlikely that the Prince of Chaos would choose a mousey neurotic housewife for his human offspring when he had a whole building of followers at hand.
Ruth Gordon deservedly recieved an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in her role as the over attentive neighbour.
Producer William Castle makes a cameo appearance outside a phone booth.
Anton Szandor La Vey, the leader of the Church of Satan in San Francisco, appears briefly as the demon in Rosemary's dream.
Polanski's first American film.
Sequel: LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENED TO ROSEMARY'S BABY (TVM).

IL ROSSO SEGNO DELLA FOLLIA (1969) see Un Hacha Para la Luna de Miel

ROTE LIPPEN (1967) see Sadisterotica

LE ROUGE AUX LEVRES (1970/Showking/Cinefog/Maya/Roxy/Mediterranea) 96mins. Belgium/France/Italy/Germany.
Aka: BLUT AN DEN LIPPEN; BLOOD ON RED LIPS; DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS; ERZEBEH; LES LEVRES ROUGE; THE RED LIPS; PROMISE OF RED LIPS; CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT (US).
Credits: Dir: Harry Kumel; Prod: Alain C. Guilleaume & Paul Collet; Sc: Harry Kumel & Pierre Drouct; Ph: Eddy Vander Enden; Ed: Gust Verschueren, Denis Bonan & Fima Noveck; Art: Francoise Hardy; English Dialogue: J. Amiel; Mus: Francois de Roubaix.
Cast: Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Daniele Ouimet, Andrea Rau, Paul Esser, Georges Jamin, Joris Collet, Fons Rademakers.
A honeymoon couple, (Karlen & Ouimet), in a hotel at Ostende, Belgium meet the descendent, (Seyrig), of the infamous Countess Bathory who bathed in virgins blood to retain her youth, and her lesbian secretary, (Rau). When the husband's sadistic perversions are realised his new bride finds solace in the arms of the Countess, but she unknowingly unleashes a web of vampirism and lesbian love.
A superbly directed and edited intellectual vampire film emphasising the darker side of sexuality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RUMAH PUAKA
(1957/Keris) Malaya.
Aka: HAUNTED HOUSE; DIMANA GAJAH BERDIRI TEGAK.
Cast: Marina Menado, M. Amin.
A miser's house is seemingly haunted.
The title translates as "Where the Elephant Stood".

RUN FOR THE SUN (1956/Russ-Feld) 99mins. US.
Credits: Dir: Roy Boulting. Loosely based on "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell.
Cast: Richard Widmark, Jane Greer, Trevor Howard, Peter Van Eyck, Carlos Henning.
An author, (Widmark), and a magazine writer, (Greer), stumble upon a mysterious plantation run by two strange men, (Howard & Van Eyck).
An engrossing and well made version of The Most Dangerous Game (1932).

RUN PSYCHO RUN (1969)
Credits: Dir: Brunello Rondi.
Cast: Gary Merrill, Elga Anderson, Rosella Falk.
In Edwardian Cornwall a young wife is killed, but her husband finds a look-alike to keep her memory alive.
A talky melodrama with very little suspense or horror.

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RYMDINVASION I LAPPLAND
(1959/Gustaf Unger/Fortuna) 73mins. BW. Sweden/US.
Aka: INVASION OF THE ANIMAL PEOPLE; TERROR IN THE MIDNIGHT SUN; SPACE INVASION OF LAPLAND.
Credits: Dir: Virgil Vogel; Prod: Bertil Jernberg; Sc: Arthur C. Pierce; Ph: Hilding Bladh; Ed: Ernst Rolf; Art: Nils Nilsson; Mus: Allan Johansson.
American Version released 1962 Credits: Dir., Prod., Sc. & Ed: Jerry Warren; Mus: Harry Arnald.
Cast: Stan Gester, Bengt Blomgren, Robert Wilson, Barbara Wilson, Ake Gronberg, Gosta Pruzelius.
Additional American
Cast: John Carradine, Robert Burton.
An alien ship lands in Lapland's frozen wastes where a creature belonging to the aliens inside runs amok slautering animals and terrorising the local village. Scientist Frederick Wilson, (Burton), his assistant Erik Engstrom, (Gester), and his stowaway niece Diane, (Wilson), arrive to monitor the craft, but one is killed when he gets too curious while the giant creature destroys the science team's airplane after causing an avalanche. The creature then continues to attack, but saves Diane, (Wilson), for his alien masters. Torch bearing skiers chase the monster and set him alight, forcing the aliens to leave in their ship.
Jerry Warren took what little good there is in the original film and covers it up with science fiction mumbo jumbo narrated by John Carradine. Purchased in 1962 by Warren who added footage of Carradine and Burton as geologists and cause an avalanche that scares the giant monster away.
A boring and disjointed film with an impressive shaggy monster.

 

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