Chin Pin, Yueh Hua.
Features men that fly, trees split with bare hands, instant death with a tap on the chest
and waterfalls that stop flowing with a stare.
TWELVE TO THE MOON (1960/Luna/Columbia)
Credits: Dir: David Bradley; Prod: Fred Gebhardt; Sc:
Dewitt Bodeen; Ph: John Alton; Ed: Edward Mann; Art: Rudi Feld; Sfx: Howard A. Anderson
& E. Nicholson; Mus: Michael Andersen.
Cast: Anthony Dexter, Francis X. Bushman, Tom Conway,
Ken Clark, Robert Montgomery Jnr., John Wengraf, Tema Bey, Cory Devlin, Michi Kobi,
Twelve astronauts are menaced by strange beings from the moon overseen by the Great
Coordinator who wants to freeze the earth unless we give up war.
An ambitious idea unfortunately becomes a cheap exercise in tedium.
TWENTY MILLION MILES TO EARTH (1957/Morningside/Columbia)
82mins. BW. US.
Shooting Title: THE GIANT YIMIR.
Credits: Dir: Nathan Juran; Prod: Charles H. Schneer;
Sc: Bob Williams & Christopher Knopf; Ph: Irving Lippmann & Carlos Ventigmillia;
Ed: Edwin Bryant; Art: Cary Odell; Sfx: Ray Harryhausen; Mus: Mischa Bakaleinikoff.
From a story by Ray Harryhausen & Charlotte Knight.
Cast: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia, Bart
Bradley, Rollin Moriyama, Thomas B. Henry, John Zaremba, Tito Vuolo, Jan Arvan, Arthur
Space, George Pelling, George Khoury, Don Orlando.
A space mission to Venus returns to earth and lands in the Mediterranean Sea near Gerra,
Italy, but a specimen egg of Venusian life dislodges from the rocket which is found by
young Pepe, (Bradey), who sells it to a zoologist, (Puglia). A creature hatches from the
egg, but the earth's atmosphere causes it to grow twice it's size every few hours,
becoming a giant that destroys parts of Rome. Two armies fail to stop the creature's
rampage until it is seen on top of the Coliseum and the wall is blasted from under it,
causing the monster to fall to it's death.
An effective monster helps to lift this uninspired film above many of the other
THE 27TH. DAY (1956/Romson Prod./Columbia) 75mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: William Asher; Prod: Helen Ainsworth;
Sc: John Mantley; Ph: Henry Freulich; Ed: Jerome Thomas; Art: Ross Bellah; Mus: Mischa
Bakaleinikoff. From a novel by John Mantley.
Cast: Gene Barry, George Voskovec, Arnold Moss,
Valerie French, Stefan Schnabel, Paul Birch, Ralph Clanton, Frederich Ledebur, Azemat
Janti, Marie Tsien, Ed Hinton, Grandon Rhodes.
Aliens that are intent on colonising the earth are prevented from waging war due to their
religion, so they capture five humans from different parts of the world and give them each
a capsule that when opened will wipe out their entire race in twenty seven days. The five
people return to earth and go into hiding to discuss their new found power while some
unscrupulous government agencies try to find them. Eventually Russia's KGB. obtain a
capsule, open it and wipe out the entire population of the USSR. The free world manages to
A trite film that is not subtle when revealing it's anti-Communist message.
Some scenes are borrowed from Earth Versus the Flying Saucers.
TWICE TOLD TALES (1963/Admiral) 119mins. US.
Aka: NATHANIEL HAWTHORNES TWICE TOLD TALES; THE CORPSE MAKERS; NIGHTS OF TERROR
Credits: Dir: Sidney Salkow; Prod. & Sc: Robert E.
Kent; Ph: Ellis W. Carter; Ed: Grant Whytock; Art: Franz Bachelin; Sfx: Milton Olsen; Mus:
Richard La Salle. From tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Cast: Vincent Price,
Sebastian Cabot, Mari Blanchard, Beverley Garland, Brett Halsey, Richard Denning, Abraham
Sofaer, Joyce Taylor, Edith Evanson, Jacqueline DeWitt, Floyd Simmons, Gene Roth.
"Doctor Heidegger's Experiment".
A scientist, (Price), discovers an elixir of youth that he uses to turn himself, and a
friend, (Cabot), young again and to bring his dead fiancé, (Blanchard), back to life.
A father, (Price), injects his daughter, (Taylor), with a specially formulated poison that
causes her to destroy anything that touches her. Even when she falls in love, her
sweetheart cannot touch her.
"The House of the Seven Gables".
A man, (Price), searching for a hidden fortune in a haunted house encounters the
reincarnation of a man who was burnt at the stake for practising witchcraft. The treasure
seeker eventually meets with a horrible death in the vault and the house crumbles around
A cheaply made vehicle for Vincent Price.
The House of Seven Gables
was previously filmed in 1940 by Universal and also starred Vincent Price.
TWICE UPON A TIME (1969) see Temps de Mourir
TWISTED NERVE (1968/ Boulting Bros./ Charter/ National General) 118mins. UK.
Credits: Dir: Roy Boulting; Prod: George W. George
& Frank Granat; Ex.Prod: John Boulting; Sc: Roy Boulting & Leo Marks; Ph: Harry
Waxman; Ed: Martin Charles; Art: Albert Witherick; Mus: Bernard Herrmann.
Cast: Hywel Bennett, Billie Whitelaw, Hayley Mills,
Frank Finlay, Phyllis Calvert, Thorley Walters, Barry Foster, Salmaan Peer, Gretchen
Franklin, Christian Roberts, Timothy West, Russell Napier.
"Enough even to make Hitchcock jump!"
Psychopathic young man George Clifford, (Bennett), disguises himself as his retarded
brother and kills his hated stepfather. The warped young man then murders one of two women
with whom he shares a house and attempts to rape the other, (Mills), but she discovers him
in disguise while holding an axe. His murders are blamed on the "twisted"
chromosome inherited from his parents evident by the presence of his mongoloid brother.
An unpleasant shocker with plenty of menace that offensively links Downs syndrome with
The National Association for Retarded Children insisted that a disclaimer was added
stating "that there is no established scientific connection between mongolism and
psychotic or criminal behaviour".
TWO + FIVE MISSION HYDRA (1966) see Due + Cinque Missione
TWO DAUGHTERS (1961) see Teen Kanya
THE TWO FACES OF DOCTOR JEKYLL (1960/Hammer/Columbia)
Aka: JEKYLL'S INFERNO; HOUSE OF FRIGHT (US).
Credits: Dir: Terence Fisher; Prod: Michael Carreras;
A.Prod: Anthony Nelson Keys; Sc: Wolf Mankowitz; Ph: Jack Asher; Ed: James Needs &
Eric Boyd Perkins; Art: Bernard Robinson & Don Mingaye; Mu: Roy Ashton; Mus: Monty
Norman & David Heneker.
From the story by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Cast: Paul Massie, Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee, David
Kosoff, Norma Marla, Francis de Wolff, Joy Webster, Magda Miller, William Kendall, Helen
Goss, Oliver Reed.
In London during 1874, the morose and reclusive Dr. Jekyll, (Massie), is experimenting to
try and unlock the secrets of the human mind, while his bored wife continues an affair
with Jekyll's best friend Paul, (Lee). A potion that Jekyll administers to himself
transforms him into the handsome and evil Mr. Edward Hyde, but he soon discovers that he
cannot control the transformations after witnessing his wife in the arms of another man.
As Hyde, he kills the man with a python and then rapes his wife who dies when she falls
through a glass roof. The police suspect the reclusive doctor, but are convinced he is
dead when Edward Hyde produces the charred corpse of a servant that he claims was Dr.
An intriguing drama of a man's turmoil when faced with his inner self that keeps away from
the usual Jekyll/Hyde clichés and is bolstered by Massie's good performance.
Oliver Reed appears briefly as a bouncer.
TWO LOST WORLDS (1950/Sterling Prod./Eagle Lion) 61mins. US.
Credits: Dir: Norman Dawn; Prod: Boris Petroff; Sc: T.
Hubbard; Ph: Harry Neumann; Ed: Fred Feitshans Jnr.; Art: Denny Hall; Sfx: Jack Glass;
Mus: Alex Alexander.
Cast: James Arness, Bill Kennedy, Laura Elliott,
Gloria Petroff, Tom Hubbard, Jane Harlan, Pierre Watkin, Bob Carson, James Guilfoyle.
Pirates kidnap a woman from a ship bound for Australia, but a young man, (Arness), rescues
her, but they and others land on an island inhabited by prehistoric creatures.
Unfortunately the cast are not seen on the island until the last 20 minutes of the film.
The two dinosaurs engaged in a battle together are borrowed from One Million BC. (1940)
which was made before the practice of staging live reptile fights for the cameras was
TWO ON A GUILLOTINE (1965/Warner) 107mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: William Conrad; Sc: Henry
Slesar & John Kneubuhl; Ph: Sam Leavitt; Ed: William Ziegler; Art: Arthur Loel; Mu:
Gordon Bau; Mus: Max Steiner.
Cast: Dean Jones, Connie Stevens, John Hoyt, Cesar
Romero, Parley Baer, Virginia Gregg, Connie Gilchrist.
After accidentally killing his wife during a stageshow, the famous master illusionist Duke
Duquesne, (Romero), finally dies and arranges for his coffin to be chained-up upon his
death, promising to return from the grave. The other condition of his will is that his
daughter, (Stevens), must stay a full week at his home before she can inherit the estate.
Her friend, (Jones), agrees to stay with her so that together they can face the eerie
events to follow.
An occasionally effective thriller with creepy moments, but the plot meanders along to a
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968/Kubrick/MGM.) 141mins. US/UK.
Credits: Dir. & Ex.Prod: Stanley Kubrick; Prod:
Victor Lyndon; Sc: Stanley Kubrick & Arthur C. Clarke; Ph: Geoffrey Unsworth &
John Alcott; Ed: Ray Lovejoy; Art: John Hoesli; Des: Tony Masters, Harry Lange & Ernie
Archer; Sfx: Wally Veevers, Douglas Trumbull, Tom Howard & Con Pederson; Mus: Johann
Strauss & Richard Strauss. From "The Sentinel" by Arthur C. Clarke.
Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester,
Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Margaret Tyzack, Robert Beatty, Sean Sullivan, Frank
Miller, Glenn Beck, Bill Weston, Alan Gifford, Penny Brahams, Edwina Carroll, Mike Lovell,
Edward Bishop, Ann Gillis, Heather Downham, John Ashley, Jimmy Bell, David Charkham, Simon
Davis, Jonathan Daw, Peter Delmar, Terry Duggan, David Fleetwood, Danny Grover, Brian
Hawley, David Hines, Tony Jackson, Douglas Rain (Voice of Hal).
From ape to modern scientist, man has attained great things, but along the way he has had
help from two sleek black monoliths that impart power and knowledge. One such monolith has
just been uncovered on the Moon, even though no one can discover what it is or why it is
there. The spaceship Discovery, equipped with the latest computer technology, is sent to
Jupiter to trace the source of a powerful signal received by the monolith. During their
voyage, the ship's computer HAL malfunctions, killing one of the crew. Dave, (Dullea), the
remaining astronaut must dismantle the computer before he is also killed, but he discovers
another monolith in space that transforms him into the ultimate being, a reborn star
A extremely visual film that fans believe holds an intelligent insight into the
dehumanisation of mankind. Others realise that the plot is emotionless, confusing and only
a vehicle for the Academy Award winning special effects.
Kubrick cut 17 minutes of footage to its present running time.
HAL's initials were made up from the letters that come before IBM.
The Visual Effects won an Academy Award and received nominations for the Best Director,
Screenplay and Art direction categories.
Sequel: 2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT.
TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! (1964/Friedman-Lewis/Box Office
Credits: Dir., Sc. & Ph: Herschell Gordon Lewis;
Prod. & Art: David Friedman; Ed: Robert Sinise; Mus: Herschell Gordon Lewis, Larry
Wellington & The Pleasant Valley Boys.
Cast: Connie Mason, Thomas Wood, Ben Moore, Jeffrey
Allen, Shelby Livingston, Jerome Eden, Vincent Santo, Gary Bakeman, Mark Douglas, Michael
Six Northern tourists are slaughtered in a small Southern town during a civil war memorial
service. When questioned about the tourist's disappearance the police say that the town
hasn't existed since the Union Army decimated it during the civil war. The town reappears
every 100 years to vengefully slay any Northerners the inhabitants can find.
Although cut by various censorship bodies, Lewis' original gorefest contains footage of a
man being crushed by a boulder, a dismemberment, a human barbecue and someone rolling down
a hill in a barrel lined with spikes. An influential release filmed in St. Cloud, Florida
with obvious script and acting problems.
2000 YEARS LATER (1969) 80mins.
Credits: Dir: Bert Tenzer.
Cast: Terry Thomas, Edward Everett Horton, Pat
Harrington, Lisa Seagram, Milton Parsons.
A Twentieth Century man exploits a Roman soldier who comes back to life 2000 years later.
An amusing comedy.