Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a good week/weekend. Back from Texas, the Fest last weekend was great as usual. Thanks to Kirk and Patty and Sandy and Wendy for putting me up (and putting up with me). It was, as always, great to see everyone. We all look forward to the fall, though, when GalaxyJane will hopefully be able to rejoin us.
Sandy was in a Mars frame of mind, and two of his movies were trip to Mars flicks. They had a lot of similarities. The first one, Mission Mars from 1968, I had never even heard of much less seen. Or maybe I heard of it at some distant point in the past, but the generic title eluded me. Anyway, it starred Darren McGavin in he-man mode (“KOLCHAK!” we yelled at everyone who only recognized him as the “Dad from Christmas Story”) and Nick Adams as an inevitable sad sack. The first half of the short film was just them getting to Mars, with a LOT of emphasis on how their wives worried over them.
Finally they get to Mars and there’s a Cosmic Man-esque small round spaceship to the discovered, which sets the nicely weird beastie above on them. We never know if it’s organic or mechical or both, but that’s OK. There’s a surprisingly gruesome flash-flying, and they eventually blow up the ship in some manner that I still don’t understand; it just suddenly happened. Not a great flick, but you always like to check another one off the list.