Movie Macabre: Season 2, Episode 32

Doomsday Machine (27 Aug. 1983)

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In an effort to further explore the galaxy, the United States is hours away from launching a manned mission to Venus. But when a Chinese plot to destroy the Earth is uncovered, the U.S. ... See full summary »

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In an effort to further explore the galaxy, the United States is hours away from launching a manned mission to Venus. But when a Chinese plot to destroy the Earth is uncovered, the U.S. teams up with the Soviet Union to replace members of its all-male crew with women. Now, it?s up to the crew of Project Astra to keep the human race alive and thriving. Written by Anonymous

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Elvira sets 'a bomb' and we watch it go off.
27 August 2014 | by (working in Movieland) – See all my reviews

*Spoiler/plot- The Doomsday Machine, 1972. The US and Soviet Union is exploring the planets and the Moon is colonized. CIA intelligence finds out the Red Chinese are threatening to destroy the Earth with a secret doomsday device. An all male Air Force team is scheduled to launch to explore Venus, "Astra" mission. But due to the Chinese emergency, three female officers(one Russian) are substituted to join the crew for a 4 year trip to explore Venus. The world ends and the crew has to survive on their flight.

*Special Stars- Ruta Lee, Mala Powers, Lorri Scott, Bobby Vann, James Craig, Grant Williams, Henry Wilcoxon, Casey Kasem, Mike Farrell.

*Theme- Space flight should not be used to save the human race.

*Trivia/location/goofs-Featured on Elvira's 'Movie Macabre' series for it's badness. The film was shot in 1967, but could not finish until more money was found and released in 1972. Cast members are only seen in the first 90% of this film, then disappear from the film near the ending. In the spaceship control room during the flight be sure to see & enjoy the six special NASA high-tech chair recliners from your neighborhood Furinture Barn. All of them in a neat row. As the earth explodes the string holding the model planet is visible. In the spacewalk, no air-tanks sources are connected to the spacesuits. Huge 'continuity' problems with several different spaceships representing the main NASA one used in the plot. They keep changing from a winged ship to a ringed space station. Due to the film running out of money during principle photography, the main cast is not seen in the finale scenes. And an obviously 'make-shift' nonsensical low budget film plot ending is used here.

*Emotion- The film starts off promising BUT after the Earth is blown-up; then there's no action at all in this incredible script except the small 'battle of the sexes' soap opera tripe among characters. They are introduced to the viewer as trained NASA & Air Force officer personnel. BUT, they all go unprofessional on their space mission, except the lady Russian officer, 'Bronski'. There's a lot of people walking aimlessly from spaceship control room or engaging each other in trivial conversation. Nothing much to engage the audience's emotions or attention. Consequently, you're tempted to doze off for about 20 minutes during the end of this stinker. Don't worry you'll be awaking only to witness the unsatisfactory, BAD and a obviously 'make-shift' low budget film ending. For the last 15 minutes of the film's conclusion of it's plot, you never see or hear the stars in this film, just anonymous spacesuits and unknown voice-over making no sense. Then the words, "The End," finally appeared. A bomb especially at the ending.


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