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War of the Satellites (1958)
A great "bad" film!
I believe that I read somewhere that Roger Corman made this film in 4 days. I first saw it on a late Friday night weekly bad movie show from Channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio, hosted by Ernie Andersen under the moniker "Ghoulardi". You can look him up on IMDb. He had great fun at the expense of this film which he selected as the all-time worst sci-fi film ever shown on his show. He would insert himself into the film and "interact" with the characters and turn the film into an hilarious romp. After commercial breaks, all sorts of hilarious hijinks would ensue that made it worthwhile to stay up late. I found this film on Ebay on DVD and have enjoyed it immensely. Find a copy and view it - you won't be sorry!
Worse than "Manos, Hands of Fate"?
I visited Istanbul in the summer of 1989 and rented this film afterwards, hoping to revisit some of this incredible city. Boy, was I disappointed! Virtually no city scenery (or plot or character development, for that matter) Although, I do love the way the hotel desk clerk answers, "I'm sorry" to every question or comment that Timothy Bottoms makes. This film makes "Plan 9 From Outer Space" look like "Million Dollar Baby". I wish I could understand a mind that didn't find this movie boring - it might unlock the secret of how to not be bored in other tedious situations. Save your money and rent "Napoleon Dynamite" instead.
Skip the full length movie; watch the short version!
I watched the feature length "director's cut", then viewed the 37 minute short version on the dvd. The short film is much better! It's more faithful to the PKD story and captures the theme of identity and illusion vs reality more concisely. It's essentially the beginning and ending of the feature w/additional scenes that flesh out the characters. The short makes Olham a little more contradictory - he tells his wife that his project is a good thing, then he questions what he's doing with his friend at the Project. What's missing is the interminable chase that's been done better in innumerable films (see The Running Man for example). Vincent D'Onofrio is a particularly good villain who's not really a villain (or is he?)......................