Friday, January 13, 2006


Dark Sky Films is a new DVD company that is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the schlock film department, with recent releases like The College Girl Murders, Flesh Eaters and Werewolves on Wheels. (I'm waiting with baited breath for their double feature disc featuring The Horror of Party Beach--with a director's commentary!)

Today, the invaluable website (check it out, it's great) reports the following:

"On April 25, Dark Sky Films commences its “Drive-In Double Feature” series with a double disc of two Japanese fantasy favorites. PRINCE OF SPACE aka "Yusei Oji" aka "Starman": When aliens from the barren rock planet Krankor attack Earth, only the curiously-costumed Prince of Space (aka Wally the shoeshine boy in disguise) and his trusty exhaust-spewing rocketship can save the world-- or at least Japan-- from total conquest by the evil Phantom and his beak-nosed minions. Since conventional space weapons cannot harm the spry Prince of Space, the Phantom engages in a kidnapping scheme involving a cadre of international scientists. INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN aka "Uchu Kaisoku-sen": In another case of galactic conquest, clunky metallic aliens from the planet Neptune invade Earth-- or at least a quaint field in rural Japan-- only to have their efforts thwarted by caffeinated superhero Space Chief (venerable action hero Sonny Chiba of KILL BILL and THE STREETFIGHTER fame), who travels from situation to head-scratching situation in a boxy space car when not befriending a group of geeky boys. More Drive-In Double Features to follow!"

Prince of Space is well known to MST3K fans, but I myself haven't seen Invasion of the Neptune Men since Channel 32 used to show it in Chicago back in the '60s and early '70s.

You rock, Dark Films. Also, check out DVDDrive-in's new review of the upcoming Werewolf on Wheels disc. And info on the Horror of Party Beach DVD can be found further down on the right hand side where the news blurbs are posted.


At 9:17 AM, Blogger Zack Handlen said...

That's weird- Invasion of the Neptune Men is also an MST3K episode. ("They blew up the Hitler museum!") I wonder if this was intentional, since PoS (interesting acronym) and Neptune Men are probably far better known than your usual crappy Japanese sci-fi flick, or if it's just because the rights are easier to obtain.

At 2:12 PM, Blogger BeckoningChasm said...

They used to be available on separate DVDs, I remember seeing them in Best Buy a couple of years back.

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

I'm sure it didn't hurt. After all, it means the target audience knows the films.

On the other hand, Something Weird put out the four Starman movies some years ago, and I don't think those were done on MST3K.

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