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This weekend, the beatniks present a sci-fi classic!
Queen of Blood (a.k.a. Planet of Blood) is a 1966 color science fiction–horror film, produced by George Edwards and Samuel Z. Arkoff, directed by Curtis Harrington, that stars John Saxon, Basil Rathbone, Dennis Hopper, and Judi Meredith. The film is based on the screenplay for the earlier Soviet feature film Mechte Navstrechu (A Dream Come True). Director Harrington also reused special effects footage from that film, as well as footage from the Soviet science fiction film Nebo Zovyot (Battle Beyond the Sun).
Queen of Blood was released by American International Pictures as a double feature with Blood Bath. Director Curtis Harrington felt that Ridley Scott‘s Alien (1979) must have received some inspiration from his earlier feature, saying “Ridley’s film is like a greatly enhanced, expensive and elaborate version of Queen of Blood“.
An alien species contacts Earth saying that they are journeying across the galaxy to make formal contact with humanity. Their interstellar starship crashes on Mars and an Earthship is dispatched to attempt a rescue. On Mars, they locate the downed spacecraft, but only a single dead alien humanoid is found aboard. They determine that an alien rescue shuttle left the Red Planet but crashed on nearby Phobos. A strange, green-skinned woman is found alive aboard the shuttle’s wreck. As they head back to Earth, the crew begins to die, drained of their blood.
“Off Beat Cinema” began as a local program Halloween weekend 1993 with the broadcast of the late George Romero’s “Night Of The Living Dead” on Buffalo’s WKBW-TV. After a few years gaining a local cult following, the program went national in January 1997. The project moved to independent station WBBZ-TV in August of 2012. Currently, “Off Beat Cinema” is broadcast Saturday at midnight on WBBZ-MeTV; WGBT-MyTV in Rochester; in Corning/Elmira on WJKP-MeTV at Midnight, then again at 2am on WYDC-TV BIG FOX in the Twin Tiers; and Saturday night at 10p.m. (Eastern) on the Retro Television Network of stations across the country. “Off Beat Cinema” is one of the longest running television shows to be syndicated out of Buffalo.
The background music for the show is performed by local musicians David Kane’s Them Jazzbeards. The program consistently supports Western New York musicians, artists, filmmakers, and organizations, giving them exposure on a national platform.
“Off Beat Cinema” delivers the good, the bad, and the foreign, showcasing campy sci-fi classics as diverse as “Teenagers from Outer Space” to classic “art films” such as “Rashomon”; with silent film greats like Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush.”
Moving forward “Off Beat Cinema” is looking to host a film festival event at an area theater; more remote telecasts from Comicon’s and Western New York destinations shot in HD; and continuing to post programs on digital platforms.
Viewers can connect with “Off Beat Cinema” online at www.offbeatcinema.tv and “Like” “Off Beat Cinema” on Facebook. You can follow the show on Twitter @OffBCinema. “Off Beat Cinema” also has a channel on You Tube.
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