Drive-In Double Feature: Creation of the Humanoids and War Between the Planets DVD Review
Why don't you beat it while you still have a beat to beat. – Cragis’ buddy.
Creation of the Humanoids
Directed by Wesley Barry
Written Jay Simms
1962, Region 1 (NTSC), 75 minutes, Not ratedDVD released on May 30th, 2006
Don Megowan as Capt. Kenneth Cragis
Erica Elliot as Maxine Megan
Don Doolittle as Dr. Raven
George Milan as Acto, a clicker
Dudley Manlove as Lagan, a clicker
War Between the Planets
Directed by Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson)
Written by Calvin Clemets, Jr., Renato Moretti and Paul Savage
1966, Region 1 (NTSC), 80 minutes, Rated G
DVD released on May 30th, 2006
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart as Cmdr. Rod Jackson
Ombretta Colli as Lt. Terri Sanchez
Enzi Fiermonte as General Norton
Halina Zalewska as Janet Norton
Creation of the Humanoids
When a 48 hour atomic war annihilates 92% of the population, humans create robots to aid them in their day-to-day life.
Years later, the robots, also known as “clickers,” a derogatory term for the machines, start creating humanoids themselves. But the robots’ humanoids are much more human-like than the humans’ creations. Identical even. The robot’s humanoids believe they are human, and not robotic at all!
The Order of Flesh and Blood does not like this one bit. And they plan on taking the necessary precautions from allowing the robots to continue creating these humanoids.
The robots’ first law is to preserve human life, but when a person dies at the hands of a robot, many questions arise.
Including what, exactly, are the robots’ true intentions.
War Between the Planets
Due to a planet on a course to hit Earth, natural disasters rip across our planet, threatening life as we know it.
Astronauts are sent to investigate the impending planet of death, and it’s certainly not what they expected.
When I reviewed Dark Sky’s previous Drive-In Double Feature — Prince of Space & Invasion of the Neptune Men — it was fairly easy to lump the two movies into one thought process as the movies were very similar.
And while Creation of the Humanoids and War Between the Planets are vastly different movies — the only common thing shared is they both take place in the future — it will still be easy to critique both movies while keeping the review under ten pages.
Because War Between the Planets pretty much sucks. The acting is bad, the writing is worse and the only saving grace in Planets is Ombretta Colli as the redhead, Lt. Terri Sanchez. She’s easy on the eyes. The line delivery — coupled with the lines themselves — and the “special effects” are certainly unintentionally funny at times, but not enough to make the movie “so bad it’s good.” It’s more like “it’s so bad it’s sad.”
Having watched Planets first, I was nervous going into Humanoids. I didn’t want to sit through another hour and a half of pain. Fortunately, I got lucky.
Humanoids, while hokey with its melodramatic acting and its sound and special effects, manages to be thought provoking.
Released in 1965, at the height of the civil rights movement, Humanoids delivers a powerful message about racism and prejudices. On one side, you have The Order of Flesh and Blood, who dress up in uniforms and have meetings discussing how bad the “clickers” are, how they can’t be trusted and how to make sure they won’t be seen as equal to the humans. Sure the uniforms they wear aren’t white robes with pointy hats, but the message is strikingly familiar.
On the other side are the robots, who don’t hesitate to politely point out that they don’t like to be called “clickers,” seem to be getting quite tired of the humans crap and are apparently taking things into their own hands. One could call it a civil rights revolution.
The acting, for the most part, is either wooden or hammy, but its story is a solid one, and there are moments during some instances of dialogue where it makes you stop and think, “Yeah, I know where they are going with this.” That doesn’t make it bad by any stretch, it just makes you wonder if those watching were paying attention and applying it to what was going on in the real world.
So while Planets is a throwaway, Humanoids offers something that takes a look at the society during the time it was filmed, and should be taken for something more than face value.
Video and Audio:
Both films are presented in 16:9 anamorphic. Both also show their age with print damage, scratches and muted colors. Humanoids in particular has a strobing effect apparent through out the entire movie.
Regardless, with all things considered (the age, the lack of popularity of the movies), Dark Sky has made them look as good as they possibly can.
Dolby Digital 2.0 mono is the only choice you have on both movies. Sound on each is crisp and easily understood.
English subtitles are available.
In addition, the drive-in video seen on Drive-In Double Feature: Prince of Space and Invasion of the Neptune Men is on the disc.
(Creation of the Humanoids)
(War Between the Planets)
War Between the Planets is a complete bust, but Creation of the Humanoids is an interesting film that should be watched because of the message it’s delivering and the time it was filmed. Rent it and check it out.
(Equipment includes a Mitsubishi WS-48613 48” HDTV, Sony DVP-CX875P DVD player and Onkyo HTS-770 Home Theater System and, in some cases, a Sony 27” WEGA TV and a Sony DVP-NS50P DVD player.)
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