Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 259: Mon Sep 16

The Outer Limits 50th Anniversary: Horse Hospital, 7.30pm

This special evening, devoted to the groundbreaking TV programme, is part of the Scalarama season which runs throughout September. Scalarama is the  follow-up to Scala Forever and Scala Beyond and brings together all types of different cinemas, venues, film clubs, societies, pop-ups and festivals to encourage and champion repertory and community cinema, and be the UK’s widest and most inclusive film event.

Here is a link to the full calendar of films being shown and here is the Scalarama Facebook page. There's a very good article about the background to the season here at Mostly Film.

Here is The Horse Hospital introduction: Scalarama is proud to “take control of all that you see and hear” with a very special event to commemorate 50 years of the classic multi-award winning science fiction anthology.

Somewhat unfairly outshone by it’s less challenging network rival Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits was a favoured by those seeking a more serious, questioning science fiction. Indeed Stephen King, from his novel Danse Macabre, noted ”for sheer hard-edged clarity of concept, The Twilight Zone could not match The Outer Limits”.

This groundbreaking series explored science, psychology, space and time travel. Truly bringing 1960s television into the modern age, it mixed dark gothic storylines, incredible guest star performances, clever special effects and imaginative creature creations asking the audience to question more about the nature of mankind and reality. This really was the show that nightmares were made of.

Tonight, you can enjoy a unique screening of the first episode “The Galaxy Being”, 50 years to the day of its initial broadcast, as well as Harlan Ellison’s classic time-travel mystery “Demon With A Glass Hand” and the hugely influential “The Architects of Fear”.

Starring : Cliff Robertson, Robert Culp, Arlene Martel, Jacqueline Scott.
Directors : Leslie Stevens, Byron Haskin

Here (and above) is an excerpt from a documentary on the programme.

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