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SFF movie marathon on US television

15/06/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Premium movie service Encore aims to terrorise its viewers with a science fiction movie marathon.

The SFF marathon lands on Encore Saturday, June 25th through Sunday, June 26th 2005.

Commentary from The Film Crew (former members of the Emmy award-winning Mystery Science Theater 3000) will run between movies throughout the two-day event. The Film Crew is made up of Mike Nelson (Mike Nelson" from MST3K), Bill Corbett (Crow and Brain Guy from MST3K) and Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo from MST3K).

Saturday, June 25th (all times are ET/PT)

(12 Noon) It: The Terror From Beyond Space -- In this classic 1958 sci-fi, a U.S. spaceship returns from Mars with an unfriendly guest aboard -- and it ain't Joan Rivers. The film stars Marshall Thompson ("Daktari"), Dabbs Greer and Ray "Crash" Corrigan.

(1:10 p.m.) Predator -- The "popular" Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a group of mercenaries fight a mysterious alien in a jungle. The film co-stars Carl Weathers, ex-Governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura and Bill Duke.

(3:00 p.m.) The Blob -- A gooey invader from space wants to engulf a small town and its residents -- sorta like Wal Mart. This remake of the 1958 sci-fi stars Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith and Candy Clark.

(4:40 p.m.) Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation -- Sequel to the 1997 sci-fi hit finds a small group of troopers taking refuge in an abandoned outpost as they attempt to fight Arachnids (that's big bugs). However, they don't realize that a much graver danger has infiltrated their unit -- Liza Minelli? The film stars Richard Burgi, Colleen Porch, Ed Lauter, Kelly Carlson and Sandrine Holt.

(6:15 p.m.) The Thing -- In director John Carpenter's remake of the 1951 film, a group of Antarctic outpost men fight a slimy alien able to assume the form of the life it engulfs. The film stars Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Donald Moffat and Richard Dysart.

(8:05 p.m.) Predator -- You just can't keep Arnold Schwarzenegger down. He and his group of mercenary buddies continue to fight the mysterious alien in a jungle. Carl Weathers, Jesse "The Body" Ventura and Bill Duke return.

(10:00 p.m.) The Puppet Masters -- A security agent (Donald Sutherland) discovers that aliens are taking over the bodies of Iowa residents (I believe Mamie Eisenhower was from Iowa). The film, based on the 1956 sci-fi thriller Invasion of the Body Snatchers, co-stars Julie Warner, Will Patton and Richard Belzer.

Sunday, June 26th

(12 midnight) Alien Intruder -- A group of space traveling convicts fall prey to their own fantasies when a virtual reality computer goes haywire. The film stars Billy Dee Williams, Tracy Scoggins and Maxwell Caulfield.

(1:40 a.m.) Predator -- Just like he said he would, "HE CAME BACK," once again, and The Governator just won't take no for an answer. He joins his little group of mercenaries (Carl Weathers, Jesse "The Body" Ventura and Bill Duke) to fight the mysterious alien in the jungle.

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