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The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man

Director: Leigh Whannell
Cast:
Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss
Aldis Hodge
Aldis Hodge
Harriet Dyer
Harriet Dyer
Cecilia Kass is trapped in a violent and controlling relationship with wealthy optics engineer and businessman Adrian Griffin. One night, Cecilia drugs Adrian with diazepam and escapes his highly secured house with the assistance of her younger sister, Emily. Cecilia hides out in the home of her friend Detective James Lanier and his teenage daughter, Sydney. Two weeks after Cecilia’s escape, Adrian seemingly commits suicide and leaves her $5 million. His lawyer brother, Tom, handles the arrangements. Cecilia suspects another presence in the house after several strange events, but James assures her she is just traumatized and paranoid. During a ...
War of the Worlds
War of the Worlds

Director: Howard Overman
Cast:
Gabriel Byrne
Gabriel Byrne
Aaron Heffernan
Aaron Heffernan
Adel Bencherif
Adel Bencherif
War of the Worlds is a television series produced by Fox Networks Group and StudioCanal-backed Urban Myth Films. The series is created and written by Howard Overman, and directed by Gilles Coulier and Richard Clark. The series is a loose adaptation of The War of the Worlds, an 1898 novel by H. G. Wells about Earth coming to terms in the wake of a sudden Martian invasion. It is the third television adaptation of the novel. It stars Gabriel Byrne and Daisy Edgar-Jones along ...
6.3
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2019 — 2021
The History of Mr Polly
The History of Mr Polly

Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Cast:
Lee Evans
Lee Evans
Anne-Marie Duff
Anne-Marie Duff
Julie Graham
Julie Graham
In the early 1900s Alfred Polly, still hankering after his dream girl Christabel, marries Miriam Larkins and they open a shop, but, as the years go by, the marriage becomes stale and Polly feels trapped. He decides to stage his own death by burning down the shop but becomes an accidental hero when he saves a deaf old lady from the flames. Giving Miriam the insurance pay-out he decides to go walkabout and gets a job at a country pub, the Potwell Inn, run by a kindly landlady. However, her violent nephew Jim is driving the customers away and Polly reluctantly faces up to him. Jim is drunk and falls in the river and drowns, wearing a pair of trousers stolen from Polly with Polly’s ...
6.8
War of the Worlds
War of the Worlds

Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast:
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning
Justin Chatwin
Justin Chatwin
An opening narration explains that Earth was being observed by extraterrestrials with immense intelligence and no compassion. As man dominated the world without doubt, much in the way microorganisms swarm in a drop of water, these beings plotted to take it all from us. Divorced longshoreman Ray Ferrier works as a crane operator at a dock in Brooklyn, New York, and is estranged from his children: 10-year-old daughter Rachel, and teenage son Robbie. Ray’s pregnant former wife, Mary Ann, drops the two off at his house in Bayonne, New Jersey, on her way to visit her parents in Boston. Later, a strange storm occurs during which lightning strikes multiple times into the middle of a ...
The Time Machine
The Time Machine

Director: Simon Wells
Cast:
Guy Pearce
Guy Pearce
Alan Young
Alan Young
Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
In 1899, Dr. Alexander Hartdegen is an inventor teaching at Columbia University in New York City. Unlike his friend David Philby, Alexander would rather do pure research than work in the world of business. After a mugger kills his fiancée, Emma, he devotes himself to building a time machine that will allow him to travel back in time to save her. When he completes the machine four years later, he travels back to 1899 and prevents her murder, only to see her killed again when a horseless carriage frightens the horses of a horse-drawn vehicle. Alexander realizes that any attempt to save Emma will result in her death through other circumstances. ...
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man

Director: Matt Greenberg
Cast:
Vincent Ventresca
Vincent Ventresca
Brandy Ledford
Brandy Ledford
Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones
The Invisible Man is both an action show and a comedy with buddy cop elements. Episodes were generally of two types. Many centered on cases given to Fawkes and Hobbes by The Agency. These usually dealt with assassinations or government experiments that had run amok. During the first season, The Agency was given a nemesis agency called Chrysalis which was often behind the week’s conspiracy. Alternatively, episodes dealt with Fawkes’ quest to have the gland removed from his head and/or to reduce his dependency on the counteragent. His unorthodox methods included reviving the mind of his dead brother and periodically contacting Arnaud DeFehrn, one of the ...
7.5
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2000 — 2002
The Island of Dr. Moreau
The Island of Dr. Moreau

Director: John Frankenheimer
Cast:
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
David Thewlis
David Thewlis
Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Balk
United Nations negotiator Edward Douglas survives a plane crash in the Java Sea and is rescued by a passing boat. Aboard, Dr Montgomery tends to him and, after telling him the boat has no radio, he promises Douglas the captain will take him to Timor. However, when they arrive at Montgomery’s destination, referred to as “Moreau’s Island”, he instead advises Douglas to disembark so he can use the radio on the island. Montgomery unloads a shipment of rabbits at a pen and one runs away while he slaughters another for Douglas’ meal. They go to the Main House, where Douglas is warned not to wander. He meets a daughter of Dr. Moreau’s called Aissa, but ...
4.5
The Island of Dr. Moreau
The Island of Dr. Moreau

Director: Don Taylor
Cast:
Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
Barbara Carrera
Barbara Carrera
Michael York
Michael York
Ship’s engineer Andrew Braddock and two other men are floating in a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean following the wreck of the ship Lady Vain. One dies at sea. After seventeen days at sea, Braddock and the other man land on an island, where the other man accompanying Braddock is promptly killed by animals. Braddock is nursed back to health in the compound governed by the mysterious scientist “Dr. Moreau”. Besides Moreau, the inhabitants of the compound include Moreau’s associate, Montgomery, a mercenary; Moreau’s mute, misshapen servant, M’Ling; and a ravishing young woman named Maria. Moreau warns Braddock not to leave the compound at ...
5.9
First Men in the Moon
First Men in the Moon

Director: Nathan Juran
Cast:
Edward Judd
Edward Judd
Lionel Jeffries
Lionel Jeffries
Martha Hyer
Martha Hyer
In 1964, the United Nations has launched a rocket flight to the Moon. A multi-national group of astronauts in the UN spacecraft land, believing themselves to be the first lunar explorers. However, they discover a Union Jack flag on the surface and a note mentioning Katherine Callender, which claims the Moon for Queen Victoria. Attempting to trace Callender in the records office in Dymchurch in Kent, south-east England, the UN authorities discover that she has died, but that her husband Arnold Bedford is still living in a nursing home known as “The Limes”. The home’s staff do not let him watch television reports of the Moon ...
The Time Machine
The Time Machine

Director: George Pal
Cast:
Rod Taylor
Rod Taylor
Alan Young
Alan Young
Doris Lloyd
Doris Lloyd
On January 5, 1900, four friends arrive for a dinner at the London home of their inventor friend George, but he is absent. He arrives suddenly, bedraggled and exhausted, and tells what has happened to him. At their earlier dinner on New Year’s Eve, George says that time is “the fourth dimension”. He shows David Filby, Dr. Philip Hillyer, Anthony Bridewell, and Walter Kemp a small model time machine and has one of them press a tiny lever on the model. The device disappears, but his friends are skeptical. George has a full-size time machine which he uses to travel forward to September 13, 1917. He meets Filby’s son, James, who ...
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man

Director: Ralph Smart
Cast:
Tim Turner
Tim Turner
Deborah Watling
Deborah Watling
Ernest Clark
Ernest Clark
The Invisible Man (later known as H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man) is a British black-and-white science fiction television series that aired on ITV from September 1958 to July 1959. It was aired on CBS in the United States, running two seasons and totalling 26 half-hour episodes. The series was nominally based on the 1897 novel by H. G. Wells, one of four such television series. In this version, the deviation from the novel went as far as changing the main character’s name from Dr. Griffin to Dr. Peter Brady who remained a sane man, not a power-hungry lunatic as in the book or the 1933 film adaptation. None of ...
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1958 — 1960
The War of the Worlds
The War of the Worlds

Director: Byron Haskin
Cast:
Gene Barry
Gene Barry
Ann Robinson
Ann Robinson
Les Tremayne
Les Tremayne
In southern California, Dr. Clayton Forrester, a well-known atomic scientist, is fishing with colleagues when a large object crashes near the town of Linda Rosa. At the impact site, he meets USC library science instructor Sylvia Van Buren and her uncle, Pastor Matthew Collins. Later that night, a round hatch on the object unscrews and opens. As the three men standing guard at the site attempt to make contact while waving a white flag, a Martian heat ray weapon obliterates them. The United States Marine Corps later surround the crash site, as reports pour in of identical cylinders landing all over the world and destroying cities. Three Martian war machines emerge from the cylinder. ...