UFO film series lands at South Florida Museum

mclear@bradenton.comApril 18, 2013 

This weekend, the South Florida Museum kicks off a new film series called "They Came From Outer Space."

At 6 p.m., every Friday through June (except May 3) the Bishop Planetarium Theater will host classic and not-so-classic films about flying saucers, UFOs, and various kinds of alien monsters abound throughout this survey of the history of space invaders on film.

Admission is $5. The South Florida Museum's Bishop Planetarium Theater is at 201 10th St. W. in downtown Bradenton.

Here's the full schedule:

April 19: "It Came From Outer Space" (1953) Rated G, 80 minutes.

An amateur astronomer and a school teacher are the only residents of a small Arizona town to suspect alien influence when people begin acting strangely.

April 26: "The War of the Worlds" (1953) Not rated, 85 minutes.

Gene Barry stars in the classic film adaptation of H.G. Wells' Martian invasion novel about a vicious alien attack.

May 10: "It: The Terror From Beyond Space" (1958) Not rated, 69 minutes.

The story of a rescue mission sent to Mars to see what has become of a marooned expedition crew is a precursor to such later classics as "Alien."

May 17: "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1978) Rated PG, 115 minutes.

Donald Sutherland stars in the remake of the 1956 classic about a San Francisco man who suspects that everyone he knows is being replaced by an emotionless alien clones.

May 24: "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986) Rated PG-13, 88 minutes.

The musical adaptation of the Roger Corman camp classic. Rick Moranis stars as the nerdy skid row florist who makes the discovery of a lifetime - a talking, singing plant with a taste for human flesh.

May 31: "The Blob" (1988) Rated R, 94 minutes.

This gruesome remake of the 1958 cult classic features a rebellious group of teenagers who can't quite convince the local adults that a giant, quivering blob is threatening to consume their entire population..

June 7: "Contact" (2005) Rated PG, 150 minutes.

Jodie Foster stars as an astronomer trying to find proof of alien existence. From Carl Sagan's novel.

June 14: "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005) Rated PG, 109 minutes.

Adapted from Douglas Adams' popular book. A British everyman is saved from Earth just minutes before its destruction by aliens, but that's just the beginning.

June 21: "District 9" (2009) Rated R, 112 minutes.

A thought-provoking film that depicts what happens after alien refugees become second-class citizens of earth. A blend of alien invasion and apartheid, with plenty of gore.

June 28: "Attack the Block" (2011) Rated R, 88 minutes.

A teen gang becomes neighborhood heroes in South London in the wake of an extraterrestrial attack.

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