If ever there was a retro film that captures the gaudy, innocent sci-fi thrills of space serials from the 1940s and 1950s, Max Neptune and the Menacing Squid (US-2010; dir. John Garside and Colin Fleming) looks like it’s the one. Think Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers (1936), Buck Rogers Conquers the Universe (1939), Buck Rogers: Planet Outlaws (1939), Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940), King of the Rocket Men (1949) aka Lost Planet Airmen (featuring Commander Cody), Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere (1951), and Radar Men From the Moon (1952). [See the poster Gallery below.] Add Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (dir. Chuck Jones, 1953) for good measure!
We first wrote about it back in early 2009 on Undead Backbrain and now we hear that the film is completed. Tighten your seat-belt because here’s the full, spectacular trailer:
Earth has found itself in the crosshairs of a distant race of marauding space aliens!
With the peace and security of the entire universe teetering on the edge of chaos, the United Planets rush their greatest leaders to an emergency summit on the Earth’s Moon. They are our last great hope for intergalactic peace.
When the evil Dr. Agotch unleashes his massive mechanical space squid upon the transport carrying those leaders, an innocent city, and the Atomic Space Patrol, could this be the end?
With a galaxy in danger, a city in peril, and a damsel in distress… There is only one man who can save the day…
Michael Ornelas as Dr Agotch
The producers wrote to the Backbrain and said:
Max Neptune and the Menacing Squid is finally finished after 4 years of dedication. June 5th is the (free) premiere at the Whittier Village Cinema [Whittier, CA]. If you want tickets, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org your full name, your email address, and how many you need reserved.”
So slip on your jet-packs and go!