After the mysterious death of two scientists in the cold room of an underground research station in New Mexico, Dr David Sheppard from the Office of Scientific Investigation (OSI) is sent to look into the incident. He is unable to prevent further deadly acts of sabotage, although he does figure out what happened: an unknown force has been manipulating the facility’s nuclear control computer NOVAC. In order to impede the construction and launch of a solar-powered space station, that force will stop at nothing, including turning the harmless robots Gog and Magog into aggressive instruments of its pernicious aims ... “Science is never frightening” says roboticist Dr Zeitman with a firm belief in progress. With great relish, this low-budget 3D film sets out to prove him wrong by interspersing serious recitals from a variety of scientific disciplines with dynamic action scenes that render the consequences of loss of control. These include actual documentary footage shot during U.S. Air Force reconnaissance flights. Thus science fiction’s “surreal” portrayal of the threatening Cold War situation points up the very real militarisation of space.
Herbert L. Strock
85 min · Colour · 3D, 2K DCP
Digitally restored version 2016
Richard EganConstance DowlingHerbert MarshallJohn WengrafPhilip Van ZandtValerie VernonSteve Roberts
Ivan Tors Productions, Inc.für/for United Artists Corp., USA
DCP: 3-D Film Archive