. DRIVE-IN DOUBLE FEATURE #119*
THE RISK (1959) Peter Cushing, Tony Britton, Thorley Walters, Donald Pleasence, Ian Bannen. The Risk is a fine blend of medical sci-fi and espionage. Cushing’s research lab has created a super virus that cures bubonic plague. Unfortunately, the government feels it could be used as a germ-warfare weapon. Cushing and his staff are outraged when British agents forbid them to publish their work. Will they publish anyway, or give it to another government? This great thriller keeps you guessing. Walters is great as the bumbling, yet sly head of British Intelligence; Pleasence is the seedy go-between who lures Britton into handing over secrets to another power. A memorable, under-appreciated film. 16mm. Plus: ESCAPEMENT (1957 aka ELECTRONIC MONSTER) Rod Cameron, Mary Murphy, Meredith Edwards, Peter Illing. A mad scientist conducts weird experiments on people with a mind altering, electronic brain machine. Terrific dream sequences are the highlight of this British sci-fi movie. Cameron reminds one a little of Lon Chaney, Jr. Interesting film. From 16mm.
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