Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966 UK)

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Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966 UK)

Post  BoG on Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:50 am




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Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.

Post  BoG on Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:11 am


Behind the Scenes of Daleks'Invasion Earth:

This one had a larger budget than its predecessor (reportedly twice as large), allowing for a lot of on-location shooting. It was a remake of the TV episode arc titled 'The Dalek Invasion of Earth' from 1964. The same director, Flemying, was signed on against producer Milton Subotsky's misgivings, but Flemying did a better job than Subotsky expected. Some funding was obtained through the then-rare method of product placement - in this case, Sugar Puffs cereal.

Photography began on 01/31/66 and was interrupted towards the end when Cushing caught a virulent flu virus. Though shooting schedules were re-arranged, they still had to suspend the crew for 2 days with full pay until Cushing returned. Amicus was forced to file an insurance claim to meet the budget but the film still finished over-schedule, on 03/22/66. Box office grosses were not as good as the first one, canceling plans for future films; Subotsky had envisioned  one-film-a-year in this series, like a sci-fi version of the James Bond series. The next one would have been based on the TV episode 'The Chase.'

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Producer Milton Subotsky may have been ahead of his time; he was a man of a lot of ideas & possibilities and it was he, way back then, who first realized the potential commercial possibilities of the Marvel Comics super-heroes - Spider-Man, the FF, Hulk and so on. Around the same point as this film was made, he wanted to buy the rights to these characters for films, but was unable to convince his partner at Amicus.

I may be just as well, however - Subotsky's ideas revolved around presenting these super-heroes as camp, probably like the Batman TV show of that time. Think of it - Spider-Man in a 1967 film, in the style of the Batman TV show. It may have been funny - but probably also cringeworthy.
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