Saturday Double – Make That Triple, No, Quadruple – Feature: The World’s End (2013) and…

Saturday on the blog means Saturday Double Feature, right? Remember, the basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before.. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

I think this may be the first time this feature has actually provided an all night marathon of movies, but as I was watching this flick, it simply brought to mind too many really good movies that fit together very well with the latest Simon Pegg / Edgar Wright / Nick Frost offering The World’s End. However, I do feel it’s necessary to throw up at least a minor Spoiler Warning for those who don’t want to know too much about the movie going in., though honestly the plot is not the reason to ge see this movie, it’s really the brilliant screenplay and the interplay between the characters. Okay, first off, here’s the trailer for the new flick

So, obviously from the trailer we’ve got two things going on here. There’s the concept of a town full of people being replaced by robots, which leads almost directly to the 1975 classic, The Stepford Wives:

However, if we go back even further, there’s another sci-fi classic that also gives us a group of people fighting against robots who are a vanguard for alien invaders. That’s 1954’s Target Earth (and yes, the secret of the menace is largely kept that way through the trailer, but if you look at the last shot, you’ll see that the thing crashing through the window is a robot)

Finally, however, how could I possibly leave off this list the greatest of all “the people of this town aren’t who they used to be movies, from 1956, it’s The Invasion of the Body Snatchers

(Yeah, I know, in that flick the people aren’t being replaced by robots, but the pod people still act like it, so…)

So what do you think? Have you got any other ideas for ways to stretch this marathon out any further? if so, let me know below. And also let me know of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!


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