GET YOUR SHOTS AND MEDICINAL COUMPOUNDS, THERE’S A BIT OF A PLAGUE IN THE AIR!
Shots are not a bad idea for watching this week’s episode of THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN, because there’s a bug about and it’s looking to wipe out all life on earth (which might not worry most of THE DARK VAULT crew). From 1980, it’s the big budget epic Virus and UNCLE PETE’S bringing it to your house. The government has developed a killer virus and when it goes for a plane ride, the plane crashes. The extremely contagious, very deadly virus, for which there is no cure, is released. The world gets wiped out. The End.
But not so fast! The virus can’t survive in extreme cold (Binghamton and upstate New York is safe!), so eight hundred-some scientists and staff in Antarctica and a submarine crew are still alive and the task of not getting contaminated and keeping the earth going falls to them, with evil germs, contaminated people, and the apocalypse in their way.
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku, this was the most expensive Japanese film made at that time. The huge cast includes Chuck Connors, Masao Kusakari, Sonny Chiba, Glenn Ford, Robert Vaughn, Henry Silva, George Kennedy, Edward James Olmos, Bo Svenson, and Olivia Hussey. It was filmed on location in Antarctica, Alaska, Halifax, Machu Pichu and features 2 real submarines and the real ocean. It also bombed at the box office. Which is why we have it here in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN. This film not only contains more big name international stars than any of the usual DARK VAULT fare but the single film salary of any one of these stars is bigger than the entire budget of most of the movies we air. Janis Ian wrote the lyrics for and performed the title theme song. If that doesn’t make it a terrifying disaster movie, I don’t know what does! Plus, the version we will be bringing you is one you won’t see anywhere else, exclusive to the DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN! From 1980, it’s Virus.
UNCLE PETE and Max are down in the Dark Vault Crypt where no virus would dare survive – although Max does have the sniffles. And even though this is one of the newest, longest, and by far, the biggest budget movies we’ve shown in the DARK VAULT, UNCLE PETE still manages to dig up a couple of disaster flick trailers as well. So prepare for a dose of disaster this Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 99 (Corning/Elmira/Hornell and Utica/Rome), channel 17 (Sayre/Montrose), and channel 30 (Ogdensburg/Massena/Malone/Champlain and Watertown) with replays at midnight and 2AM. Check your local VITO SHACK ™ for a supply of the Vito Gold ™ Universal Anti-Virus Vaccine, and get inoculated (or intoxicated) for the 1980 disaster spectacular Virus, the next feature presentation on the DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!
(And while you’re keeping healthy, keep safe too at Beta Max TV on the Roku streaming device with this week’s presentation – The Vito Gold Safety Special – Saturday at 7PM.)