Ib Melchior

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​ Ib Jørgen Melchior (born September 17, 1917) is a novelist, short story writer, film producer, film director, and screenwriter of low-budget American science fiction movies, most of them released by American International Pictures. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Melchior's novels include Code Name: Grand Guignol, Eva, The Haigerloch Project, The Marcus Device, Order of Battle: Hitler's Werewolves, Sleeper Agent, The Tombstone Cipher and The Watchdogs of Abaddon. His non-fiction includes the books Quest: Searching for Germany's Nazi Past (with co-author Frank Brandenburg) and Lauritz Melchior: The Golden Years of Bayreuth, the latter a biography of his father, the opera singer and movie star Lauritz Melchior. With his wife, L.A. architect Cleo Baldon, Ib Melchior wrote the non-fiction books Reflections on the Pool: California Designs for Swimming and Steps & Stairways. Melchior also wrote Hour of Vengeance, a play based on the Viking story of Amled that also inspired William Shakespeare's play Hamlet. In 1982, it was awarded the Hamlet Award for best playwriting by the Shakespeare Society of America. As a filmmaker, Melchior wrote and directed The Angry Red Planet (1959) and The Time Travelers (1964). His most high profile credit was as co-screenwriter (along with John C. Higgins) of Byron Haskin's critically acclaimed Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964). He cowrote the screenplays for two U.S.-Danish coproductions, Reptilicus (1961) and Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962), and provided the English language script for Mario Bava's Planet of the Vampires (1965). For television, he wrote "The Premonition" episode for the second season of the original The Outer Limits series. The episode was broadcast in 1965. Melchior's short story The Racer was adapted as Paul Bartel's cult film favorite, Death Race 2000 (1975), starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone and produced by Roger Corman. It was later remade as Death Race (2008), starring Jason Statham and Joan Allen, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and produced by Tom Cruise. He claims to be the creator of the original idea upon which Irwin Allen based his television series Lost in Space, although he never received onscreen credit for this. In 1960, Melchior had created an outline for a series he called "Space Family Robinson", which later became a Gold Key comic book. Ed Shifres' book Lost in Space: The True Story is a detailed documentation of how Irwin Allen allegedly plagiarized Melchior's script, with the two outlines presented side by side. Decades later, Prelude Pictures hired Melchior as a consultant on its Lost in Space feature film adaptation, but later sold his contract to New Line Cinema, its production partner on the film. New Line agreed to pay Melchior a $75,000 production bonus and $15,000, but refused him his contractually promised two percent of the producer's gross receipts from the film. Melchior, who is a decorated war hero of World War II, has also been involved in a long legal battle involving his father's estate, Chossewitz in Brandenburg, Germany, which was confiscated by the communist government of East Germany and never returned. In 1965, he was dubbed Knight Commander of the Militant Order of Saint Brigitte of Sweden. In 1976, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films awarded Ib Melchior its Golden Scroll Award to Merit for Outstanding Achievement. Biographies include Ib Melchior: Man of Imagination by Robert Skotak, as well as Melchior's own autobiography Case by Case: A U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent in World War II.

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Death Race 2000 Trailer (1975)

27 April 1975

In a boorish future, the government sponsors a popular, but bloody, cross-country race in which points are scored by mowing down pedestrians.

Robinson Crusoe on Mars Trailer (1964)

01 June 1964

Stranded on Mars with only a monkey as a companion, an astronaut must figure out how to find oxygen, water, and food on the lifeless planet.

The Angry Red Planet Trailer (1959)

23 November 1959

The first manned flight to Mars returns after having been out of communications since it had arrived on Mars.

Ambush Bay Trailer (1966)

13 June 1966

A Marine unit on a Japanese-held island in the Philippines tries to hook up with local Filipino guerrillas.

Journey to the Seventh Planet Trailer (1962)

10 March 1962

A space expedition to Uranus is menaced by a giant brain that can make illusions come true.

The Time Travelers Trailer (1964)

29 October 1964

A time travel experiment that was supposed to produce a window into time turns out to be a portal instead.

Reptilicus Trailer (1961)

20 February 1961

A portion of the tail of a prehistoric reptile is discovered in Denmark. It regenerates into the entire reptile, which proceeds to destroy buildings and property and generally make a nuisance of itself.

Gigantis the Fire Monster Trailer (1959)

21 May 1959

The altered American release of the first "Godzilla" sequel, "Godzilla Raids Again." where even the legendary monster has been renamed "Gigantis," and the entire music and sound effects tracks have been replaced as part of the dubbing.

My Lovely Monster Trailer (1990)

01 January 1990

No overview found.

Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre Trailer (2000)

01 January 2000

Keep Off The Grass Trailer (1970)

01 January 1970

Tom is confronted by his parents about being a "dope fiend"