Monday, March 14, 2016

THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN / Universal Pictures - 1971

Here's a great movie, one I saw in 1971, a tension fraught thriller, big time!.. When the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force's Project Scoop declares a state of emergency. Years prior to this incident, a group of eminent scientists led by Dr. Jeremy Stone advocated for the construction of a secure laboratory facility that would serve as a base in the event an alien biological life form was returned to Earth from a space mission. Stone and his team go to the facility known as Wildfire and try to isolate the life form while determining why two people from Piedmont, a wino and a six-month-old baby, survived. The scientists study the alien life form, unaware that it has already mutated and presents a far greater danger in the lab than expected, which is equipped with a nuclear self-destruct device for this type of situation!

I have a nice sound clip for your approval, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button located there by our alien mold shooting gallery, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula!.. Here's a sample from... THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN!

After authorities locate the grounded satellite in Piedmont, well, it's not a very pretty sight.

The inside of the Wildfire lab is nothing but eye candy and actually a real containment facility.

The incoming doctors and scientists have to go through a series of decontamination safe guards before entering the lab. Here, Dr. Hall gets the top layer of his skin toasted off!

Dr. Hall is also in charge of the old man and the baby found alive in Piedmont.

In the meantime, Dr. Stone and Dr. Leavitt search the satellite scoop for clues to the mystery. A small dent is found and on further inspection using their microscope, they find the culprit.

But, the damned thing is mutating right in front of their eyes!.. Now freakin' what?!

What a cool shot, it looks like an impossible task using those rubber gloves!

UPDATE: The Andromeda Strain just keeps on mutating...

HEY, JERKFACE!!!... No crowding at the bathroom line!

It's up to Dr. Hall to deactivate the self-destruct device, not an easy task!

It's armed with lasers, Dr. Hall gets stung a number of times, including one to the face!

You can hear in the sound clip that the doctor accomplishes the deactivation with eight seconds to spare. The Andromeda Strain has mutated into a less potent enemy, but, what will happen to it in the future?..

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